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THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA
Church Report ^ | 04/29/2006

Posted on 04/28/2006 9:01:49 PM PDT by SirLinksalot

The Church Report is pleased to announce this year’s list of The 50 Most Influential Christians in America. Thanks to the readers of the magazine as well as the online readers for contributing over 150,000 nominations. Each of the people on this list is most deserving of this recognition. As with all types of lists, there are those who are not on the list – not because they weren’t deserving – but simply because we did not have enough space to publish a list of the 100 most influential. The staff of The Church Report did not choose this list; rather, we feel that the nominations from Christians across America and around the world are much more meaningful.

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1 posted on 04/28/2006 9:01:52 PM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: SirLinksalot

I did not know that Dr. Phil is a Christian.

I'm glad that Chuck Colson made the list, as he certainly has had a profound impact on me.

While interesting, I wonder if such a list is really advisable. None of the fine Christian men and women will get into heaven in the order in which they appear on this list. And I know the Church Report people don't believe that, but I'm just not sure I'd want to rank who is most influential, etc.


2 posted on 04/28/2006 9:17:09 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: SirLinksalot

Lol the Pope #44? I'm not Christian but something tells me
the writer(s) of these "Power Rankings" has a particular agenda.


3 posted on 04/28/2006 9:17:57 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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Ping to read the list later....


4 posted on 04/28/2006 9:26:41 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Colossians 4:5)
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To: SirLinksalot
Number 15 :>} Great! Joni is very remarkable and dedicated. She has achieved much for The Lord under the most challenging conditions. We got to see her about 12 years ago. She is amazing.
5 posted on 04/28/2006 9:32:42 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: SirLinksalot
It really does help if you can post a live link! Go here --
6 posted on 04/28/2006 9:33:47 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SirLinksalot

It would seem that Pope Benedict XVI would be the most influential because of the number of Catholics in the world.

Definitely a bias/media bias in this list. Sean Hannity above the Pope? What a farce! Sean Hannity is OK, but he would never want to be ranked above Pope Benedict.


7 posted on 04/28/2006 9:37:20 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SirLinksalot

I find this extremely interesting. I am somewhat confused as to how they got ranked in that order. SEAN HANNITY is #40 and POPE BENEDICT XVI is #44? Does the producer of this list really think that Sean Hannity(as much as I like him), is really more influential than the Pope?

It makes it a little suspect to me and I am not Catholic.


8 posted on 04/28/2006 9:38:21 PM PDT by Proud Conservative2 ("When people show you who they are...BELIEVE THEM the first time..." Maya Angelou)
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To: SirLinksalot
Top ten on this list:
 
T.D. Jakes
 
Joel Osteen
 
Billy Graham
 
Rick Warren
 
Bill Hybels
 
Paul Crouch
 
Joyce Meyer
 
George W. Bush
 
James C. Dobson
 
Chuck Colson
 
 

9 posted on 04/28/2006 9:38:28 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Great minds think alike :)


10 posted on 04/28/2006 9:40:50 PM PDT by Proud Conservative2 ("When people show you who they are...BELIEVE THEM the first time..." Maya Angelou)
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To: sandyeggo

"<P.S.S. - Benny Hinn???)"

That one was a shocker to me. He has always reminded me of an opportunistic snake oil salesman.


12 posted on 04/28/2006 9:51:12 PM PDT by Proud Conservative2 ("When people show you who they are...BELIEVE THEM the first time..." Maya Angelou)
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To: Proud Conservative2

Definitely. Strange list.


13 posted on 04/28/2006 9:55:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sandyeggo

Benny Hinn?
Why would he be there?

A mystery, I guess!


14 posted on 04/28/2006 9:56:20 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Proud Conservative2

Another thing, President Bush would not want to be ranked before the Pope either.


15 posted on 04/28/2006 9:56:58 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

He's Protestant. To him, the Pope's just another Christian.


16 posted on 04/28/2006 9:59:14 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (".... We are a nation of Americans. We are DECENDED from legal immigrants"- johnandrhonda)
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To: SirLinksalot

Christ. He's still here.


