Cease The Struggle

Cease The Struggle

By: Danny Wallace

"Prove you're worthy to be my friend, and I'll include you in my circle of 'friendly acquaintances.' As time goes on, and, if things go well, maybe you can even show yourself worthy of being in my inner circle of friends." 

Does that sound appealing to anyone? If so, you're most likely in need of far more help than this article can offer. As silly as the opening paragraph sounds, it sums up how organized religion operates. I'll be the first to stipulate that there is a public, and "well worded" promotional piece that would lead the unsuspecting outsider to believe religion welcomes everyone with open arms, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, you can be a born-again, water-dunked, testifying Christian, and still be on the outside of religion's rigid requirements. There is only "One" who welcomes everyone with open arms. His name is, Jesus. Tell me His denomination, if you can.

My testimony is known around the world, thanks to CBN, TBN, and various other media outlets and publications. I've even spoken in several organized churches from time to time because of that exposure. When I started out in ministry, I did what every other person who is launching a ministry in America does. I hired publicists and booking agents to break past the guards that scrutinize access to religion's influential pulpits. 

Like Grandma cutting the end off of a perfect ham, it's what I thought you were supposed to do. Of course, one must first decide which “religious circuit” they want to join. There can be no crossing of club lines in the world of religion. I still get a sick, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach even recalling it. In short, I would personally rather receive a diagnosis of leprosy, accompanied by a sentence of isolation to an island of "one" than to ever again be a part of that degrading process.

The whole fiasco can be summed up by my opening paragraph. Prove you're worthy to be our friend and we'll include you, for the moment, in our circle of "friendly acquaintances." If we like what you say, and approve of how you present yourself, possibly you can work your way up the ranks of our splendid favor. Seriously, I must move on - I'm gagging. Jesus came to give abundant life, not endless death.

Concerned that I might explode all over everyone or worst yet, implode within myself, I struck a deal with Papa long ago regarding organized religion. I promised God that I would step through any door that He opened and shoved me through. What I would not do is make any effort whatsoever to push past the guards to access religion's grand approval. If it comes to that or leprosy - give me leprosy.

I'm speaking by special invitation at an event very close to my heart in the spring of 2017. The Founder of the organization and organizer of the special event contacted me recently with a few questions to assist her in scheduling a church while I am in that part of the country. She wondered what particular religious denomination I consider myself a part of, knowing the pastors in her area will surely want to know. I must make clear, the lady is precious, with no ulterior motive of her own, other than wanting to secure additional speaking dates while I am there as the keynote speaker for her organization. 

I assured her that, other than Christian, there is no box to isolate my faith, and outside of any familiarity with many due to my much-publicized testimony, I'm quite confident that I rank as nothing and nobody to those diligent guards charged with protecting religion's pulpits. This precedent holds true regardless of which region of the country we live. 

Ironically, at the moment I received the text, I was head over heels involved in counseling a young man who had just been asked to leave his church. His recent diagnosis of HIV, and their failure to "pray away the gay," left the church leaders with no choice but to wish him well as they showed him the door. (Refer to paragraph one)

Considering the things of actual importance I attend to each day, the last thing I needed was a precious lady languishing on my behalf to push open doors God most likely wanted to be closed. I assured her that if I were to speak at an organized church in her area, God would make that place abundantly clear to her and they would welcome me with open arms, minus all of the moral qualifications. If not, I am thrilled to speak at her event and return home to continue reaching out to those whom Papa has trusted into my care. 

Are you struggling to fit into a box never designed for you? Cease the struggle. You're already IN with the only One that matters. Jesus loves you - Jesus accepts you - and Jesus approves of you. In you, God sees the perfect sacrifice of His only Son. Thankfully, He sees the same perfection in those who will never grant you entrance to their exclusive circle of friends.

The Question Of Life

The Question Of Life

By: Danny Wallace

In a day when “servanthood” is dying for lack of example, and we all get tied up in theological knots over even the meaning of the word, we might do well to start where Jesus did – with a simple question, “What can I do for you?”

A young man from Romania wrote me recently to ask one question. “Can you tell me about this Jesus, of whom you speak so fondly?”

For me, that’s like ringing a bell for a prizefighter. Jesus is my favorite subject. What Christian cannot go on for hours about the sheer “coolness” of our very best friend? I answered the young man with, “Son, Jesus lives in a question. What can I do for you?”

Any person who truly knows, and loves Jesus “lives” within this same question. It is constantly on our mind – and consistently falling from our lips. “What can I do for you?” (Mark 10:36)

Living in the glory of this simple question changes everything. There is no divorce in, “What can I do for you?” Likewise, there are no wars or clashing of political parties. There is no further need for religious denominations, or vast committees formed to guarantee that we only help the right people.

Life changes for the better in the glory of, “What can I do for you?”

The Fog Is Lifting

The Fog Is Lifting

By: Danny Wallace

Almost every person I meet is seeking for the same thing. They want to know that God loves and accepts them, although everything they have heard suggests “He almost does,” but not quite yet. When it comes to the authorities of religion conveying hope and acceptance, it is somewhat like the blind leading the blind. It is the sense of “heading somewhere,” but not quite sure where you're. There are a heaviness and weariness that is unspoken, but yet so real. 

I see it in the eyes of children whose parents berate them in public and talk to them through clenched teeth and glaring eyes. You see the small child wilt and withdraw as the parent’s angry voice escalates with no regard for the public humiliation their words bring to this child who is “trapped” in their care. I witness it almost every day in Atlanta, Georgia, where I live. It pains me to my core to see the look in the eyes of these children. I felt that same pain as a child on many occasions. 

It is the feeling of unacceptability. We withdraw within ourselves for protection against words of aggression and wonder what is wrong with us that a person sent to love and protect us does not approve of us whatsoever. It is the same look I see in the eyes of those who haven’t missed a church service in 20 years for fear of displeasing God and waking up tomorrow to discover that God’s disapproval has sentenced them to an eternity in Hell. What would religion do without its Hell?

The old life is gone; a new life blossoms! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between Himself and all mankind and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by forgiving all sin. God has given us the task of telling everyone what He has done.

