Thursday, December 29, 2016

A MATER OF FAITH: UNcHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN


ACTS 11:26 NIV
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.



On a recent post I coined a phrase ‘un-Christian Christian.’  To be a Christian a person must be a follower of Jesus the Christ; far to many follow man.

A disciple is a student, a person who is learning which is an ongoing process.  Having a PhD in Theology does not mean you know all there is to know about the Bible; it is an indication that you have fulfilled the institutions requirements for learning a subject. Those who know God’s word believe in  and submit to what is written are called Christian.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

It is popular today to promote a particular ideology and weave it into Scripture. Thus homosexuality and abortion are declared acceptable forms of behavior. When I hear of religious leaders stating that they will allow Muslim services to be held in their buildings I cringe. Leaders of various churches present doctrine, how the church interprets Scripture, as biblical though it may not be- as in the case of polygamy.
Many people consider themselves Christians with footnotes. They know that the Bible speaks against certain behaviors but because he, she or a loved one lives a particular lifestyle which goes against God’s word they want to believe God understands.  Yes, we all sin and fall short of God’s expectations. The footnote is that there are some who before, during, and or  after a behavior know that God does not sanction such an act but do it anyway- they set aside their faith to do what they want to do.
When I read stories about churches who ordain Lesbians as church leaders and perform same sex unions I look up. It is because of God’s mercy that Jesus has not come yet!
When I hear about churches who are taking down symbols of Christianity to allow Muslims to use their building to worship their god I become dumbfounded! Do these people not read their Bible?
It is not enough to call yourself a Christian you must be a follower of Jesus the Son of God. Jesus is the Anointed One, He is the only way, the real truth and the source of life (John 14:6). Jesus is the Word thus when you read Scripture you are being taught by Him (2 Timothy 3:16). If you reject the words of God in exchange for the opinions of man you cannot be a follower of Christ- you are not a Christian.


2 TIMOTHY 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

2 Timothy 3:1-7
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control,, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn Away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

An un-Christian Christian- a person who is not a follower of Christ but tells people he or she is.  xxx Marsha L F Randolph
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