17 posted on 04/28/2006 10:00:24 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: bannie; sandyeggo

Absolutely! Where is Christ on this list?

What about the Blessed Virgin Mary?


18 posted on 04/28/2006 10:02:23 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: TypeZoNegative

No, I don't think that is true. As heads of state, they have met before. It's more than just the leader of the Catholic Church.


19 posted on 04/28/2006 10:03:14 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: TypeZoNegative

**It's more than just the leader of the Catholic Church.**

meeting the leader of the United States. There is a deep respect. Readings the articles about Bush and even Laura meeting the Pope gives one many details about the respect extended to the Pope.


20 posted on 04/28/2006 10:05:05 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SirLinksalot

The Pope's not an American, so it's a little strange to have him on the list. Maybe they didn't want to look very hard for Catholics. More significant is that the old "mainline" Protestant denominations don't show up much on the list -- except maybe Baptists. Are evangelicals and non-evangelicals really that split? Different worlds?


21 posted on 04/28/2006 10:14:04 PM PDT by x
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To: sandyeggo; Salvation

"If you go to the Church Report and click on the link "meet the staff", you will find several names which are also found on the list of the "top 50 Christians"... "

Thanks for pointing that out.

This is part of the staff...

Newt Gingrich...this one was a real good Christian the way he treat his cancerous wife.
Stephen Baldwin......what a nut this one has been for years.
Dr. Paul Crouch, Sr.#6
Joyce Meyer #7
Chuck Colson #10
Dr. Robert H. Schuller #19
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.#39
Dr. Phil McGraw #50

hmmmm.....


22 posted on 04/28/2006 10:14:44 PM PDT by Proud Conservative2 ("When people show you who they are...BELIEVE THEM the first time..." Maya Angelou)
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To: SirLinksalot

John MacArthur
John Piper
Chuck Smith
Lambert Dolphin
D James Kennedy
Greg Laurie
Franklin Graham
Billy Graham
RC Sproul
Chuck Missler


23 posted on 04/28/2006 10:16:42 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (((172 * 3.141592653589793238462) / 180) * 10 = 30.0196631)
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To: Proud Conservative2

I'm no fan of Benny Hinn, but there's no doubt he's influential. I'm not sure the list is, or should be, a commentary on the theologies, whether sound or flawed, of its members, but simply a list on how much "influence" their opinions have over sizable segments of the Christian population, from Catholic to Methodist to Baptist to Evangelical and everything in between.

Then again, there are noticable exceptions going by the critera of influence. What about the Left Behind guys? Oral/Richard Roberts? Jerry Falwell? Pat Robertson? Hal Lindsey? Al Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? Ralph Reed? That foul Bishop Spong? Heck, Reverend Barry Lynn, who just sits and whines on cable about Christianity, and thus provides cover for the increasingly leftwing "mainstream" American Protestant denominations? All these characters are far more influential (unfortunately) than many if not most on that list.


25 posted on 04/29/2006 12:04:50 AM PDT by 0siris
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To: sandyeggo; Salvation

No Antonin Scalia,no Clarence Thomas,no Father Neuhaus,no Mother Angelica,no Father Fessio,no Paul Weyrich,no Scott Hahn,no Sam Alito,no Chief Justice Roberts,no William Buckley,no Phyllis Schlafley,no Michael Novak and Pope Benedict XVI in 44th place????? This list is quite a chuckle.


26 posted on 04/29/2006 1:14:19 AM PDT by saradippity
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To: SirLinksalot

It's a wierd list, is all I can say. When I saw no Catholics in the top 40, I thought, "Aw, Geez, not this again..."

But no, there are some Catholics way down the list. And hardly the most orthodox (read, Christian) ones, either: Sean Hannity??? (Not that Sean isn't a good Christian! please please please please don't take me the wrong way! It's just WIERD to see him ahead of the POPE! I mean, either count the Pope or don't, but I dare say he had more of an impact on American Catholicism than SEAN HANNITY (??!!!))

Where's John Roberts? Who the heck is that guy at #1? Andm geeessh, McCarrick is yesterday's news...