The emptiness we see in our brother’s eyes is there because we have done anything “but” what God asked of us. We do not believe ALL sin is forgiven. We do not believe that God is reconciled with the entire world forevermore. We do not believe that God put the world square with Himself through the sacrifice of Jesus. Therefore, we preach a message of hopelessness and fear – Hell and judgment. No wonder the world is in chaos. We haven’t lifted a finger to reconcile ourselves with anyone, when “reconcile with others” is all we were asked to do. In fact, we spit in the face of those who defy or disagree with us. All we’ve done is spend generations beating people to death with our faux, gospel lie of . We may credit this misplaced message for the state of chaos we witness around the world today.

Not to fear - times are changing. 2017 will be a year of GREAT surprises! The fog is lifting as we behold the authentic face of Jesus Christ. The souls of men will vomit the stagnated message of what God supposedly left unfinished, and man is burdened to complete. In its place is a message of reconciliation and transformation. Yes, the fog is lifting and the sky is Heaven blue.

We're The Dealer

We're The Dealer

By: Danny Wallace


Being hurt is part of being alive. Rainbows follow storms, and light always casts a shadow. Sustained strength comes from walking “through” one part life, to embrace the reward that lies on the other side.

No, I’m not speaking of the old fundamental idea of enduring the struggles of this life to bask in the reward of Heaven. I’m saying that every situation in life has a storm and a rainbow. Strength comes from walking through the rain to behold the rainbow. The last thing we ever want to do is set up camp in the middle of the storm. 

“Even though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You, my Lord, are with me.” 

This verse says it all. There is no need to fear because of one word. That word is “through.” I’m not living, camping, or dying in the valley of the shadow of death. I’m merely walking through it with Jesus. Through, means there are two sides to every situation.

Are you going “through” something today, or have you set up housekeeping in the mentality of your present situation? Have you decided that you will always be sick? Maybe you get over one sickness only to anticipate your next affliction? If so, you’re not walking through anything. You’ve set up housekeeping in the valley of the shadow of death. Maybe it’s time to pack and move to higher ground.

Have you decided that no one likes you? If so, by that decision, you’ve taken on characteristics that are indeed, difficult for anyone to like. In short, you’ve become your own, worst enemy. Everyone has a momentary pity-party. Some people turn those moments into a lifetime of “woe-is-me.” As far as they are concerned, if it’s going to rain on anyone, it will indeed rain on them.

"As a person thinks in their heart - so shall it be." If you believe the earth is flat, you will never venture near the edge. It doesn't matter whether the earth is round or flat. For you, it is flat. That's what counts.

How do you see today? Is it, "Oh Lord, today is Monday," or "Praise God, it's a brand new day?" We should never complain about the hand we're dealt since, "by our decision," we're the dealer. We hold all the cards. As a people who have come to put so much stock in our belief by way of less than a mustard seed of faith, isn’t it about time we put all things in perspective? 

Though our faith has no power to touch what God has finished, isn’t it amazing that less than a mustard seed of it can hold even the greatest man far from the edge of life’s limitless possibilities?

The Choice Is Ours

The Choice Is Ours

By: Danny Wallace

Jesus has set us free, but we go where we choose in the vast infinity of that freedom. When the cage door opens, and a bird is set free, there is no weight tied to its leg, or GPS programmed into its wings. A free bird flies on the winds of freedom by the winged coordinance of it’s choosing. Whether we soar the open skies or plummet to the mud holes of degradation, the full honor of liberty is in owning the choice of our destiny.

Every single day of our lives we greet the morning in complete control of our destiny. We can choose to be grateful, or we can labor in ungratefulness. The right choices are not implanted into our Christian DNA. We are not robot slaves – we are free children of the Most-High God We can walk the high road of blessing, or flounder in the slanderous mud of life’s road. The choice is ours. God doesn’t choose for us, nor does He force us to walk the high road of joy that His sacrifice, so painfully purchased. We get to choose every time. 

Our choice is our only real point of power. Other than our choice, we remain completely powerless. God promised a New Covenant of better promises, and God gave up everything to make that pledge a reality. Sacrificing His precious Son, God gave up Jesus – turned His back on His Son – and accepted the blood of Jesus as the adequate sacrifice, and full payment for our freedom and absolute right to choose. 

Religion will always be the first to stand up and deny that such freedom exists. Religion will violently proclaim that God is in control of our lives. Odd, when you consider religion’s propensity for praising God one moment and cursing its brother with its very next breath. Obviously, God is NOT in control of our lives. God wouldn’t make such as mess as this.

Sweet and bitter water never flow from the same fountain. It may appear to be so, but it is always an illusion. We either bless, or we curse. God has set us 100 percent, absolutely, entirely, and unequivocally, FREE! Therefore, whether we bless, or whether we curse is ours to own, and the consequences fully ours to bear. God may not be blamed, included, or tagged in the “daily posts” of our life. We pour out exactly what we contain. The self-righteous may have turned a blind eye to the illusion, but the unrighteous clearly know the difference.

The children of God “always” bless. Not sometimes, not when we feel like it, and certainly not when we agree with the person we are blessing. We bless ALL people – ALWAYS! It is the authentic birthmark of God's kids.

From Lucifer’s cage of religion, we discover the contrary. The spirit of moral law speaks a curse, degrading others in the “name” of Jesus, an act that is most likely the depth of blasphemy. God’s kids bring a cup of sweet water, and religion brings the bitter. God’s children own their choice to bless, while religion attributes its right to curse on the falsehood that God is in control.

Life Without Limits

Life Without Limits

By; Danny Wallace

A New Year is here and what a time to be alive! The sky is still blue, the trees all robust and tall. In general, it will be a year just like any other since the beginning of time. Some will say there just aren’t enough hours in the day, while others will reach to lofty heights, with time to spare. Time doesn’t discriminate – we do.

The fact is, 2017 will be what you and I decide it will be. While thousands will continue to reach for the negative, many others will awaken to the joy of living in the finished work of Jesus Christ and soar to lofty heights in the positive. They will cease their striving to “fulfill,” what was long ago satisfied by Heaven’s best. In the splendor of Grace, the skies will sing with blessing and peace, as we breathe out, what God has unconditionally breathed into our very souls.

