The Qualities of a Prophetic Word – Part Four

Today we will finish up this mini-series of blogs on the “Ten Qualities of a Prophetic Word“… and I hope it has been and will be helpful to you.

So far we have seen that …
1> Personal prophecy if creative
2> Persopnal prophecy is highly active
3> Personal prophecy releases a prophetic process and the will of God in your life
4> Personal prophecy is conditional
5> Personal prophecy is invitational
6> Personal prophecy is progressive
7> Personal prophecy is optimistic
8> Personal prophecy does not harm or hurt

9> Personal prophecy is futuristic. The Bible teaches that personal prophecy is frequently futuristic in nature. It looks and plans ahead. Personal prophecy expresses what can be – what will be in God. It is your “prognosis” in God – the course of your life as God sees it – your future. Personal prophecy expresses your potential: what you are actually capable of becoming – all that you were meant to be for Him.

However, it may not always address current fact or present reality to your satisfaction. It may even seem to almost ignore critical current circumstances in your life. Personal prophecy sees what can be, not what necessarily is at the moment. It looks ahead. It is futuristic in the sense that it projects. It plans ahead, but it does not have to actually predict specific events to be futuristic.

Personal prophecy calls Abraham a “father of many nations” when he was clearly not one. It calls Gideon a “mighty man of valor” when he was clearly not one yet. It sees you as a “finished product.”

10> Personal prophecy is limited. The Bible teaches that all personal prophecy is limited in nature. “Limited” is not a negative term. It simply means that personal prophecy has boundaries – a fixed purpose – a restricted function or role. The Bible says, “We know in part and we [always will] prophecy in part.” (1 Corinthians 13:9). By God’s design personal prophecy is a limited gift with a limited (but important) application. It is just not a magic wand. Neither is it the complete and perfect counsel of God for your life. It seldom addresses everything God may be doing in your life.

Often, personal prophecy is only an outline, a brief overview, and a general survey of your life. Personal prophcy is never the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It is just a part of the truth in your life. It is just a glimpse, just a peek, just a slice of the prophetic pie. It is not the whole pie. Personal prophecy is limited and tends to give us the outcome and not the many details. It is partial, not perfect. It is not all-inclusive. It is not limitless. Personal prophecy (by God’s design) is a limited (yet powerful) spiritual gift.

There you have it – ten qualities of a very powerful, life-changing gift of the Holy Spirit – personal prophecy.

The Qualities of a Prophetic Word – Part Three

We have been looking at personal prophecy over the last two days … and I want to continue this look at a wonderful and powerful revelatory gift. We have seen five of ten qualities…

1> Personal prophecy if creative
2> Persopnal prophecy is highly active
3> Personal prophecy releases a prophetic process and the will of God in your life
4> Personal prophecy is conditional
5> Personal prophecy is invitational

6> Personal prophecy is progressive. The Bible teaches us that all personal prophecy is progressive in nature. It is always moving forward and working behind the scenes. In the process of moving forward, it is always attempting to improve the spiritual condition of the recipient. It can move forward slowly, gradually, often without being noticed and in obscurity or hiddenness. Sometimes it moves ahead so slowly that you may mistakenly think the prophecy has died. However, when the “due season” for the prophecy arrives, the prophecy wonderfully comes to pass.

7> Personal prophecy is generally optimistic (upbeat) or redemptive in nature. The New Testament teaches it “edifies, exhorts, and comforts.” (1 Corinthians 14:3). Personal prophecy “sees” you as a winner. It anticipates victory for you in your battles. It also believes for success for you in all you do. Your peronsal prophecy believes in you. It is optimistic about you and your future. It expresses the best for you. It expresses how a loving God sees you and what He truly thinks of you. If expesses God’s ideal for your life – His perfect plan.

8> Personal prophecy does not harm or hurt. It does not indict, expose, or embarrass. It does not go looking for your faults. It my refine, adjust, correct, re-align, and improve you, but it will not expect the worst from you. It will not speak pessimistically about you. Personal prophecy is fundamentally optimistic in nature because God is fundamentally optimistic about you. It tends to be solution oriented, providing help and assistance in your life, coming along side you and comforting you. Personal prophecy is generally opimistic. It edifies, exhorts, and comforts you. It builds up, stirs up and cheers up!

