The CEO of a Christian men’s ministry has a stirring message for pastors and leaders who fearfully withhold biblical truth, decrying the “cowardice” seen in some churches today.
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Ken Harrison, head of Promise Keepers, is on a mission to remind believers of the importance of recognizing God’s plans for their lives.
“Everybody … who has given their life to Christ has a list of good works that God laid down for them to accomplish at the beginning of time, and specifically gifted them to accomplish those gifts, those tasks,” Harrison said. “And God says, ‘I will reward you based on how well you’ve accomplished the mission I’ve given you.'”
The central call at the center of it all, he said, is to stand up and spread the Gospel, with each believer being given a quest on which he or she must embark. Unfortunately, he said some people who are afraid to live out that calling for fear of retribution from culture and the world are missing the mark.
“Right now, the level of cowardice we see in the church is because somehow people swallowed this lie that what they do with their life doesn’t matter,” Harrison said. “God loves bravery, and courage, and people standing up for His Word.”
His words came amid headlines about Christian venues reportedly canceling Promise Keepers events.
As CBN Digital previously reported, Harrison said over the summer Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, canceled a Promise Keeper’s event after the men’s organization released a statement “reaffirming its support for the biblical, biological, sexual identity of male and female, man and woman, in the context of marriage.”
A more recent Christian Post article alleges Harrison has “seen several scheduled events at churches and other venues canceled in recent months.”
When asked why Christian organizations are rescinding hosting these events, the Promise Keepers leader was candid, charging some churches today are simply telling people what they want to hear.
“A lot of pastors are not preaching God’s Word, and I think people are looking for more than that,” Harrison said. “People are looking for truth and they’ll respond if we teach the truth.”
He said some churches and pastors today are not prepared to cope with the pressures of culture pushing its values into their sanctuaries. Harrison is hopeful people will stop believing lies and will instead cling to the truth.
“Satan has spread this lie, which is we’re all going to lose … the church loses, and then, thank the Lord, Jesus comes back right before the slaughter happens and we all get out of here,” he said. “So, we’ve taken on this mentality that we’re a bunch of losers — that we’re just waiting to lose and hopefully Jesus is going to come soon.”
Harrison added, “That’s not the Gospel.”
While seeming “close to the truth,” he explained what’s really promised in Scripture — that Christ is returning “as a victor.” This, he said, should inform how churches respond to cultural conundrums.
Despite cancellations, Harrison said there are exciting events unfolding in the coming months surrounding his organization’s “Daring Faith” series, among coming gatherings in 2024.
Right now, Promise Keepers is focused on helping men cope with contemporary issues.
“We’re finding there’s a real problem with friendless American males,” he said, noting men want to “stand up for what’s right” and be solid fathers and husbands. “But we saw this lie that we have to do this alone.”
He said “Daring Faith” will help dismantle this mistruth. Find out more about Promise Keepers and the “Daring Faith” events here.
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