Francis Chan Urges Believers to Reject ‘Cop-Out’ Christianity, Lose Your Life for the Gospel

(PHOTO: PULSE)Francis Chan addresses thousands of Christians gathered at Together 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2016.

WASHINGTON — Francis Chan is calling on Christians to be willing to give up their lives for Jesus and not compromise the Gospel by hiding behind otherwise good causes.

Speaking on the main stage Saturday night on the National Mall before tens of thousands assembled from all 50 states at America’s Tent of Meeting sponsored by Awaken the Dawn, Chan encouraged believers to be willing to lay down their lives for Christ and to not shrink back from being bold.

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Francis Chan: Stop Idolizing Your Family

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The difference between a casual fan and a diehard fan

The difference between a casual fan and a diehard fan is similar to the difference between those who are desperate for Jesus and those who are not. It shouldn’t matter who is teaching or what songs are sung as long as Jesus is honored and celebrated. Jesus isn’t interested in people who will follow Him only if everything is just right. He loves us regardless, of course. But let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that the casual approach many take to following Jesus is true discipleship. He isn’t lucky to have us. He’s not blessed by our weekly attendance at a ninety-minute worship service; He doesn’t need the twenty dollars we throw into the offering plate. There are people dying for their faith around the world. People in the poorest parts of the world gather together in the face of opposition without coffee or convenient parking.

I once heard Francis Chan say that the book of Acts with his least favorite book of the Bible, because rather than anyone in America read the account of the birth an expansion of the early church and said, “Wow that is just like my church.” Because the disparity between the early church and the 21st Century American churches so great, we have to resign ourselves to the idea “that was then” and come up with reasons why that stuff doesn’t happened today. Francis made the point that the early church was unstoppable–– in the face of persecution, torture, imprisonment, it continued to grow. Nothing could stop it. But the church today is very stoppable. Just change the service times or worship styles or teaching methods, and people will church shop elsewhere. We have lost any sense of desperation that it all hinges on Jesus and that unless he shows up we are done for.

Mike Erre, Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God (pp. 130-131). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

Francis Chan: There’s no Such Thing as a Lukewarm Christian

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Francis Chan: There’s no Such Thing as a Lukewarm Christian

Lukewarm Chan

Every week, millions of Americans line the pews of churches, hearing messages of hope, encouragement, and exhortation to go out and make disciples. Ideally, we spend the rest of the week making connections with others, sharing our lives and the gospel with those who need it. But what if we are missing a segment of people who need saving—inside the church?

What a tragedy it would be to see those who think they are Christians ultimately spit from the mouth of God at the end of days.

In this short video from Kingdom Warriors, Francis Chan is posed with the question: Are lukewarm Christians saved? He speaks humbly but challenges us to look at what the Bible says about those who are lukewarm in their faith, and calls them out as unbelievers.

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4 Reasons We Must Be Different Than The World

– Francis Chan

SALT STINGS

Salt that stays in the shaker never makes a difference, but salt that gets out of the shaker and into the world will enhance the flavor of life for those around them, but this same salt will also sting those who are infected with sin (as we once were). Even a paper cut with salt on it stings like crazy, but salt is also a preservative, and in ancient times (and today), it acted as a preservative agent, so we have the preserving message of the gospel which brings eternal life to those who receive it. If we remain in the salt shaker, we’re no different from the world, and that’s a sign that something’s very wrong.

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3 Extreme ways to help others

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.”

– Francis Chan

A GENEROUS LOVE

Years ago, I remember hearing a pastor saying, “Never resist a generous impulse.” On one occasion he was standing behind a single mother of 3 and she was in tears while searching for enough change to pay her grocery bill, so the pastor had a generous impulse. He handed the cashier a twenty dollar bill, and the woman looked at him and said, “Thank you” while tears were streaming down her face. God wants us to love others in such an extreme way that we make a difference in the world.

A RADICAL LOVE

What does a radical love look like? How about this; Christ died for the weak and ungodly (us) (Rom 5:6), Christ died for the unrighteous (us) (Rom 5:7), Christ died for sinners (us) Rom 5:8), and Christ died for the enemies of God (us) (Rom 5:10), so helping others should not depend on their goodness, but upon the goodness of God.

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