Thursday, 30 August 2012

Are you 'unashamed' of the 'tricky bits' of Christianity?

This is an issue dear to my heart. Coming into contact with so many Christians, who profess their faith, yet refuse to adhere to all of God's holy, moral law, I feel the need to write about this once more, to accentuate the seriousness of it all...

Most Christians would proudly advertise their faith by saying they're Christians. However, seldom do they gladly, shamelessly discuss the values the Bible holds and advocates. What else, there are some who even hold a distorted doctrinal view - a compromised, contemporary set of rules, far from and contrary to the Word of God. 
These are some of the core things people seem to have a problem with:

  • Eternal Condemnation: While they would happily agree that a mass murderer would end up in hell, they will find the aspect of a 'non-Christian' or even an 'unsaved-Christian' ending up in hell, questionable - albeit the Bible is clear that 'we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory' and that we all deserve hell, only Jesus' blood can save us; He is the ONLY way to Heaven. Good works amount to NOTHING in eternity, if they were not the RESULT of SALVATION! Their argument is, 'You're out of your mind, God is a God of love, He'll forgive them and let them go. He won't punish them in such a manner.' 
  • Acknowledging Something as 'Sin': The Bible clearly defines what is and is not 'sin' for us, obviously only if we take the time to look. Surprisingly, this is something that many struggle on. Why? Primarily, because the 'world's' definition of what is 'sin', has been transforming ever since secularism and materialism have been on the rise - if we make the rules, obviously we're going to justify our actions, thus, just because something is 'common' or 'allowed' or supported by consensus, it doesn't automatically become right. We don't want to look strange by supporting some archaic views, do we?
  • God HATES Sin: Society often claims we 'hate sinners'...note, I DID NOT say 'God hates sinners', I said, 'God hates sin'...and He does. The Bible reiterates this fact throughout its 66 books, 1189 chapters and 31240 verses, innumerable times. When God hates something He rebukes it and demands it to be changed - obviously, those who wish to control their lives are unhappy about this truth, thus protest...and sadly, some Christians support them or do the same.

'Yes, He is indeed a loving God, but He loves what is good and will not tolerate what is evil. It's not because He is impatient or intolerant in a human sense, but because He is blazing with purity, holiness and righteousness. Evil is simply not compatible with His nature; it is completely foreign to Him...If we truly belong to God, it means we must share in His heart - we much hate what He hates and love what He loves. That means hating sin, hating things that are opposed to God and God's way of living...I wonder if all too easily...we become increasingly comfortable with things God wants us to hate.'

As much as God is a 'God of love', He is also a 'God of justice'. He can't just 'overlook' sinfulness by forgiving. The price HAS to be paid. And just because He loves us, He paid the price, so that we wouldn't have to suffer.
Mark 8:38 - "If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father's glory with the holy angels."
Once saved, not only are we to be proud in Christ, unashamed for Him, but also for His word, teachings and everything He stood for - no matter how strange or odd we look! We need to be '...passionate about the things God loves, and opposed to the things God will not tolerate.' We're called to '...radical, counter cultural, uncomfortable ways of living.' (Quoted from The Good Book Company's 'Exploring Identity' Study)

Are you going to fear a temporary, worldly rejection and shame by forfeiting a greater, eternal honor, not only for you but others around you? I pray that you answer that question with a confident "NO!" Choose wisely!

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