Opinions

“One of the best ways to keep your passion for mission alive (as you prepare to leave) is to read biographies of missionaries. Each book you read is a log you add to keep the fire in your heart burning.”

“Those who can’t break away from their smartphone remind me of flies stuck on those yellow fly papers we used to hang from the ceiling of our kitchen.”

“Christians need to be more than ever involved on the artistic scene. We are called to be salt and light in the theatres and art festivals of our cities and communities.”

“The governments of our world have closed their eyes to the 50,000 Christians locked up in North Korea. While the conditions in labour camps are pure evil and with no chance of escape, the United Nations is still today unable and unwilling to do anything.”

“Christian movies of excellent quality like ‘The Case for Christ’ or ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ have been unique opportunities to invite a non-Christian friend to discover the Gospel at the cinema: a friend who would not have necessarily walked into a church or an evangelistic event. I am afraid we’ve missed golden opportunities.”

“When I was a boy, on Sunday, my mother would prepare a huge meal. After church, she would invite over a dozen believers, often those marginalised by society. How I miss those times around the table.”

“One of the most charming places on Earth is a French village with its church and cafés.”

“When we are told that tithing was ‘only practiced under the Law and therefore not for us anymore’, we forget that Abraham tithed before the Law was given, and that under the New Covenant Jesus never abolished it.”

“When I started out as a pastor in France at age 22, I decided that each week I would take a full day off. My Sabbath back then was every Monday. Over the years, I sometimes respected that day of rest, other times I neglected it. When you decide to stop running, turn your phone and Facebook Messenger off for 24 hours, not only does your body feel good, but also your soul.”

“Each night before I go to sleep, I look for 3 things that I am thankful I did that day and one thing I need to improve on.”

“Biblical anorexia is probably the greatest tragedy of the modern Church. Reading and meditating the Bible every day is the best way to keep a soul in good health.”

“My Mum and Dad have been married since 1970. They have never had one single argument in all their life together. Peace in the world starts in the home.”

“What do the Apostle Paul, Francis of Assisi, Helen Roseveare, Corrie Ten Boom, John Stott, Jackie Pullinger and Bill Wilson have in common? Celibacy.
Being single did not stop them making a great impact for the Kingdom of God.”

“There are two ways to transform a nation: Revolution or Revival. France chose a revolution back in 1789 while Britain chose revival. The French people still choose the road of revolution because they don’t know about revival, God’s lasting solution to society’s problem.”

“Most church services look like a football game: 45 minutes of worship, half time with the offering and another 45 minutes for the preaching.”

“If Bible-reading, worship and prayer are your priorities as you wake up tomorrow morning, they will automatically have an impact throughout your whole day.”

“You would do better coming to Paris as a missionary than as a tourist.”

“Do not let a salary, however big it might be, determine your calling.”

“The first question I would ask anyone looking to go out into mission would not be: ‘Why are you interested in going to that country?’ or ‘How are you doing financially?’ but ‘How is your daily time with God doing?”

“Many of our problems would find solutions if we could stop running, turn off every distraction and listen in silence.”

“A number of Christians do not see why the Church should be involved in the world of arts and entertainment. Other believers are using it to build a powerful bridge and reach out to those who’ve never heard the Gospel.”

“A 14-year-old girl came up to me one day at the end of a meeting and said: ‘I need prayer. I am addicted to social media’. The first step out of any addiction is to tell someone about it.”

“The day you become restless and dissatisfied with your Christian life could actually be the best thing that could happen to you: you then start seeking God and His will for your life.”

“To all worship leaders out there: have you ever thought of teaching a song in a whole different language? Just think of a chorus in Hungarian, Vietnamese or Afrikaans for a change. It will not only bring a touch of originality that people in church will talk about, but it will also reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ.”

“In a culture that keeps pushing us to buy more and more stuff, we can choose to live differently. Often less is best.”

“You can spend your time and energy raising funds for your ministry, or you can follow the example of George Muller, Charles Studd and David Wilkerson, who raised prayers to raise funds.”

“Many of those women celebrating the right to abort would not be celebrating had their own Mum decided to vote for the same law.”

“It’s correct Biblical theology that should influence Christian song writers. Not the other way around.”

“From London to Los Angeles to Sydney, almost every single church service across the world follows the same pattern: singing in the first half and a sermon in the second half. Very few church leaders dare to break the mould and offer a whole new alternative.”

“Those who keep on saying countries should have no borders would never imagine living or letting their children live in a house without walls.”

“Some churches have not mentioned the second coming of Christ for so long that some members of their congregations wouldn’t understand what is happening if the trumpet was heard and Jesus appeared.”