This one – number eight – is so important to understand. Overseas where most of my prophetic ministry is accomplished the idea of prophets and the prophetic is that they yell, condemn, point out sins in public, and generally give you a good whipping in a public service. Nothing could be further from the truth – the New Testament truth.

We will finish up this short series on the qualities of the prophetic tomorrow…

The Qualities of a Prophetic Word – Part Two

Personal prophecy is both a powerful gift to be used daily as we minister supernaturally and it is a wonderful blessing to those who receive a Word from the Lord. Yesterday I began looking at ten qualities of the prophetic that we would be wise to be aware of as we minister through this gift to believer and non-believer.

1> Personal prophecy is creative
2> Personal prophecy is highly active
3> Personal prophecy creates and releases a prophetic process that leads you to the plan and purpose of God for your life

4> Personal prophecy is conditional. The Bible teaches us that personal prophecy is conditional or contingent in nature. (on line in the resource section at see: “Now that you have received a prophetic word” and “The conditions, stated and unstated, of fulfilled prophecy.”) Typically, there are conditions or provisions to be met or satisfied, prophetic directions to follow, peophetic promises to claim, and spiritual battles to be fought and won BEFORE a personal prophecy can come to pass. This is because personal prophecy is highly conditional or provisional. It depends upon you properly responding to what has been spoken over your life.

Personal prophecy therefore only expresses possibilities, not certainties; probabilities, not inevitabilities; and opportunities, not guarantees.

5> Personal prophecy is invitational. The Bible teaches that all personal prophecy is invitational in nature. It is a personal request from a personal God to you – personally! Personal prophecy invites you to participate in His will, but it will not MAKE YOU participte in His will. It is only a divine invitation or request, an opportunity,. It gently pushes you, entices you, woos you, and lures you. It suggests or requests that you respond. If you do not gladly, willingly, and properly respond to your pesonal prophecy, it will not come to pass. It will not override your personal will. You get to decide and choose what you do with the Words spoken over your life.

If you respond accordingly and properly – the Word qualifies you for life as it was speken and revealed in the Word given. If you do not respond properly the Word spoken will disqualify you. Qualification or disqualification depends upon your response.

Personal prophecy is also invitational in that it invites or attracts change. It alters, modifies, and sometimes radically transforms your life. It changes the natural realm. It will bring major changes, permanent changes. It will change relationships, circumstances, direction, your future, your focus, your perspective, your attitude, your desires and dreams. Yes, even change your personality.
You are the variable and the Word of the Lord (the prophecy) is the fixed. You will change to fit the Word.

More tomorrow as we continue our look at Ten Qualities of a Prophetic Word.

The Qualities of a Prophetic Word – Part One

I spend a great deal of my time teaching on the prophetic and ministering prophetically over people changing their lives forever through a Rhema (now) Word of the Lord about their lives. This is a gift and a ministry that I take very seriously. I spend time each week reading books about the prophetic as I want to grow and develop in this ministry. I speak to others who also flow in this ministry who are older, wiser and more mature. I train people in a School of the Supernatural on how to hear God and speak His prophetic Word over people’s lives. This is not a hobby for me or something I do occasionally. It is serious and full-time for me.

I believe in the prophetic. I believe it is life changing. The prophetic is powerful and a wonderful gift given to us by the Holy Spirit. It is a gift everyone can flow in because 1 Corinthians 14 states that “we can all prophesy.” So, for the next few days I want to quickly list ten qualties of the prophetic. I won’t bore you with true life stories that could go along with each point to illustrate the truth being expressed. I will simply describe the qualities of this supernatural gift of prophecy.

Isaiah 55:11 states that God’s Word never returns to Him void but has the power to always accomplish what it is sent forth to do. This gift of prophecy – and the prophetic Words spoken are powerful and will change lives when the conditions are met as stated in the Word given. God will do what He says He will do.

1> Personal prophecy is creative in nature. The Word spoken has a built-in energy or force to bring critical circumstances and strategic situations into existence. The Word will actually create them! Personal prophecy releases the very life, nature and power of God – and God’s will, His plan and purpose – in a person’s life. Jesus did say in John 6:63 that His words were “spirit and they are life.”

