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Persecuting Christians, Non-Believers, and Why Ian Inman Chose Jesus

Written by:

IAN INMAN - Disciple, Soldier, Speaker, Author


IAN INMAN IS A RESULTS COACH FOR ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE READY TO REIGNITE THEIR LIFE AND BUSINESS THROUGH CHRIST.

  • Founder & Host of @operationlifehq

  • 5x Best Warrior & 2x SORB Commando Winner

  • Airborne, Air Assault, SERE, SEMA, Recruiter

  • Results Coach Feeding 1 Billion Children

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Table of Contents:

  • What is a Disciple and what do I mean by "Discipleship"?

  • Why did I renounce my faith and persecute Christians?

  • Why do some Christians turn discipleship into a witch hunt?

  • What denomination did I choose and why?

  • Why should we become disciples of Jesus?

  • How do we become a disciple of Jesus?

Ian Inman being baptised at Banner Church Wisconsin by Pastor Brandon Liebe and Pastor Amber Liebe. Brandon Liebe (left) and Amber Liebe (right) baptizing Ian Inman (middle) September 18, 2022 at Banner Church an Assemblies of God Church in Wisconsin. Ian Inman is the founder of Operation Life, Host of The Operation Life Podcast with Ian Inman, Motivational Speaker, Christian Author, and High-Performance Results Coach for Christian Entrepreneurs. Ian Inman gave his life to Jesus on April 17, 2022 and is now set out to feed 1 billion starving children through his ministry Operation Life, LLC.
Brandon Liebe (left) and Amber Liebe (right) baptizing Ian Inman (middle) September 18, 2022 at Banner Church which is an Assemblies of God Church in Wisconsin.

Please note: All opinions expressed in this blog post are of Ian Inman and do not represent the opinions of the US government, military, or the churches he is affiliated with. Ian Inman is a free speaker and loves to talk on sensitive topics about religion. Ian turned away from his faith and pursued the darkest depths of the world persecuting Christians as an intellectual agnostic before giving his life back to Jesus. He is not blind to the problems of modern day religion and hopes to encourage others to at least start asking more questions about what they believe. One of Ian Inman's missions is to spark curiosity in exploring the possibilities of God and questioning our current beliefs.


What is a Disciple and what do I mean by "Discipleship"?

Let's start with the basics. A disciple is a devout follower of Jesus and discipleship is their mission to spread the teachings of Jesus found in the Bible. The two main versions of the Bible I use are the New International Version (NIV) and English Standard Version (ESV) while also cross-referencing the Amplified Bible (AMP) for the most accurate translations.


Why did I renounce my faith and persecute Christians?

Being raised in the "Bible Belt", there was a protestant church on every street corner. This was my first introduction to the Christian faith that I can remember. I was raised going to church in my little suit and tie every Sunday and going for brunch after service. I remember my mom and dad staying clear of certain churches and wondering why. Now I recognize that not all churches are created equal and some teach things that are not biblically accurate. It may be a tough pill to swallow but for those of us with an ounce of common sense, we recognize that the Bible is not a weapon for condemning but a guide to structure our own life with morals and principles. A way to grow closer to Jesus because "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." -John 1:1.


Let's fast forward 15 years and dive into how I was the one condemning Christians when I renounced my faith to become an intellectual agnostic (a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable while still being willing to debate and listen to factual evidence). I did this because I was sick of belonging to a community that was divided, hypocritical, and closed minded. I judged God on the actions of humans and wanted to expose them as frauds. I started devouring the teachings of Friedrich Nietzsche and accepting the ideologies of existentialism (the idea that men must accept that they are part of a material world, regardless of what else might exist. As part of this world, men must live as if there is nothing else beyond life. A failure to live, to take risks, is a failure to realize human potential.) and nihilism (the idea that life has no meaning or value – cannot be avoided; we must go through it, as frightening and lonely as that will be.) as foundational principles to live by. I then used Bible verses as a way to set traps for weak and unprepared believers who rarely questioned their faith. Then once they tripped up, I would put them down with their own verses walking away feeling powerful. It consumed me and I became obsessed with power. I wanted to become the king (hence the name of my book launching in spring of 2023 A King's Healing).


Why do some Christians turn discipleship into a witch hunt?

From my experience there are 4 core reasons I have found as to why these "Christians" choose to condemn non-believers and cast judgement freely. First, it starts with their church leadership. If church leaders are extreme and manipulate Bible verses to fit their agenda then it's safe to say the congregation will do the same. Second, the larger churches lose control over their massive congregation which leaves their Sunday teachings up to interpretation. It's easy to judge others when you're in a church so big no one knows each other and can't hold each other accountable. Third, people like me challenged them and gave non-believers and discipleship a bad name. They are uncomfortable in their beliefs and even more uncomfortable trying to share it with someone who doesn't understand because they don't understand it themselves. The fourth reason I have found is that not all denominations are created equal. There are numerous different subcategories to Christianity which all represent different views and beliefs on the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the events that occurred during the times of Jesus.


