The following pages at [ www.jim-durkin.tlchrist.info ] comprise a "subsite" of our overall ministry - "Total Love In Christ Ministry" - at [ www.tlchrist.info ].
They are in NO way related to the former nor to the present "Gospel Outreach Ministries", nor to "Radiance Media Ministry".
They are in NO way affiliated, endorsed, sponsored nor supported by them. Gospel Outreach, either in part or in whole, does not necessarily share or endorse ANY of the doctrines and/or teachings of the parent site (TLC). "Apostolic Foundation, Truths that shaped the ministry and direction of Gospel Outreach" was written by Dave Sczepanski, as most of the books were authored by Jim Durkin. That, however, DOES NOT imply that either of them was or is in ANY way affiliated or associated with this ministry.
These pages are offered SOLELY as a memorial and a dedication to the work that God accomplished through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the ministry of Gospel Outreach, upon the person of Jim Durkin and upon those who submitted themselves to discipleship under him. Through his three-fold message of (God's) Purpose - Vision - Discipleship, lost youth were transformed into "MIGHTY Men (and women) of God"
I am the Founder and Director of TLC, and was privileged to be a part of a number of Gospel Outreach churches during the 1970's and 80's, including the main center at Eureka, CA. I was at the Lighthouse Ranch, lived at the H Street house and worked at Radiance Media. I knew Jim Durkin personally.
It is MY conviction, and that of TLC as a whole, that the giftings and message of Apostleship, leadership and discipleship -- and of God's "Purpose and Vision" -- are AT LEAST as relevant and as much needed by the Church today (if not more so) than they were during the days of Jim's earthly life!!!
Now this seems (to ME at least) to be a rather irrational complaint, for it is a complaint against God for equipping Jim to be gifted as the minister that HE was and GO to be the type of ministry that IT was. If ALL that this individual was reviling in GO had been removed, it would NOT have been Gospel Outreach. The items that are mentioned are what made GO to be GO !!
It would seem that this individual would have been right at home in ancient Israel when they told the prophet Samuel: "Now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have" ** 1Sam 8:5. He would say rather, "We would have a Board of Deacons to lead us so that it is THEY who can appoint for us a pastor who will do and say as WE want and NOT one who listens to God's voice"!!
THIS comment, along with the rest of the tone and tenor of the topic that was being discussed, reinforced in my mind the belief that we STILL need the basic revelation and concept that God revealed to Jim in HIS time of trouble and despair as much or MORE today. Satan has CONTINUED to infiltrate God's Church with his lies, delusions and deceptions of dilution, rationalization and compromise -- and there seem to be very few voices with the revelation, clarity and courage that God gave to Jim speaking against them !!
This revelation was, in Jim's OWN words:
I believe that Jim's heart and vision was that we are to cleanse our hearts and lives FULLY of the religious trappings and snares of this "world system", and prepare and make room in them for God to instead FULLY fill them with His TRUE "riches and treasures".
I don't believe (having known Jim, his work and his teachings) that it was EVER his intent to DEPRIVE anyone of any GOOD thing or to take away anything of REAL value.
As Jim expressed on the tape in question, his PARTICULAR cleansing that he allowed to take place in his OWN life cost him AND his family a GREAT deal. However, I believe that God MORE than rewarded him (AND GO) for his willingness and obedience !!
I believe that it made room for the tremendous infilling of gifts and graces that allowed him, those who allowed themselves to be discipled by him and GO to effect (in its day) the tremendous and far-reaching work that God accomplished.
When God commanded Abraham to take Isaac up on Mt. Moriah and SACRIFICE him there, do you think that perhaps God had in mind some kind of "spiritual" sacrifice ?? NO !! -- I think that He meant, to Abraham's understanding, to go and LITERALLY kill him - with a LITERAL knife - LITERALLY dead!
WHY -- because God wanted a blood sacrifice ? Of course not !! Maybe He wanted to see what Abraham would do - I don't think so - I think that He already knew. Perhaps His intent was so that Abraham HIMSELF could see what he would do -- YES, I think so !!
If Abraham had reasoned as Jim spoke about he himself doing in his early years -- "We KNOW what God's Word says, but we also know that it can't REALLY mean that. There must be some 'spiritual' interpretation'" -- Abraham would have probably found a way to avoid God's clear word and do what HE wanted to do.
Maybe he would have reasoned, "God can't REALLY mean for me to literally kill my one, my ONLY son. I have loved him so much - he is "flesh-of-my-flesh" - my ONLY true heir- we have had such happy times together. What about Sarah - how will we go on without him - and what about the great ministry that God promised me through him ?? God must mean for me to sacrifice him 'spiritually' - to give him fully over into God's service. That way, one day I might have many children and grandchildren, and His word to me to be 'a father of many nations' will be fulfilled."
However, Abraham mustered up the faith and courage to be obedient to God's voice, and we all know the outcome. What we DON'T know (fortunately) is what the outcome would have been had he refused LITERAL obedience and instead turned to some carnal rationalization as too many are prone to do today when God asks of them some seemingly "hard" thing !!
Do you think that it was mere coincidence (or that GO was somehow comprised of SPECIAL, super-Christians) that a collection of ragtag, hippie dropouts were able to be used so mightily to expand His Kingdom ?? NO, it was because, in the beginning, we came to God with that RADICAL, sold out heart (like Keith Green had and sings of) that unabashedly cried out to Him, "ALL for you God" and TRULY meant it !!!! Please click on the following link to listen to a collection of songs by Keith Green. Much of his music has REALLY inspired me over the years !! Click [ HERE ].
I guess that God CONTINUES to ask the same question today -- "What price are you and I WILLING to pay to receive that which He wishes to pour out upon those who are open and ready" ??
"I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things indeed, I regard them as dung! that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ's faithfulness ...... My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection ......" **** Philippians 3:8-10