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Ron-Phillips-Headshot-BlogConsider this quote:

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

In making this statement, I believe author and former Franciscan priest Brennan Manning hit the nail squarely on the head.

Whether by commission or omission, the church has allowed godlessness to permeate our society. We have allowed our “nation under God” to bury the Presence of God under a mountain of misinterpreted laws and legal catchphrases.

So what can the church do?

We can be consistent. We can practice what we preach. We can show our love for Christ by a lifestyle that is consistent with the Bible we claim to believe.

So, here’s the challenge:

Be that consistent light that the world needs. Don’t just believe it… live it. Let’s see if, just by walking our talk, we can make a difference in a world that needs Jesus.

For more than thirty years, Ron Phillips has been the pastor of Abba’s House (formerly Central Baptist Church) in Hixson, TN. A lifelong Southern Baptist, a dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit in 1989 changed his life and ministry to one that grasps who we really are in Christ, and the gifts and fullness that are available to us through a Spirit-filled life. His television program, Ron Phillips from Abba’s House, blends solid biblical exposition with a simplicity anyone can understand. In addition, for 14 years, he hosted the daily 15-minute radio program, CenterPoint, across the nation via radio, and throughout the world via the Internet. He has now authored more than 20 books, including Awakened By The Spirit, Our Invisible Allies, Everyone’s Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare, The Foundations on the Holy Spirit Series, and his latest release from Charisma House, A God-Sized Future.

For the original article, visit the heartofabba.com

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