Awakened but Not Woke

Fire in Our Bones - Part 5

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John Amanchukwu joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast for a conversation on critical race theory. He offers practical advice on how believers can live in a way that is honoring to God and one another.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Critical race theory sees racism at all times in all situations and people as groups rather than individuals. It seeks to demonize white people because of their whiteness.

  • Racism, choosing to show bias or prejudice toward someone based on the color of their skin, is sin; and the answer to sin is always the gospel and loving your neighbor as yourself.

  • We do not need to be colorblind (not seeing someone’s skin color) but color affirming (not showing any bias or prejudice because of a person’s skin tone).

  • Rather than moving forward, critical race theory wants to take us back to a time when there was more focus on a person’s skin color than on their character and values.

  • God created us male and female, but the world today wants to bring that into question and redefine gender.

  • We live, as Psalm 12:7 says, in a lying generation—lying about race, gender and abortion—a generation that calls evil good and good evil.

  • Christian, you don’t need to worry about being canceled by our culture, because you were canceled at Calvary, covered in Christ’s blood, and wrapped in his love.

  • The Bible is right every time. It is more current than tomorrow’s newspaper.

  • The watchman is called to both watch and warn. Today, we have a lot of people watching but very few warning. God commanded the watchman to warn; but if he didn’t, then the people’s blood would be on the watchman’s hands.

  • God is love, but love is not God because not all love is godly.

  • The church doesn’t need more tolerance but more boldness to proclaim the truth of scripture, even if it means losing our lives.

  • Penn Jillette, a professing atheist, said that he has no respect for someone who believes people are going to hell, yet doesn’t take the time to warn them because they feel it might be socially awkward.

  • There is hope for this generation, but it must begin with the truth and authority of God’s Word. We are all sinners in need of God’s saving grace.

  • The Bible warns believers not to be unequally yoked with nonbelievers.

  • Salvation is the free gift of God, but it cost Christ his life. Following Jesus is going to cost you something as well—reputation, friends, family, etc.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Romans 3:23; Romans 12:19, 21; Genesis 5:2; Psalm 12:7; 2 Chronicles 18:21; Exodus 20:13; Proverbs 6:16–19; Jeremiah 1:5; Ezekiel 33:1–7; Isaiah 58:10; Revelation 12:7–12; Genesis 3; Exodus 1:15–2:10; Matthew 2:16; Jeremiah 32:35; Acts 4:23–31; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Samuel 2:12–36, 4:1–10; Isaiah 5:8–25; Isaiah 6:1–10; John 4:1–42 Romans 1:24–28; Mark 9:14–29; John 3:7; Matthew 11:7–12; John 17:17–21; Psalm 119:90; Matthew 7:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14–15; Deuteronomy 22:10; 2 Corinthians 4:7

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About John Amanchukwu

John is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he played football under Coach Chuck Amato. John received a master’s degree from Liberty University in Christian Ministry. Among other accomplishments, on the local and national level, he has served as the leader of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and has been a youth pastor for fifteen years. Over the past four years, John has led a 40-week prayer walk for Love Life at one of the busiest abortion clinics in the Southeast.

John is a true Southern Preacher calling the next generation to repentance and action. He has been married to his wife Crystal for 14 years, and they have three children. Together as a family, they pray, worship, and serve in their church, the local abortion clinic, and wherever there is a need.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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