2> Personal prophecy is highly active. Prophetic words cause action, motion, movement or change in your life. These spoken words are literally alive (John 6:63). They generate activity as things begin to change. It activates. It puts God’s will for your life into forward motion and on a fast track.

First it generates activity in the spirit realm which will ultimately create activity in the physical, every day world of life in general. It also activates “stuff”. It stirs up circumstances and it stirs you up when you receive a Word. It brings critical issues to the surface and causes you to deal with them. It is “wonderfully disruptive in nature.” It disrupts your present static or stationary circumstances and shakes things up! It builds up, stirs up, and cheers up (1 Corinthians 14:3)

3> Personal prophecy creates or releases a prophetic process that releases the will of God and the power of God in your life. A prophetic Word begins or releases a prophetic process. A process is simply a series of steps designed to take you from one dimension of being and living to another. It is a prophetic process, a series of prophetic steps designed to take you from one dimension of living to a higher dimension. Ultimately, these steps will culminate in the timely fulfillment of your personal prophesy.

Personal prophecy is creative, it is highly active and it releases the will of God and a series of steps to take you into your future as designed by God Himself. And, we need to receive prophetic Words on a regular basis because “man does not live by physical bread alone but by every word that (contiunuously) proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Your DNA Changed

When you were born again you became a new creature in Christ. That is what 2 Corinthians 5:17 states – that when we embrace the Gospel of the Kingdom and become born from above or saved that we are new creatures in Christ. We have a new DNA. A new heart has been placed within us -God removed the heart of stone and gave us a heart of flesh. We have the Holy Spirit alive and living in our spirit. We have “Christ in us” but we are also “in Christ”. Think about that idea for a few minutes and you may just get excited – we are new creatures “in Christ.”

So, because we are new creatures in Christ – supernatural, extraordinary, spiritually alive and in touch with God at all times – we should live different lives than those who do not know God personally. We should have different values, different morals, different ethics, different priorities, a different focus because we have a new DNA and it is the very nature of God and His life (Zoe) flowing through our heart and veins. We are truly a royal priesthood and a holy nation with the nations. We are no longer influenced by the world, the flesh or the devil but have God’s Holy Spirit guiding and directing every thought, every word, every decision, every step that we take.

And, God is not silent and He speaks to us giving us further instruction for our individual lives. He speaks through others, His Bible, teachers and preachers, as well as prophetically. These words which warm our hearts because they come directly from God’s heart to us – these Rhema words – are given for us to build upon. These are the rock upon which a life is to be built – a life that withstands the brute force of the wind, the rain, and the waves that are inevitable in life. Otherwise you build upon the sand and that means your life is not different from non-believers and certainly not stable.

These words that we hear God speak to us personally are prophetic as they speak to our future and give us direction on how to move into God’s plans and purpose for us and our future. These are the fixed and established plans of God and we are then the variable. He will change us to fit the Words spoken and never changes the Word to fit us. So, as new creatures in Christ we will be changed and changing constantly to come into line with God’s perfect will for our lives. Change is in our new DNA and is central to our new heart.

So, examine your life. Has it really changed since you came to know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and become a vital part of the Body of Christ, His Church as found in a local expression of that worldwide body – a local fellowship or assembly of believers? Are you truly extraordinary, supernatural and thus different than your unsaved friends and neighbors? Has it made a difference in your life that you not only have Jesus’ Spirit in you but that you are “in Christ” and thus His ambassador and minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20)?

Be honest – and ask God to show you what you now need to be changing, removing, adjusting, adding to enable you to live fully “in Christ” and utilize the life that flows through you because of your new DNA so as to impact others for Jesus and His Kingdom.

Catching the Disease – the Germ

Guest Blogger – Bill Lewis, Apostle with ATM and ATMi

“Christianity conceals within itself a germ hostile to the Church.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In 1970 I was pursuing a relevant faith. Every generation needs to experience the Lord in a way that makes Him real to them. God has no grandchildren.

I grew up in a Bible believing home and church. The church I attended was famous for study of the scriptures. Yet, as so many movements experience, the fire of the fathers was gone. Left, was an intellectual acceptance, limited personal relationship, and formalities that left one dry. I still honor many of the early principles, but, even to this day, need a vitality of faith that goes beyond church attendance and morality.

