What Christianity Is Not

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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.

  1. Jesus said that he was the son of God, communicated with God, went around delivering people from demons and supernaturally healing the sick.

  2. Jesus was ostracized by the religious people of his time to the point where they conspired to kill him, which they did.

  3. 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 . . .

  1. Going to church on Sunday, or Saturday for that matter

  2. Good preaching

  3. Wearing your Sunday best

  4. Not eating meat on Friday

  5. Lent

  6. Having family over for Christmas and Easter

  7. Arguing over miniscule details of scripture

  8. Being celibate

  9. “Tolerance” toward other faiths

  10. Communion on the first Sunday of the month

  11. Singing hymns

  12. Gospel albums

  13. Christian talk radio

  14. Getting ashes on your forehead

  15. A Pastoral popularity contest

  16. Elaborate prayers

  17. A holier than thou attitude

  18. A Pastor’s blessing

  19. Confessionals

  20. Rote memorization of scripture

  21. Feeling guilty

  22. A list of do’s and don’ts

  23. Lifeless, mechanical prayers like the Hail Mary

  24. Stadium-sized churches

  25. Reading Christian apologetics

  26. Self-flagellation

  27. Fear of condemnation

  28. An excuse to hate others

  29. All talk, no action

  30. Singing in the choir

  31. Gothic architecture

  32. Ornate robes

  33. Incense

  34. Statues

  35. 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.

 

EXERCISE:

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.

 

Read next: 7 Problems With The Church In One Video

 

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What Christianity Is Not was last modified: November 30th, 2014 by Rob Rennie
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