I feel like it's safe to say that at one point or another, we have experienced "those people" knocking on our front door, standing in front of the booth at the local fair, the ones in the streets preaching and casting judgement, or other "disciples" who feel the need to maliciously remind us that we are sinners destined to spend eternity in hell like that is going to make us like them. They think that they are doing us a favor or that it will change our minds about what we believe in. Meanwhile, all it's really doing is making us resent them even more. They are missing the core principles and teachings of the very words they are condemning us with. "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye." -Matthew 7:5 and "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." -Matthew 7:2 or how about "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."- Romans 13:10


So what do we do? Do we standby and allow our rotten fruit to prevent us from encountering the miracles of Jesus? Do we allow our hatred towards humanity to prevent us from forming a relationship with our creator? Do we sit idle while our life is passing by because of the ignorance of other humans? Their false teachings, aggression, judgement, and idiocy should not be the reason you fail to explore a higher power. I am here to tell you that I have been both the believer who silently stood by while others around me condemned those I love and I have been the non-believer who hated Christians and trapped them in their own teachings. I often wonder how many souls I have turned away from their faith because of my hatred towards these types of witch hunting "Christians". It pains me to know that at one time I used these incredible scriptures as weapons formed to tear down others. We have the power to speak life or death. Today is the day to stop speaking death and start exploring the depths of your beliefs. Finding people who can take your wisdom and understanding to deeper levels.


I now find myself in an interesting point in life. My mom and dad got a divorce after years of my mom allowing alcohol and drugs to ruin her life. She is now homeless, poor, and struggling. My dad is very wealthy and is a rags to riches story. I was raised Christian non-denominational and then renounced my Christian faith to become an intellectual agnostic for years before truly understanding and giving my life to Jesus Christ. I've personally witnessed how Jesus is still performing miracles in ways that even the best doctors in the world couldn't understand, He told me to approach certain people who I have never met and they said "weird, God put it on my heart that someone would walk up to me after church today and give them this gift when they do", He has brought healing to people who are close to me shortly after they talked to me and gave their life to Him, I physically watched someone I know tell me they were possessed and asked us to cast the demon out and baptise them (totally freaked me out)... and I have seen people go from broke to tithing 10% and receiving financial abundance like never before. Things that I still don't fully understand or even know how to explain because prior to this I had only seen it in movies...

What denomination did I choose and why?

I have done extensive research on The Assemblies of God and chose them because of their 16 fundamental truths that all stem directly from the Bible. There are no human interpretations, false teachings, or confusing doctrines that have seperate "volumes" of the Bible. If I am a Christian and follow Jesus, then I want the denomination that teaches me EXACTLY what the Bible teaches, no more and no less. The most important part of choosing a deity to follow is feeling the connection, understand the good AND the bad, performing extensive research, praying and exploring how you feel after interacting with that deity, and questioning people of that faith to see why they believe. Has this God performed miracles people have witnessed? Is it historically accurate? What do other religions say about it? Is this a recognized religion and group? All of these were things I asked.


Let me break this down and make it super simple since some churches complicate it. If you want to give your life to Jesus here is all it takes and this is biblical:

  1. We do not get to Heaven by good works alone but by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and understanding that He died on the cross to forgive our sins. It's that simple.

  2. Our relationship with God is between us and God. We do not need to go to a priest or some other human sinner to ask for forgiveness. We are forgiven by the blood of Jesus.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure some of the churches in the Assemblies of God have a bad reputation however in my experience there are far more good ones than bad ones. If you attend one that is not what you are looking for then keep searching. It took me numerous failed churches to finally find Banner Church, Wisconsin which is single handedly the greatest church I have ever been to with the most genuine congregation who is willing to give you the shirt off of their backs without expecting anything in return. The most selfless and loving community I have ever seen which actually freaked me out for the first few weeks because I was expecting to catch them in whatever act they were putting on. Pastor Brandon Liebe, Pastor Amber Liebe, Pastor Matt Zachary, and Pastor Dana Zachary should be global icons for the amount of belief and genuine care that they have for the people of this church and message that they preach. This is not an advertisement and I was not asked to write this. In fact, I doubt they will ever see this but it shows how life changing a true believer and real disciple of Jesus can be.


