Leave Those Christians Alone!

Back when I was first diagnosed with leukemia, I thought, “I’m going to trust God. I’m going to live by the grace of God, go through chemotherapy counting it all joy to have fallen into this trial, and be a testimony to God.”

I knew I could only do that by God’s grace. I was not depending on myself, but on him who strengthens us to do all things.

That was all good and fine. He did give grace, and I did what I hoped I would do. I endured, and am enduring, the treatment for leukemia with joy and delight.

I thought that would be something unusual.


Robin Roberts of Good Morning America went through breast cancer and then a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome publicly, bravely, and cheerfully. Tony Snow, former White House press secretary, prefaced a discussion of his health problems with, “I’m a very lucky guy,” even though he was aware the cancer would kill him.

The point is, I just wasn’t unusual. Those two were in the public, but I spent ten months either living in the Vanderbilt Medical Center or visiting it every day. It seemed to me that the majority of cancer patients were remarkably cheerful.

My wife snapped a picture of me helping a man out of a wheelchair into a pickup truck when I could barely walk myself. My experience was, that’s what we cancer patients do. Maybe there’s some sort of lesson about life in cancer. Cancer patients “get it.”

So do …

Sufferers of Adversity

Remember 9/11? Of course you do. That’s just a transition to get to the next point.

It stirred people up. It roused patriotism, and people leaped up to help.

Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy brought great destruction. They also stirred a great outpouring of cash and volunteers.

Don’t mess with people. You may be surprised at what you find inside of them.

Sufferers of Peace

Ever wondered about people when you don’t mess with them?

Back in the day, when schools were still allowed to teach things like this, I learned that the reason Rome fell was because they got immoral and indolent.

You want to mess up a society? Leave it alone, give it a lot of peace and prosperity without any adversity. Now that messes people up.

How To Make a Church Fail

I wrote an ebook discussing the fall of the church in the fourth century. I know a lot of people hate it when I use the term “fall of the church.” I’m not really free to care what they think because it’s an accurate term.

The ebook, just 20 pages long or so, discusses the fact that persecution didn’t work on the church, but peace did. It’s based on real history, and I like to think it’s pretty interesting because it’s written from the devil’s perspective.

You’ve heard that those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it? American Christianity is in a time of peace, and it’s a wreck. Personally, I don’t think we should wait around for persecution or a massive economic depression to get things together. I think we should be frightened of our wonderful circumstances and our embarrassing lack of commitment to Christ and repent.

I don’t want anything in exchange for the ebook. You don’t even have to give me your email address. You can download it by clicking below:

How To Make a Church Fail free download (.pdf file)

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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