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
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.
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.