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The Day I Told My Daughter about My Abortion Decision

The Day I Told My Daughter about My Abortion Decision

I will never forget the look of disappointment and confusion that flashed across her face. It seemed to cry, “Wait! What did you say? Dad, are you kidding?” “She needs to hear it from you, not from someone else”—those words from my wife lingered all day. The movie...

Women Pastors…What Does the Bible Say?

Women Pastors…What Does the Bible Say?

Let me begin by saying that I know and appreciate many women who have been recognized as pastors. They are diligent, steadfast, and hard-working. Our country has done a great disservice to women over the years by not elevating and supporting women in roles of...

The Struggle Is Real—Passive and Pushy Pastors

The Struggle Is Real—Passive and Pushy Pastors

The number of prominent pastors stepping down because they are very controlling and manipulating, and creating a culture of fear and intimidation, appears to have reached new heights these days. Although this type of behavior is unacceptable, I’m hoping to shed some...

[FOX NEWS] Is there an Anti-Christian Bias in Media?

[FOX NEWS] Is there an Anti-Christian Bias in Media?

Pastor Shane Idleman and Christopher Hale discuss a media bias against Christians, evidenced by coverage of the confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial between Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American man.

Thunderous Applause—We Can Kill Our Children at 9 Months

Thunderous Applause—We Can Kill Our Children at 9 Months

The so-called Reproductive Health Act in New York passed with thunderous applause in the state Senate chamber. I could not believe what I was reading: People actually applauded the slaughtering of children. Was I having a dream . . . a nightmare? Was this real? “Why...

Naming Names—Should We Ever Confront Others Publicly?

Naming Names—Should We Ever Confront Others Publicly?

Whether it’s regarding a worship leader wavering on biblical truth or a pastor speaking error from the pulpit, should others ever speak out? When a podcast addressing a recent concern was released, the amount of positive feedback was very encouraging. However, some...

7 Lessons from Samson—Surviving the Anointing

7 Lessons from Samson—Surviving the Anointing

The word anointing has been used and abused by charlatans and schemers, but the word is thoroughly biblical. It’s when God fills a person with His Spirit for the purpose of using him or her in a mighty way. In the time of Samson, Israel was in bondage, and God...

How Bad Do You Want Freedom From Sin?

How Bad Do You Want Freedom From Sin?

I remember reading an article about a man who avoided the beach in the summer after admitting his addiction to pornography to his wife. He concluded that being around people who were barely covered often triggered his compulsion. Other cases involved a man who stopped...

The Peril and Power of Porn

The Peril and Power of Porn

My husband always had “dirty” magazines; he brought them home, he did not hide them. He ordered these magazines as well, and I knew he had videos of pornography that he had when we moved in together. He would watch the porn behind closed doors, but did not hide it. He...

A Biblical View on Borders, Socialism, and Healthcare

A Biblical View on Borders, Socialism, and Healthcare

People are often left confused after elections: “How could they vote for so-and-so? I just don’t understand.” Many vote for candidates who don’t uphold a biblical worldview because they don’t know God themselves. They are choosing their own ways over God’s...

Expose the Unfruitful Works of Darkness

Expose the Unfruitful Works of Darkness

“There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.” DANIEL...

Wake Up Christians – Silence Is Not An Option

Wake Up Christians – Silence Is Not An Option

“The men of Issachar had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32) Excerpted from the book, One Nation “Above” God. Free download here. We don’t have to compromise our principles to be involved in politics—what good is salt left...

5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Immediately

5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Immediately

Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches—I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course. They...

An Open Letter to Pastors and Christians – Stand or Fall

An Open Letter to Pastors and Christians – Stand or Fall

A paraphrase that is often attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville—a Frenchman who authored Democracy in America in the early 1800s, helps to open this letter: “I looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated. I looked for it in her harbors and on her...

​Is Irresistible Grace Resistible? ​

​Is Irresistible Grace Resistible? ​

Although salvation is a supernatural act of God that cannot be fully comprehended, the Scriptures offer many insights. Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44), but He also encouraged people to turn from sin and turn...

Prone to Wander – Lord I Feel it

Prone to Wander – Lord I Feel it

“Like a bird that wanders from the nest, so is a man who wanders from his place” (Proverbs 27:8). Written in 1757, the following lyrics echo with great clarity to a generation that has wandered so far off that we can barely hear God’s call to return to Him: “Prone to...

A Shocking Truth About School Violence

A Shocking Truth About School Violence

Like many, I am deeply concerned about school violence. A massive shift has occurred. Talking, chewing gum and making noise were the top three public school problems in the early 1960s. Currently, rape, robbery and assault could lead the list. Education expert William...

The America You Never Knew

The America You Never Knew

The America You Never Knew [Part 1: Excerpted from this sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0N2VPhX3g&t=1788s] Recently, I was interviewed by Fox News on whether Christian pastors should speak out about politics from their pulpits. (More at WCFAV.org.) The...

Fasting–The Secret to Spiritual Power

Fasting–The Secret to Spiritual Power

Have we forgotten the hidden secret of fasting? I believe that we have. Here is part four in a series. Watch the Fasting Forum here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWbV-A6lQxI&t=2329s Matthew 26:41 reminds us to watch and pray so that we will not fall into...

