Christians in name only

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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4 thoughts on “Christians in name only

  1. My goodness, what a word. You speak so eloquently and I love the way you portray Gods love for us. All I can do is hope that I can live up to his expectations, and bring him glory in all I do!

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  4. In yet another example of being “Christian in name only”, a group of so-called evangelicals have endorsed the bill before congress that would include gender identification as a criteria for “hate crimes”. By doing this they are placing themselves in an identical posture as the left-leaning secular media. I believe everyone know that I am a believer that the Bible teaches that homosexuality in sin. I also believe that the Bible teaches that we are to love and respond to all people as Jesus responded to them. Jesus died to set all sinners free from the bonds of sin. But to become indistinguishable from the liberal media is not right. Christians are told to be the “salt of the earth.” Then Jesus said that if that salt “looses it’s saltiness” it was good only for the trash pile. (Matthew 5.13)

    Liberal evangelist Tony Campolo, Christian ethicist David Gushee, Sojourners’ Jim Wallis and Florida megachurch pastor Joel Hunter joined a rally this week organized by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group. I’m naming names because these are people who say they are Christian, yet have watered down and changed God’s message to fit their own agenda. Christians are called to be transformed, and Jesus told us not to conform to this world. But the Evangelical Left repeats arguments from The New York Times’ editorial page and seems to think such cultural conformity will win applause. In fact it will, here on earth. Have they maybe lost their eternal focus? Jesus says we are only passing through this world.

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