27 posted on 04/29/2006 2:13:04 AM PDT by dangus
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To: saradippity

>> no William Buckley,no Phyllis Schlafley,no Michael Novak <<

... no Kathryn Lopez, no Rod Dreher, no Jonah Goldberg... oh, wait, uh, nevermind. :^)


28 posted on 04/29/2006 2:16:00 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus; 0siris; x; Salvation

As an evangelical, a lot of the names do sound "right there" for me. It tilts a lot towards evangelical Christianity. I would probably add Chuck Smith, John MacArthur, and R.C. Sproul to the list.

Still, questions remain. How do they define "Christian"? Do we mean Christendom or the universal church? (They may be synomymous to the world, but the two do have different meanings among evangelical Christians). Some of them like Robert Schuller aren't particularly Christian.

And do we limit Christians that are primarily concerned with evangelism or those who are in public life who also happen to be Christians and whose conducts are obviously tied to Christian beliefs?


29 posted on 04/29/2006 4:18:09 AM PDT by NZerFromHK (Leftism is like honey mixed with arsenic: initially it tastes good, but that will end up killing you)
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To: All

Have a look at the response to this list from (evangelical) Christian-oriented Rapture Ready: (note: it is not allowed to link to this thread from RR accordint to their board rules. I think I can link it from this site though):

http://www.rr-bb.com/showthread.php?t=239265

Interesting that the consensus seems to be not enough genuine Bible-believing teachers. Someone put his top 10 as:

John MacArthur (know him)
Charles Stanley (know him)
Tom Shrader (who?)
D. James Kennedy (know him)
Ed Hindson (I know him, but will be "who?" to many of you here)
Zola Levitt (I know him, but will be "who?" to many of you here)
David Reagan (I know him, but will be "who?" to many of you here)
Jan Markell (who?)
David Jeremiah (I know him, but will be "who?" to many of you here)
Jerry Johnston (who?)

Another poster from a mainline Protestant background (UMC) put his ideas of whom should be on the list. Note his mainline Protestant background shows here - his list reads like who's who of conservative-leaning mainline Protestant Christians:

John Stott
Thomas Oden
Alvin Plantinga
Ben Witherington


30 posted on 04/29/2006 5:33:21 AM PDT by NZerFromHK (Leftism is like honey mixed with arsenic: initially it tastes good, but that will end up killing you)
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To: bannie
"Christ. He's still here."

The category is "Christians". I'm not sure, logically or theologically that Christ could be called a Christian.

31 posted on 04/29/2006 5:44:33 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Zack Nguyen
Is Dr. Phil a Christian? This is the first time I have heard that.

CC&E

32 posted on 04/29/2006 5:56:44 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Be nice, I'm new here)
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To: SirLinksalot
What an odd list. It is more evidence of the sad state of Christianity in our country, that some of those folks are *that* influential. May God have mercy on us!

CC&E

33 posted on 04/29/2006 6:01:05 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Be nice, I'm new here)
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To: SirLinksalot; P-Marlowe; xzins; blue-duncan; Buggman; Revelation 911; Gamecock; Dr. Eckleburg; ...
Thanks to the readers of the magazine as well as the online readers for contributing over 150,000 nominations.

I think that tells us a lot about this "poll" so to speak.

34 posted on 04/29/2006 6:26:57 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: P-Marlowe

What's that? Your list?


35 posted on 04/29/2006 6:29:18 AM PDT by Gamecock (Never confuse your Justification with your Sanctification)
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To: SirLinksalot

NOT very many reformed (Calvinist) types. But I guess Chuck Colson and D. James Kennedy ain't bad....


36 posted on 04/29/2006 6:32:36 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Gamecock; P-Marlowe

He's a neener. We don't have a list.


37 posted on 04/29/2006 6:39:49 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: AnalogReigns

I can't swear to it, but I think that Eareckson Tada is a Calvinist.

She shows up at quite a few Calvinist Conventions.


