In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Billy Hallowell Talks Ghosts, Demons, and Exorcisms

March 25, 2021By PK ManagerNews

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison is joined by journalist, commentator, and digital TV host Billy Hallowell on the latest episode of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.” Together they discuss pop culture’s obsession with the demonic, what the Bible says about possession, and why American evangelicals feel uncomfortable confronting the issue of demons, even when the Bible tells us their existence is undeniable.

Highlights of Hallowell’s interview in the podcast include:

What is possession and can a Christian be possessed?

“When we talk about full-on possession, it’s similar to what we see in Hollywood. Now, I’m not going to say that Hollywood accurately depicts it, but it’s like what you see in a movie where a person is completely overtaken in a way where their body is being controlled internally by demons. We see this throughout scripture, especially in the New Testament, when Jesus performs healings on people who have been overtaken, as well as the presence of demons that try to kill people. 

Possession is rare, but it happens. Oppression is more common. It’s when a type of evil is preying on your life in some way—when evil is present in your life. As I did my research, every single person said that a believer cannot be possessed. But, some said a Christian can be oppressed.”

 Breaking down the cultural obsession with the demonic and what it means for the church:

“We know that since the beginning of time, people have claimed to have had demonic experiences and we curiously want to understand it better. There’s a reason Hollywood sells a lot of movies about demonic possession because people are fascinated by it.

It’s fun to be scared and to watch a scary movie about it, but to actually talk it through and then to say if this is real, which we believe it is, what does that mean for culture? What does that mean for our lives? What is the impact of this? These are the important questions that right now the church is trying to figure out what their place is in the chaos. 

I did a survey asking church leaders of all types, not just pastors, if they believe in demons and if demons can impact people and culture. The vast majority of responses said yes. But, when we asked the leaders a follow-up question, is your church and/or leadership talking about this enough, the majority said no. 

This was really interesting to see. I think we have a real responsibility and a real moment to talk about, not to obsess over these issues, but to talk about them in a healthy way and to start those conversations.”

Is the Ouija board a harmless game or is it something more? 

“Not every single person using the Ouija board will walk away with some sort of demonic issue in their life, but a lot of people will walk away with an opening that can lead to having a demonic issue.

As I was researching the history of the Ouija board, I noticed that it changed hands in the beginning once it was created, but there was a guy, William Fuld, who bought the board and he not only bought the rights to the board, he built a factory. Now, the way the story goes is that he built the factory based on the board, telling him to do so. So he makes this new factory and his obituary in 1929, which you can find in The New York Times, talks about his death. He fell from the top of the factory and died. Now, this doesn’t prove anything about the Ouija board, but there are all of these little crumbs of the history of the board that are very bizarre and verifiable. Today, it’s a tool that people are using to try to do the things that we’re told not to do in scripture, so at its very baseline, it’s something that we should avoid.”

“On the Edge with Ken Harrison” is a weekly podcast featuring fearless, no-holds-barred conversations from a biblical worldview with the leaders, influencers and changemakers behind today’s news. Harrison shines the light of God’s Word on the toughest, timeliest issues relating to current events, faith, family and fatherhood.

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive an encouraging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison. 

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KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $2 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.

Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.

Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.

What Luis Palau Taught Promise Keepers about Evangelism

March 16, 2021By PK ManagerNews

This article appeared as a column in the Christian Post.

Introduction by Ken Harrison, Chairman of Promise Keepers

On Friday, we received the news that Dr. Luis Palau, celebrated evangelist and longtime friend of Promise Keepers, had passed to his eternal reward. Luis spoke for Promise Keepers in stadiums across the width and breadth of our country. He reminded Promise Keepers that the life of integrity for a Christian man includes a commitment to sharing the Good News of the Gospel with the lost. Today, due in no small measure to his influence, the men of Promise Keepers are praying for a massive revival and transformation in our nation by 2025.

In the 1990s, Promise Keepers published a landmark book, Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper, to explain what it meant to be a Promise Keeper. Of course, Luis Palau wrote the chapter on the Great Commission. His words are as powerful and relevant now as they were then. I’m sharing them in the prayer that together, we’ll recommit to evangelizing our world just as Luis committed to evangelizing the world.