Questions that I asked and comments that I made during college perplexed some professors, but questions need answers, not a brush off. To be truly honest, we must face the questions that shake our traditions and formats. When they are not answered, we somehow think there are things being hidden, or status quo has become rigid.

When you begin to question and look for alternate answers, it shakes the traditional. I was searching for a real, live, Jesus. I wanted an experience with a living God, not just a story about him. I wanted a daily experience, not just that one shot of grace experienced at the new birth. How can we be so moved, convicted, broken, and madly embracing God at conversion; only to lapse into a non-emotional, non experiential faith? I could not.

Youth is brash at times and particularly when there is non-sensical gibberish given to you and you know that it is not thought out and they are just trying to blow you off and shut you up. I liked the account of John Wimber’s first pursuit of God. He went to church, sat through the service, and then asked a deacon when they were going to do the stuff. The deacon replied with what stuff? Wimber answered, you know the stuff, the healings and miracles. Sadly, the deacon replied that they didn’t do the stuff.

So, here we have a creator God, a miracle worker, light giver, universe mover, and we do not do the stuff. Something is wrong and it is not God.

So, I began a search for more life. I would preach on Sundays and then go looking for meetings during the week for some life. We went to a bible study, a home group. We enjoyed 10 weeks of study and camaraderie and then they quit. I said you can’t quit, this is life giving! No, they said the study was done. I began another search. Almost clandestinely, some one mentioned a prayer meeting in the country and would we like to attend, but keep it quiet. We went.

I had questions about the church, I had questions about the power of God, I just had questions and God was setting me up for some answers. You see, when the church will not feed the hungry and those pursuing Him; He will make a way. Truly, Christianity has a germ in it that is dangerous for the church. Whenever the church conceals the savior, the germ begins to grow and seek the light, returning to its origins.

It was said of Billy Graham that he set the church back 200 years when he was in Russia. He replied that he really had hoped to set it back 2000 years. The germ infects us. The germ resides in the saints and breaks into full blown resurgence when life is robbed of them, or the Spirit within is crying for release.

I believe the germ is the salvation and longevity of the church. It has survived as God has caused the disease of revival to spare His kingdom on earth century after century. We are infected, praise God. Our children need the disease too. Infect them, it is communicable.

The Real Jesus

I am writing a series of teaching on 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 which states: But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

The series will have four teachings when finished (posted on line in audio and text:
1> The True Gospel (done)
2> The Real Spirit (April 10)
3> The Real Jesus (April 24)
4> The True Church (month of May)

I became facinated by these verses and began to focus on them some months ago. The thing that drew me to them was a study I am doing on the life and ministry of Jesus. It had become obvious to me that many born again believers were not worshipping the Jesus who is revealed in the pages of the Bible – both Old and New Testaments. That many were following and worshipping a “god of their own making” and that, as a result, they did not understand the true nature of God the Father. Afterall, Jesus came to reveal the Father to us and if we get Jesus wrong then we have a definite wrong understanding and impression of the Father.

As I studied the words of scripture and read a large number of books (floor to waist high pile) it became obvious that the Jesus of the Church is not the Jesus of the Bible. It has been and continues to be a revolutionary study in my life personally. It has changed my preaching, my spiritual walk with the Lord, my prayer life, my understanding of world events, my approach to witnessing. It has been and continues to be a totally life-changing experience and encounter.

Of course, I cannot squeeze all of that into one 30 to 35 minute teaching on Easter Sunday. However, I am convinced that the Holy Spirit – the real Spirit – is working hard to reveal to us the real Jesus and that when we grab hold of this revelation it will change everything – absolutely everything – in our spiritual lives and in the Church. Remember, Jesus is the Head of His Body, the Church and that the Church is His Bride and we are being prepared for the wedding … Lots of preparation to do still. So, Easter Sunday I am believing that the real Spirit will take God’s Word and plant a seed in every heart and bring forth much fruit as a result.

In the process of my reseach and discussions with my administrator for North America she mentioned a song sung by a band that actually got its start at Briercrest Bible School near my home city … a song about Jesus as He is seen today. The words are below as is a link to a UTube of the band playing the song. Take the time to read the words and then to listen and watch.

