John Jackson calls Christians to rise and defeat five ‘giants’ of culture in new book, ‘The Prevailing Church’

Mar. 16, 2021

ROCKLIN, Calif. — John Jackson, president of William Jessup University, has released a new book “The Prevailing Church: Confronting the Five Giants of Culture,” which outlines five cultural “giants” we face in America today:

  • The giant of historical revisionism
  • The giant of abortion and euthanasia
  • The giant of religious repression
  • The giant of racism and injustice 
  • The giant of identity and family

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, best-selling author and pastor of New Season in Sacramento, Calif., provides the foreword, writing: 

“With a wisdom rooted in a deep understanding of Scripture and a warmth rooted in his love for people, John discusses how to renew and revive the church in America, that it might truly seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, so that his kingdom will come and his will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Micah 6:8; Matthew 6:10).”

Jackson gives readers the keys to the future and teaches them how to receive understanding about history by answering questions such as:

  • Why has the church in America retreated from cultural influence?
  • Is there a biblical mandate for cultural transformation?
  • How do the people of God live as “salt and light” in our world? 
  • How can we mobilize the people of God for kingdom impact?

Here’s what people are saying about “The Prevailing Church”:

“The body of Christ so desperately needs to learn how to influence society in such a way that people are drawn to us. We have the answers to the world’s problems, but have been fumbling our God-given assignment. It is not time for us to cower in the corner of adversity; it is time for us to shine! This is our greatest moment. …He simply and practically breaks down keys and concepts that will embolden you to become a catalyst to bring the kingdom and cultural transformation wherever you go. As Dr. Jackson puts it, ‘Our world is desperately in need of the light and life of the gospel. We have the opportunity to demonstrate that light and life by the way we love and live engaged in culture, not isolated from it.’”

— Kris Vallotton

Leader, Bethel Church, Redding, Calif. 

Co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry

Author of 13 books, including “The Supernatural Ways Of Royalty,” “Heavy Rain” and “Spiritual Intelligence”

“John Jackson issues a powerful call to spiritual awakening and revival. We have everything we need to become the church we’re meant to be, but to get there, we’ll need to let go of much of what we’re holding onto. Jackson gives us concise, practical steps to become the church we all long for. This is a gift to the body of Christ for today.”

-Margaret Feinberg

Author, “More Power to You”

“…practical and inspirational as you live your life for Kingdom impact that will lead to the transformation of cities and nations, and ultimately, the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

-Dr. Ed Silvoso

Founder, Transform Our World

Author, “Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Instrument For Global Transformation”

“Churches are going through a time of sifting — as Peter and the disciples had been during Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. Sifting is all about the faith — what the faith is, who the faith is in and how the faith is applied. And we are learning all over again about true authentic Christian faith. Thanks to John Jackson, ‘The Prevailing Church’ points Christians in the right direction in understanding authentic Christianity. Read with a soft heart and an open mind.”

-Ed Stetzer

Executive Director, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center 

“…the church has fallen into serious spiritual sickness, so much so that it’s almost unrecognizable from what Christ first called us to be. Instead of shying away from this truth, ‘The Prevailing Church’ does the hard work of facing it head on in order to heal and restore who we were always meant to be. What’s more, it offers us readers ways to face these truths so that we might repent and throw down the giants of our own cultural creation.”

-Albert Tate

Co-founder and Lead Pastor, Fellowship Church, Monrovia, Calif.

With the passion of a God-fearing and willing prophet, Dr. John Jackson speaks the mind of God to the church of God. This is a heartfelt cry and wake up call to the church. ‘The Prevailing Church’ is a clear and concise revelation of where the church is and where the church should be. John calls us to awake out of sleep and run and meet our giants head on. Thanks John, for being the friend of God and for being our friend by telling us the truth.”

-Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin

Founding & Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House International Ministries

CEO, Kingdom Plaza Mall   

Jackson’s other works include “The Right Choice: Choosing a College and Why it Matters,” Pastorpreneur: Creative Ideas for Birthing Spiritual Life in Your Community,” “Finding Your Place in God’s Plan: Forty Ways to Get There,” “Leveraging Your Leadership Style: Maximize Your Influence by Discovering the Leader Within” (with Lorraine Bossé-Smith) and more.

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John Jackson is president of William Jessup University (WJU), one of the top private Christian universities in the nation. Under Jackson’s leadership, WJU has more than tripled in enrollment and seen its budget increase from $17 million to over $60 million. WJU has been named as the third fastest-growing institution of its type in the nation and is listed as the highest-ranked regional college in California.

Jackson has been a pastor and nonprofit leader for more than 40 years and has helped thousands of people navigate the college selection process. He has authored eight books, covering topics such as leadership, personal transformation, college selection and church growth.