Here, then, are the words of encouragement to the men of Promise Keepers by Luis Palau:

“Lord, I promise to help fulfill the Great Commission in my world for Your glory.

“It’s a gutsy commitment to make, no question about it. It’s not one to make lightly, flippantly or without counting the cost.

“We men should lead the way — in our families, our churches and our communities. I can think of no greater thrill than obeying the Lord in this area of personal involvement in and commitment to evangelism.

“God is calling you to be a Promise Keeper, a man of integrity. You know that. But have you grasped that the Lord is calling you to be a godly man who — as much as anything else — is committed to influencing his family, friends, neighbors, work associates, countrymen, and others around the world for Jesus Christ? Incredible? Idealistic? Impossible? Listen to what the Lord Jesus said:

‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt. 28:18–20)’

“‘Well, Luis,’ you may say, ‘I agree, the Lord does want us to help fulfill His Great Commission in our generation. It’s just that, um, I suspect He’s thinking more of using you than using me. After all, I certainly don’t have the gift of evangelism.’

“I don’t see anything in the Great Commission about gifting or talent or ability or personality or even opportunity. The Lord is clear: ‘You . . . and you . . . and you, I’m calling all of you men to go, make disciples.’

“It’s not a matter of gift; it’s a matter of heart.

“What I’ve found is that the great “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19) over the years all have shared 10 distinctives that gave them a tremendous heart for the world. Both Scripture and church history speak to the importance of these distinctives that should shape every Christian man’s heart and life:

 

• Passion for those apart from Christ

• Christ-centered message

• Holiness in every area of life

• Vision to reach the great cities

• Boldness to try new methods

• Willingness to endure criticism

• Commitment to a local church

• Love for the whole body of Christ

• Sacrificial financial giving

• Seriousness about private prayer

• Faithfulness to the end

 

“Sounds like a Promise Keeper, doesn’t it?

“Almost all of us get nervous about witnessing. At least I do, even after all these years. But when we willingly obey the Lord, He uses us.

“Today, before another hour goes by, let’s look to the Lord and say, ‘Yes, I am willing to help fulfill Your Great Commission.’ That’s prerequisite to all else. Unless we’re willing to say yes to the Lord in every area, there’s no use pretending we’re a Promise Keeper in any area of life, wouldn’t you agree?

“Next, let’s begin to take pride in the good news of Jesus Christ. Like the apostle Paul, let’s affirm, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel.’ Why? ‘Because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’ (Rom. 1:16).

“It’s sick what pride the world takes in its debauchery and sin. As Promise Keepers, shouldn’t we be all the more proud of the liberating, life-changing gospel of Christ?

“What is the gospel? It’s “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve,” and then to the five hundred” (1 Cor. 15:3–6).

“Are we proud enough to share this good news with others?

“Next, let’s gain a better understanding of those outside Christ. To me, the word that best describes our society today is confusion. According to the latest Gallup polls, an astounding eight out of 10 Americans claim to be Christians. But ask the average American to define what he or she means and you’ll be in for a surprise. Here are some of the most popular myths about what makes someone a Christian:

 

• Being born in America

• Thinking positively

• Living a good life

• Attending church

• Giving to others

• Receiving a sacrament

• Believing in God

• Talking about Jesus

• Praying

• Reading the Bible

 

“Those are all good things, but they’re not good enough! Let’s take God at His Word and not believe everything men tell us. Just because someone says he is a Christian doesn’t mean he’s right.

“Our task is urgent. To finish it, we must have the authority of God that comes from a holy life. Paul told Timothy, ‘God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim. 1:7). I like to think of that as holy boldness.

The unfinished task of winning the world to Christ is enormous. Promise Keeper, let’s press on to finish the task set before us.”

 

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Steve Arterburn Reveals How Porn Damages Marriages, How to Break Porn Addiction and Why Wives Should NOT Remain Silent

March 11, 2021By PK ManagerNews

“Sometimes you have to disturb the peace to make peace. The strategy to keep your husband’s addiction and actions quiet, such as to not reach out for help when he beats you, is a problem. That’s keeping the status quo, and we know that God does not honor peacekeepers; He honors peacemakers.” — Steve Arterburn

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison is joined by best-selling author, radio host, and pastor Steve Arterburn on the latest episode of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.” Together they discuss how pornography addicts men, how it creates a supernatural bond that leads men to hate their wives, and why women covering for their husbands and concealing their problems makes things worse. In addition, Arterburn shares his own story of the connection between pornography in his own life.

