I’m paying close attention to modern Christianity, and I’m getting a hugely uncomfortable feeling.
I no longer recognize Evangelical Christianity.
What I am hasn’t changed. Oh, sure, I’ve tried updating a few ways I do things with Narrow is the Way… More compact blog posts, headlines to lead Evangelicals to click on the headlines and… well, learn something about Biblical Christianity.
But what passes for Christianity today has me completely baffled. I’ve gone from the conclusion that most of Christianity does not read their Bible – to one of most Christians are incapable of understanding the Bible.
Hint – if you cannot understand your Bible – and you need to copy this and paste it into whatever social media you use!…
If you cannot understand your Bible, you’re getting left behind at the Rapture. (Philip Dean)
If you cannot understand your Bible – you’re not going to heaven. (Philip Dean)
There! Paste away!
Why do I say that? Because if you read your Bible – and can’t make heads or tails of it – then you’re not saved. I’ve been saying this for five years.
“You’re a heretic! The Bible doesn’t say that!!! You Pharisee, adding things to the Bible!!!!”
Bible doesn’t say that? Read… and get scared.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV)
The Natural Man – one who is not saved… receiveth not… neither can he know them.
In other words, if you’re not saved, you don’t understand the Bible – and really don’t care to!
Let’s say you’re in a Fundamentalist church, and you hear someone at the potluck or church picnic loudly proclaim, “Bible or no Bible, I’m not going to….” “Shhhhh!!”
The attitude reflects a tare. Not wheat. Doesn’t matter if you’re attending a Fundamentalist church or not! We’ve got tares too.
I am reading things from Christianity I do not recognize. I still read the articles Logos puts out. Recently I read a famous Christian musician’s quote where he said that….
During their years in Indiana, the Mullins family’s pastor challenged them to read Scripture for themselves as he preached. He insisted they not take his word for it, but look for context in verses before and after sermon texts. Years later, Mullins said the Bible “does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.”
Um… that’s not something a Christian would say. “The Bible has the answers.” “The Bible for Today!” “The Word of God is unchanging…”
That’s a Universalist “Everyone goes to Heaven” answer. “My God is too big to be put in a Box.” Someone told me once. “You keep your God in a Box.”
What in the world does that mean, really???
It means, “Bible or no Bible, I’m not going to…”
Don’t agree with me? Then what does that mean???
When I say that my God will never contradict His Bible, and you tell me, “YOU PUT GOD IN A BOX!!!”…
What are you saying?
So, let’s get onto today’s subject, now that I’ve led into this, and let’s talk about how Evangelical Christianity no longer resembles the faith of the Bible.
In ANY sense of the word!
Quick question: Are members of a religion that believes that they are gods Christian?
I’ll give you the correct answer first: NO.
We wouldn’t call Hindu’s Christians. So if we wouldn’t call Hindu’s Christians, we shouldn’t call Mormons Christians.
Would we call members of a religion that insist on praying to idols and salvation by works Christianity? No? Then why are we calling Roman Catholics Christians???
I’m serious about this last part. It really seems like 99% of Christianity is completely convinced that Roman Catholics are Christians. Since Logos 7 came out, the only way to avoid buying a LOT of Roman Catholic materials and propaganda is to buy… the Baptist package.
And when you buy the Baptist package, 75% of the materials you get is Calvinist, which is not Baptist.
Here’s some blunt, powerful, well thought out Fundamentalist statements. This is Christianity. Ready?
Jesus Christ died to save you from your sins.. He alone paid the price.
His mother was a human woman, in need of a saviour herself, in need of redemption. Without Jesus Christ, Mary, Joseph, Paul, Peter, John, Jude, David Cloud, and you and me…
…would all burn in Hell forever.
There is ONLY ONE WAY to be saved. And that’s by being born again.
Ye must be born again.” John 3.3.
Being Born Again is not being sprinkled. Being Sprinkled as a baby or an adult is not being baptized. I notice in all the Jesus movies Hollywood put out, John the Baptist never Baptized anyone. He just washed their hair.
Ready to know what Christianity is? Repent.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, KJV)
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, KJV)
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” (John 8:31, KJV)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)
If you’re a Christian, you believe Salvation is of grace alone by faith alone without works, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, that if you are not born again you will suffer eternal torment in Hell for all eternity. It means you believe the Bible literally, and strive to conform your beliefs to that of the Bible.
It means you are not born again by being sprinkled. It means being born again is a spiritual event, because you are undergoing spiritual rebirth. You desire to be forgiven, and you turn to Jesus Christ.
It’s not by raising your hand. It’s not by walking to the front of the church. It’s not by repeating a prayer word for word. It’s by a recognition that you are a sinner in need of salvation, doomed to eternity in Hell fire.
Being a Christian has nothing to do with wealth. It has nothing to do with health. It has nothing to do with finances. It has nothing to do with being happy, levitating, shaking, barking like a dog, laughing endlessly, being drunk, astral projection, tuning your thoughts into the right frequency as you sit with pen in hand to write down whatever some demon that calls itself Jesus tells you to write.
The Secret is not Christianity. Oprah is not Christianity. Jesus Calling is not Christianity. What you see on TBN is not Christianity, it is a circus. Benny Hinn is not Christianity. Kenneth Copeland is not Christianity. Joel Osteen is not Christianity.
Christianity is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Want to hear God speak? Read your Bible. Want to hear God speak audibly? Read your Bible out loud.
“I’m a new Christian. What Christian TV show should I watch?”
You should put a CD of Alexander Scourby reading the Bible into your DVD player. If you’d like, you can stare at a blank screen while you hear that.
“What teacher should I listen to?”
Mormons are not Christian. Roman Catholics are not Christian. Church of Christ are not Christian. Seventh Day Adventists are not Christian. Any church that advocates child baptism is not Christian.
Understand that I just about rejected every Protestant church with that statement.
And if you think going to a Baptist church is enough to save you, then you’re not a Christian either.
Jesus Christ alone saves you. Once we get that settled, we can turn to getting you into a Fundamentalist Church.
Evangelical Christianity has gone from scaring me terribly, to me writing it off altogether.
The tracts for the rapture need to be re-written. It’s not “millions missing.”
I’m afraid the answer may be indeed… “thousands missing.”