Reclaiming Christianity IV

Should be allow unbelievers to tell us what to read, believe, teach, preach?

Should we buy books by atheists and stack them in our homes, eagerly devoouring the writings of men and women hostile to the Gospel, and allowing those to shape our Biblical worldview?

Um… no.

You mean, you really wouldn’t read the writings of Richard Dawkins on the worldwide flood of Noah, and accept it as fact? Why not? It makes no sense not to!

Because you’re reading the writings of a great number of unbelievers when you open most books on Christianity. Study Bibles, etc.

So why should you accept the writings of a heretic like Andy Stanley? Bruce Metzger? Carlo Martini? Kurt and Barbara Aland? Julius Wellhausen? Eugene Nida? Robert Bratcher? C. H. Dodd? Karl Barth?


The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 1

Christianity has been betrayed from within.

By people pretending to be Christian.

We’re afraid to call it what it is, but it doesn’t change things. False teachers abound. We accept blindly false teachers, Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholics and Mormons, because our Christian leaders vouchsafe them.

I will tell you instead we’ve been betrayed.

The Trojan horse, as you remember, is  a fable about soldiers hiding inside the statue of a horse, left at the gates of Troy. The Trojans took the horse inside the city, and when they all were asleep, the Greeks jumped out of the horse, opened the gates, and let the Greek army in, who slew the city.

I can’t think of a more apropos description of what’s happened in Christianity today.

  • We never censured Billy Graham for cooperating with theological liberals and Roman Catholics, so now we accept them.
  • We never censured Chuck Swindoll for his oft-repeated statements against Fundamentalism, so now most Christians are manipulated in their opinions. And many of these Christians think of themselves as Fundamentalists!
  • We never struck down books by Karl Barth, so his poison still infects, saps, and kills tissues within the body of Christianity.
  • We never cried foul about Rick Warren and the huge danger he presents within Christianity today.
  • Our Christian book stores refused to take out Rob Bell’s books after it became apparent he was a false teacher, and denied Hell. When you deny hell and espouse Universalism, then you’re calling Jesus Christ a liar. And I’d like to stay far away from you at the Great White Throne judgment. The excuse of the book stores is, “Well, we don’t carry that book, because it’s unBiblical.” Yes, and so is his Nooma videos and his “Velvet Elvis”. But they make money still. The book stores will continue to sell Velvet Elvis as long as it makes them money, whether it’s unBiblical or not. And it is most definitely unBiblical.
  • We accept C. S. Lewis as Christian, and somehow never see his Universalist heresies written in his writings. Our eyes pass over the pages, somehow not seeing where he states, plain as day, that he doubts the veracity of the doctrine of Christ’s substitutional atonement. That doctrine is FOUNDATIONAL to the Christian faith.
  • We accept the idea that Christianity can be practiced in different ways – after all, Methodists do things differently from Presbyterians who do things different from Episcopalians, who do things similar to Roman Catholics, and Seventh Day Adventists do things oddly, and much different from us, and why, a Mormon ran for President as a Republican and spoke about God, so he must be a Christian!

The reality is, there’s only one right way to do a Baptism. It’s by immersion. There’s only one right meaning. It’s to show obedience in an outward sign. If you say, “Well, my denomination does things differently, and here’s why….” I can tell you why.

You’re wrong.

Things that are not how the Bible teaches it is error. If you know it to be error, but do it anyway, it’s heresy.

Go ahead. Tweet that or Facebook that or… whatever you call that.

If it’s a serious enough denial of the Christian faith, it’s apostasy.

There’s only one right way to be saved – salvation by grace through faith. If your denomination teaches that any practices of Christianity impart additional grace, you’re a heretic, an apostate. That Denomination is teaching lies straight from the pit of Hell. You’re denying the Cross of Christ. You’re saying His sacrifice is insufficient.

And I’ve read this in Presbyterian web sites.

There’s only one meaning of the Lord’s supper – it is in remembrance of the Lord, a memorial.

Nothing mystic happens to the bread and wine. Doesn’t matter how high you lift it, what words you say, what gestures you do, whether or not you ring a bell or not. It’s bread. It’s grape juice. It’s not somehow the mystic transformation or transubstantiation of the bread into flesh, or the substance of flesh. It’s bread. We do this to remind ourselves of the price paid for salvation.

“My denomination believes differently.”

Then your denomination has it wrong.

“There should be room at the table for denominational differences.”

