I have been looking for something to write about for a few days and nothing has been hitting me. I can’t often just sit down and make things up. I have to be interested, passionate, or inspired to sit down and talk about something.
This morning, I was less than ten minutes out of bed, and I found my wife reading me this question. I hear, and read this question in one form or another probably three or four times a week from various brothers struggling to grasp an understanding of why there is such a stark contrast between the Biblical examples and the American professors. Once again a brother this morning was struggling trying to reconcile what he sees of a Christian in scripture and what he sees of those in this world.
Let’s square something up straight away. There is no other Christianity other than Biblical Christianity. Anything which deviates from scripture is nothing but an attempt to make a God that suits our desires and needs. An Idol. They are not uncommon, you hear of them all the time. “I can’t believe in a God that would do xyz.”, or “I don’t believe that Homosexuality is wrong.”
They are the product of a Godless generation of leadership which has raised them up to believe that they can pray a prayer, and be saved separate from repentance, faith, and a work of God. A leadership that would rather get rich writing about how to have “Your Best Life Now” than to tell people they must repent or perish. It’s a leadership that has been more concerned with, and has produced a crop of people who are concerned with, numbers and professions of faith. And they all have spent two or three generations, maybe more, telling the rest of us that if someone professes to be a Christian then we can never question such a claim, often misusing Matthew 7:1-3 as a club to fend off any truth.
This Godless generation is not much different than those Godless generations of the past. The prophet Isaiah spoke plainly about it with words from God. “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” (Isaiah 29:13). The professions of faith that this generation’s leaders are gathering are worthless for saving, just like it was when the prophet Isaiah was saying that the Lord said such behavior would bring his wrath.
We live in a generation where the leaders of our day have taught us that “love” is actually nothing more than “acceptance”. They have taught us that there is no absolute truth. They fail to warn the congregations before them that on the day of judgment “many” will say to Him Lord Lord, but will be told to depart from Him because He never knew them, calling them workers of lawlessness (Matthew 7:23).
Evangelical teachers of the day have traded the truth by grace through faith for decisional evangelism and they are content to teach others that if they doubt their salvation all they have to do is look back to the day they prayed their prayer, or got sprinkled as a baby. They do not teach a salvation that looks anything like Ezekiel 36:16-38, or better yet Ezekiel 37:1-14. Instead the teaching is nothing more than a rock concert, and a party with a plea to “pray this prayer after me.”
Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Luke 5:32) and like the pharisees of those days, people today don’t even understand that they are sinful. The most ironic thing is, just like the pharisees of those days they try hard to condemn those who actually try to follow God. They have traded God’s law, abandoned God’s law through claiming it as legalism, all the while they trust in their own works of praying or baptism as a source of salvation. Much the same way the pharisees trusted in circumcision.
This group of believers often claim there are but two laws now: Love God with all your heart, and others as yourself. Yet they fail to remember that God said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15) and they continue to live exceedingly beyond their needs while millions all over starve to death, forgetting that the scriptures teach us “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).
This is why, brothers and sisters, you feel like nobody knows what Biblical Christianity is anymore. Because they do not know what it is, and they do not want to. The writer in 2 Timothy wrote in chapter 4 verse 3, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” That time has come my brothers and sisters.
It is time the true disciples of Christ stop living in fear of offending others with the truth and proclaim it boldly. The full council of God. Our call is to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, to share the Gospel with the lost, but when it comes to the professing believer who continues to walk as an enemy of the cross, we’re not even to eat with such people (1 Corinthians 5). The idea of not doing so is to push them from the fellowship of the true church, the real bride of Christ, out into the world for the destruction of their flesh so, hopefully, in the end their soul is saved.
This “Church” today that claims to just build up and love everyone, has no idea what love is. It has become the church of relativism, and has a weakness that is unparalleled by anything I have seen. We are taught in scripture that we will be able to know others by their fruit. A good tree can not bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Everyone who does not bear good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire.
The road to salvation is a narrow one, brethren, and that is why you are constantly asking yourself if anyone knows what Biblical Christianity is. They do not know it because God has not opened their eyes to it, and he has not opened their eyes to it, likely, because the Gospel preached in America today is not the Gospel. God has chosen to use the preaching of his word to save people.
I have heard the argument that God can use anything to reach the lost. And I have no doubt he can. But the blue print and example handed down to us by the Apostles is not one of rock concerts, summer picnics, festivals, and other outings where we gather as many lost people together as we can in hopes that somehow they will repent and believe as they see a bunch of hypocrites standing around pretending to love them, all the while leaving them to go home and perish in their sin without the smallest of warnings. This type of evangelism is what has produced the professing believers you look at and wonder why they are not following Christ. They were no more made a Christian by coming to church than you would be made a car if you stood in a garage.