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In 2004, while appearing on Kenneth Copeland's Believer's Voice of Victory Program, evangelist Oral Roberts says he heard God's voice very clearly say His church has been infected with the spirit of weakness.
Some 17 years later, it appears things have worsened. Much of the church has conformed to the ideals of the world around it, and that, Roberts says, should serve as a wakeup call to the body of Christ.
"I asked God what was the condition of the church and what effect should this revelation He is bringing as a wakeup call would have on his church," said Roberts, who died in 2009. "I'll never forget what He said, and I say it very carefully without trying to offend anyone.
It's that time of year again. It's time to explain why many of Jesus' followers stop celebrating Christmas.
It's done out of a deep desire to respect Jesus and God's Word. No longer celebrating Christmas can be easily misunderstood and challenging for one's family, relatives and congregation. It is usually perceived as if one is no longer celebrating the birth of Jesus, his life and God's great gift to the world. With this in mind, why are more and more of Jesus' followers giving up Christmas celebrations?
The reason that many stop celebrating Christmas, is not that they try to minimize the Son of God. Rather, they do it out of respect for him. To understand this question, some background history is needed. Mutual respect and clear communication are also necessities. If someone does not want to invest the short time needed to learn the history of Christmas, he probably does not have the right to criticize either.
Speaking with Christian filmmaker Andy Erwin via Zoom, he exhibits a very stoic demeanor.
But when he communicates why he tells true-life stories, he reveals he is a man of solid Christian convictions. Without a doubt, his deep faith contributed to the box-office success of his previous films, I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe.
In his latest feature, American Underdog, he tells the story of former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a grocery store to support his family to leading the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. Warner earned the accolades of Most Valuable Player of NFL and the Super Bowl.
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