Here are the 16 fundamental truths and a link to the Assemblies of God website to explore:

16 Fundamental Truths:

Source: (2022). ASSEMBLIES of GOD 16 FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS. Assemblies of God. https://ag.org/Beliefs/Statement-of-Fundamental-Truths#1

  1. The Scriptures Inspired

  2. The One True God

  3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

  4. The Fall of Man

  5. The Salvation of Man

  6. The Ordinances of the Church

  7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  9. Sanctification

  10. The Church and Its Mission

  11. The Ministry

  12. Divine Healing

  13. The Blessed Hope

  14. The Millennial Reign of Christ

  15. The Final Judgment

  16. The New Heavens and the New Earth


Why should we become disciples of Jesus?

If you're new to faith or a non-believer:

I would encourage you to continue exploring and asking questions. Do not simply drift through life. Go get connected with a local church, find friends or family members you respect who are Christians. Build your curiosity and pick up a Bible (if you don't have one reach out to me). Start by reading the book of Matthew and commit to reading it for 30 days, at least 15 minutes a day. I promise, if you're heart is genuine and you are truly seeking Him, He will appear in your life. Remember these moments for they will become the testimony for you to share through discipleship. "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." -Jeremiah 29:13


For my fellow believers:

Once you have truly experienced Jesus and the miracles He works in your life, it is impossible not to share the stories and good news. It is our duty to help others encounter Him so He can continue to work miracles in their lives as well. It is selfish to want to keep Him to yourself. Think about it, how different would your life be without Jesus? What if no one told you about Him? What if that one friend didn't push you out of your comfort zone to explore? What if you never questioned what you believe and why you believe it? You have the answers through your stories, experiences, and testimony. Mark 1:17, "And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” and Matthew 28:18-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


How do we become a disciple of Jesus?

There are plenty of resources online that talk about Discipleship, what it is, and how to do it but here is my take on simplifying all of that.

  1. Follow Jesus daily and seek Him with all of your heart. Let His teachings (the Bible) guide you and keep saying YES when He puts things on your heart.

  2. Tell others through genuine friendship and interactions. Do NOT force it because this is about real relationships. I have numerous friends who are non-believers that I love. I will tell them if they ask me and bring it up if it comes up naturally but don't harass them or make them feel like we're here to push this on them. That's not what it's about. It's about loving your neighbor (people) and seeking the Lord daily. We are the living example and when they see the miracles, blessing, and abundance then they will ask but that requires you to be ready for conversation and living a life that honors God.

  3. Say yes to the mission and continue saying yes. This means that Jesus will put things on your heart and you will feel compelled to do them. We have free will so you can either say yes or no. If you say yes then you will be rewarded on the other side (we don't do it for rewards though) and also understand it may be difficult but the next assignment will keep getting bigger with the more He can trust you. If you say no then you will most likely be sitting stagnant and still for a while and not experiencing miracles. It's about active faith and being a steward of the things He gives us. He doesn't want us comfortable and lazy. "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son." Proverbs 10:4-5


I hope you found this helpful and insightful. Don't forget to like this blog post and share it with others so we can make a greater impact together!


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About Operation Life:

Operation Life is a high-performance community that helps Kingdom entrepreneurs turn their trials into Triumphs. A private group that understands there's a greater calling on our life than individual gain. We put purpose before profits while empowering each other to build wildly successful businesses that honors God without destroying our health, relationships, or life. Operation Life is an uplifting community for growth-minded achievers to command a greater purpose, passion, prosperity, and power (P4) together.


About Ian Inman

lan Inman dropped out of high school his junior year due to a home torn apart by alcohol, drugs, and addiction who went on to become a motivational speaker, author, and high performance results coach for Christian entrepreneurs. He's an awarded US Army Staff Sergeant who's won 5 Best Warrior Competitions, 2 Special Forces Commando Competitions, and completed the US Army Airborne, Air Assault, SERE, SEMA, & Recruiter courses. He is the founder of Operation Life, host of The Operation Life Podcast, motivational speaker set out to help entrepreneurs regain control over their life and business, and author of A King's Healing. Ian Inman has been mentored and coached by numerous entrepreneurs some of which are Grant Cardone, Garrett J. White, Brad Lea, Tai Lopez, Chris Do, Billy Gene, Sean Whalen, and Craig Siegel.


About The Operation Life Podcast with Ian Inman:

Join our host, Ian Inman, as he interviews high-performance achievers who COMMANDED purpose, passion, prosperity, and power in their life and business. The Operation Life Podcast was created to pave the way for future world-changers. Get the strategies, tactics, and connections from the world's greatest athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and speakers to spark explosive growth in life.



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