Why Many Evangelical Churches are Failing: The Remedy

In the previous post it was suggested that there are two major reasons why many Evangelical churches are failing: Confusion of Doctrines and Compromising One’s Convictions.  One serves to combine conflicting beliefs and the other kowtows to the world’s ideas of what it thinks truth and reality are all about.  So, what is the remedy?

As with all things spiritual, especially spiritual problems, they require a biblical solution.  And confusion and compromise when it comes to what goes on in the church is a spiritual problem in need of God’s prescription.

Book of DanielSeveral points of reference could be given as the antidote to the ills that plague  the church, but there is probably no better one than the prayer given by Daniel the prophet found in his book, Chapter 9.  Please note what he says, as he pleads with God over the decimation of Jerusalem and the captivity of God’s people, the Jews.

Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans–

2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

4 And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,

5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances.

6 “Moreover, we have not listened to Thy servants the prophets, who spoke in Thy name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land.

7 “Righteousness belongs to Thee, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day– to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which Thou hast driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against Thee.

8 “Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against Thee.

9 “To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;

10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets.

11 “Indeed all Israel has transgressed Thy law and turned aside, not obeying Thy voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.

12 “Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.

13 “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Thy truth.

14 “Therefore, the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.

15 “And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and hast made a name for Thyself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked.

16 “O Lord, in accordance with all Thy righteous acts, let now Thine anger and Thy wrath turn away from Thy city Jerusalem, Thy holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Thy people have become a reproach to all those around us.

17 “So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Thy servant and to his supplications, and for Thy sake, O Lord, let Thy face shine on Thy desolate sanctuary.

18 “O my God, incline Thine ear and hear! Open Thine eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Thy name; for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion.

19 “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name.”

The prescription ought to be fairly easy to see.

1.  Recognition of the church’s own wrong-God Remedy for Church Sindoing.  Mixing and matching doctrines to appease the lost is the perfect formula for failure.  Letting the church leader know about it would be the prudent thing to do.

2.  Confession of the church’s own wrong-doing.  If God is in control, then act like it.  Set a straight course by excising error and stay on it.  Refuse to be carried about by every wind of doctrine just because it feels right.

3.  Repentance of the church’s own wrong-doing.  Do not be so proud as to refuse to admit sin and error.  Pride goes before a fall.  At first changing one’s mind will hurt, but it will pale in comparison to hurt received because a haughty spirit took it over a proverbial cliff.

4.  Petition the Lord God about the church’s own wrong-doing.  Ask for grace, but with that grace, ask for forgiveness.  God is ready to hear; are we ready to mumble anything other than pious platitudes that got the churches into trouble in the first place?

5.  Wait for the Lord’s response concerning the church’s own wrong-doing.  Infections in the physical body are sometimes the most painful to overcome.  But, with the right doctor in charge, the healing process can be expedited, if the patient will only trust him.

My prayer is that Christian churches all across America and throughout the world would follow Daniel’s example.

As the secular world seems intent on sacrificing the next generation of young people on the altars of one diabolical “god” after another, must we do the same in our own houses of worship, especially when we have God’s remedy right in our hands?

If the answer is yes, the shame on anyone who would dare suggest a solution.  If the answer is no, then let’s get busy and right the Evangelical ship that is sorely off-course and about to dash itself upon the rocks of total apostasy.

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Why Many Evangelical Churches are Failing

Has anyone noticed, lately, the number of Evangelicals fleeing the “Church.”  Apparently many haveempty_church noticed.  Just do a Google search sometime; 481,000 hits.

Now, that does not mean that all of them are talking about the same thing or coming to the same conclusion: that apostasy is rife.  But if only one percent are on the same page—that Evangelicals are making a grand exit—then something is terribly wrong.

Being a born again Christian for over 30 years now, and seeing what has gone on within Evangelicalism, let me proffer two outstanding reasons why the exodus is what it is, especially among young people.  Since it appears that of all of those doing the exiting, they seem to be the main ones “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

First of all, let me say that most of the young people leaving Evangelical churches are not dumb.  Most of them are fairly savvy and can pick up on a contradiction or a phoney baloney preacher, even if they cannot readily spot or elaborate clearly on just what it is that they truly believe.