38 posted on 04/29/2006 6:43:22 AM PDT by Gamecock (Never confuse your Justification with your Sanctification)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Isn't Brother Cloud on your list? ;-)


39 posted on 04/29/2006 6:44:03 AM PDT by Gamecock (Never confuse your Justification with your Sanctification)
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To: SirLinksalot

The most influential Christians are the ones you see everyday, trying to be good Christians.


40 posted on 04/29/2006 6:44:57 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: Gamecock

You'd have to check with the bureau in Nepal.


41 posted on 04/29/2006 6:50:27 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: Corin Stormhands

hehehe


42 posted on 04/29/2006 6:51:23 AM PDT by Gamecock (Never confuse your Justification with your Sanctification)
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To: Salvation

From what I have seen of Catholics in the US, edicts from the Vatican are treated more like "suggestions" at best and blown off completely in most cases by most average catholics.


43 posted on 04/29/2006 6:55:10 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: SirLinksalot
I would have put Condi in there. She's an evangelical. If they're going to put Bush in there, they'd best put Condi.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

44 posted on 04/29/2006 6:58:29 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: dangus
When I saw no Catholics in the top 40, I thought, "Aw, Geez, not this again..."

This here Protestant boy doesn't thing much of that list either. Media driver pop-Christianity.

Who the heck is that guy at #1?

Someone who doesn't hold to the orthodox doctrine of the trinity, so I hear.

45 posted on 04/29/2006 6:58:56 AM PDT by Lee N. Field
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To: x
old "mainline" Protestant denominations don't show up much on the list -- except maybe Baptists. Are evangelicals and non-evangelicals really that split? Different worlds?

Yes, different worlds. One world that embraces gay pastors, does'nt preach too much on personal holiness, and reinterpts scriptures to support whatever will tickle the ears of their social clubs.

The other world is filled with Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ.

46 posted on 04/29/2006 7:04:02 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: SirLinksalot

They've got some non Christians on there. Did they ever bother to figure out WHAT a Christian IS?


47 posted on 04/29/2006 7:04:36 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: NZerFromHK
Jan Markell (who?)

Heavy prophecy buff, from the expected D. P. perspective. What would you expect from Rapture Ready?

John Stott
Thomas Oden
Alvin Plantinga
Ben Witherington

Of which I recognize Stott and Pantinga. Point being, everyone's going to have a different list.

48 posted on 04/29/2006 7:06:39 AM PDT by Lee N. Field
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To: nmh


The social doctrine that has invaded even the Evengelical Church muddies the water.


49 posted on 04/29/2006 7:08:52 AM PDT by Gamecock (Never confuse your Justification with your Sanctification)
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To: NZerFromHK



Preacher Zola Levitt dies
Known for 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem'



Posted: April 19, 2006
2:21 p.m. Eastern



© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com


Zola Levitt
Jewish Christian preacher Zola Levitt died today after battling cancer, according to his ministry website.

Levitt, known for the tagline, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," had a television program seen on several Christian networks, "Zola Levitt Presents."

He died at home in Dallas, where he led the non-profit Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc.

Levitt was diagnosed with cancer Feb. 10, which had spread from his left lung to his liver and brain, according to his son, Mark Levitt, who posted updates on the ministry website.

Mark Levitt said in a recent post that that in response to the illness, his father was "doubling his efforts to produce extra TV programs and create more informative and outspoken newsletters than ever."


"What a soldier's testimonial – to stay at his post until called away by Yeshua! Happy is the man whose work is his play," Mark Levitt wrote.

Author and columnist Hal Lindsey said he was "greatly grieved that a great defender of Israel has laid down his sword."

Continued Lindsey: "Zola has been a friend of mine since our days together at Dallas Theological Seminary, several decades ago. I rejoice that he suffers no more, but grieve for his family."

Responding to today's news, a follower of Levitt's ministry wrote: "I praise the Lord for the life He granted to Zola; for Zola’s willingness to be used by God in great ways; for the thousands of lives he touched through his ministry and music; and for the grace and peace of knowing that Zola’s reward can be ours, too, someday."


50 posted on 04/29/2006 7:14:20 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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