Do we understand that our understanding of some parts of Christianity are not graded on a curve?

Your view of Jesus Christ is pass/fail. If you believe anything other than He is God in human flesh, eternally co-existing with the father, then – fail.
If you believe in anything other than salvation by faith through grace – fail.

Failure in that area of the test leaves one writhing in unending torment forever.

If you believe anything other than salvation being a recognition that you are a sinner condemned to Hell and cannot save yourself, and that you must repent and call upon Jesus Christ to save you – fail.

Fail in this case is a synonym for “hell”. Because that’s your final destination..

That’s the Trojan Horse of Christianity. We’ve seen too many false Christians and did not immediately reject them. Billy Graham should have lost his fame, his support, and Christians should have rejected his ministry by 1950, when he began to embrace the worst theological liberals and heretics, and turn his back upon Fundamentalists.

Christians should have recognized years ago that Chuck Swindoll is opposed to those who literally believe the Bible, which brings up questions. By the way, has anyone noticed Swindoll literally has nothing to say, and says it well and prolifically?

I’ve literally heard him pass off a sermon illustration as a true story he got from reading Readers’ Digest. I’ve read entire books by him that pass from one sermon illustration to another, without actually saying something! Don’t believe me? Tell me what his call to action is. When you write a non-fiction Christian book, you inform, then request a call to action. Tell me what Swindoll’s call to action is. Go ahead.

See what I mean? He has nothing to say, lots of it, and says it well. Because apparently nobody else seems to notice he has nothing to say!

How about this quote? In light of what I’ve said about the Bible and having it right or wrong, read this – “There are too many shades of theological opinion in a large denomination to lump them all off as liberal, neo-orthodox, conservative, fundamentalist, or what have you!”

No. You either have it right, or you have it damnably wrong.

And the speaker is Billy Graham. Here’s the question. I’ll answer it the right way, myself.

“Do you think that churches such as The United Church of Canada and the great liberal churches of the United States that are active in the ecumenical movement and whose ministers study and respect the work of Paul Tillich and other great modern teachers are ‘apostate’?”

I don’t know what you mean – I don’t know about the United Church of Canada. I don’t know Paul Tillich. I do know theological liberals, and they are indeed apostate, if they were even saved to begin with – and the Bible teaches that if you apostate, you never were saved.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re hell bound for all eternity, with no way to avoid it. There’s nothing you can do to stop it.

But the Jesus Christ of the Bible, God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity provided a way. If you believe these things, and you believe Jesus Christ is eternally God and able to save you, then repent, pray forgiveness from Him, and trust Him to save you.

And you shall be saved.

Explaining it more clearly

Yeah but you don’t let comments go through because you’re afraid to show dissenting opinions. People with truth on their side don’t censor the opposition. Truth can stand up to scrutiny.

Okay, let me explain this one more time, and far more clearly, since this is answered on my comment policy. And I get this a lot.

I am under no obligation whatsoever to allow heretics, cult members, atheists or false teachers to use my blog as a platform for their heresies.

That’s why EVERYONE can join WordPress, and get your own blog.

Will you allow me an open, uncensored forum on YOUR blog to tell you what you advocate us unBiblical and Apostasy? I don’t think so.

That’s why wordpress understands you have the right to moderate your own comments. I blocked ALL your comments, sending them straight to the recycle bin, when you began insulting me. I think every real Christian blog out there has a rule about rudeness and insults, so I’m not alone, nor does that qualify me as “afraid.”

I gave you quite a few Scriptures to explain why what you were advocating was wrong, and your responses were out of context Scriptures whose application in most cases had nothing to do with what you were attempting to cite, showing you have only a rudimentary grasp of the Bible as it is. That’s really a warning sign when a Christian cannot understand what their Bible says.

What I AM bound by is the Bible, and the Bible is our sole rule and authority of faith and practice, and it tells me this…

17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:6-9 (KJV)
11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 (KJV)
6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8  Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14  And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (KJV)
3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)
15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:15-26 (KJV)
1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:6-11 (KJV)
Your position moves away from that in the Bible. Apo ἀπό (away from) & ἵστημι  histemi (to stand) together create apostasy. You are advocating apostasy, and thus I will no longer answer you.

Issues In Christianity today #12

12. Refusing to separate from heretics and false teachers.

Yup. It’s the last one. And its short. I’m simply going to point to the old Computer programming phrase.

