The article by Skyler Gleue beneath my comments is one of the best and most important articles posted here on A Crooked Path in a while. Do not skip over Skyler’s writing here.
So-called secularized Christianity is no Christianity at all. So-called cultural Christianity is no Christianity at all. Those believing feelings matter more than the sound, unchangeable doctrine of the Holy Bible will not see the kingdom of God. No matter if they never miss a Sunday church service. What is in their heart, not in appearances, not by their lips will determine where they spend eternity.
The majority of the professed church in these times is apostate. Lukewarm or even utterly dead, lost and in total darkness. Consumed by he who is prince of the air and has dominion this earth for season.
A person either is a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ, transformed by the power of the Spirit of God — not transformed by their own mind and doing as some false teachers claiming to be Christian pastors teach — and they then submit, obey and walk with the Lord or they do not and they attempt to proclaim Christ while in truth appeasing and walking in this temporal world.
Won’t work for anyone wanting to attain eternal life in heaven.
Can’t imitate Marie Antoinette and every deluded, seduced by evil, lying person walking in darkness — can’t have your cake and eat it too.
The secular and the true faith in and of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit are not compatible, They are violently and inexplicably opposed to each other. No matter what man or woman might say, think, believe, speak or write otherwise.
Do not lower God to our level. Do not relegate Jesus to a mere “teacher” and deny the whole inerrant living word of God.
If you do such? And do not repent? Do not humble yourself and turn to the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and obey all of the word of God? You will not see the Lord except in judgment and will not be spending eternity with Him in heaven.
Not my words, not my judgment, for I only believe, speak and write what I know within the inerrant word of God — and the Bible tells us this is so.
Why is that truth so difficult for people to believe?
Why, instead, do they allow their continued seduction and delusion by the Evil One who is not saving them but destroying them?
Reject the world and its teachings and false teachings. Which have infected the majority of professed churches. There are more in these Biblical times of Romans 1 like the church in Laodicea than like any other church or people.
Repent and turn back to the Lord. Asking forgiveness and turning to God in complete obedience. While the Good Lord blesses you with breath and a beating heart and it becomes to late for you.
As Skyler’s last words in the article below:
“God rejects secularized Christianity, and so should we.”
I hope and pray each reading this posting seriously, deeply contemplates what is written here and turns to God today in prayer, turns to the Holy Bible today in fervent deep study, not adding nor subtracting from God’s word and not only reading the passages that make one “feel good.” And that each make this a LASTING endeavor in daily life. Otherwise? The eternal life one imagines for themselves might not happen and they then will have an eternity in pain, gnashing of teeth, suffering, isolation and utter darkness to ponder why it was they chose the ways of this world over the ways of the Lord.
It is THAT serious.
Treat it such.
No person can walk two paths. No matter what lies they tell themselves or the world whispers in their itching ears.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Refuting the Identity Crisis of Christianity
By Skyler Gleue
June 5, 2019
This article originally appeared on Engagemagazine.net here.
Business leaders and global innovators often know what you want even before you do. After seeing an advertisement for a product we never knew existed, suddenly we cannot live without it. Along with compulsion, it has been said that “emotions drive 80% of the choices Americans make, while practicality and objectivity only represent about 20% of decision-making.” Philosopher Blaise Pascal once stated, “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Pascal’s comment suggests that we are more inclined to ‘reason’ based on emotions rather than logic, or at the most, let our deductions be clouded with our emotions.
There is tremendous truth behind this observation. However, whatever is most attractive is not always advantageous. Big businesses may benefit and capitalize on compulsive and emotion-based decision making, but when this mindset enters the church or a religious atmosphere it often conflicts with objective truth. Because of this mindset of arriving at beliefs based on what is attractive rather than absolute, many churches have been become lukewarm in their teachings on difficult truths and adopted a secularized mindset.
In the name of political correctness and cultural conformity, many churches now teach Christ as a “good teacher,” merely a good person who set the example of morality. Contemporary thought for many holds that Christianity is but one way into Heaven, and that other religions equally coexist beside Christianity.
Alongside this, many self-professing followers of Christ also tend to hold secular positions on important social issues of our day, such as abortion, separation of Church and State, and tolerance toward contradictory political views. Many Christians openly support these views on the basis of love, acceptance, and conformity. This causes an identity crisis for what Christianity absolutely stands for and against.
Christ often presented hard, even difficult, teachings. Selective morality is not merely a contemporary conflict new to Christians, and due to that, Christ and His apostles frequently scolded secularized Christianity.
If we can be open-minded about what Scripture says rather than rejecting what we find hard to approve, then we must take Christ at His word when He rebuked, and ultimately refused to accept the Christian church in Laodicea as described in Revelation 3. The words Christ uses to describe His militant disapproval follow in verse 16 where He starkly says, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” The reason for such rejection was for many of the same reasons contemporary church has gone astray, such as idolatry, greed, tolerance, hypocrisy, and apathy towards social issues.
The New Testament opens to a different Jewish culture compared to the closing of the Old Testament. We see there are new traditions, beliefs, sects, and leaders not previously found in the Old Testament predominantly due to the Hellenization of the culture during the intertestamental period. Contemporary religious leaders of their time emphasized new Jewish traditions as being equal or at times greater than God’s given revelations. Rather than turning a blind eye to the obvious religious blur, Jesus confronted the religious and social issues head-on in the face of opposition and rebellion. Many of Christ’s rebukes of the leaders came in light of this doctrinal shift and opposition to differing views.
Jesus did not have an identity crisis, and He does not expect us to have one either. To stress the importance of His message, Christ offers a caution. Immediately preceding the warning by Jesus where He said “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few,” He issue a secondary warning: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Jesus instructs us to recognize false teachers, those who are part of the Church and tolerant toward anti-Biblical social issues, by their character (Matthew 7). We are further instructed to “test all things” and “hold on to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
C.S. Lewis once said that “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” When we treat the Scriptures as a buffet and selectively choose what we accept and deny, we inadvertently reject Christianity as a whole. God calls such people “lukewarm” and “false prophets,” and this taints the mission of the Church, to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). God rejects secularized Christianity, and so should we.