WorldNetDaily commentator Dave Welch did a fantastic job on his article. (Link to article)
Many will insist that we all have the right to practice Christianity as our conscience dictates. Wrong. We have the privilege of living out a faith based on absolute truth as given to us by the Author and Finisher of that faith without error or omission in His written word. If we want to invent our own religion, we are “free” to do so, “free” to reap the consequences and “free” to call it anything we want – but Christianity.”
There are many who have exercised this right to invent their own religions. Unfortunately they often call it Christianity. We see this in their beliefs and actions. I am unqualified to judge a person’s heart. Only God can do that. I can see their behavior and I can read the Bible. When the Bible calls certain behaviors “sin” and even goes on to say that they are “detestable to God”, I have no choice but to assume that people who willingly and openly commit these sins are not actually Christians, no matter what they claim. They may be saved, they may have had a “born again” experience (John 3.3) and be going to heaven, but they are not followers of Christ. That is what the word Christian means, you know.
To call your self a Christian means that you have given yourself completely over to Him. Throughout the New Testament the writers make the call for an all or nothing commitment. To be a Christian, from their point of view, was to become wholly devoted. All of Jesus’ followers were total followers. They were not perfect. They made mistakes, but they were committed to Him. To be anything less is to make a mockery of the name Christian.
Jesus gave more than any one of us could ever give. He didn’t have to die. He was God in the flesh; perfect. He was the very Word of God become flesh. He died to take our place. He suffered more than we can ever imagine. His cry “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” speaks more than we can understand. Jesus was God in the flesh! God, being holy, cannot have any part in sin. Jesus took the sins of man on His shoulders as a substitute for us. Put it together and you begin to get a glimpse of what Jesus went through because of His love for you. Can you not at least give Him your complete devotion?
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