Lack of intimacy breaks down Christianity


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Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2011, 8:40 am
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By Leon Lagerstam, leon@qconline.com
SILVIS -- Brides and "grooms" know what intimacy feels like.

Bishop, author, preacher and evangelist DK Grooms is no exception, and he shares his knowledge in a recently published book titled ''Christianity Broken.''

''Our degree of intimacy with Jesus Christ is how we will be judged,'' Bishop Grooms said.

He said he once thought about titling his his book "Broken Christianity.'' "But then I reconsidered, because what Jesus did for us was perfect. What's been broken has been done by man.''

What's broken, he thinks, is that people don't have enough intimacy with the Lord.

''I have heard so many people say they have a personal relationship with Him, but an intimacy with Jesus Christ is different,'' Bishop Grooms said. ''I have personal relationships with my family, my neighbors, my friends, and even my dog, but intimacy is different, and deeper.''

It's remindful of Scriptures comparing the church and Christ to a bride and bridegroom -- ''That's the degree of intimacy I'm talking about,'' he said. ''Out of that kind of union is a oneness and it's life giving.

''Personal relationships don't bring new life. Intimate relationships do.''

And his heart aches for people of faith ''to have a clearly defined relationship with Christ,'' he wrote on his website, dkgrooms.com, where orders for the book published by iUniverse Publishing may be placed and information found.

He said his book, the first of a series he plans to write, ''is available everywhere. On Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on my other rocksolidtruth website.''

Bishop Grooms began a full-time ministry in 1988, after what he called a ''rebellious lifestyle.''

He founded Abundant Life Church in Moline, and was its pastor for 20 years, until about three years ago, when he said he chose ''a more global place to be.'' As an evangelist, he crusades around the world, including to Pakistan.

He said his experiences as a pastor and global evangelist were what inspired him to write his book. ''And the Lord spoke to me, not in an audible voice, but birthed the idea in my spirit to write this.

''I hope people will buy it, read it and step into a more intimate relationship with Him.

"When people are intimate with Christ is when lepers are cleaned, the dead are risen, the blind eye sees and deaf ears are opened,'' he said.

''This book was written for the longing heart; those desiring to know the magnificence of God, in his great length, height, depth and breath, and how they might possess him in fullness, as Scripture clearly states,'' according to online promotional materials.

''If Christianity is practiced right, it will change you,'' Bishop Grooms said. ''If it doesn't change you, it's not real Christianity.''

He believes that intimately.





DK Grooms

Address: Silvis.

Birth date: Sept. 18, 1946.

Occupation: Evangelist, author, pastor.

Hometown: Rocky Ford, Colo.

Family: Wife, Linda Grooms, daughters, Dondra, Donai and Mia.

Favorite Scripture: 2nd Peter 1:3.

Favorite Biblical character I'd like to meet: ''I'd love to be Mary at His feet.''

Hobbies: ''Preaching, traveling abroad, tennis, spending time with my daughters.''

Peak experience: ''Being called into the ministry in 1988.''

One thing I feel strongly about: ''A stronger intimacy with Christ.''

I wish I knew how to: ''Have all the answers for peoples' problems.''
















 



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