It is good enough right? – Pseudo-Christianity   1 comment

Greetings All,

This past Sunday I heard a sermon at my church and the text was from Acts 24. The point of the sermon was what real Christianity is and what it is not. This subject does not really get enough press. Many churches are teaching and preaching a nice, friendly, watered down version of the Bible. The focus is more about reaching people for numbers instead of their soul. Conversely, the message of the Bible must be “trimmed” to please more people.

America has become too accommodating and tolerant. I have stated several times during voyages on the interstate or other locations with my wife, “that is the problem with being nice.” What is meant by that statement is many individuals are so engulfed in pleasing everyone else and “being nice” they negate the laws of the land or the Bible to accomplish this. Case-in-point, have you ever been in a church where there is “the gossip clan?” Most every church has individuals who are among this vibrant group. They are willing to discuss and determine every need and problem with the church (as a whole and individuals), yet they will not do as the Bible says (Matt. 18:15-20). Instead of going to the individual or the leadership of the church, they simply discuss and solve all the problems (real or fiction) themselves. Why? Because he/she does not want to be “mean” and just wants to “be nice.” Yet, the problem (if there is one) remains and the individual(s) who should know, do not.

An apt point brought up in the sermon is exterior church attitude. The preacher, Rev. Rodney Duckett, stated we have all come to memorize the “church answer.” If you are in Sunday School and the teacher poses a question, you know it should be about God, Jesus, love, or forgiveness. However, outside of church many have a different answer and attitude. I know of individuals who will never say a curse word in church (gasp!), but outside the church he/she can make a sailor blush (double gasp!). Is there anything in the Bible regarding speech? Well of course there is (Phil. 4:8; 1Peter 1:4; Eph 4:29; Col. 3:8; James 3:8-11); however, many do not read those portions of the Bible or skim past them. How many times have you lovingly confronted an individual regarding his/her speech?

In Acts 24 from verse 22-27, we see where Felix is trying to be nice to Paul. Here are the verses from the NASB.

22But Felix, having a more exact knowledge about the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case.”

23Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be kept in custody and yet have some freedom, and not to prevent any of his friends from ministering to him.

24But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.

25But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.”

26At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.

27But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.

One cannot help but notice how much work Felix is doing just to be viewed as “nice.” He has knowledge of the Way (an early reference to Christianity), yet does not follow the Way. Here the points are made, in the sermon, that accurate knowledge and external conformity are not enough. This is many individuals in our churches, our work place, our state, our country. He/she just wants to do enough to have the appearance of Christianity, yet does not wish to conform to the Bible.

The question that must be posed is why such resistance to God’s Word? Why are there Sunday School teachers who teach one thing but live another? The short answer is sin. The long answer is outside the constraints of this meager blog. I believe Scripture has a very well balanced answer. “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice” Prov. 21:2-3. We just want to do what we want and not what God desires for us.

Now the question is, what are you going to do next? Will you come to grips with the fact that God loves you and has these boundaries in place for your benefit? On the other hand, will you continue to be wise in your own eyes? It is your choice, by God’s design, to choose the former or the latter. Before your choice, know this. God’s way will always be the best and most beneficial. I am not referencing finances! Forget about money. Bring into focus that which matters more. Your internal peace, harmony, and eternal presence with the Creator.  Question: If you are always doing the speed limit on the highway, does it bring more stress or relief stress to see an officer of the law?  By obeying the speed limit, one has less stress as there is no longer a need to watch out for coppers. Choose God’s lighted path, not your own dark destruction. Practice the presence of true Christianity every day.

In Christ,
Jeff

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Posted April 27, 2010 by avv604 in Bible

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One response to “It is good enough right? – Pseudo-Christianity

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  1. Very well said my dear! I enjoyed reading, and feeling the love of my Savior as I did so.
    God is so good to us all even though we do not deserve it.
    I am so glad I serve a risen SAVIOR!

    Living for Him,
    Your wonderful wife 😉

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