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I first became aware of Leanne Payne about 20 years ...
on July 17, 2014
I first became aware of Leanne Payne about 20 years ago when I had an interest in the fusion of evangelical Christianity, sacramental Christianity, and the healing ministry. This autobiography, while not a spellbinder, provides many insights into how Payne came to be the person she now is.
In my view, Payne is one of a small number of Christian ministers who "speak with authority." By "speaking with authority" I mean three things: first of all, her message is firmly grounded in the teachings and doctrines of traditional, orthodox Christianity; secondly, her ministry actually changes lives and seems to invoke the workings of the Holy Spirit in a tangible way; thirdly, her ministry addresses the issues of the day without compromise or apology.
One of Payne's overriding concerns - possibly stemming from the early death of her father - is the question of gender, both male and female, but primarily the crisis of masculinity in the modern world. Many years ago, Payne foresaw the rise of the "gay rights" movement, and perceived its grave threat to biblical Christianity. Today's headlines remind us how far this movement has "progressed" and how seriously it has infiltrated Christianity. Payne's answer to this and other contemporary issues is that Christians can no longer afford to compromise with "the spirit of the times," and that to continue to do so will leave the salt without its savor. And contrary to what you read in the newspaper, Payne claims that homosexuality can indeed be healed. This alone makes her a "public enemy" for much of the secular intelligentsia.
One quibble with the book is that although the photo section depicts many of Payne's "prayer partners" over the years, there is not a lot of specific detail about the actual workings of her prayer ministry. I was somewhat surprised to read that her own prayer ministry was not officially incorporated until she approached her fiftieth birthday, and it seemed that she had jumped from age 25 to age 50 with about 10 or 15 years not so much unaccounted for but significantly condensed.
The main thing I took from the book is that "spiritual warfare" will now become the lot of anyone who wants to take his or her Christianity seriously. Gone are the days when society in general will give any support at all to people who take their Christianity seriously. Indeed, we are now seeing Christians hauled into court for attempting to live their lives according to their Bible-based morality. For such people, Leanne Payne can serve as an inspiration as someone who has long been on the front lines of spiritual warfare.