Used to be, that when you programmed in COBOL, you had to know what kind of processor you were dealing with if you wanted to write fast code. IT was a hold over from Assembler, where it was computer specific. COBOL was the first real transportable computer language.

So we learned great things like FIFO and FILO, which you actually could specify in COBOL. FIFO means “first in First out”. It meant the first card on the stack would be taken into the queu, all of it processed, and then the first card would be the first part of the programming chain that was output in the results.

Yeah, computers used to be a lot different.

Well, computer programming yielded an admonition… Garbage in, Garbage out. If you didn’t get the order of the data cards right, you got gibberish.

We refuse to stop listening to false teachers. Hint – if they can’t get the Gospel right, turn them off.

If they preach things contrary to the Bible, turn them off.

I mean, why are Baptists quoting Joel Osteen? Really????

T. D Jakes??? Really???

I’ve heard people quote – in Sunday School – Joyce Meyers. Really. In a Baptist Church.

Garbage in, garbage out. If WE can’t figure out whose a Christian or not, and who’s a good teacher or not, what do we get?

An ecumenical mess of heresy mixed with doctrine, and confused Christians, not knowing what to believe, what to accept, what to reject. So they reject nothing and wallow in confusion.

And that’s what we’ve got today.

Issues In Christianity Today #8

willingness to trample the cross of Christ

It’s funny to say this… I’ve written over a thousand blog posts. I’m right now about a week ahead, because I took a few days off to recharge. Last week I had almost two weeks of posts written, and now I’m at about six days ahead. Well, I just wrote one, and this will be another. And my coffee is almost gone, so i’ll have to get up in a minute.

I think the coffee thing runs in my family, seriously. I remember my dad sitting there in his easy chair with a cup of coffee at 9 PM, watching Barney Miller with us. My mom pretty much had given up on the idea of getting him not to drink coffee at night, because he could go upstairs and lay down and fall asleep right away. I knew because we could all hear him. “KHHHHHAAAAAAAAAKKKHHHHHHHH….” all night. My poor dad. His snoring never kept him from getting a deep sleep, because he slept from 11:30 PM and got up again about 4:30 AM, to take the bus to work.

What’s all this got to do with today’s post?

Not a thing. I just felt like writing all that.

Anyway, today we’re seeing a level of rebelliousness against Jesus Christ by professing Christians that I never thought possible.

I separated it from the minor rebellion every Christian usually exhibits (I talked about that yesterday). What I’m talking about is not something Christians exhibit. No saved person could possibly, possibly exhibit the willingness to trample the cross of Christ.

I’m dumfounded by all the articles I constantly read on Sermonaudio. If you are unfamiliar with the SermonAudio news page, I’ll just say that they present the first two or three paragraphs of the article and then you have to click on it to read the rest. Tha’ts kind of a problem, so I usually don’t follow the articles. Just put the whole article up there, for crying out loud! And a return link so we can verify if we need to!

The real title of this article is, “Lost people thinking they’re saved.” You can’t be saved and question the Virgin birth (of Jesus Christ, not Mary. Mary was not virgin born nor immaculately conceived).

LIke Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

You can’t be saved and deny the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. LIke Wescott and Hort, like C. S . Lewis.

You can’t believe in Baptismal Regeneration. I just don’t get that. That’s salvation by works. What about Billy Graham? I don’t know, what about him? He’s always preaching the Gospel… but he never comes out and says what it is. He has a habit of saying things in the press that we just don’t know if he really means them or not. He said he and Pope John Paul II agreed on nearly everything. Really? That’s salvation by works, Mary, Queen of Heaven, Purgatory, celibate priesthood (which Graham must not believe in, because he has children), etc. Graham also says he believes in the baptism of children giving salvation. I don’t know what Bible he’s reading, but that’s a heresy. If Graham truly believes in everything he says, he’s the most miserable of people. Or will be shortly after he dies. Because some of the things he claims to believe fall under the category of salvation by works, which is twice described as “Another Gospel” in Galatians chapter 1.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)

That’s really scary. Really.

We literally are in an age where churches are profaning everything of God. Even the Lord’s Supper, which is THE most solemn even Christianity has. “Beer and Pizza communion.” “This is my flesh which I give for ye”…


We drag in quotes in our sermons from sports stars, many of whom today belong to outlaw street gangs that sell drugs, prostitute, steal, torture and kill. I’m not just picking on the Bloods (by the way, there’s a football star whose book is sold in Christian book stores who is a “General” in the bloods, and when he appeared for a private party a couple of years back and some people were hassling him, he simply left.. and the Bloods showed up a few minutes later and started shooting people), but on MS-13 and OMG’s – outlaw motorcycle gangs.

