What Christianity Is Not
Rob Rennie | There’s so much damage-control that needs to be done regarding how to define true Christianity versus being religious that you’ve got to start somewhere.
The ultimate role-model and teacher for what it means to be a true Christian is our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider the following facts straight out of the New Testament.
- Jesus said that he was the son of God, communicated with God, went around delivering people from demons and supernaturally healing the sick.
- Jesus was ostracized by the religious people of his time to the point where they conspired to kill him, which they did.
- Jesus said to his disciples that they were to spread the Gospel and save souls through the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony and Holy Spirit-inspired miracles, signs, and wonders.
Now here’s what Christianity is not . . .
- Going to church on Sunday, or Saturday for that matter
- Good preaching
- Wearing your Sunday best
- Not eating meat on Friday
- Having family over for Christmas and Easter
- Arguing over miniscule details of scripture
- Being celibate
- “Tolerance” toward other faiths
- Communion on the first Sunday of the month
- Singing hymns
- Gospel albums
- Christian talk radio
- Getting ashes on your forehead
- A Pastoral popularity contest
- Elaborate prayers
- A holier than thou attitude
- A Pastor’s blessing
- Rote memorization of scripture
- Feeling guilty
- A list of do’s and don’ts
- Lifeless, mechanical prayers like the Hail Mary
- Stadium-sized churches
- Reading Christian apologetics
- Fear of condemnation
- An excuse to hate others
- All talk, no action
- Singing in the choir
- Gothic architecture
- Ornate robes
- Really old stuff
The church has become corrupt and worldly, which is why people are turning away from the Christian faith in large numbers.
If we started preaching the real Gospel again . . .
- You can have a real personal relationship with God where he speaks back to you.
- It’s possible to know God’s will and be in it.
- It’s possible to rid yourself and others of demonically-inspired sicknesses and various other psychological problems.
- You don’t have to live in fear, guilt, depression, or any other demonically-inspired reality
- We have a soul that can get wounded by the sin in our lives.
- God expects us to be in a sinless state, constantly checking ourselves and in repentance, something we can only hope to accomplish through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Most Christians and Pastors need deliverance from demons.
- It’s our duty to have an active prayer life where we intercede for others and against the spiritual wickedness in high places.
- We are all expected to fulfill the great commission in some form or fashion, whether that’s sharing your testimony with a friend, starting your own website or blog, YouTube channel, TV or radio show, church, or standing on a street corner handing out tracts.
- Before making big decisions, we should be consulting God for guidance and direction.
- We should be in intimate relationship with God and the only way to do this is by spending time with him in prayer.
- We should be reading the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit, who prompts our understanding.
- Spiritual open doors allow demons into our lives that then begin to subtly influence our thoughts, emotions, and even physical well-being.
- The whole world is under the power of enemy
- There is a hell and many Christians who don’t live in close relationship with God and who don’t constantly repent of their sins will end up there.
The reason this doesn’t get preached is because it’s too challenging for most people. They’re not ready to hear the truth and the church itself is too afraid of alienating people and their dollars.
There’s a great book by Rick James called, Jesus Without Religion. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about what Jesus’ death on the cross really means.