Not of this world.

8 Oct

I can’t help but wonder what Jesus would have to say to us Christians if He came to walk, talk, eat and live with us today.  When you flip through the gospels and look at the many places Jesus addressed the Pharisees (the religious leaders, who claimed to be living godly, holy & blameless lives) on their many areas of godly living, He unveiled a bunch of distorted thinking and ignorance.  The examples are a very enlightening eye into the trap of “religion.”

The Pharisees were making faith in God about obeying rules and laws.

The Church today has taken the total opposite approach.  We want to dismiss all rules and laws and accept everything and everyone.

We’re totally distorting Christianity  entirely by filtering Christ through our flesh.  We want God to be pleased with what we are willing to offer, and turn the other cheek “graciously” to the things we aren’t.

We are willing to serve God in all the ways that are easy, safe, and comfortable.  And anything that calls us to possible rejection, isolation, and humiliation…. well, that part is “optional” and only 10% are willing to go that route.

Christians today read their Bible so little that when the world quotes scripture out of context to them, they shriek in fear and then actually get their religious beliefs from the unsaved.  Did you catch what I just said?  It is true.  For example…. how many “Christians” believe homosexuality is OK because someone told them “the Bible says we’re not suppose to judge others.”

I’ll keep myself from getting side-tracked on how absurd that logic is and just stick to the point I’m already making here.

I can’t tell you how much money is on my mind lately.  I suppose this stems back to my post on education, as I think about college and the idol of education and degrees which has taken even the Christians of this world to a place of disobedience to God.  That even goes for seminary.

Think of the best Christian School you can think of right now, and I bet you they have a loan advisor who can sit down and show you how to get a $20,000 loan renewable each year for 5 years so you can obtain a degree and start your life with $100,000 of debt.

What does scripture say about debt?  It says the borrower is a servant to the lender.  And if we’re a slave to lender, how can we be a slave to Christ too?  We can’t.  The Bible says you can’t serve both God and money.  WHY?  How are we taking care of widows, orphans and giving to missions if all our “extra” money each month is paying off debt?

And that is just the starting place.

Then we have to add in debt for our homes, cars, appliances, furniture, and on and on and on.

We’re trying to live in this world and fit Christianity into it.

Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 a “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Who says you need seminary to be a pastor? Wisdom is a spiritual gift.  Are we saying that a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit is not as adequate as an education given by man?  Who started this idea?  And when did the Christians of the world roll over and start buying into it? Maybe when we made education an idol?

I’m not saying Seminary is wrong, and if someone has the finances to pay for the schooling (which wouldn’t be so high if everyone would stop being railroaded into taking out heftier loans and accepting the price increases) they should go! I know some great courses on Greek and Hebrew are offered which is extremely valuable!!

However, I know people who go to Seminary and come out completely brain-washed on faulty theology because they assume the professor is wise and his/her interpretations and explanations are automatically correct just because of their “position” in the college.  Not to mention, many seminaries on based on man-made denominations (definitely for another post coming soon.)

Anyway, I’m just convicted more and more that I can’t live in this world and follow any of the directions the world is running.  Including most of the churches as well.  They just aren’t running after truth.  They’re running after “the world” and “the desires of the flesh” all while patting themselves on the back and saying they are “walking in grace and mercy.”

Praise God for grace and mercy.  We’d all be spending eternity in Hell without it.  However, Jesus Christ, Savior of the World, NEVER said “I’ll extend you enough grace to accept your sin and then also make it comfortable for you to keep your sin and feel no conviction to sin around me.”  He called sin – SIN – and after extending mercy for their sins, always exclaimed that they must repent and leave their life of sin.

Practical Application:

I have got to renew my mind with the truth of scripture and stop fitting in with everyone else running the wrong way.

Take a stand, even when I’m going to be humiliated, ridiculed, and slandered for going against the norm.

Jesus stood out.  He didn’t blend in.  I can’t be in Christ-like-ness if I fit in.

If we belong to Christ, we’re not of this world.  I wish the Church would reject the compromises and run after truth.  All in all, we’ve all become so worldly.  Shame on us.

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3 Responses to “Not of this world.”

  1. The Water Bearer October 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Profound and truthful post, full of conviction and clarity! This is exactly what God has shown me and how I feel about ‘religious’ organisations and ‘the world’..Good on you for sharing the truth! 🙂 Glad to have another on the team siding with the complex secrets of the Gospel and not another joining the broad and wide flow of the world…Blessings to you!

    • kaylagulick October 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      These unpopular posts get scary to write… but I know fear of man is not from the Lord.

      Thank you for your encouragement and support! God Bless you for genuine fellowship via the internet!

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