Some will count the aches and pains of their whole bodies, while others will bring more joy to the world, with no arms or legs – bringing more hope to the world, unable to speak. Life is how we see it, and what we decide it will be. How do you see your life in 2017? 

Some people received word from medical professionals that they are dying this year. Upon this word, they have already buried their joy for life. To this, I say, “We are all dying the moment the umbilical cord is severed, and our first breath brings us to life. When we open our eyes to see this marvelous world for the very first time, we either see it as a climb to the peak of our destiny or a slow descent toward death. With today in hand and tomorrow never promised, we all stand on level ground. How we see it is up to us.

Some of the most miserable and unproductive people we will ever meet, seemingly, possess everything, while some of the most exuberant and productive people don’t appear to be privileged with any advantage the masses strive a lifetime in misery to attain.

If you don't like where life has taken you - stop riding in a driverless car. Take the wheel in 2017. Change focus from negative to positive and "see" the good things that God has done! Live a life without limits.

I See You

I See You

By: Danny Wallace

In Hebrews 10 the door of real freedom opens wide in these words:

“The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a perfect solution. If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened knowledge and guilt of sin. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. That is what this prophecy means, put in the mouth of Christ:

“You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you’ve prepared a body for Me for a sacrifice. It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar that whets your appetite. So I said, ‘I’m here to do it your way, O God, the way it’s described in your Book.”

"When He said, ‘You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,’ He was referring to practices according to the old plan. When He added, ‘I’m here to do it your way,’ He set aside the first, to enact the new plan—God’s way—by which we are made fit for God by the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus.”

So many people are wandering through life in frustration and failure. They are slaves to a life of bondage and sin because they believe that they have tried hard to please and “find” God, but they can’t seem quite to be able to accomplish that. They are searching and hoping to find God in the next ritual, sacrifice, or in better obedience unto the Law. They wander in darkness because they have yet to understand the heart and the truth of the immortal words outlined above in Hebrews 10.

People are crying out in all of their struggle and actions, (whether right or wrong) asking the same questions. “Can you see me? Can you hear my voice? Do I matter to you at all?”

From the cross, Jesus answered all our questions beautifully, in love and sacrifice. “Yes, I see you – I hear you – you matter to Me more than life. You can cease your struggle to find God. This day, God has found you.”

The Pinnacle Of Our Destiny

The Pinnacle Of Our Destiny

By: Danny Wallace

Jesus said that the most sinful of men could love those who love them back. It is no great accomplishment. Only those who extend the divine love of their new birth in Christ Jesus will rush to the honor of loving their greatest enemy. It is at this moment that our shackles fall, and our wings of love open wide to fly to our true destiny.

Is it difficult to do? In the natural it is impossible. Our flesh cries out for revenge. When counseling those who are at odds with one another Dr. Phil McGraw often asks the question, “Do you want to fix it, or do you want to be right?” Well, that’s easy – we want to be right. If our flesh is insulted, our flesh lashes out to demand an “eye for an eye.” We are free to do this, but eventually, this formula only leaves the whole world blind. Jesus asks us to leap into the deep end of the pool of “true freedom” to be baptized in the glory of His love for those who are difficult to embrace. He knows that if we begin by loving those who will never return that love then loving all others will be a walk in the park.

You probably follow my posts and think, “I wish he would get another subject. I’ve heard all about "love" that I can stand.” Jesus taught us all that which is good and holy spring forth from a heart of love. God IS love – the same as the ocean IS water. Without this divine love, we are nothing more than a noise and a nuisance. We become the oxymoron of a voice speaking from the confines of a cage trying to tell those in God’s Tree how to be free.

Sandy Patty recorded a song years ago that says, “Love in any language, straight from the heart, pulls us all together – never apart. Once we learn to speak it, all the world will hear, Love in any language, fluently spoken here.”

The subject of love is as fresh and new as the first day we reached out to receive it in our broken heart. The greatest honor that Jesus sacrificed Himself to give to each of us is the power to love our enemy. From the high mountain of unconditional love, we can clearly see our destiny. Better yet, when we love our enemies we stand at the pinnacle of our destiny.

To Live Again

To Live Again

By: Danny Wallace

Grace is not the strength that enables us to live up to a moral standard, holding the judgment of Law at bay – it is the gift of Grace that reconciles us to God by fulfilling every requirement of the Law on our behalf. Grace gives abundant life to what were once “dead men’s bones” under the Law. 

I’ve said it many times, and I will say it again. We don’t find freedom by walking away from our darkness. We find freedom by walking “to” the light. The light is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Those who struggle in bondage to the Law are trying desperately to walk away from their darkness. However, they soon discover that they are walking in many different directions – all of which offer no true freedom from the sin and bondage of their former darkness. Rather than finding freedom, they find more darkness, unbridled judgment, and overwhelming shame. In this quest, we only trade one cage for another.

Grace comes to us while we stand in the center of our deepest darkness. Grace sees what we are, and acknowledges that we are found guilty of failing to keep a covenant that God Himself carved in stone. When God came to us with His greatest gift – the New Covenant of Grace, He didn’t bestow on us the power to keep the Old Covenant. God fulfilled the Old Covenant and fully reconciled us to Himself through the shedding of His blood, offered from the sacrificed vessel of His only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. No longer are we struggling to walk away from our darkness. Now we are set free by walking “to” the light! It is the small differences that make ALL of the difference.

Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have been made forever right with God, the Father. Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live.

A Moment

A Moment

By: Danny Wallace

“Be careful with this moment. It is only sixty seconds long, and it will never return again.”

The world can change in sixty seconds. One person has the power to make a single decision in a single moment that will change the world forever. Just ask Rosa Parks. After years of being forced to ride on the back of the bus because of the color of her skin, one day Rosa Parks decided, “Not one moment longer.”

On that day, at that moment, Rosa Parks made a decision that set in motion a chain of events she could not have possibly predicted. Nevertheless, her decision released freedom for an entire race of people. An important moment in time is not exclusive to Rosa Parks. We each have our allotted number. Like sands through the hourglass, they are steadily passing into the vast space of time that is no more. Never again will that moment return. What we do with each moment is powerful, and priceless.

