Sunday, May 17, 2015

Biblical Christianity Is Not a Spectator Sport

Biblical Christianity Is Not a Spectator Sport

A recent poll of Americans shows that Christianity is losing ground while Secular Humanism and Atheism is on the rise No one that is paying attention to Biblical prophecy is surprised. We are after all, exiting the times of hardened hearts mentioned in 2Timothy 3:1-13 and entering the era of the near appearance of the anti-Christ also spoken of in the Bible as well.

For true Christians, indeed, we know what time it is. But does this mean we should just pray and do nothing while awaiting Christ's return ? If you were to ask the question in most American churches, you would be told that, "yes, that is all we should be doing." Nothing however could be further from the Biblical truth. In Luke 12:43, Jesus in a parable spoke of His return and stated quite clearly that there is no attitude allowed of just “hanging out.” Jesus declared, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes, shall find so doing."

“Doing” is the key word in this last quoted Bible Scripture, but what exactly should Christians, that is those who truly belong to Christ Jesus be doing before Christ's return ? Here are the answers, beyond our own responsibilities to make sure our lives are right with Christ, we need to remember that in the Great Commission mentioned in Matthew 28:16-20, we are to share the Gospel and make disciples(of Jesus). Pretty basic stuff. You've heard this message before somewhere in your life yet for many of you, your fruit(works) that Jesus spoke of sharing the Gospel, and to “make disciples” is not so good. Let me ask you, when was the last time that with tears in your eyes, or with Holy Spirit filled compassion, you shared the loving message of Jesus as Lord and Saviour with someone ? Not only that, but when was the last time you invited someone to your Bible believing church, or do you even attend a real Bible believing church where a pastor will share the only message of hope in a dying, sick and twisted world ?

Beyond sharing the gospel and salvation message, what else should Christians should be involved in? The simple answer is, “everything that brings glory to Christ.” As we see America and the world has literally gone to Hell, Christians are solely to blame. If we Christians, are to be the “light” as mentioned in Ephesians 5:13, shouldn't we be about as Jesus declared ?, that is “doing the work of the Father” ? The question for Christians should not be what we should be involved in, but instead, the proper question all should be asking is, “What shouldn't we Christians be involved in.” Politics ?, Yes !, “Schools”, Yes!, “Taking care of the poor”?, Yes !, “Ridding the world of unrepentant evil”?, Yes ! And so much more. We have lost our nation and influence in the world because most Christians have become lazy and disinterested pew potatoes, or have little to no involvement if activities that brings folks to Christ and in making disciples. In case you were unaware, true followers of Jesus always follow His example of sacrifice,(Jesus and Him/us crucified) Luke 9:23. Are you truly giving "all" for the Kingdom of God ?

One Hundred and Fifty Years ago, it was an  ordained Christian minister named Charles Finney who understood that a believers life of total submission to Christ, meant sacrificing so as to greatly influence those around them. Finney specifically declared, “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” There is no doubt that Charles Finney was theologically correct then, and everything he shared then, stands true yet today.Who are you listening to in the pulpit and how is he influencing what you do and are for the Kingdom ? By the evidence of the fruit of many American Christians, many simply belong to a different jesus not of the Bible.

The world has been lost to the devil in many ways. We must do more than pray to salvage what is left of this world so when Christ returns, He will not only find us doing the Father's business, He will also find us loving on those who need Christ and protecting our brethren from the onslaught of satan's people as well. Playing church is a foolish and dangerous game. Those Christians who suffer persecution in this world need our help and protection. We that have a true relationship with Christ Jesus are blessed with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and need to get busy. We are never saved by works, we know that but for many Christians, up to now, their “fruit” has shown they are not doing much of anything that reflects Biblical precepts.

The world is quickly dying. Christ Jesus is quickly returning as well. If you are not working your “tail-off” rescuing the perishing, ridding the world of unrepentant evil and involved in matters of salvation that the Lord has called all of us to, you are wrong ! Get off your Gleutius Maximus and get out there and do your Christian Duty.

1John 3:17-18 " But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him? 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 

Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor
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