“You would be shocked to know how many churches have stored in a back room somewhere, boxes and boxes of Gospels or evangelistic tracts left there for years and now covered with dust. It’s like keeping in stock precious medicine without anyone being concerned enough to hand them out to sick people outside about to die.”

“These same tourists (or NGO workers) who are not keen to have Cambodians learn about Jesus forget that Jesus was not French or American, and that the society and culture Jesus grew up in looked in many ways like Cambodia. Being born in Palestine, Jesus was somehow Asian too.”

“These same tourists, who usually come from countries where anyone can walk into any religious building, whether it’s a church, a mosque or a temple, wouldn’t want Buddhist Cambodians to enter an evangelical church.”

“Over the years I’ve met tourists visiting Cambodia who speak very strongly against Christians who ‘come to evangelise these poor Cambodians’. These tourists who speak highly about Buddhism have forgotten that Buddhism did not come from Cambodia either. It came from outside just as much as Hinduism or Christianity did.”

“One song after another led by a band is becoming the norm in almost every church service. Individual praise has unfortunately disappeared. Little or no space is given for members to express their worship to God in their own words.”

“The second coming of Jesus has almost been erased from modern-day worship songs.”

“In the Christian world of music there are talented artists who are not necessarily anointed. Then you have anointed artists who are not necessarily talented. And finally, there are those few who are talented and anointed.”

“Pastors in church services will soon be calling people forward for prayer who cannot break away from their smartphone and the digital world in the same way people come for prayer to be delivered from drinking, drugs or gambling.”

“A Swiss missionary friend serving in Cambodia with the Adventist Church keeps strictly to the Sabbath every Saturday. In 50 years, he has never been sick once. I wonder if there is a link between a full day’s rest and good health.”

“If you worship God from your heart, no music style is second-class to Him. Celtic or Monastery worship is as precious as Hillsong. Latino and Negro Spiritual can be as anointed as the latest contemporary music band. It’s not about a music genre. It’s about God and your heart.”

“When I lived in Kep, Cambodia, I often use to see Buddhist monks as young as 8 or 9 years of age walking barefoot under the scorching sun going from house to house to collect food. Nobody said anything, including tourists. If those same tourists were back in their Western countries and those boys begging happened to be Christians, you would be hearing ‘How terrible of the Church to let children go around begging in such conditions!’ Westerners have become so tolerant of Buddhism and show such admiration towards it yet are so harsh towards Christianity.”

“My father applied Proverbs 23: 13 a few times to me when I was a boy. I’m thankful he did.”

“There was a time when at Prayer Meetings you sang an opening song then prayed for an hour. Now in many places you sing for an hour and close the meeting with a prayer.”

“If I had to rate the airports I went through last year, Seoul International Airport is probably the best; Paris Charles de Gaulle is probably the worst.”

“I have read and prayed through 3 newsletters from 3 different missionaries: one serving in Mongolia, one in Cambodia and one in Switzerland. Those Christian workers have one thing in common: they are single ladies. For some reason, very few single men are responding to the Call of mission.”

“I walked into a Christian coffee shop in Singapore. The lady behind the counter asked me: ‘Which country are you from?’ I replied: ‘I’m from France’. She then said: ‘Oh I love the French, I have already been to France.’ When I was paying, she looked at me with a big smile and said: ‘Gracias’.”

“Smartphone addiction could do more harm to daily prayer and Bible reading than any other influence we’ve known before.”

“When you’ve tried real Indian cuisine, you’ll never want to walk into a KFC or a McDonalds again.”

“Your greatest weapon: prayer. Your greatest enemy: distraction.”

“I was told Singapore was the ‘Antioch of Asia’; the country with a heart for missions. I walked into a Christian bookshop in Singapore, went to the counter and asked: ‘Would you have any books on missionaries and overseas mission?’ ‘No, we do not have any.’ was the reply.”

“Throwing Santa Claus, Father Christmas, reindeers and elves into Christmas has made it the most syncretistic and confusing day in the religious calendar.”

“I wonder why folks still send their newsletter or annual report at the time of the year when the last thing you want to do between Christmas shopping and church celebrations is to read what a distant friend has been doing throughout the year.”

“Our society is looking like a hospital ward. In a hospital people are wired up to a drip; in society people are wired up to their smartphone.”

“Every kind of sin is addressed from the pulpit. I wonder why gluttony and over-eating are left out.”

“There are two kinds of Christian artists: those who are naturally gifted and those who are gifted and anointed. The first ones entertain. The others produce changed hearts.”

“An increasing number of believers are running from one man of God to another looking for ‘a word’ while forgetting to spend time each day in the Word.”

“A number of new preachers use the pulpit to give motivational speeches. Only the preaching of the Word of God can truly transform hearts.”