In this day of mega platforms, PR firms, and high-tech media, we have come to believe that we are more of a speck within humanity than we have ever been before. If we’re looking for personal notoriety, that’s probably true. But in the scope of giving others, their eternal destiny, we hold great power within each of our precious moments.

What will you do with this moment in time? Will you kiss the cheek of a broken heart, or hurl a slur at your nearest foe? Will you rush through today with no thought for others, or will you drop to your knees in humble gratitude to the Giver of this moment? What you decide might just set in motion that which sets the world free.

Be careful with this moment. It is only sixty seconds long, and it will never return again.

Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

By: Danny Wallace

So many people talk about what a sad state of affairs America is in these days – many so filled with hate for one individual or group of people that they would follow the loudest and most divisive voice off the edge of a cliff to signify just how deep that hatred runs. 

2016 is the most awkward, revealing, and difficult year in American political history. It is the only year in my lifetime when children cannot view, or listen to the process. Any parent who would allow their child to hear the exchange of rhetoric in this year's Presidential election process is submitting their child to no less violence, hatred, and sexual innuendo than the R-rated programs they forbid them to watch on television and in theaters.  

However, in the midst of the chaos, God always "whispers" in the room. After a second Presidential debate that would embarrass a drunken sailor, the evening comes to a peaceful close. It did so because of the single most relevant question asked during this entire election process. Paraphrased, it went something like this. 

“After all of the rhetoric, slander, and biased innuendo – is there anything in your opponent that you would say you admire?”

The hush that fell over the room was palatable. The relief we all felt in our living rooms was equally calming. Each candidate said something nice about the other. With that, an evening that began with no handshake, followed immediately by sleaze and slander, closed with smiles and polite handshakes. Granted, it didn't last long, but it was what happened at that moment that is best to remember. 

We get a brief glimpse of the healing that America seeks in the closing question and answer of that second Presidential debate. We are ALL in the same boat. We are ALL created by God, we are ALL blessed by God, and we are ALL adored by God. In God’s heart, there is no bias of American politics. In God’s heart, there is no hatred, bitterness, strife, or slander. From the lips of God, there is no sleaze or slander. There is a blessing, where evil offers a curse. There is love, where evil lashes out in hatred. And finally, there is forgiveness for ALL people, at all times, in all things. 

Will America get it? I seriously doubt it. Nevertheless, if only "one" person sees the light and begins to bless, love, and forgive, rather than accuse, hate, and hold grudges – hundreds will be blessed by the influence of such wisdom. 

Let's get real for a moment. We Americans, are a shallow people. We want what we want, and we will attack anyone that stands in our way of getting it. This year, those who profess to be Evangelical Christians are leading the pack of irrational hatred and division, shouting the loudest that "God endorses our guy," while implying that Lucifer walks hand-in-hand with the other. I'm embarrassed for my grandchildren to witness such utter foolishness proclaimed in the name of One so sweet as my Jesus. 

Time will tell where we go from here. My guess is that most people will do as they have always done. If things don’t go our way, we will dig in when we should be kneeling down. I wouldn't doubt what we don't spend four more years hating the leader God gives us via this election process, the same as we spent eight years hating the last leader He sent. That choice has always been ours as free Americans.

Nevertheless, maybe one day we will decide to see what happens when we live as the redeemed of God, by the final sacrifice of Jesus, our risen Lord, instead of living for ourselves, by the propaganda of our agenda.

Gnats And Camels

Gnats And Camels

By: Danny Wallace


Will wonders never cease? Could we be living in the NEWSFLASH era of History? The headlines read, “Christians surpassed straining at a gnat, and completely swallowed the camel.” 

The things we have decided to focus on in the name of the Lord astound me. We have become the living example of majoring in the things that don’t matter and skipping class altogether on the things that truly do. It wasn't so long ago that a dear friend shared with me that a church in her area had been “all hands on deck” during the 2014 Burger King / Gay Pride Burger promotion. I could almost see her sweet smile as she responded, “What to do,” before sharing that her husband thought they should buy some of those burgers and pass them out just to prove that a burger is a burger, and hungry, is still…hungry.

While the religious crowd rushes to things like boycotting Burger King over the purpose and name of a burger, I can see Jesus stepping in to buy a truckload of those same burgers to feed the hungry. Does anyone figure that a homeless, or hungry person will know the difference between a Gay Pride Burger and a regular ole’ burger? Jesus used this same logic with the religious crowd when He asked them if placing their hand on the Torah made their promise any more real, or is a promise merely a promise, even if you have your hand on a Gay Pride Burger when you make it?

Right along those same lines I recently read of a restaurant owner in the Deep South that is giving a nice discount to those who pray before a meal in his restaurant. I suppose the owner of a restaurant can do anything he wants, although I don’t see the purpose of such a gesture other than, “Come and watch the Christians pray.”

Jesus wondered why the religious crowd loved to pray public prayers just to be “seen” of men. I wonder what He would think of being “seen” so we can get an added discount? Are we so far from the cross that we’ve missed the point of His sacrifice this far, deep and wide? The headline, “Strain at a gnat to swallow a camel” certainly applies.

What happened to simply “being,” rather than advertising what we dream of being? We seem to be living in a time of “look at me,” or “come, and see God’s favor in my life,” rather than allowing a river of love to flow from the cross of Christ that is ours by the perfect sacrifice of another. 

This much is clear. Jesus said that when we do “Christian” deeds – things like, feeding the poor, clothing the naked, or sacrificing ourselves in any way whatsoever for another, we are not to let our right hand know what the left hand is doing. Our Papa sees, and our Papa understands our real motive. 

Likewise, we were never asked to check the promotional name of food before deciding to buy it. Only a fool believes there is a difference between an Atheist Burger, a Gay Pride Burger, and a Christian Burger. We feed a person with the food, not the name. Names are for the continued arguments of those who have lost sight of the purpose of food, or the need of people.

We need a blood transfusion in every way. We certainly need a baptism in the transforming blood of God’s sacrificial Lamb. However, since most Christians are more focused on the Bible as a means of seeking to justify the lunacy of boycotting burgers, or praying for discounts, maybe what we need is a proper baptism in the RED WORDS of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

In reading the words spoken by our Lord, we soon discover that the childish things of religion that once help us captive, separated, and publicly foolish, have long since been relinquished for the healing peace found in Jesus.