Growing up in many “Christian” households today amounts to a smorgasbord of conflicting ideas, theories, and theologies.  Dads do not lead as they should, and moms—because dads have failed to lead—have taken over the “spiritual” chores, and if Oprah isn’t their guide to peace, serenity, and security, then someone like Dr. Phil or Glenn Beck is.

The boy or girl, young man or young woman, understands the conflict, sees just how hokey it all is, and when they finally graduate from High School and head off to college, they become spiritual fodder for ungodly gurus and university professors to finish what mom and dad started: the internal destruction of their son or daughter.  Ever wonder why so many of them commit suicide during their college years?

Sound DoctrineHowever, what began at home, and then in the secular college, university, or workplace, has been embraced and promoted in our so-called “houses of worship.”  What ought to be a harbinger of “sound doctrine” and “peculiar people” (for all the KJVers reading this), which should know what it is that it is supposed to believe and advocate, are actually nothing more than secular institutions with a religious veneer.

As I’ve noted elsewhere, today’s contemporary church setting is a breeding ground of cult doctrine.  In many cases, “Christian” churches are nothing more than minor league training grounds for later major league introduction into the cults.

The young person who sees all of this, and eventually begins to evaluate it on his/her own, finally comes to the conclusion that it is all bogus.  And they are right!

As the Apostle Paul facing a similar situation rhetorically asked, “…what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

So, what is adding fuel to the fire, so to speak, in all of these Evangelical churches that is causing the young to walk?  The first is what I call the Confusion of Doctrines.

The Confusion of Doctrines consists of mixing God’s sovereignty with human “free will.”  For those who believe that God is sovereign believe that God is in control of all of the affairs of man.  Just say “God is in control” in most Evangelical settings, and a few non-Evangelical as well, and hoots and hollers of “Amen!” will ring throughout the sanctuary.

Fine, wonderful.  Those Evangelicals are right.  God is sovereign.  That is until the flip-side of “free will” is introduced into the same sermon or lesson.  Then, everything goes awry.  God is not sovereign, but subservient to the will of man.

“Free will” is actually a diabolical, pagan, philosophical idea that extends all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Satan (“the serpent”) first persuaded Eve to act independently of God’s orders not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The thing is, though, Eve was actually free at the time.  That is, until she sinned.

Later, characters like EpicurusEpicurus and Pelagius popularized the concept even further.  With the coming of The Enlightenment period of human rationalism, and endorsements of evangelists like James Arminius, Charles G. Finney, and Billy Graham, who perfected the “altar call” at the conclusion of their sermons or crusades, and presto!  Enough poison was now introduced into the proverbial Evangelical well to turn most sermons and lessons into a Secular Humanist’s dream.  Human autonomy was finally accepted as fact.

Man could simply choose or not choose whatever God offered, since he was “free” to do so, even though the Bible painted the sinner as “dead in his trespasses as sins” (Eph. 2:1-2) and without a desire to seek God (Rom. 3:11).  Besides, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, not the “free” man capable of finding God all on his own, if he simply wanted to.

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Benny Hinn and his counterfeit crusade.

Typically this Confusion of Doctrines is witnessed at the end of most Evangelical services when the preacher “invites” the sinner to “accept Jesus as his savior.”

Moments before God was in control, but now that it’s time for the service to conclude, it’s also time to hand the control over to the sinner.

If that doesn’t cause the young person confusion, much less the rest of the congregation paying attention, then nothing will.  Is God in control or is it man?

But, that is only one reason why the mass exodus is on.  So is Compromising One’s Convictions.

Has it occurred to you lately that young people actually want to be ordered around?  Now by that I don’t mean in a Marine drill sergeant type of way where at the end of the day the young person is looking for retaliation, simply because they feel so personally humiliated that sniper-fire seems like a reasonable response.

No, young people are looking for someone to genuinely tell them the truth for a change, and then present coherent reasons why thus and such is so.  They will listen, if one is consistent with their words, but more especially their actions.  One way they detect coherency and consistency is if the person leading the way actually demonstrates that they genuinely care.  Unfortunately, few actually do.

