Have You Conformed To Weak “Christianity”?

Friend,
Yes, the Lord loves people. He made us. He wants, oh so much, to have fellowship with us. He wants it enough that He came to our condemned planet to be born a human. He lived here to teach us, remained sinless, died to pay sin’s penalty, conquered death by rising bodily 3 days later, and lives now, in bodily form (Col. 2:9), “at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Rom. 8:34 –and Heb. 7:25) Yes, He loves people… we humans whom He created.

However, God hates sin. He won’t live with it. He will not accept into His fellowship anyone who is covered in sin. They must be washed first. Now, does God stoop to hear a repentant cry? Absolutely! That is what He is listening for! But the repentance must be there in the one asking for fellowship and reconciliation with the Majestic God of the Universe. When it is, and that person then asks to be forgiven and cleansed, God eagerly grants the request. Then a relationship begins. Will the “baby Christian” mess up sometimes? Yes. But just like any loving parent, He helps the newborn walk. And He is very merciful.

Unfortunately, many people mistake this great mercy for a license to sin. It is not. Any baby grows to become a toddler, then an obedient child, then a student acquiring simple responsibilities, then a teen, then college-age… then adulthood. And all along, maturity and wisdom should be continually increasing. If a believer who claims to be following Christ, does not consistently progress, then something abnormal has happened. The person has become stunted, has become stagnant, has refused to be taught, and/or has refused to apply the teaching. Yet this exact thing is going on in those who claim to be Christians –as if it is nothing serious!

On top of that, these stunted, stagnant, deformed “Christians” are tolerated as normal, so that those who keep growing to become bigger and bigger giants are told to “chill” and “slow down” and even “CONFORM”! Uh-huh. “Conform to us, our ways of doing Christianity, our doctrines. You interpret 2 Cor. 6:17 incorrectly, ‘Come out from them and be separate.’ No, ‘Touch no unclean thing,’ does not include the things you are calling unclean. Our Christian culture says this is fine. You are merely being a fanatic. Please quit confronting us.”

Sadly, these conformists do not seem to be studying Scripture with the help of the HOLY Spirit. (1 John 2:27) Ps. 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” And Prov. 28:9 warns, “If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.” Detestable. That sounds quite different than “pleasing God,” or “having fellowship with God.” In fact, God is “angry with the wicked every day.” (Ps. 7:11)

Again: God hates sin. “If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (1 John 1:6) Instead, those “Christians” who sin must realize that in order to be restored to fellowship with God, they must repent. And what does it mean “to repent”? It means to QUIT sinning! (1 John 3:6) It means to DIE with Christ to our old self of sin. (Rom. 6:6) It means to live in a completely different way. (2 Cor. 5:17) It means to be separated unto God, holy in all we do (1 Peter 1:15), declaring praise sacrifices to Him by our holy lives. (2:5,9) It means to NOT be conformed to the pattern of this world (Rom. 12:2), but to instead be DAILY offering up our bodies as “living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God…” (v. 1)

Are you doing this, dear one? Because if not, you, like all others “who do not know God and DO NOT OBEY the gospel… will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord…” (2 Thes. 1:8,9) As James 1:22 warns, “Be doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Because: “The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4)

So, Friend, get rid of your sin. Ask God to forgive and cleanse you and to give you His Holy Spirit that will enable you to live righteously ALL THE TIME. For when the Spirit of God and Christ lives in you, you are “controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit” (Rom. 8:9), “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (v. 14)

Conversely, those who “follow their own ungodly desires… who follow mere natural instincts… do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:18,19) Even if they say they do.

So come out from the conformity.

Be separate.

Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 16, 2009.

 
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