We Need More Pauls in the Church

Written by Mike Riddle

Mike is the founder and president of Creation Training Initiative. He is an international speaker and teacher on biblical creation, apologetics, and Christian education. He has been involved in creation apologetics for over 40 years.

December 16, 2015

ChurchImage01The true Christian warrior will see the spiritual battle in America and around the world as a great opportunity to get trained and join in the battle. There are billions of lost people who desperately need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 1 Cor 15:3-4).

Martin Luther gave us a good description of the true Christian warrior.


“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not professing Christ, however boldly I may be confessing Him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved!”

Martin Luther & Elizabeth Rundle Charles, “The Chronicles of the Schoenberg Cotta Family,” 1864.


The U.S. Marine Corps motto is “Semper Fidelis” which means “always faithful.”

“Semper Fidelis” signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to “Corps and country,” and to their fellow Marines. It is a way of life. A Marine once stated, “It is not negotiable. It is not relative, but absolute…Marines pride themselves on their mission and steadfast dedication to accomplish it.”
The National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center.

Wouldn’t it be great if the church in America and our Christian universities adopted this attitude toward God’s Word? The church today needs men and women who trust God’s Word and are willing to contend for the faith (Jude 3).

The Situation
A temporary roadblock to doing this, and I say temporary roadblock because it can be changed, is that many Bible believing churches in America and around the world do not have a pastor, or members in their church who can teach their congregation to share and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most Christian schools do not have a Bible teacher with the knowledge to train students to defend their faith against all the attacks on God’s Word. As a result, many of our youth are confused about what to believe and lack trust in the Bible.

The time is now to make a difference. In the Bible, Paul went from city to city making a defense for God’s Word.

… knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. (Philippians 1:17)

We desperately need more Pauls in the churches and Christian schools today who can equip their congregations.

The mission of Creation Training Initiative (CTI) is to train others with the knowledge to be like Paul and equip Christians all over the word to be able to share the Gospel and defend their faith. Like Paul, we at CTI go from city to city teaching others to share and defend the Gospel so that they can, in turn, train the people in their church. We even pay for our own travel and lodging. Every church and Christian school, no matter what size, needs a Paul to equip the saints. Please consider what your support of $25, $100, $1,000 or more can do. It can help equip one or more people in a church, who can then train many others to stand firm. We urgently need your support to continue to travel and equip others to be like Paul.

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Dear Lord,

We come to you in these times of spiritual distress. Your Word is under great attack. Our youth lack the knowledge to believe your truths. They are being taught evolution rather than you as the Creator of all things. Please LORD, we need men and women of great faith to rise up and be teachers of your truth. We need teachers who are unashamed to believe all of your Word in a world that teaches compromise and spiritual surrender. We ask for your guidance and wisdom to be faithful servants in all matters. Amen.

Mike Riddle, President of CTI, (Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, 1971-1977)


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