Because too many parents, preachers, Smelling a Hypocritepoliticians, pundits, and professors reek of hypocrisy and shallowness to the point where one can virtually smell them from a mile away, the young person says “No, thank you.”

Have you ever been around a person who is hygiene-challenged or perhaps you have had the privilege going to the local garbage dump?  Are not the odoriferous emanations just wonderful?  No.  You want to get away from the stink.

It is no different for a young person who can no longer tolerate the smell of hypocrisy or the actions of an “empty self,” as J. P. Moreland coined the expression.

Yet, that is what one frequently sees in a majority of Evangelical churches.  Instead of being distinct from the world, in too many instances the church just simply stinks.  The world dictates its beliefs, its polity, its dress code, its music, its worship, its success, its spending, its giving, its morals, its ethics, its teaching, and most all its preaching.

Ever wonder why most sermons only last about 30 minutes—or less?  It’s not because God doesn’t have something valuable or relevant to say.  It’s because the world has so conditioned members of the church with fragmented messages and clever marketing get-rich-quick schemes, that if one has to wait longer than 30-seconds or 30-minutes, the assumption is that it just is not worth waiting for or listening to.

In fact, if you’ve managed to get this far in this article, you’re an exception, not the rule.  Most people’s attention spans are not that long anymore.  They suffer from ADD as conditioned by subtle media manipulation and brainwashing.  Don’t think about it; just buy it—NOW!

Sadly, the Evangelical preacher and church has bought into the deception by compromising with the world, and the end result is a dying church that resonates with the contemporary young person about as much as 8-track tapes and Commordore 64 computers do.  So, the youth walk when they finally get the opportunity.

Confusion of Doctrines and Compromise of Convictions: what a pair.

In my next post I’ll offer a biblical solution to the two-pronged approach by the world to destroy the Church from within.  Most Evangelicals will not want to read or hear that either.

But in reality, it doesn’t matter what the average Evangelical wants; it is what the average Evangelical needs.  The alternative is death; and I’m sure the average Evangelical doesn’t want that either, unless, of course, he/she is not really Evangelical.  Nevertheless, that would not be a surprise either.

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The Trinity: Explained and Defended

Well, after years of reading, writing, and arguing about it, I’ve finally published my work, which is now available on Amazon; my defense of the biblical doctrine of the Trinity.

In it one will find many of the The_Trinitycriticisms constantly repeated by those in the cults, as well as several ill-conceived responses by those in Christianity who have tried to draw mental pictures to rebut the notions of the critics.

The most valuable part of the book, though, is the biblical evidence for God’s triune character, explained and defended in a way that only the most hardened cult member would be unable to understand.

Of course there are a few places where the discussion gets a little deep, but not so much that one feels as if he is drowning in an ocean of eighty-five cent theological terms or philosophical gymnastics that one despairs the living of life.

Also, there are a couple of points made about Mormonism and Roman Catholicism that I’m sure the critics will scoff in anguish, while also causing our friendly neighborhood Jehovah’s Witness to reel in disgust, simply because one or two of his favorite chestnuts against the Trinity has been demonstrated to be hot air.

Whatever the case, it is a book long in coming, as it sat on my computer desktop for about four years before it could be finalized.  It will be a welcome addition to churches wanting to stem the tide of constantly dumbing everything down to suit members who refuse to engage their brains on Sunday morning.

So, get a copy, read it, think about it, and share it with others.  It is sound doctrine for the soul or something that America, and the world, desperately needs, as it gets further and further away from God and locked in the mud and mire of diabolical activities and philosophies of men.

In meantime, another project will be coming out in a short while dealing with another key biblical belief, namely forgiveness.  Until then, happy reading.  I’ll look forward to your questions and comments.

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Costco? D’Souza? Controversy or Simply Making a Buck?

And another brouhaha has temporarily arisen for alleged political reasons, this time centering on another book produced by right wing author, movie-maker, and “Conservative” Dinesh D’Souza.

It is temporary because the whole scuffle with Costco, a wholesale distributor like Sam’s Club, will soon vanish without a trace, almost as if it never happened; that’s just how insignificant this whole ordeal really is.