We drag in quotes from contemporary authors – not Christians – because their name has recognition value. Yet the lives of these people are a mess. Should I quote the writings of an atheist novelist who tried to compound as many words in a single sentence as he could sprinkling words like water trickling from the back of a professional matador as he pirouettes in a Spanish bullpen, listening to the cheers of his watchers, who all would cheer as loudly at his own death? (yes, I was copying the writing style of that author for a second). Well, let me tell you, in my search for sermon illustrations, I’ve found quotes from that author. That author rejected God, and became so despondent about it, he shot himself. So… why are we quoting him???

Christians are getting tattoos that say “John 3:16!” Right next to the one I suppose of the Monster Energy Drink logo (hey… really big hint here… the Monster Energy Drink logo should never be tattooed on your body! It’s Hebrew for 666).

Christians are “re-evaluating God”. They’re claiming we “Don’t have the Gospel right yet.”

What is this besides the trampling of the cross of Christ?

Christians are rushing to say what the world says and denying the Bible. I cannot any longer put certain Bible verses on my blog without getting a storm of complaints… some from Christians! LIke…

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Matthew 19:4-5 (KJV)

Yet there are Christians today who, in the name of acceptance from the world, are willing to trample on the Bible. If you’re trampling on the Bible, you’re trampling on Jesus Christ.

What is WRONG with us??? If this was my congregation this was happening to, I’d have a “back to the Bible” year long series, and I’d be urging days of fasting and prayer.

Seriously, I think all Christians should be considering exactly that. We’re just as guilty for not raising our voices and protesting the unbridled evil that rages outside our doors like a flood.

Issues In Christianity Today #7

7. Overall rebellious attitude towards God – “Bible or no Bible…” “What this passage means to me…” “that’s your interpretation” “no two people can agree on what the Bible says”

I’ve heard every one of these lately…

As I’ve mentioned before, we are the SERVANTS of Jesus Christ, not His LORD! The Word Faith movement right now thinks they can command God to do things, that God is their obedient Genie. I’m sure we’re going to hear one last, desperate voice from one of them at the Great White Throne Judgment, “God I COMMAND you to let us into Heaven!”

God is in charge. God is in control. I wrote a blog post back in 2012 about a movie theater shooting, where my wife had heard two Christian DJ’s talking about it and saying, “Well, there is no verse that says God is in control.” She told me about it, I had a fit and wrote an ill tempered blog post. Well, that’s about half of mine, anyway. God’s working on my temper, please have patience.

In that post, I pointed out that by the very deifinition, God is God. God is absoultely in control of everything. He allows things to happen, because He wants to reward us for obedience. I’m afraid many of today’s Christians go to the head of the line for rewards, which of course means, you get just about diddly except a “you showed up prize” of the believer’s crown.

However, He will not reward disobedience. Some teach that you lose rewards for disobedience – I’m really not seeing it in the Scriptures. I do see the same references you do, but that could be read “ya didn’t get nuttin'” just as well as “You got a lot and we took it back”.

Here’s how this relationship works… God tells us what He wants to do, we’re supposed to do it. How well’s that working?

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

How long would it have taken us to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation?

Well, if we told a bunch at once… it could have been done by the Apostles. Did they do it, I wonder?

6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6 (KJV)

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8 (KJV)

Looks to me like they did. How are WE doing? Well, at last I heard, there are “200 people groups who have not heard the Gospel yet”. Well, the Bible says they did, but obviously they rejected it. What we’re meaning is, WE still haven’t reached 200 people groups.

How many people are in the missions team in your church? 8??? 12??? out of what, 200? Really, they should be having to take turns!!! So, what’s the number?

Oh, zero???

That’s how well we’re doing.

How many people have you told about Jesus Christ in the last five years? How many tracts have you passed out?

See, there’s another question from the Bible answered. Why is God going to send out the 144,000? Answer: Because the Gentile age of the Churches bombed miserably on the whole Gospel thing. The 144,000 will do it in seven years.

We’ve had 2,000 years… the 144,000 will have seven. They’ll do it. We did nothin’.