One thing is for sure. We will no longer fear missing an argument over what matters to religion. Instead, we will tremble over the possibility of majoring in something that doesn’t matter to Jesus at all.

Kiss Of Grace

Kiss Of Grace

By: Danny Wallace

I wonder if Jesus ever imagined what it would mean to be a Christian in 2016? Surely He did, after all; Jesus is the beginning and the end, He understands our heart. How it must break His heart to watch us gather in select groups and enter into endless debates about who loves God and who God favors vs. 

Modern day Christians have become the epitome of schoolyard children who fight for what they perceive to be their place in the pecking order of life. It's a constant struggle to see who will come out on top and who will be decreed by God’s elite to be at the bottom of His “favor pile?” It is a scene that pushes the emotions of a novice onlooker to vacillate between weeping for the sheer waste of time and energy and wanting to take a few bullies out behind the woodshed for a lesson in basic human respect.

One thing is crystal clear. It 's hard to lead others when you don’t know where you are going. It is impossible to give someone something if you’re not even sure what you have. When it comes to the absolute, unequivocal gift of Grace through the sacrifice of God’s blood through His perfect Son, Jesus; we have no idea what we possess. 

The best we’ve been able to do for the past 2000 years is argue among ourselves while seeking a position of greater importance in God’s Kingdom righteousness.
It has gotten much worse as our Lord’s return grows nearer. As we sense the time nearer than it was yesterday, we have escalated our desire for power and position to the point of assaulting those who live for nothing more than the joy of treasuring the gift of Grace. 

We’ve invented new terms like, hyper-grace, and greasy grace to designate whom religion deems as the greatest of sinners; those who believe Jesus has finished the demands of the Law with a performance we could never hope to top.

One group shouts, “Come, follow us! God has given us the formula to win His approval!” Another group shouts, “No, they are heretics - walk with us! We have a prophet among us who is correct over 80% of the time! He will lead us into God’s favor!”

Some voices tell us to change denominations – declaring that we are currently involved in one that God does not recognize while assuring us that He surely knows theirs. Some say we should pray more while others say you must begin to take communion every day to win God’s favor. Some say we should stop drinking wine, while others say that God favors those who understand they can drink some wine, as long as they don't drink to excess. 

Some say you “must” go to a denominational church meeting every Sunday morning and evening, as well as every Wednesday night. Others say just Sunday morning will do. Some say you can leave off Sunday evening only if you make sure to go on a Wednesday evening in its place. Others say that to attend any worship service on any day but Saturday is a violation of Old Covenant Law regarding the Sabbath and therefore, it is a sin to worship on any day other than the Old Testament Sabbath. In the midst of this chaos, the Son of the Living God hangs like a mangled piece of meat upon a rugged cross as if He were nothing more than a bull, a goat, or a lamb. In our way, we cast “our righteousness” as lots for His precious garment.

I understand the anger of the world at Christianity as I have never understood it before. As a Christian, I am often embarrassed to say that I am even a part of Christianity, considering the scramble I see among us for who will be deemed worthy to sit at the right hand of Jesus? We have sharpened our teeth upon the bones of many a devoured brother or sister in Christ in this futile argument, while our lips remain parched from the withholding of God’s kiss of love upon the cheek of a broken humanity.

May the Holy Spirit fall on us fresh and new today. Let us pray that God will saturate our hearts with the real knowledge of what we have so we can cease the fight to obtain what is worthless.

Truth And Love Are One

Truth and Love Are One

By: Danny Wallace

Ephesians 4:15 is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the New Testament. It reads, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

When we remain aligned with and indoctrinated to, moral Law, we stand on a foundationally false concept. We come to believe that “Truth” and “Love” are two separate issues. Believing this, Ephesians 4:15 is taught, received, and thought as, “We must speak the truth while making sure to speak that truth in love.”

Regarding truth and love, religious Law offers a false concept. God “is” love. It is not an attribute of His personality – it is who He is without exception. God represents truth in every aspect of His being. 

Ephesians 4:15 admonishes us to love, nothing more, and nothing less. The “truth” is found in love. What this vastly misunderstood scripture is saying is no different. We are to speak the truth “inside” of love. In other words, we are, to tell the truth, that exists inside the very heart of love. Otherwise, the scripture takes on the theological implication that the fact of truth is something contrary to love, but we must exercise love when sharing this different concept. This false, religious interpretation defies everything that Jesus died to provide to the entire world.

Far too many people try to mold Jesus back into Old Covenant agreement. That is impossible. Though the Old Covenant makes clear the glory of the Christ to come, God shelved it long ago and there it remains. Jesus lives in the beauty of a New Covenant – a Covenant of far better promises than the Old.

New Life - New Eyes

New Life - New Eyes

By: Danny Wallace

Judas Iscariot has become the most despised person in the archives of human history. Everyone knows his story – no parent would dare to give a child his name. His personality, as interpreted by biblical scholars, is the darkest in the chronicles of the world. The New Testament writers disdain Judas to such a degree that in every list of the disciples given in the Gospels, Judas is listed last, with a note of contempt following his name.

We have all heard sermons about Judas, all declaring him lost. He is often called the son of perdition, linking him by slander as the child of Lucifer. Let me take a moment to tell you who he was.

Judas Iscariot was you, and he was me. Judas was far more than the legacy of his legendary story. He was who Paul claimed to be when he declared himself “Chief of Sinners.” There is no question that Judas wins this title hands down.

He had parents, friends, and siblings. He had teachers, peers, and enemies. Judas Iscariot was once a boy with hopes and dreams, no different than little boys dreaming of flying – believing they are Superman. 

Scripture is clear regarding the twelve men Jesus chose. He “knew” them before He picked them. Jesus chose Judas, not the other way around. In fact, He chose him specifically for the purpose and reason that religion despises Judas to this day.

Let’s take a moment to look at the disciples objectively. Other than the betrayal, the only recorded sin of Judas Iscariot was stealing from the money box. However, the other eleven apostles had accounts recorded of their sins of unbelief, lust for position and power, and not being mindful of the things of the spirit, but of man. All of the disciples left Jesus, Peter denied him three times in one night and falsely condemned people to fire when Jesus said all He ever came to do is save.

