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Purity for Life

By Pure Life Ministries

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Purity for Life is the bi-weekly podcast from Pure Life Ministries. Our show will take you where real life meets real Christianity as we tackle the tough issues for those struggling with sexual sin.

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A much needed podcast...

Although I am lucky to have been a graduate of pure life ministries residential program, I can still say that this podcast is a refreshing voice for holiness in a very dark world. Great topics, excellent production and relevant content all work together for a surreal listening experience. God bless Purelife Ministries and God bless all who listen to this podcast.


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Passionate, yet leaders seem angry and sad. Unwittingly promotes spiritual meritocracy.

Listened to some podcasts. There are some nuggets of biblical truth here that I believe would behoove the average American believer to hear. However, the founder, Steve Gallagher, seems to be a very unhappy man who believes he has been called to return a “fear and trembling” mentality to the American church. Now, I do not believe him to be angry based on petty things such as tone of voice or temperament. It is very apparent that this man cares deeply about what he is saying, and is a very passionate individual. Sadly, I am not convinced that this stems from a true compassion for others. I assume this gentleman would dispute me by saying he is showing true mercy, or “love in action", by being a minister who delivers a tough, yet poignant and necessary message.

Unfortunately, it is the opinion of this reviewer that he is unwittingly promoting a spiritual meritocracy. He claims that it is by grace, not works, that one is saved. Yet, the crux of his message is what one must (and must not) do to avoid eternal damnation and gain eternal life. He makes blanket assertions of what is wrong and right (alcohol, TV, music genres, films, etc.) and states that true salvation will be apparent based on what one does or doesn’t do. Essentially, he claims that a truly saved soul wouldn’t engage in activities he deems worldly.

I’m afraid that what he is postulating is more personal opinion and preference, and less of what Christ was really about. I’m no theologian, but I recall the only admonishment Christ delivered while on earth was to the clean-surfaced, socially upright, religious leaders. Not those who indulged in too many pleasures of the flesh.

I am always leery of a minister who assumes the legitimacy of another's salvation based on the types of shows they watch or the music they listen to. I’ve known people who attend church weekly, refuse to indulge in drink, only watch PG movies, and listen to music only made on a Christian record label with hearts more sinister and wicked than those who don’t go to church or hold themselves to such rules. If Christ was true in his claim that salvation cannot be earned, then it is arrogant and harmful to think that one’s reconciliation with God is based on what they refrain from doing. Paul taught this very lesson to Peter in Galations. Mr. Gallagher makes frequent mention of the “church” and the “world” with the need of the formal being unblemished from the latter. I understand this point, but where is the line drawn? What is considered the dividing line between what is the difference between world and church? Churchgoers mustn’t listen to rock music or swear? Again, I believe this to be a matter of personal opinion and preference about what is and is not acceptable for a Christian to do. Sadly, it tends to promote a clique mentality, and a separation of churchgoers from non-churchgoers based on elitism and self-righteousness.

Mr. Gallagher also went on record stating that doubt of one’s own salvation is a sign of being not right with God, and you must correct this with repentance, until there is no doubt of where you stand on God and your own salvation. This teaching is not only inaccurate but prideful. It is impossible to obtain absolute certitude of anything, which is why “belief” is required. If absolute certitude existed, belief would not be necessary. Uncertainty and faith can coexist. We understand God and self using imperfect and flawed mental facilities. This imperfection renders doubtlessness impossible. This is not a bad thing. Doubt enables true humility. It is ok to doubt. If an atheist told me he has absolute certainty that there is no God, I would think him arrogant and foolish. If I told an atheist I had absolute certainty that there is a God, would he not think the same of me? Jesus told Thomas “blessed are those who believe without seeing.” He did not condemn Thomas for his doubt. Thomas was doubting what the other disciples had already seen. We, like Thomas, have not seen his hands, nor touched his wounds. As of yet, we are required to believe.

Forgive the length of this review. I did not intend to write a novel! I’m not even sure if anyone from Pure Life Ministries will see this, but I felt I needed to give an honest review. Ultimately, I believe Pastor Gallagher is a well-intentioned, intelligent, and passionate individual. But if I was pondering giving this Christianity thing a try, I would not want the religion he is postulating.

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