America -D'SouzaDinesh wrote America: Imagine a World Without Her and Costco management decided to sell the book at its 249 locations nationwide.

According to D’Souza the book was selling “very well” at Costco just prior to his movie coming out by the same name.  It was at that time that Costco decided to pull the book from its shelves, which caused the furor.

D’Souza and dozens of “Conservative” commentators accused Costco of all kinds of un-American improprieties and Democratic/political shenanigans for pulling the book.

Costco responded by stating that the book was not selling well—all of about 15 books per location during the month of June and into the first few days of July—and then in an about-face fashion, restocked the book when all the controversy broke out.

In 20/20 hindsight this whole ordeal was much to do about nothing, and all the hubbub is more about the Right side of the political spectrum doing the very thing it is accusing the Left side of doing, and that is pushing an agenda.Costco

If Costco does not want to retain and sell a book, so what?  It is not as if the book was not available elsewhere.  Besides, the book was most likely cheaper at say, Amazon, and while Costco has its clientele, it pales in comparison to the numbers that visit either Amazon or Sam’s Club.

More importantly it is agreed that “Costco is not a bookstore.”  It is a wholesale business out to make money.  So, it is no more obligated to carry D’Souza’s book than it is obligated to carry Japanese-made widgets because a select few Japanese immigrants to the U.S. happen to want them sold.

Now, Costco management’s rationale that politics does not effect its decision-making is disingenuous, since obviously politics partially motivated Costco to restock the book.

But, ultimately that decision has led to lining Costco’s pockets with more money than it had before the initial decision.  There’s nothing like bad press and a high profile figure, like D’Souza, to turn what appears a boondoggle into a gold mine.

Whatever the case, this is not that big of a deal.  America will most likely be read by very few people, and the movie will most likely not be attended in droves likes D’Souza’s previous movie production about Obama, regardless of their political proclivities, thereby confirming Costco’s original numbers that it was not that great of a seller in the first place.

Instead, in our day-and-age of right or Controversy Sellsleft wing media making mountains out of mole hills, all to make a buck, this mirage of an ordeal between Costco and D’Souza has boiled to a fever-pitch.

But, give it a couple of more days and it will be over, as it should be.  One may rest assured that the next time Costco pulls D’Souza’s book, no one will say a word about it, and the next thinly veiled controversy will be sought to tap into the consumer’s pockets all over again.

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Why the Biblical Jesus is an Offense to Non-Christian World Religions

All-Roads-Do-Not-Lead-To-HeavenIt it common parlance these days to hear it said that all religions are alike.  That there is nothing distinct between the teaching of, say, the Buddha and Jesus, or of Krishna and Maitreya, since they all lead to the same source.

Therefore, since all is relative in the realm of religious ideology, deciding which religion best suits each individual’s tastes is a matter of choice.  It is no different than going to a buffet and having a steak and baked potato, while your spouse or friend has pizza and a salad.

Such thinking, though, is not only born out of a naïveté of what each of the world’s religions teach, but demonstrates an ignorance of what Jesus had to say about the world and its hatred of him.

Jesus said on two separate occasions, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil” (John 7:7) and “Since the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before you” (John 15:18).

In the first context the Jews were seeking to kill Jesus after he had declared himself to be the bread of life, having come down out of heaven.

In the latter context Jesus had just commanded his disciples to love one another.  This came on the heels of another of Jesus’ exclusive statements where he claimed to be the “true vine” of God, without which no man could bear the fruit of God.

What often goes unnoticed in Jesus’ commentary is that despite denials to the contrary, the world and its religions hate Jesus for some very specific reasons.

One, because Jesus testifies that their deeds or works are evil.  The Jews were notorious for both their legalism and their hypocrisy.  Not only did they believe that through their legalistic efforts they could work their way into God’s favor, but such legalism repeatedly found them amid a mass of contradiction.

