In 1998, Jack Smith and his wife Valerie founded Elijah's Fire International (EFI) Church in Elkhart, Indiana. According to their website, within eight years EFI grew from 8 to 300 members. They proclaim to be one of the "most radical churches in the Michiana area."
Their mission statement:
Raising up a radical church based on the book of Acts by maintaining and proclaiming a high standard of truth which produces maturity and brings freedom while taking the heart of God to the nations.
By "radical" they mean:
Basic, wanting extreme change. Never satisfied with just religion. Wanting all of God that we can get. Willing to give our lives to get all of God that we can.
Elijah Fire's website touts they are:
supporting missions in many foreign countries including India, Romania, China, many local Ministries and our First Impressions ministry that helps incorporate new believers and new members into our local body.
The Romania mission is run by an organization called Impact International Ministries led by Indiana State Representative Jackie Walorski & Dean Swihart.
Since Representative Walorski is challenging Congressman Donnelly for Indiana's 2nd district, is it fair game to find out more about a church she is associated with? It was for President Obama.
Elijah's Fire International Church is a Christian fundamentalist church. The founding pastor, Jack Smith, preaches "end times" Christianity.
Here are some excerpts from a sermon given by Pastor Smith - "Radical for God."
The bible says the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take the kingdom by force, Amen! So you have to get violent to enter into the kingdom. You can't just sit there and get all comfortable and just be a Sunday morning Christian in order to enter into the kingdom. You gotta work to enter into the kingdom, you've got to be violent about the kingdom, you gotta really really really really want God!
A radical church is a militant church I said a militant church; it's a church that's vigorously a active and aggressive and engaged in warfare. But we don't set on the side and let everybody else get drafted in; if there's a war we volunteer for that war! And there's a war in the spirit realm and you shouldn't be sitting on the right side doing nothing about that war. You need to jump into the battle on purpose and you need to volunteer to do it! Don't wait for Jesus to draft you into the war! Get into it now by yourselves!
...instead of allowing them to set the trend in their environment, you ought to be the ones' to set the trends in that environment! You ought to be the one who takes the ground, you ought to be the one who makes them feel uncomfortable instead of them making you feel uncomfortable. But see what we've done is we sit around and keep our mouths shut while they sit around and sin . . . well I won't participate; OPEN YOUR MOUTH! Tell them what they are doing is not what you'll do! Tell them you're not entering in because you're a Christian and God would not want you to do what you're doing! Say it loud but it; OPEN YOUR MOUTH!
What are you trying to do start a revolution? Yes, I am because I'm sick of church incorporated the way it's been. . . don't you want the awesome revival that you read about?
...some people will only get saved if they see a radical Christian. . .
Here is the entire sermon.