Jesus on the radio, Jesus on a late-night show
Jesus in a dream, looking all serene
Jesus on a steeple, Jesus in the Gallup poll
Jesus has His very own brand of rock and roll

Watched him on the silver screen
Bought the action figurine
But Jesus is the only name that makes you flinch

Oh, can anybody show me the real Jesus?
Oh, let Your love unveil the mystery of the real Jesus

Jesus started something new
Jesus coined a phrase or two
Jesus split the line at the turning point of time
Jesus sparked a controversy
Jesus, known for His mercy, gave a man his sight
Jesus isn’t white

Jesus loves the children, holds the lambs
Jesus prays a lot
Jesus has distinguishing marks on His hands

If anybody walks behind the Good Shepherd
If anybody holds the hands that heal lepers
And if you recognize the eyes that see forever, please…

Jesus, Jesus
Oh, can anybody show me Jesus
Oh, let Your love unveil the glory, the real Jesus

Oh, can anybody show me the real Jesus?
Oh, let Your love unveil the glory of the real Jesus, the real Jesus


Apostles Are Spiritual Fathers

There is a need for apostles to arise and become the spiritual fathers we are called to be. This is basic to the call of an apostle. They should themselves be in a mentoring relationship as every Timothy needs a Paul. However, they too must be a Paul to a younger Timothy and be mentoring those who are called to be apostles and are not yet mature in their gifts and callings. Every apostle must be both a Timothy as they are mentored and a Paul where they are mentoring others. Sadly, apostles willing to be fathered and to father are hard to find in the church world today.

Some call this coaching (at least this is what it is called in the business world) others call it discipling – it is neither . However, no matter what it is called, it is a vital part of a healthy church and is the only way to effectively train others in their calling and giftings. The mentoring relationship is the fourth level a believer must go through to become mature and be released into effective, supernatural ministry. The other three more basic levels are discipling, training, and equipping. Only after completing these three other levels of growth and maturing can mentoring begin and be effective and fulfilling to both individuals involved.

When setting up a mentoring relationship the mentor must consider a number of things:

1> Mentoring is much more than sharing information and insights. It is truly a sharing of life and ministry. Therefore, both people must be aware that this mentoring relationship will be more than simply working together or an exchange of knowledge and wisdom – it will mean being open and vulnerable – letting the other person into your heart and life as well as ministry. This is very personal as it is mentoring for life first and then for ministry.

2> You will need to jointly agree on the purpose of the relationship – in other words, what is it that you are being mentored towards or for. Often an apostle will mentor someone who is not an apostle. However, in all cases it needs to be ageed upon up-front what it is that the relationship is working towards accomplishing.

3> Determine how often you will interact. This may be meeting face-to-face or it may mean touching base with one another via Skype video, e-mails or some form of text messaging or a combination of all of these and other means of communication – like talking on the phone (an old-fashion idea).

4> How are you going to handle accountability – and accountability goes both ways. Both the mentor and the one being mentored need to be held accountable within the relationship.

5> When agreeing to the mentoring relationship – discuss and determine how and when this relationship ends. Otherwise, you will not know when your goals have been accomplished and when the relationship either ends or continues simply as a friendship or as memebers of a ministry team working together as equals.

6> Determine how often you will take a hard look at what is happening in the relationship and evaluate where it has gone and where it is headed. This will allow for some adjustments along the way and prevent the relationship going totally off course without anyone noticing it.

7> Make sure all expectations are expressed and agreed to up-front before beginning the mentoring relationship. These expectations are both expectations regarding the personal side of the relationship as well as the ministry side of things. What can you expect from them and what are you willing to give to them?

Mentoring is a great challenge and a great blessing all at the same time. It is certainly necessary for those who are young in the Lord and still new to ministry to have a mentor so as to reach the fullness of their calling and to flow in the fullness of their gifts. And, for those called to be apostles it is essential because this is literally the foundation of all that you have been called to be and do – you need both to be mentored and to be mentoring.

So, don’t wait for a mentor to come and find you – go looking and don’t stop until you find one or two more mature disciples of the Lord who are willing to invest in you and your ministry.

