Monday, January 24, 2011

The Magnificent Obsession

I confess to you that I am obsessed with being a Christian. CM Ward once called it, "The Magnificent Obsession."

At 59 years old, I have lived to see Christianity devolve in my lifetime from something that was sacred and powerful to something that is now so watered-down that it is tasteless, powerless, and unrecognizable, especially when compared to the awesome Apostolic Church seen in the Book of Acts.

The true Church is far more wonderful and glorious than most of what claims to be the Church today. I will make it my business to publish and declare the Word of God that great Churches were always built upon in days before.

As AW Tozer said, "If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference."

I am only one person, but I am one. As long as I am able to stand for true Christianity, I will. I will never buy into the compromised, profane version of Christianity that now seems to own the market.

I began over four years ago to write a complete verse-by-verse Commentary of the Bible. I will soon be finished with that, as well as six other books I have been writing. On the surface, my public reasoning for tackling such a massive project is to teach and preach the Gospel to as many people as thoroughly as I can.

But the more important reason I have spent so much time in the Word was so that I could personally strengthen my own roots in the timeless truth of God's Word. I do not want to succumb to the popular revisionist versions of Christianity. I want the Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth, so help me, God!

I post a lot of one-liners on my Twitter account - - which also post to FB. I try to communicate as much truth as can be written in 140 characters. The ancient Chinese proverb said, "It is better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness."

I intend to shine as much light as I can while I live. To me, at least, nothing else deserves my days. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36.

I mean no harm to anybody, but I have learned that virtually everything offends somebody, somewhere, eventually, so if you weary of my posts, you are welcome to "unfriend" me on Facebook or Twitter. You won't be the first or the last. I only want to deal my bread to the hungry (Isaiah 58:7).

Otherwise, I invite you to visit my major website at and study it as much as you have time. There are Bible lessons there on virtually every topic you can imagine. You can subscribe to my free Daily Bible Study by E-Mail that is now being sent every day to thousands of people in nearly every nation and island on earth - 210 at last count.

Please pray for me, that God will help me to be exactly what He wants me to be. I will pray the same for you. God bless you.

Ken Raggio

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