The same is true today for all religious systems, Jewish or otherwise.  A concept that runs through all the world’s religions—whether it is Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastarfarianism, or Shinto—is the hope to escape God’s judgment through self-righteous acts and then be absorbed into the Great Beyond or Self unscathed.The Scarlet Thread of the World's Religions

Personal accountability, in other words, to no one is the scarlet thread which runs through all the world’s “Great Religions,” and they hate Jesus for exposing them for it.

A second reason why the world hates Jesus is that it hated His Father.  It’s not that the world’s religions fail to talk about gods and goddesses, or that the name of Jesus is not on the religious buzz-list of most of the world’s religions as some kind of wonderful spiritual leader or guru.

It’s that when it comes to the one true God, as manifest in the person of Jesus, that the hatred comes to the surface.

As was noted elsewhere, the world’s religionists are much like those claiming to be “Christians,” in the sense that they see Jesus as an object of their own making, much like a kindergartner with a lump of Play-Doh.

Play Doh JesusThe Muslim, in other words, cannot stand the thought of Jesus dying for his sins.  So, he remakes Jesus after the perversion of Muhammad and the Muslim’s own vain imagination, and Jesus becomes just another ordinary man and not the savior of the world.

To the Sikh, Jesus was sired by an angel and conceived by a human being, like all human beings are.  Since Jesus later died as anyone else, he could not have been God, since God cannot die, nor could he have cleansed the world of sin through his sacrifice.  The Sikh, therefore, is left to his own devices to atone for his own sins, and that suits him just fine.

Ask a Urantian about Jesus and one will get an esoteric response that equates him with “Michael of Nebadon;” a contemporary Gnostic recreation of an old heresy.  To the Gnostic Urantian Jesus is not the savior, since sin needs no sacrifice.  Salvation from sin amounts to nothing more than the readjustment of man’s consciousness so that he is more loyal to Deity.

Such nonsense leads to the third reason why the world’s religions find Jesus offensive: because of the work he did to reconcile humanity to God.

There is nothing more offensive in the work of Jesus than what he endured on the cross.  The reason it is an offense is that when Jesus finally said, “It is finished” (Jn. 19:30), not only was mankind’s sin-debt paid-in-full to God, there was nothing left for man to do but rely upon Jesus to have any kind of relationship with God.

The world’s religions, their leaders, and their followers, are offended over what Jesus did, because his atoning sacrifice completely undermines anything they might say which puts the onus back on mankind to work for its own salvation.  They want the recognition that only belongs to Jesus, and they hate that.

When Jesus was asked, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God,” he didn’t say, “Keep the Ten Commandments.”  He didn’t say, “Join such-and-such religion, and attune yourself to the universal concept of peace and tranquility by meditation and yoga.”  He didn’t say, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law, so long as you don’t hurt anyone.”

No, Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He has sent” (Jn. 6:29).Who Do You Say That I Am

So, the next time you come across someone who claims to belong to one of the Great Religions of the World, and if you’re privy enough to get into a discussion with that person, ask them about Jesus.  Who do they believe that he is.

Just be ready, though, for an avalanche of nonsense, that is really nothing more than a veiled hatred of him.

To the world’s religious he is  an offense to them.

But, to those who truly know Jesus, he is a friend and a savior, willing to die in their behalf—so that they would not have to die on their own—and the only path leading unto God amid the many paths which lead straight to hell.

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Why the Biblical Jesus is an Offense to Cultists

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Jose Luis de Jesus: Jesus and Satan rolled into one person.

Those in the cults wish for the rest of the world to believe that their particular view of Jesus is the norm.  That without knowing the cultic Jesus one cannot reap the benefits of heaven, paradise, or in extreme cases, godhood itself.

What is unfortunate, however, is that too many Christians, or simply the naive and unwary, manage to buy into what the cultist is peddling, and before long they are swept away in the delusion of cult-speak themselves.

Not too awfully long ago the Mormon Church was bragging about its proselytization effort among members of the Baptist Church.  One congregation, averaging 300 members, per week, was accepting the gospel according to “Jo Smith,” which further translated into 44% of Mormon membership.

Whether those numbers were based in reality, or whether they are still true today, is immaterial.  The fact remains that a vast majority of those who become casualties of the cults are former members of Christian congregations.