Fasting Applies Extra Pressure to the Spiritual Realm

Fasting Applies Extra Pressure to the Spiritual Realm

Part Three on Fasting Have we forgotten the hidden secret of fasting? I believe that we have. Here is part three in a series. Watch the Fasting Forum here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWbV-A6lQxI&t=2329s In Matthew 17:21, Jesus said that a certain evil spirit...

Fasting—The Physical Affects The Spiritual

Fasting—The Physical Affects The Spiritual

Part Two on Fasting Through fasting, the body becomes a servant instead of a master. When Jesus directs us to do something, the outcome is always beneficial, both spiritually and physically. He said, “when you fast” (Matthew 6:16). Scripture doesn’t say, “When you sin...

The Pain of Discipline Over Pain of Regret

The Pain of Discipline Over Pain of Regret

Part One on Fasting Have we forgotten the hidden secret of fasting? I believe that we have. Here is part one in a series. On March 14th, 2018 join us at 6 p.m. for a Fasting Forum live feed at WCFAV.org. If you’re reading this after the 14th, the video is available on...

The Pain of Discipline Over Pain of Regret

The Pain of Discipline Over Pain of Regret

You choose - will it be the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret? One yields a sense of extreme fulfillment, the other, a lingering sense of defeat. We pray for God to heal rather than for help with self discipline to change harmful habits. If you struggle in...

​Is Pride Preventing A Downpour Of God’s Spirit In Your Life?

​Is Pride Preventing A Downpour Of God’s Spirit In Your Life?

Isaiah 64:1 (NKJV) “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence.” How can you carry this burden in the spirit of Isaiah's passion? Ask God to rent the heavens in your life. God does the opening - you...

The Holy Spirit And Emotions – What You Need To Know

The Holy Spirit And Emotions – What You Need To Know

"The true saints of God, who have clear heads, and pure, warm hearts, have in all generations had to walk between the two extremes of cold formality on the one side, and wild, ranting fanaticism on the other. Dead formality and the false fire of fanaticism are both...

Overcome The Darkness By Turning On The Light

Overcome The Darkness By Turning On The Light

The word pivotal is often used to describe an important event that led to a monumental turn of events. For example, on D-Day the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. That pivotal moment turned the tides of history. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95...

Characteristics Of A Faithful Christian

Characteristics Of A Faithful Christian

Although many godly traits are attributed to faithfulness, these four are vitally important. How can we increase faith and serve God with all of our heart? Here are just four ways: 1. Holiness is a priority. Charles Spurgeon rightly noted, “There will be three effects...

Awake From Spiritual Death

Awake From Spiritual Death

Revelation, written nearly 2000 years ago, rings true with resounding clarity for us today. In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the spiritually dead church in Sardis: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” They are physically...

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive And Well

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive And Well

In Revelation 2:20, Jesus addresses the church in Thyatira, “...I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality…” Who was Jezebel? In short, she enticed...

The Dangers of the Silent Compromising Church

The Dangers of the Silent Compromising Church

Although Revelation was written nearly 2000 years ago, it rings true with resounding clarity for churches today. In Revelation 2, Jesus addresses a church in Pergamos that compromised doctrine and was silent about sin. They were motivational and encouraging, but...

What Might Jesus Say To Your Church Today?

What Might Jesus Say To Your Church Today?

[This weeks church is Smyrna; the article for last week is here: http://westsidechristianfellowship.org/articles/are-you-among-the-living-dead-shane-idleman/] What would He say about your worship and the depth of your prayer? What about the commitment to teach all of...

LGBT – The Real Reason Why There’s A Divide

LGBT – The Real Reason Why There’s A Divide

It seems like every month a new Christian leader embraces the LGBT movement - from pastor Brandan Robertson to Tony Campolo and Jen Hatmaker - the list never ends. Recently, I came across an article in the Christian Post stating, “After his announcement of LGBT...

Are You Among The Living Dead?

Are You Among The Living Dead?

In Revelation chapter two, we see what appears to be a model church. They performed good works and were involved in the community. They were steadfast and patient. They hated evil and pointed out false doctrine. But Jesus said, “I have this against you, that you have...

​How To Shift Prayer To Full Throttle

​How To Shift Prayer To Full Throttle

When prayer is edited out of our services, the beacon of light will fade and the salt will lose its savor. A deathlike slumber has overtaken the church: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead."[1] God help us. It's time to...

The LGBT Agenda – 10 Things You Need to Know

The LGBT Agenda – 10 Things You Need to Know

I recently spoke at a community college in Southern California demonstrating that faith and science are not at odds: http://youtu.be/CvDFxW0GlaQ. In posts leading up to the event, I was labeled a “hate pastor” as LGBT activists protested the event. Sadly, due to...

Parenting – Cultivating Character or Controlling Chaos?

Parenting – Cultivating Character or Controlling Chaos?

Excerpt from the sermon on parenting. View the message at https://youtu.be/rKxjzMtFbvY. In a chaotic and confusing world, let's get grounded by looking to Scripture. Raising responsible kids is no microwave magic; it takes consistent time and energy. The results are...

Shane Idleman

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Leona Valley, Ca. His sermons, books, articles, and radio program have sparked change in the lives of many.

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