“Some parents cannot imagine their children not having a smartphone. I remind them that when my brother and I were growing up in France we did not have a TV. Some people even felt sorry for us. To this day neither my brother nor I have a television. We wouldn’t want it to be otherwise.”

“Three of the best non-Christian books I have read were found at airports: ‘Good Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint’ by Christopher Witt at Hong Kong international airport, ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller bought at Doha, Qatar airport and ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain from the airport in Seoul.”

“Those who still refuse to accept Donald Trump’s victory at the elections look like a football team who, after losing the game, go marching down the pitch arguing that if the rules had been different their team would have won.”

“I spotted this girl wearing a T-shirt that said: ‘EDUCATION. NO MISSILES’. Several dictators building huge missiles today have studied in some of the best schools in the world. Kim Jong-un was educated in Switzerland.”

“I’ve started to memorize one Bible verse a day. Not only is it good for my soul, it’s also good for my brain.”

“If we had to spend one minute in hell, the content of our preaching and Christian books, the theme of our conferences and the words of our songs would be very different to what they are today.”

“Once, down in the South of France, I joined three old ladies in singing some Christian choruses I use to sing in church when I was a boy. How is it that I remember those old Gospel songs 30 years later, when I cannot remember after only 30 minutes a new song I’ve just heard?”

“The role of the Evangelist is not just about preaching to crowds but training and equipping those called to the ministry.”

“Those who think no country should get involved in North Korea should send their mother for one week to a Pyongyang concentration camp where people endure the worst kind of torture. When they see what their mother had to go through, they will run to their government and beg them, on bended knee, to do all they can to bring down one of the worst regimes the world has ever known.”

“CNN and other liberal media have one goal and one goal only: to bring down Donald Trump.”

“Jesus never ran. He was never in a hurry. He walked.”

“I have never met a Christian who, after being faithful in his tithing to God, suffered in his finances.”

“A Christian friend was telling me how his church’s goal is to follow the way the early Christians practised their faith. I reminded him that for the first two centuries, believers were often baptised naked.”

“While the English-speaking world does not know what to do with so many Bible versions, from the King James Women of Colour Study Bible to the Financial Breakthrough Spiritual Warfare Bible, millions upon millions of souls around the world do not even have John 3: 16 in their own language.”

“Not too long ago, most of our worship songs were so full of Christian doctrine that as people sang them, they not only grew in their faith but also in their knowledge of fundamental biblical truths.”

“Spotlights, smoke and sound effects will never replace the genuine Presence of Jesus.”

“The other day I was watching a sermon from Hillsong Church in Sydney. From where the camera was filming you could spot in the audience those on their smartphone texting or surfing. One of the biggest challenges for any preacher in the years to come will be just that: an increasing number of ‘listeners’ partly engaged with their phone and partly engaged with the speaker.”

“Every ministry or Christian NGO that does not lead new believers to a local church cuts itself off from God’s eternal plan.”

“It’s interesting how the word ‘sin’ has been replaced by ‘failure’ and ‘mistake’.”

“Being single does not make you less of a person. When God created you, you were already complete, and you always will be. Whether you are single or married, your life in Christ is complete and whole.”

“Overseas mission has been the blind spot of the African-American Church. The day the Black Church in the United States responds en masse to the Call of reaching the unreached with the Gospel, we will be very close to fulfilling the Great Commission.”

“Yesterday I overheard a Cambodian father talking in broken English to his children. This has become a trend in Cambodia. More and more Cambodians have given up using their mother tongue in the family. I have a feeling Khmer could end up one day as an endangered language. An endangered language is a language that is at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language. Yiddish in Europe or the Bori language in China and India are among thousands of endangered languages. Khmer could one day be one of them.”

“Sometimes the best thing that can happen during a worship service is a power cut. It then gives you an idea of the level of true worship there actually is in the room.”

“The biggest danger in a worship service is to worship worship.”

“I believe that the top two priorities of the Church today are translating the Bible into every language on earth and standing up for those across the world being persecuted for their faith.”

“Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you can either reach out for Facebook or you can put your face in The Book.”

“When I was 12 years old, I was in love with Jesus. Unfortunately, when I was 18 years old, I was in love with the ministry. Every day we need to choose to love Him more than anyone and anything else.”

“The number of Rolls Royce cars just keeps on increasing in Phnom Penh. In a country where millions of souls are suffering from poverty, and children are working on the streets, owners of such luxurious cars should be put on trial for crimes against humanity.”

“In 2050 we will look back at the way worship was done in our churches and smile at how foolish some of us were to think that our songs and music style were the best there ever was.”

“When a local church replaces intercession with entertainment, it has taken the road of decline.”