Despectacularizing Things

The Church today is no longer serving as Jesus did. The concept of serving has been lost in our consummer-oriented mentality that has gone from the market place into the life of the Church. People today come to be served and to receive and not to give and to serve – well, most people. You just may be the exception. And, when a believer simply serves they are seen as different and really more saintly than others when really they are simply doing what Jesus did and what He calls us to do. They are simply ordinary radicals serving those the Lord loves. But, the regular believer seea a servant of others as somewhat different, radical. Yes! But ordinary radical…

People today are drawn to lights and celebrities, to arenas and megachurches. In the desert, Jesus was tempted by the spectacular – to throw Himself from the temple so people might believe – to shock and awe people, if you will. Today the church is tempted by the spectacular, to do big, miraculous things so people might believe, but Jesus has called us to littleness and compares our revolution to the little mustard seed, to yeast making its way through dough, slowly infecting this dark world with love. Many of us who find ourselves living differently from the dominant culture end up needing to “despectacularize” things a little so that the simple way – the servant’s way – is made as accessible as possible to other ordinary people and can touch as many lives as possible.

I stand before many a crowd and preach, teach and prophesy. People are touched by God, grow in their knowledge of the Lord, and leave strengthened and encouraged. I am pleased that this happens and that the Lord honors the work I do for Him and with Him. But, after each service people line up to receive prayer and counsel. I simply stand and listen, talk, share and pray. No one notices this ministry; no one encourages it; no one thanks me for it. I am not looking to be thanked, in fact. I am simply serving people as Jesus would.

Recently after one service in Sochi, Russia I prayed (with my interpreter) for a dozen different people. Prayers ranged from seeking guidance to wanting a healing from a medical problem that came as a result of a nuclear meltdown in Ukraine many years ago. It was an amazing time when God powerfully touched peoples lives. I was simply serving His people.

And, often in coffee shops and restaurants here in my home city I find myself listening and praying (and yes prophesying) over many people who see me working on my laptop with my Bible open beside me and interrupt what I am doing to ask a question or seek insight and prayer… Serving comes in all different forms and often at times that are not always convenient. But, Jesus would be there for these people and so must we,

Remember, Jesus said that the world (unbelievers) would know we are His dsciples by our love. And we love one person at a time in often unseen ways. We do so knowing that we are doing what Jesus would do.

Not spectacular – but definitely supernatural.

Am I Really a Radical?

Everywhere I go I see radical young people on fire for the Lord. They are not playing Church and they are not being different for the sake of being different. Thy are truly committed to the Lord and what He is doing in His Church and on the planet today. However, I wonder if they are really as radical as we might think.

Most places I go to teach and minister prophetically I too am referred to as a radical as my teachings about the Church and my prophetic gifting can certainly come across as seriously different and somewhat wild when compared to normal, daily lfe in many of the churches I work with. But, I don’t view myself as a radical – simply as a follower of the Lord Jesus, a disciple.

I am reminded of a radical Catholic bishop who wore a t-short that had the following words on it: “When I fed the hungry, they called me a saint. When I asked why people are hungry, they called me a communist.” He was certainly a radical by any standard the Church might use to judge. You see, charity wins awards and applause, but joining the poor gets you killed. People do not get called radical nor get killed or crucified for charity. People are crucified for living out a love that distrupts the social order, that calls forth a new world. People are not radical for helping poor people. People are called radicals for joining them.

Maybe what these young people – and an occasional old man such as myself – are doing only seems radical because it is so different than what is currently happening and what is acceptable in most churches. It may not be radical at all – just simplya normal believer. I think that if what the young people are doing seems radical it really says more about the apathy of Western Christianity than about the true nature of this form of discipleship that appears radical. So, maybe we need to say that these young people are “ordinary radicals.”

Afterall, their way of life was typical in the days of the early Church. Their radical ways have also been seen, on occasion, throughout the history of the Church. Peter’s family and home, Martha and Mary’s home … houses of hospitality when early believers abondoned their personal belongings and possessions to a new family. Then there were those who gave up everything and left their homes with no food or money to follow Jesus. Then there are those who die for their faith even today. Radical? No, not at all – simply normal for true disciples of the Lord.

Christendom seems very unprepared for people who take the gospel seriously – I mean “life-changing” serious. Thus they are pegged as radicals when they are really simply true followers of the Lord, disciples and world-changers.