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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Don't Call Yourself a Christian Anymore

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As you get older you'll get a glimpse about what the Bible says about the separation of the wheat and the tares at the end of the age. It seems like once children who grew up in Christian homes become adults, they decide Christianity isn't for them and throw it off, but there are quite a few who accept Christianity and the world, together. They want their ticket to Heaven but also the things of earth, and it's to these people that I say, "Just don't call yourself a Christian anymore."I can excuse unbelievers for the things they do that don't line up with the Bible. They don't know any better about God's standards, and they choose to follow their own standards. But what bothers me is when a person who has grown up in a Christian home their entire life knows God's standards and decides to accept the world's standards and God's standards, but you can't have both. I've seen young people who call themselves believers dress provocatively, make sexual remarks, and curse often and then tell everyone how glad they are that God is in their life. Still others hold to the idea that wealth and status are everything, and then end up being enslaved to working for money, knowing full well that the Bible says you can't serve both (Matt. 6:24- "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the others, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."), knowing full well that the root of evil is the love of money. They continue on though and throw God into the mix. And yet others who get a taste of the world like to parade around their drinking habits as if it were a badge of honor. Yes, I know the Bible doesn't say drinking is a sin, and that getting drunk is, but frankly, I find it offensive, and the Bible says that if something you do offends your brother, you should stop. And yet, I've mentioned this before and they still parade about their drinking habits to me. I would rather not hear about them, and honestly, who cares? Not only do they parade about their drinking habits but other things like the tattoo they want and things that are bordering on inappropriate. Because all of those things scream "I want to be like the world," I assume these things are done for attention. I assume these things are done to be rebellious. I assume these things are done because the Bible doesn't explicitly say not to, so we will take that literally and push the limit as far as possible before we say no. This leaves many "Christians" looking exactly like the world when drinking is okay, smoking is okay, tattoos are okay, piercings are okay. The Bible says that we should not be conformed to the world, rather transformed (Rom. 12:2). When we okay all of these formerly inappropriate values, what's left that isn't wrong?My question is, why even be a Christian if you want to follow the world? Why? Can you answer that for me? If you want to live exactly like the world and look exactly like the world, why not just throw in the Christianity towel and become part of the world? God does not like the lukewarm; in fact, He says that because they are not hot or cold that He will spit them out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16). He would rather that you were hot or cold, not in the middle. Make up your mind. If you don't want to give up those things that make you appear to be part of the world, quit calling yourself a Christian. I'm tired of hypocrisy and deceit. If you really want God, quit seeking out attention from others, quit trying to be "cool," or fit in, and accept that God is the only one whose opinion matters, and He is no respecter of persons. He doesn't care that you don't fit in. In fact, that's what He wants from us as Christians. And isn't the approval of a Heavenly Father much better than any person's approval on this earth which is dependent on our actions? So I bring a proposition from Joshua 24:15, "And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served int he region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." 

So will you serve God or serve self?

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