God tells us to read His word. We fail miserably on that. Witness my exchange with my Sunday School class where I made a comment about the color of Jesus’s hair, and someone looked puzzled. I told him what chapter in Revelation to look it up, and he read the whole chapter and said,

“I’m missing it…”

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Revelation 1:14 (KJV)

Strange, because every Rastafarian I’ve ever met had that memorized. You just expect Him to look like the actor from Jesus of Nazareth. Odds are good Jesus Christ never had long hair, and even if He did, it’s not brown now. And NO… His eyes are not “every possible eye color and shade all at once”.

We don’t read our Bibles. At best, many of us open them and let our eyes move down the page. When we get reluctantly to the end of our four chapters, we think “Done!” and have acquired ZERO knowledge. I’m speaking of us as a whole (like the universal church everyone keeps talking about). I’ve seen there are a few readers of this blog who read their bibles and actually learn! Good on ya, mate!

Now, let’s get to the next part. When the Bible says something, it means it. I can defeat the whole “The Bible means different things to different people”. When challenged with that, I quoted, 15 Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 (KJV)

How many different meanings does that have? I’m not talking applications, I’m talking meanings. Could that mean, “you shall not buy a Golden Retriever”? No. Does that mean “you shall not eat Sealtest Ice Cream?”

Nope. It means, “you shall not steal.” If God wanted it to mean something else, He’d have said something else.

The “Bible or no Bible” attitude I can’t change. There’s nothing I can say, except…

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Proverbs 17:11 (KJV)

If you hear the Bible says you need to do something, and you protest, then… it’s on you. I’ve been nice about it, because it’s cropped up on this very blog, and my response has been a polite “That’s between you and the LORD.” My answer changes at this point to, “That’s on you.”

It’s funny that most people are willing (in words anyway) to do as the Bible commands, until it mentions money. Like give to charity or to tithe. coincidence, I guess.

Bottom line – God is in charge. He commands, we should obey. The Bible says what it means.

We don’t tell God what to do, He’s supposed to tell us, and we, out of a glad and obedient heart, should RUSH to do as God has commanded!

I mean, we’re not talking cult-ism, like “no blood transfusions, no meat on Friday nights, wear this holy underwear and no caffeine…” but rather, Christianity. You know, witness, go to church, pray, read your Bible, pay your tithe, givev to charity.

If the Jehovah’s Witnesses can command their cult members to go and work many many hours a day, Can’t God command us to dedicate a couple hours a week, spread up over seven days???

Issues in Christianity Today #6

6. lack of repentence

I really don’t need to go too deep into this one today. The bottom line as I’ve said before is that Before you are saved and after you are saved, you should see a difference in your life.

If you were a pot smoking cursing foul mouthed covetous person before you were saved, with no thoughts whatsoever about God, and you pray the sinner’s prayer, and then two months later there is no change…

Go back to square one.

The Christian is enjoined to live a holy lifestyle, as I wrote yesterday. The word “repentence” truly has been removed from most churches.

If you were led to say the sinner’s prayer, and no word was mentioned about repenting, and you think Jesus is just the greatest hippie dude you’ve ever met…

stop. Go back to square one.

It reminds me of what David Cloud reported hearing about an autograph session for the author of “blue like Jazz”, where a girl said, “I’m a jello-shooter kind of Christian. Finally, a book I can give to all my unsaved friends!”

Jello-shooter kind of christian. Might as well be a coke-sniffing kind of Christian. Or an adulterer kind of Christian, or an “idolator kind of Christian”. When will we understand that this kind of thing is not compatible with Christianity??? It’s like saying “recycled toilet Paper.” These concepts should not go together.

Listen, if “Christian” means so little to you that you go out clubbing and drinking all night with your unsaved friends, and that your life is virtually indistinguishable from theirs…

…warning sign.

If you have a Bible but never feel motivated to read it…

…warning sign.

If you never worry that your life may or may not be pleasing to the Lord…

… warning sign.

Go back to square one. Just make sure. Understand you are a sinner. As a sinner, you are condemned to an eternity in Hell, with no chance of escape. But God gave a method for you to escape it. Repent. turn to Jesus Christ. Pray to Him, and ask Him to save you.

Now, for the sincere…

There’s a lot of worry, especially in Lordship Salvation churches, that sincere Christians worry a great deal about “how do I maintain my salvation???”

Well, you don’t. It’s not your salvation to lose. You’re either saved or you’re not.

“But I’m not doing things like the Apostle Paul! I still struggle with sin!”

And you will. Until you die. If you’re saved, you’re saved!

Anyone who teaches that you never sin again is in error.

If you’re worried about pleasing God…

good sign.