Religion accuses Judas of being greedy, though the thirty pieces of silver he received to betray Jesus was a small sum, hardly the worth of a slave. Religion also says that Judas was unrepentant, though he was so sorry for what he had done that he could not bear to continue living, taking his life in remorse.

This fact remains. Jesus washed the feet of the eleven disciples, and He washed the feet of Judas, only hours before His betrayal. Jesus called Judas “friend,” even as the kiss of betrayal touched His cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, Jesus asked God to forgive “all” who had a hand in His death, saying they had no idea what they were doing. “All,” still means, “all.”

We long for judgment, so long as judgment falls on others, rather than ourselves - God judged the Son for us all. We point our fingers – Jesus opened His arms to receive our nails. We preach fear – Jesus taught love. We seek justice – Jesus covered the earth in Grace.

Judas was a blessing. Without this faltering disciple, there is no redemption. Who else would hand Jesus over to be crucified? Certainly not the other eleven disciples – they were sinners, in their minds and by their admission, but not such a sinner as Judas. Not even Pilate, the most ruthless of Roman leaders would have any part of it, washing his hands of the entire event. Judas was chosen by God to turn over the most significant sacrifice this world would ever behold.

Lastly, there is no significance regarding Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, other than what it reveals in us. The Pharisees knew Jesus well. In fact, everyone far and wide had heard of this supposed “Messiah.” No one needed to point Jesus out for proper identification. He was well known.

One thing is sure – Jesus directly called Peter "Satan," not Judas. Surely Satan had to enter Judas for him to fulfill the Scriptures. Judas was not capable of betraying Jesus by himself! If Pilate didn’t have what it took, and the religious leaders were too cowardly to be a part, neither did Judas possess such personal fortitude. He had to be taken over by the real enemy of God. 

Peter, on the other hand, did not need the help of Satan not to be mindful of the things of God. It was perfectly natural for him. When Satan wanted to "sift" Peter, Jesus prayed for "Satan" Peter. Why didn't Jesus just pray for Judas? I’ll tell you why - because Judas had to do what he did to fulfill Scripture that the redemption of the whole world from its bondage to sin might be accomplished! Judas was not a hearer only, as Peter was, but a "doer of the word." Not only was he a doer, but Jesus hastened Judas along to get it done! 

"What you are doing, do more quickly." (John 13:27) 

Judas fulfilled his purpose for being born, and when we get to that grand banquet, he will have "returned to his place" by the hand of Grace. (Acts 1:25)

The Hand Of Grace

The Hand Of Grace

By; Danny Wallace

Judas Iscariot has become the most despised person in the archives of human history. Everyone knows his story – no parent would dare to give a child his name. His personality, as interpreted by biblical scholars, is the darkest in the chronicles of the world. The New Testament writers disdain Judas to such a degree that in every list of the disciples given in the Gospels, Judas is listed last, with a note of contempt following his name.

We have all heard sermons about Judas, all declaring him lost. He is often called the son of perdition, linking him by slander as the child of Lucifer. Let me take a moment to tell you who he was.

Judas Iscariot was you, and he was me. Judas was far more than the legacy of his legendary story. He was who Paul claimed to be when he declared himself “Chief of Sinners.” There is no question that Judas wins this title hands down.

He had parents, friends, and siblings. He had teachers, peers, and enemies. Judas Iscariot was once a boy with hopes and dreams, no different than little boys dreaming of flying – believing they are Superman. 

Scripture is clear regarding the twelve men Jesus chose. He “knew” them before He picked them. Jesus chose Judas, not the other way around. In fact, He chose him specifically for the purpose and reason that religion despises Judas to this day.

Let’s take a moment to look at the disciples objectively. Other than the betrayal, the only recorded sin of Judas Iscariot was stealing from the money box. However, the other eleven apostles had accounts recorded of their sins of unbelief, lust for position and power, and not being mindful of the things of the spirit, but of man. All of the disciples left Jesus, Peter denied him three times in one night and falsely condemned people to fire when Jesus said all He ever came to do is save.

Religion accuses Judas of being greedy, though the thirty pieces of silver he received to betray Jesus was a small sum, hardly the worth of a slave. Religion also says that Judas was unrepentant, though he was so sorry for what he had done that he could not bear to continue living, taking his life in remorse.

This fact remains. Jesus washed the feet of the eleven disciples, and He washed the feet of Judas, only hours before His betrayal. Jesus called Judas “friend,” even as the kiss of betrayal touched His cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, Jesus asked God to forgive “all” who had a hand in His death, saying they had no idea what they were doing. “All,” still means, “all.”

We long for judgment, so long as judgment falls on others, rather than ourselves - God judged the Son for us all. We point our fingers – Jesus opened His arms to receive our nails. We preach fear – Jesus taught love. We seek justice – Jesus covered the earth in Grace.

Judas was a blessing. Without this faltering disciple, there is no redemption. Who else would hand Jesus over to be crucified? Certainly not the other eleven disciples – they were sinners, in their minds and by their admission, but not such a sinner as Judas. Not even Pilate, the most ruthless of Roman leaders would have any part of it, washing his hands of the entire event. Judas was chosen by God to turn over the most significant sacrifice this world would ever behold.

Lastly, there is no significance regarding Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, other than what it reveals in us. The Pharisees knew Jesus well. In fact, everyone far and wide had heard of this supposed “Messiah.” No one needed to point Jesus out for proper identification. He was well known.

One thing is sure – Jesus directly called Peter "Satan," not Judas. Surely Satan had to enter Judas for him to fulfill the Scriptures. Judas was not capable of betraying Jesus by himself! If Pilate didn’t have what it took, and the religious leaders were too cowardly to be a part, neither did Judas possess such personal fortitude. He had to be taken over by the real enemy of God. 

Peter, on the other hand, did not need the help of Satan not to be mindful of the things of God. It was perfectly natural for him. When Satan wanted to "sift" Peter, Jesus prayed for "Satan" Peter. Why didn't Jesus just pray for Judas? I’ll tell you why - because Judas had to do what he did to fulfill Scripture that the redemption of the whole world from its bondage to sin might be accomplished! Judas was not a hearer only, as Peter was, but a "doer of the word." Not only was he a doer, but Jesus hastened Judas along to get it done! 

