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What’s the Problem with so-called “Mainstream” Christianity?

Words have meaning right? Society keeps “evolving” with words or, in reality, it just changes the meanings to suit the political atmosphere.

This used to be something only hardcore politicos might attempt but I’m finding more and more of “mainstream” Christians are now doing the same thing. Some Christians find it necessary to dance around or water down the true meanings of God’s Word and commandments just so people around them won’t think they are too harsh or “religious.”

Why is that? What would cause someone who says they believe in something to change it or ignore parts of it to make themselves feel better?

Now, it’s not my intention to disrespect my Catholic friends, but Rep. Nancy Pelosi is, in her words, a “devout Catholic.” How can that be?

Mainstream Catholic churches believe the Pope is the supreme leader and the final word on earth for interpreting the meaning of scripture. It’s based on the Catholic understanding that Peter was the first Pope by way of Christ saying He would build his church on the truth that Peter spoke when Christ asked him who He was.

How about a couple of examples: You can’t follow Muhammad and say you’re a Christian! You can’t make Christ your Lord and be a Buddhist. You can’t be a smoker and never touch a cigarette (or whatever your smoke of choice is).

Pelosi says she is a devout Catholic, however she believes in abortion. The Church and scripture are against abortion. Nancy is an advocate of same-sex marriage, however the Catholic Church is opposed to same-sex marriage. So, what Catholic Church or doctrine is she really following?

I recently had words with someone on Facebook about a Christian issue. At first I thought I was discussing the Bible with a follower of Christ. After a bit, I wasn’t so sure. Now for the record, I don’t know if this person is a follower of Christ, that’s not for me to decide. That issue is between them and Christ. But the Bible does say we would know them by their fruits and how we treat each other Christian to Christian.

BibleWhat started the conversation was that she wrote about how proud she was that her son wrote a play/poem based on the story of Adam and Eve. But he added a reference to “Steve.” He took a different viewpoint from what scripture said and had a different viewpoint of what Eve or Adam was thinking and doing. When I questioned her, she said the story was basically a fairy tale. She in a few paragraphs stated that most of the stories in the Bible were not real, but simply stories written by men.

Now I am already confused and we hadn’t even got into it yet. You see, MOST Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God written down as the Spirit of God gave it to man to write.

She states she is a Christian, but she doesn’t take the Bible at face value because it was written by men. She said that she follows what’s written in red (denotes the words of Christ) but notes that the Bible is a guideline not a commandment on how to live your life. Now I’m really confused.

If the Bible is written by men and can’t be trusted, then how does she know her faith in Christ is real? I,mean that part was written by men. NEWSFLASH! The red parts were also written by men.

The Bible is very clear in several places that it’s the guideline for life as a Christian. It’s God’s will (our manual) for our life. Yes, we can choose to ignore it or choose to use it. It also tells us to study and not just read. It’s not a novel, but a workbook!

The Christian church has allowed many negative things to creep into the church. And the church, as a whole, has largely ignored its responsibilities partly because Christians refuse to study and live out their lives according to scripture.

I am not advocating we fight each other from within, but we should not allow all the lies to infiltrate our lives. The Bible is clear about protecting what you see, hear, and allow into your heart and head.

To my Christian friends… Our kids are suffering because we don’t live out our faith according to God’s Word. God’s Word is absolute on so many things and we have not conveyed that to our children. Our “anything goes” society is setting the values for your children via sex education at school and the TV shows they watch, among other things being thrown at them.

american-christianityThe woman on Facebook was upset that I chose to use the scripture that says that a man using the body of another man as a woman is an abomination to God. She said “YOU call certain things abominations because you find them icky.” No. I called them that because the Bible says they are and the Bible is God’s Word. As a Christian why wouldn’t I say it?

So again I ask, if you’re a Christian, why are you a Christian? Because you go to church? Because your grandma went to church? Or because you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ?

There are many things Jesus says to do that may be uncomfortable. Christians should not shy away from those things.

What I find is that they sometimes make teenage excuses for not following the Bible. “Well that book is 2000 years old. It doesn’t pertain to us today.” Sure it doesn’t! “Religion is a personal thing. It should be kept to yourself.” Yup, it was really personal for Christ when He was beaten in public, carried His cross in public, was embarrassed on the cross in public, and then publically forgave all those who came against Him in public. Yup, sounds like a very private thing to me… NOT!

If you don’t believe it all, then how do you know that Christ is the way? It’s the only book, written by men, that says HE is!

My point with this whole article is aimed at my true brothers and sisters in Christ. Time for a checkup. Take an inventory of your life. Does it match up to the Word? When someone says something wrong about God does it bother you as much as someone saying someone nasty against your Mom, your wife, your husband, or your children?

Some of you write me and say, “Joe, where’s the love of Christ? God calls us to love everyone.” Yup, and He also calls us to hate evil. “Love” is the most overused word in our language. Did Jesus love the Pharisees and Sadducees when he called them vipers? When he told the adulteress to go and sin no more (which implies what she was doing was a sin) was He showing her love? He openly accused her of sinning and doing something wrong. He did not ACCEPT her behavior. Did that mean He did not love her? Of course not. When you grounded your son or daughter for lying to you, or cheating on a test, or whatever, did you not love them in that moment? No. It’s because of your love that you do those things.

I’m not telling you to run around and stick your finger in people’s faces telling them they’re sinning and going to hell. What I’m telling you is, don’t accept things that are against God’s Word to enter your life, you have control. You are setting an example to your kids and others around you.

You only need to care about what God thinks of you. Don’t worry about the rest.

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