If those same casualties would have only known, and then made an appeal to, the biblical Jesus, then the rate of cultic success would be much lower.  Why?

Because the biblical Jesus is an affront to those in the cults.  His exclusive claims to be “the way, the truth, and the life” immediately nullify all cult guru claims to the same.

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The Mormon Jesus and his twin, Heavenly Father, before Joseph Smith.

If one is depending on the biblical Jesus as “the way” to God, then who needs Joseph Smith, much less, the Mormon Church?

If one is depending on the biblical Jesus as “the truth” of God, then who needs the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (aka “Mother”) or the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

If one is depending on the biblical Jesus as “the life,” whether for a meaningful existence here and now, or for eternal life later on, then who needs Mary (the mother of Jesus), the Mass, and the Magsiterium of Roman Catholicism to try and do the same?

The biggest reason why Jesus is an offense to the cults and cultists is that he cuts through all the subterfuge that they erect between the sinner and God.  They want to act as another mediator, determining who is worthy of God’s forgiveness based on dubious rules and regulations that even they cannot keep, while the Bible makes it clear that there is only one mediator between God and man, namely Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5).

So, the next time you get that knock on the door from a member of the Kingdom Hall, or perhaps turn on Daystar and watch the latest petty pitchman pleading to sift your pockets for mammon, know for a certainty that they despise the biblical Jesus.

Jesus the way the truth the lifeAnd if you really want to see them show their true colors, and you are a Christian yourself, first quote them John 14:6—”Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'”—and then ask: “If what Jesus said is true, then just exactly what can you offer me that Jesus hasn’t?”

Within a few short moments the cultic assault will be over, they will turn and leave, and you will have given them something to think about that may either help them throw off the shackles of cultism, or seal their eternal destiny, when they stand before the biblical Jesus to give an account as to why they found him to be an offense.

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Why the Biblical Jesus Is an Offense to “Christians”

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Mary Suzanne Luck and A. J. Miller (aka Mary Magdalene and Jesus)

Have you stopped to think lately why the person of Jesus Christ remains such an offense to so many “Christians” in the world?  Of course, it is only the biblical Jesus being spoken of in this context, because ever since Jesus warned about a day when many Jesus’ would come in his name, there have been a bumper crop of imposters.

What? you are probably saying to yourself.  Jesus is an offense?  Absolutely.

To the average “Christian” the biblical Jesus is offensive because he defies their wildest imaginations about him.

Most “Christians” assume Jesus to be some malleable plaything that gives approval to just about their every wish and want, whether it is the winning of the lottery, getting that next lucrative job or pastorate by lying one’s way to the top, or by justifying that next pornographic or perverted sexual encounter.

Yet it is because Jesus condemned all of those things (Matt. 6:24; Jn. 8:44; Matt. 15:19), that he becomes an affront to those who claim to follow him.Crucify Him

If Jesus were to return today, and preach the same message that he preached when he first walked the earth, and is recorded in the Bible, he would be crucified all over again.  Except this time it would be at the hands of the “Christians” running the churches, schools, and businesses.

Contemporary Christianity is too distracted by itself to actually love Jesus and keep his commandments.  If it isn’t simply biblical illiteracy that runs rampant in most Christian settings, it is the pervasive entertainment mindset that is projected as the means to win and keep souls.  If it doesn’t titillate the senses, well then it just can’t be of God.

Add to that the fact that those same churches, schools, and businesses are filled and run by unregenerate individuals who see Jesus more as a business partner to advance their personal agendas and expand their retirement portfolios, and one can readily see why lifelessness and sterility mark those institutions as Ichabod.

If you’re reading this and claim to be a Christian, then please stop and ask yourself: Do I really love the biblical Jesus through my words and actions OR is he really an offense to me?  Am I following Jesus out of conviction or convenience?  Is my faith really nothing more than a fraud?  Do I even know myself well enough to know who the biblical Jesus is?

If you’re honest with yourself, you may be surprised at your answers.  In which case, it is time to put away your plaything, for you do not want to go through the remainder of your life, and then stand for Jesus saying,

‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles?’

Depart from MeOnly to have him respond,

‘I never knew you;  DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

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