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Michael L. Brown

Michael L. Brown (born March 16, 1959) is a Messianic Jew, radio host, conservative and author. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Line of Fire, airs throughout the United States.[1][self-published source] He is also president and professor of practical theology at Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry. He has also served as adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.[2]

Michael L. Brown
Michael L. Brown
Born (1959-03-16) March 16, 1959 (age 58)
Old York, New York
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Author, speaker, radio host, professor
Spouse(s) Nancy Gurian Conway Brown (married 1977)



He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He has held visiting or adjunct positions at several seminaries.[3]:7 He was a leader in the Brownsville Revival from 1996 until the board of directors voted him out in 2000.[4] He started the FIRE School of Ministry in 2001.[5] In 2005 he founded ICN Ministries, an organization focused on bringing spiritual revival and repentance to Israel, the Church, and the Nations where he serves as director.[6]


He debated with Shmuley Boteach about the compatibility of a belief in Jesus and Judaism.[7] He also debated with Tovia Singer,[8] Moshe Otero,[9] Immanuel Schochet[10] and David Blumofe[11] on the same issue.

In 2010, he debated Bart Ehrman on whether the Bible provides an answer to the problem of pain and suffering.[12]

Theological viewsEdit

Brown believes in libertarian free will, holding to an Arminian soteriology. He has debated Bruce Bennett[13] and James White[14] on the role of free will in salvation. He is also a continuationist, believing that the New Testament spiritual gifts have not ceased. He has written Authentic Fire as a response to John F. MacArthur's book Strange Fire. He has also debated with Sam Waldron,[15] Phil Johnson,[16] and James White on this issue.

Stance towards homosexualityEdit

Brown promotes the historical view of Christian orthodoxy regarding homosexuality. He argues that nothing has changed in terms of what is stated in the Bible, which is why almost no one through the centuries has thought to use the Bible to sanction homosexual relationships until recently, and this is the result of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.[17]

Some of his actions in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have drawn criticism from members of the LGBTQ media, who criticized him marching in protest at the 2011 Pride Charlotte Festival.[18] He has debated Eric Smaw[19] and Harry Knox[20] on homosexuality and its relationship to Christianity. He has also appeared on the Piers Morgan program.[21] Because of his stances on homosexuality, he has been profiled extensively to be among the groups and leaders that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers to be hate groups.[22] In September 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report named Brown among "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right."[23] He has also said in debate with Harry Knox that gays should be treated with respect and dignity.[24]


In addition to his own publications, he has contributed to several publications including Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.[3]:12 He contributed a chapter to The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in ... about the Jewish view of the "Suffering Servant" based on his heritage and belief that Jesus is the Messiah.[3]:61-83 His most prominent academic publication is the commentary on Jeremiah in the Expositor's Bible Commentary series.

At the start of 2017, he and his wife Nancy announced their new diet book, Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Conquered Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living.[25]

With othersEdit


  1. ^ "Biography". 
  2. ^ "Israel's Divine Healer". Zondervan. 
  3. ^ a b c The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in ... at Google Books
  4. ^ "Major Split at Brownsville - News Report". Sermon Index. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Messianic Judaism Scholars". Denver Seminary. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Author Profile". Awakening the One New Man. 
  7. ^ Round, Simon (May 22, 2008). "How Michael Jackson's rabbi moved on to Oprah". The Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tovia Singer Debates Michael Brown". Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Michael Brown and Rabbi Moshe Otero Dialogue". Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah? Michael Brown vs. Rabbi Immanuel Schochet". Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Who is Jesus? Michael Brown vs Rabbi David Blumofe". Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ Video on YouTube
  13. ^ Video on YouTube
  14. ^ Video on YouTube
  15. ^ Video on YouTube
  16. ^ Video on YouTube
  17. ^ "A Shameful Day in Evangelical Christian Publishing". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ Comer, Matt (August 20, 2011). "Indeed, God has a better way". QNotes. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  19. ^ Video on YouTube
  20. ^ Video on YouTube
  21. ^ Video on YouTube
  22. ^ "Southern Poverty Law Center > Intelligence File: Michael Brown". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right" (146). Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report. Summer 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Can you be Gay and Christian? Michael Brown vs. Harry Knox". Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  25. ^ author page for Michael L. Brown

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