The major influences in my life have been Kenneth E Hagin, John Stott and more recently Joel Osteen.
Kenneth E Hagin
Kenneth Hagin's teaching gave me an understanding of faith; with its simplicity and foundation and evidence.
Kenneth Hagin's message about the "Integrity of God's Word" is still relevant but I feel that a mechanical or legalistic approach is inconsistent with balanced, biblical interpretation.
It is now clear that some of the so called "Word of Faith" teaching is sadly flawed, or wrongly taught.
To my mind, John Stott would have to be one of the most intelligent, spiritual and balanced Christian teachers of recent times.
There is no one I know who has intelligently and rationally presented the truth from scripture and illuminate the person of the Lord Jesus in such a compelling way.
His call for BBC, "Balanced Biblical Christianity" is still vitally important today and is essential for an educated and analytical generation.
His life and service show a genuineness, using everyday easily understood language with an intelligent approach to Christianity and spirituality. His humility and devotion to Christ are an example to us all.
I commend "All Souls", Langham Place, London, (http://www.allsouls.org/) who still make his sermons available today free of charge.
Joel Osteen has a positive and inclusive message that is easy listening and it is no surprise to me that he has built the largest church in North America. His “Attraction Ministry” with historic values are an example to us all. Maybe a “resistance to change” prevents some church authorities from embracing this.
Comment from: Pritchard Cyril (Revd) [Visitor]
Delighted to know someone in Australia is ready openly to contend for the faith once delivered to the Apostles in its wonderful simplicity but so profound truth. The white ants have been at the tree of sound doctrine and biblical truth. An evangelical is not devoid of intellectual ability enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Will watch this development closely and uphold you in prayer. An Octogenarian.
Comment from: Judy Saxby [Visitor]
What a brilliant idea for a Blog! This needs to go to the nations. Mark, I remember your teaching in Bible School. It was so clear and answered so many of my questions - even years later when I went back through my notes. Thank you.
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