"What you are doing, do more quickly." (John 13:27) 

Judas fulfilled his purpose for being born, and when we get to that grand banquet, he will have "returned to his place" by the hand of Grace. (Acts 1:25)

Judgment

Judgment

By; Danny Wallace

There are many ideas about judgment. In the colloquial sense, “judgment” is an opinion expressed as fact. There is certainly a lot of that in the world. In the psychological sense, “judgment” is used to define the quality of cognitive faculties of particular individuals, typically called wisdom or discernment.

In the religious sense, things begin to go a bit off the rails. In this realm, “judgment” is used in the concept of salvation to refer to the adjudication of God in determining Heaven or Hell for each and all human beings, ignoring the fact that God’s judgment happened long ago.

In the over-all sense, “judgment,” is nothing more, and nothing less than a “just decision,” offered by an authority qualified to present a fair opinion that is both fact, and beyond contestation. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, is that authority. There was a time when God was set to judge the world. However, in John 5:22 we see that the Father judges no one. Instead, He has given the Son absolute authority to judge. The right to render righteous judgment at the end of all time, for all people, remains in the hands of the One who saved the world from the penalty of sin, death, and judgment.

In the promised New Covenant, God sent His Son to save the world. His blood became the final sacrifice for the sins of “all” humanity – for all who have ever lived, and all who will ever walk the earth. Jesus, “the Sacrifice,” made this statement in John 12:31…

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.”

Religion says that God “will” judge the world, yet God stated that He would judge no one. Instead, He passed that right entirely to the Son. 

Religion says that judgment is coming. In fact, every preacher and modern-day prophet have continued to echo that sentiment across every decade, of every century. No doubt, that teaching will continue until our Lord’s return. Jesus said, “judgment is now,” as He struggled to reach the cross and die for us all.

When Jesus stepped to the cross of Calvary, He received upon Himself the full, and righteous judgment of God for the sins of the entire world. The judgment that was surely coming has surely come. One of two things happened that day. Either Jesus did not pay for the sins of the world, and judgment is surely coming, or Jesus died for the sins of the entire world and judgment has come, as He assured us.

Most Christians blame their every woe on Lucifer. They testify that Lucifer has attacked them, or that Satan is tempting them, etc. However, Satan is neither omnipotent (all knowing), nor omnipresent (can be everywhere at once). Satan is just like you and me in that regard. He is where he is, and the Prince of Darkness is one place - at one time. He is not omnipresent, like God. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that most Christians have ever encountered the Lucifer. 

We credit the illusions of pestering demons to an all-out, strategic attack of Satan, himself against us. It makes us look, and feel spiritually relevant among our peers. We do this in spite of the fact that some 2000 years ago Jesus said, “NOW, the ruler of this world is cast out.” Therefore, most of our wallowing in a supposed malicious attack is our continued allegiance to religion, and our outright refusal to acknowledge the promise of Jesus.

In short, our informal judgment is off, our subjective judgment is off, and our divine wisdom has always been off. We need to relinquish all three for the glory of the only opinion that has ever mattered. To teach others that God is judging the earth, or will judge a man for his sins is to make God a liar, and His Son a liar. God said He would judge no one, but would pass all judgment intended for humanity onto the Son. Jesus said He didn’t come to judge the world, but rather, to save the world. God accomplished that mission.

Nevertheless, the judgment we seek is coming. It’s just not coming by the definition we desire. Jesus will occupy the final seat of “righteous opinion.” The Savior of the world will stand before us, and as promised, every knee will bow and acknowledge Him as Lord of all. The One, who assured us that He had not come to condemn the world, will stand before the world to prove Himself faithful and righteous.

Religion longs for an end-time judge that is religious and spiteful. Nevertheless, by God’s promise, a just opinion will be rendered by the One who laid down His life as a final sacrifice for all of our sins. How does the Savior of the world see the world? Only He can say, who knows – maybe He will smile and simply ask us this question. 

“What part of finished, forgiven, and forever redeemed is confusing? Enter into your home, my good, and faithful servants. Perfect, by my sacrifice, not by your works.”

View From God's Tree

View From God's Tree

By; Danny Wallace

Blame is the opposite of praise. It is the act of censuring, holding responsible, or making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible. When someone is “morally responsible” for doing something wrong, we deem their action to be blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing right, we may say that such a person's actions are praiseworthy. There are many trivial examples such as praising someone’s good dress sense and then blaming the weather for a crop failure. 

We see the world and people through very distinct blinders. A dear friend reminded me not long ago of an old Andy Griffith Show episode where a small group of filmmakers came to Mayberry. The director could be seen strolling through Mayberry looking at specific sights and scenes through a “faux camera” he made by extending his arms and looking through a square formed with his hands. Young Opie noticed this right away and began to do the same with his hands, hoping to discover the art of filmmaking. 

My second book, “MAN’S CAGE UNDER GOD’S TREE” speaks to this very issue. Man’s cage is nothing more than seeing the world and God’s precious creation through our very small, and limited “faux camera.” Each person and each organization have their arms extended, and their fingers pointed, peering through their lens, proud of what the camera reveals. The Fundamentalists have one, and the Charismatics have another. The Liberals have one lens, and the Conservatives have another version. The Gays have one, and the Straights have one. We each believe that others should see the world and its people through our particular camera’s eye of “who and what” shall be acceptable. Such narrow thinking is the heart of man’s cage. Over the entrance of each cage is a sign that reads, “In here, you are free to be like me.” 

Jesus came that we might all rush to do with those self-righteous cameras what Holy Ghost preachers were doing with Elvis Presley records in the 50’s. We need to crush them under our feet and throw them into the fire. I have looked at life through the narrow and judgmental lens of religion only to find my own heart burdened down with the petty emotion of anger that such judgment brings. However, I can tell you that the scene grew no broader when viewed through the lens of my making. Within its scope, there was only room for an elite few. 