Highlights of Arterburn’s interview (edited for clarity) in the podcast include:

Ken Harrison: “Many men become stuck in the cycle of pornography addiction. It begins at a young age with inappropriate images and grows into a gripping addiction, eroding values, self-esteem, and relationships along the way. How does this affect the relationship between husbands and wives and how does a man begin to find healing?”

Steve Arterburn: “When a guy is bonding with pornography, it takes the place of the bond we experience within sexual relationships in a marriage. For example, there is the presence of oxytocin, a hormone that similarly bonds us to our wives. A bond with pornography is not just an attraction, but rather an attachment. In turn, your wife becomes a threat to this bond, so it becomes confusing why you can’t stand her anymore. In fact, some really develop a hatred toward their wives because of this new supernatural bond they’ve created with porn. This is one of the reasons why you can’t undo this addiction on your own. You don’t have the power. You have to get away from pornography and start the recovery process.

With the help of other people in the power of the Holy Spirit, you will win and be victorious, but you won’t reach this if you continue to try to recover on your own. Join a recovery program that requires humility, honesty, and the support of other men in similar positions.”

Ken Harrison: “After our recent Marriage Summit, we received letters from women with a similar narrative. These women shared that their husbands are respected in the church, but they’ve got a pornography problem. Most of the time, they’re decent guys, but sometimes they’ll fly off the handle and beat them or scream Bible verses at them about submitting because the wives don’t want to engage in the perverse world that their husbands live in. These women ask who will help them and who will do something about their current situation. What would you tell them?”

Steve Arterburn: “Sometimes you have to disturb the peace to make peace. The strategy to keep your husband’s addiction and actions quiet, such as to not reach out for help when he beats you, is a problem. That’s keeping the status quo, and we know that God does not honor peacekeepers; he honors peacemakers. When a woman says, ‘Well, I don’t want to destroy his reputation in the church’ or whatever, then you’re choosing passivity.

You are enabling evil to exist in your home. So, this is why I say we’ve got to deal with you first. We’ve got to either get the courage within ourselves, or we have to bring people around us. With two or three women together, a wife might be able to make the decision. But, keeping it secret and living in your shame and silence will not help end the cycle.

It takes the woman being willing to speak up for any of this to change. You would not only save yourself, but you would save other women who would hear what you did, and then they would step forward and have the courage to no longer let a man under the guise of Christianity, faith or godliness, abuse another woman. Jesus did not abuse women. He honored women. Any man that’s doing anything other than honor his wife has no place in church leadership. They’re not following Christ — they’re following themselves.”

Ken Harrison: “You were a Christian. You were going to a Christian college as a well-respected guy. But, you had a secret habit of looking at pornography, which led you to get a girl pregnant. Horrifyingly, you were instrumental in her having an abortion and you suffer the consequences of that choice. Many need to know that you can be a Christian, have a really big screw-up and still be used incredibly by the Lord. Is there anybody who’s too evil to get saved? What if someone’s listening and they’ve killed somebody, or they’ve been with prostitutes and drugs — are any of those people excluded from being saved?”

Steve Arterburn: “No. I killed someone and I’m absolutely convinced that I’m going to go to heaven. We can mess up, and we can be the worst of the worst, but we can all be saved through repentance and submitting to God. Having worked with Prison Fellowship, I know of the stories of people who committed the most heinous crimes. People on death row have turned their life over to Christ, and they’re experiencing a new kind of life. You are not beyond the grace and mercy of God and Christ. One of the greatest truths in the Bible is that God is rich in mercy. That’s because God is love. He loves you so much that his mercy is there for you and through his Son, you can be saved no matter what you’ve done. He still loves you, just like you would love a child no matter what they did.”

“On the Edge with Ken Harrison” is a weekly podcast featuring fearless, no-holds-barred conversations from a biblical worldview with the leaders, influencers and changemakers behind today’s news. Harrison shines the light of God’s Word on the toughest, timeliest issues relating to current events, faith, family and fatherhood.

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive an encouraging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison.

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KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.

Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.

Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.

Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.

Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.