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One key element of my blog has been to examine the state of Christianity.
Whenever I do this, I go into rants.
Today, it’s time to explode a little.
Dealing with Faithlife, the parent company for Logos has shown me that what I dislike about Faithlife is pretty much the tip of the iceberg of Christianity.
What do I mean?
The prevailing attitudes I see evidenced in Faithlife are pretty much representative in modern Christianity.
Roman Catholicism is not Christianity.
Roman Catholicism (by the time you’re really done analyzing it) is anti-Christianity! Christianity is salvation by faith through grace. Roman Catholicism is salvation by works.
Christianity is praying to God through Jesus Christ. Roman catholicism is about praying to saints, who will intercede on your behalf to Mary, who takes the prayers to God.
Christianity has the Bible for sole authority of faith and practice. Roman Catholicism has Church tradition and the magisterium.
By the time you really analyze it, Roman Catholicism is not Christianity, but rather a modified form of Hinduism!
Yet most Christians today consider Roman Catholics to be Christians! This is so great an error among Evangelical Christians today, that it really deserves its own rant!
Seventh Day Adventism is not Christianity
Just as you can buy the Verbum software for Roman Catholics, you can buy the Logos package for the SDA, with such great SDA teachers as…
Wait. Anyone see a problem with this? They believe Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael. We rightly reject the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a cult for believing this, but we turn a blind eye to the SDA. We call the Jehovah’s witnesses a cult for believing in soul sleep, but we turn a blind eye to the SDA. We call the Jehovah’s witnesses a cult for rejecting a literal hell, but then we turn a blind eye to the SDA.
By the time we’re done with it, the only real difference between the JW’s and the SDA really is vegetarianism (SDA) and blood transfusions (JW’s).
But one is a cult, and the other a denomination. Listen, if the one is a cult then so is the other.
Church of Christ (Campbellite) is salvation by works
If we reject other cults for salvation by works, then we should reject all groups that preach salvation by works as well. It violates the Bible, and the Bible calls it a damnable heresy to teach you must work your way into heaven.
The only real issue with Campbellites is that they claim baptism saves us. Baptism is a work. It’s the first essential sign, the first essential work you perform to PROVE you’re saved.
They’re absolutely right when you say that if you refuse to be baptized you’re not saved. But it’s not the BAPTISM that saves – it’s faith in Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice!
By transferring the faith from Jesus Christ to a work you yourself perform… you have gone from faith to works.
There’s a lot of famous people who claim to be Christians. One thing that astounds me is when Christians tell me Jane Fonda is a Christian. Her own remark after supposedly getting saved was, “I’m not one of those born again Christian types.” Then… you’re not a Christian!
There’s a football player who made millions selling his autobiography about how Christian he is. Technically, if he mentioned his conviction for animal cruelty in his book for dog fighting, he’s in violation of the law – you cannot legally make a profit writing about your crime. I’m not going to mention any names, but there’s ample evidence he’s an active gang member. I’m sorry, that’s not really evidence of a changed life.
Are you Christian?
The numbers I’m seeing in polls are shocking. Most Christians today evidence beliefs that 30 years ago mainstream Christianity would have decried as not being Christian!
Have you read your Bible all the way through, at least once?
If I were to drag you into court to prove you were a Christian, would the evidence of your life show you were a Christian? There has to be some kind of evidence!
Do you believe that there is only one way to heaven? Hint – John 14:4…
Do you believe the righteous of every faith will wake up in heaven, surprised and a little embarrassed about how wrong they were? Or do you believe that if you are not born again, there remains no other fate for you than eternal hellfire? (hint – the answer to this is far more revealing than you believe!)
Do you believe your Bible is inerrant, inspired, the preserved word of God? Or do you assume your Bible has errors, and only the Scholars can really decipher what the Bible really says? (this answer reveals a lot)
Most people who think they’re Christians are in for a horrible surprise. Guess what? Eternity is not going to be good.
Let’s see how you do…
- Do you believe in salvation by grace through faith alone?
- Do you believe in Jesus Christ as God in human flesh, eternally the Son of God, died on the Cross and rose again, one third of the trinity?
- Do you believe Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven?
- Do you believe the only propitiation for sin is the atoning blood of Jesus Christ?
- Do you believe Jesus Christ is not just a man, and never was just a manDo you believe in a literal six day creation?
- Do you believe in a literal flood that covered the entire earth?
- Do you believe that no matter what, you cannot earn your salvation?
- Do you believe your Bible is the preserved word of God without error?
- Do you have one moment in your life you can point to where you came to Jesus for salvation, and that there was a change in your life after that?
“Yes” answers are good. There should have been no “No” answers in that list.
If you have one or more “No” answers… can you tell me why you think you’re a Christian? Because your definition of what a Christian is and what the Bible teaches one is apparently are two different things!
I’d keep going with this one, but I’m worn out after the work week I had!