I want what Jesus came to give us freely. I want to crush and burn my view and my judgment for the opportunity of seeing life and others through the glory of His loving eyes. I want to see as Jesus sees. I want to hate, judge, and criticize others to the exact level that my Lord did when He walked among us. Likewise, I want to bless, love, and forgive others with the passion and vision of destiny that Jesus offered the most unworthy of humanity – beginning with me.

Evil men with a hidden agenda blamed the adulterous woman. Jesus, with a heart full of love that was destined to set her free, blessed her – loved her – and forgave her every transgression. Those with the heart of fools rush to blame. Those with the heart of God give broken hearts strong wings to fly to the top of God’s Tree. The view is always better there.

Love Births Love

Love Births Love

By: Danny Wallace

Jim Jones once asked Father Divine what he needed to do to take his ministry to the next level. Father Divine told him to buy a mansion, robe his followers in white, sit on a throne, say you are God, and your property is Heaven.

Jim Jones responded the way any sane person would. He said, “Nobody will believe that!” Father Divine offered the same demented logic that supports every crazy religious movement on the planet. He said, “Oh my brother, not all, but enough will.”

If a person knows nothing of God’s New Covenant promise to humanity, he will fall into cardiac arrest at the panic message the self-proclaimed, “end-time” prophets are spreading like nuclear manure across the earth today. Thousands of Christians are falling prey to this message, much the same as Jim Jones followed the lunacy of Father Divine’s advice. 

Otherwise, “reasonable” people are stocking up water, firearms, and food in preparation for God’s hour of doom. As things always are in the world of religious charlatans, these prophets are quick to “profit” from buckets of food, bottles of water, and firearms for Jesus. Not to mention, the profit that messengers of fear garner from the fear they spread.

Fear and Doom sell like hot dogs at a county fair in the world of religion. Without the element of fear, religion crumbles and the coffers are emptied. The Pharisees were masters of fear, and every religious decent to their cruel legacy peddles the same message today. 

Fear is the absence of faith. When you hear someone say that you can love some people to Jesus and scare the Hell out of others, run as fast as you can. This message is the directive of Lucifer, born of the spirit of anti-Christ. We love Jesus for one reason, and one reason only. We love Jesus because He first loved us. 

Love births love. Fear profits no one but the religious charlatan spewing the venom. The promise of God is faithful and eternal. The better hope has come. No longer carved in fearful text upon stone or parchment, the New Covenant promise of God is written lovingly on the lining of our hearts. Fear nothing, and no one. I close with these words from my friend, Jeremiah Johnson.

“The greatest expression of God's love is His forgiveness. Don't let anyone talk you out of the power of the blood of Jesus. Don't let condemning preachers or holier than thou Christians convince you that God is angry or disappointed in you. You haven't let God down. You weren't holding him up.”

“We have received a COMPLETE forgiveness. It's not partial or halfway or half done. When Jesus said it is finished, it was FINISHED!”

“When we believe that we are indeed forgiven of all sin, we experience the reality of this amazing love. The enemy is always trying to bring in fear and condemnation, but the enemy is a liar. Jesus was punished and rejected on the cross so that we don't have to be.”

Just Enough

Just Enough

By: Danny Wallace

A manipulative personality/spirit is crafty. Did you ever meet the man or woman who blatantly flirts, but word themselves in such a way as to blame the object of their flirtation, should they be called out on it? It’s called, “Bait and switch.” 

A man flirts with a woman, using words that could be taken innocently, or taken as they were intended. If received as planned, all is well. The woman takes the bait, and the man reels her in. If she is insulted and calls him out on his inappropriate suggestion, he is seemingly surprised! He then apologizes for any misunderstanding regarding his obvious flirtation and passes the burden of guilt onto the woman with a remark like, “I’m so sorry. You must think you’re something!”

In the world, we live in that same “bait and switch” manipulative message is played out daily in a million different ways. Social media has provided fertile ground for the bait and switch artists to hone their craft. Lynn and I encounter it all the time. Someone says something negative – I offer something positive – and the person “likes” or converses with Lynn regarding her posts while ignoring mine. It is a sad thing to witness, but I must admit, it can also provide hours of entertainment if you have nothing better to do. Adults, acting like children, always offer a combination of sad and humorous.

I love the posts that seem to speak to the wind. You know the type. You click on social media and someone has randomly posted, “Just because you go to church, don’t think that everybody in town doesn’t know where you were last night!”

You’ve got to admit; that’s funny. To whom is this person speaking? The remark is posted on a social media wall, addressed to no one in particular. Of course, we all know it is most likely aimed at one of his or her “friends,” (there’s your oxymoron for the day) but it doesn’t specify anyone in particular. If we all didn’t have anything better to do, a thousand people could reply with where they were last night. 

Social media is the greatest mirror to our true soul that this world has ever provided. You may differ. You may think that social media is a place where we all become someone unreal – a contrived character. You would be correct in that assumption. Nevertheless, never forget that the longer we talk, the more we reveal. Unfortunately, man does not have the ability to conceal what he contains for long. Sooner or later, what a man carries will spill forth from his soul. 

What are you pouring out today? Is it a mixture of blessing and cursing? Is it “Praise Jesus” one minute, and “Damn them to Hell” the next? Do most people speak because we believe we are entitled, or remain silent because most people know we’re not? When Jesus hung on that cross for the entirety of humanity, He was aware of plenty. There was much that He could have said. 

Jesus knew our every sin. He knew every lie that had been told to arrange His “holy” death. He was aware of who the religious leaders were sleeping with, and He knew the fault of every supporter that had stood by and let it happen. There is no account that Jesus felt entitled to share any of this “unknown” information. After all, He wasn’t hanging on that cross to be right; He was hanging there to become wrong so that WE could be made forever right with God. 

Jesus said that He was thirsty and we dipped a cloth in vinegar to touch His precious lips. He was innocent – we were guilty, and yet, Jesus asked God to forever EVERY single person involved in His death. That means Judas on down. He loved us all. He knew our actual value. In searching His heart, Jesus had nothing better to offer than forgiveness, blessing, and the love of His sacrifice.

Search social media today and see if you discover even one so significantly consistent in blessing others. Taste the waters of social media and determine whether they run consistently sweet, or randomly bitter. We do a lot of talking while saying very little. Jesus spoke just a few words from the cross while offering just enough to save the world.