6 thoughts on “KNOWING CHRIST TODAY PART II: GODLINESS

  • July 16, 2010 at 11:51 am
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    George,

    Well said as always. This is something one should listen to at the start of every day to orient our day towards Christ. Although I can’t help but feel that, for the most part, the message falls on deaf ears. If not deaf ears, than disinterested hearts.

    The analogy that comes to mind is the citizen who has decided that the government is going to provide for his needs. All he has to do is sit back and wait for all his physical needs to be provided for. There is no action required on his part except signing up for benefits and letting different government agencies take care or everything else.

    Similarly the modern day Christian has signed up for salvation and there is no further requirement. the gulf between justification and sanctification is beyond bridging. Just sit back, enjoy yourself, because it is all taken care of. This has been preached from the pulpit for over 300 years and every year the message gets farther and farther away from living to glorify, worship, and serve Christ, to participate in His sufferings, and to love ones neighbor. The original tenets of Protestant doctrine, theology, and worship have been so watered down as to now exist only in the libraries of the great theological seminaries.

    True Pauline doctrine has been replaced by Dominionism, Socialism, and political correctness. This results in a Christianity steeped in humanism and religious immanentism completely lacking of any transcendence or spiritual presence.

    A further result of practicing and preaching a strictly “personal religion” is evidenced by/in the modern day “mega church”. Established purely on a personal subjectivity, particularly when established opposed to traditional elements of a previous church, tradition, or worship method. In these churches you will find a person who makes ones own ego and personal religious beliefs the driving force. This type of “religion” becomes far more oppressive than any traditional doctrine since it imposes a personal brand of subjectivity on the congregants.

    If someone doesn’t like it, they can go out and start their own “church”. This is the reason for the seemingly ceaseless multiplication of Protestant sects, which once started, gather speed, since each new foundation is as a rule established on a narrower personal base than its predecessor.

    The ultimate result is the preaching of a grace that saves the sinner without changing him in the least, a faith that depends on nothing outside itself, a God who can be acknowledged as Creator only by the annihilation of his creatures, of a divine word whose authority is supreme as long as it is subjectively interpreted.

    So here we are, imploring those who claim Christ to actually live it. Not as an option, but as a reality of one who, through God’s abounding grace, has accepted by faith the call to become a new creation. Not in word, not in declaration, but in actual fact and reality. Otherwise we have embraced a false self serving exegis of Pauline doctrine and accepted the unrealizable dream of a salvation that should save us without drawing us in the least into a life in Christ.

    Greg

  • July 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm
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    Greg: Right on brother! What can I add. Thank you for your challenging thoughts.
    georgea

  • July 18, 2010 at 8:51 am
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    These are the words of divine wisdom spoken in truth falling like rain on the parched and fallow ground of the modern church. The majority of leadership in the modern church now preaches a false spirituality! The gospel is often proclaimed in terms of “accepting” and “receiving” Christ as our savior. These words imply “passivity”. There is little or no emphasis or any discussion of receiving the power of the triune GOD to transform our lives. The role and direction of the Holy Spirit that leads to “repentance” and the power to live transformed lives is deemphasized or rarely discussed at all. This was prophesied to occur at the very end of the age. We are living in the time of the Church of Laodicea.

    Does the Holy Spirit still convict us of our sin, lead us into repentance and also lead us into practicing the spiritual disciplines?

    Christ prayed daily, often practiced solitude, fasted, served others in humility, read and taught scripture in the synagogues. Christ also “abided” in God (see John 5:19) He is our EXAMPLE and we are to deny ourselves, take up the cross DAILY and FOLLOW HIM. This is simply the only way to Christ.

    The modern church has imitated the corporate world of a franchise for example McDonalds! Have it your way! This is NOT True Christianity at all. We have bought into a cheap imitation. Our churches mostly offer instant “salvation” on our terms the way we like it. We are marketing “salvation” as a one time shot and inoculation to instantly gain heaven. This is cheap grace and not based on sound doctrine.

    It is time to call those who consider themselves Christians back to their first love. Abide in Christ by ACTIVELY following HIS example. Read scripture daily, pray, practice solitude, practice serving and giving, and even fasting. Then the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds. We ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST. WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, LIVING FULLY DEVOTED AND OBEDIENT LIVES FOR CHRIST. WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP CREATED FOR GOOD WORKS. WE ARE JUSTIFIED, BEING SANCTIFIED AND WILL JOIN CHRIST IN HIS GLORY AT THE END OF THIS AGE.WE SHOULD HAVE HIS POWER RUNNING THROUGH US.

    ABIDE!

    Terry

  • July 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
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    Right to the heart…thank you Greg.

  • July 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm
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    I often continue to find the dregs of years of living for myself, as well some of the wrong emphases and misguided teachings of the particular church cultures I have belonged/been a part of. But more to the point, I find that I simply haven’t lived in Christ’s Kingdom. Imagine the drawing power of men and women whose lives reflect the powerful, peaceful, loving, courageous and compassionate hearts of deep ongoing relationship to our elder brother. Genuine, non-judgmental, authentic lives, full of grace and truth…reflecting our Savior, sometimes even not having to testify verbally because we have “preached the Gospel” with our lives, not just our words. I suspect that life will be either irresistible or horribly threatening to those around us. Let us leave that which is behind and set forth to the high calling of Jesus.

    Randy

  • July 23, 2010 at 8:49 am
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    Well said Randy! I can identify totally!

    georgea

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