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    WE´ve LOST CHRISTIANITY

    by Andrew Strom


    Despite the thousands in our megachurches today, soaking up

    the warm entertainment offered to them every week, I want to put

    it to you that we have lost Christianity. Despite the Christian

    books now found in every Walmart, and the "crossover" of Christian

    artists into the mainstream, and our Christian mega-stores and

    CD´s and DVD´s and Study-Bibles, I want to put it to you that

    we have lost Christianity.


    Despite our lavish Cathedrals in the suburbs (`Charismatic or not)

    with their pastel hues and comfortable pews, their projector screens

    and $30,000 sound systems, I want to put it to you that we have

    utterly lost Christianity.


    We left it behind somewhere when we shifted our churches from

    the inner city into the "comfortable" suburbs. We left it behind when

    we stopped welcoming the bums off the street into our meetings

    and started welcoming only the "respectable" people. We left it

    behind when we stopped preaching "take up your cross" and

    turned the gospel into a success formula - `Seven Steps to your

    Best Life Now.´


    Somewhere in our comfortable suburban streetscape with its

    manicured lawns we lost the real thing. Somehow in our concern

    for "property values" and a better `dental plan´ we left it behind.

    But that is not the worst part of it. The worst part is that we don´t

    know how to get it back again. Or perhaps we don´t really WANT

    to get it back again. The cost simply doesn´t bear thinking about,

    does it? And so, as we drive around in our nice shiny cars with

    our groovy plastic toys, and attend "church" as we know it twice

    a week for 2 hours;- As we live a life that is about as unlike

    Jesus as you can get, a life of comfort and coddling undreamt

    of by billions around the world;- a lifestyle in the top 10% of the

    earth today (-in debt up to our eyeballs all the while) - the fact

    is that we don´t really CARE that we have lost original Christianity,

    do we? We are too busy, man. Don´t bother us with that kind of talk.


    It will all be OK, the preacher tells us. We will all make it to heaven

    in the end. We are all "decent" people here. We have "prayed the

    little prayer". We have `given our heart to the Lord´.


    But wait - what is this?


    "Not every one who says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the

    kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is

    in heaven.

    Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied

    in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in

    your name done many wonderful works?

    And then will I say unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,

    you that work iniquity."



    -Mt 7:21-23.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    WE´ve LOST CHRISTIANITY

    by Andrew Strom


    Despite the thousands in our megachurches today, soaking up

    the warm entertainment offered to them every week, I want to put

    it to you that we have lost Christianity. Despite the Christian

    books now found in every Walmart, and the "crossover" of Christian

    artists into the mainstream, and our Christian mega-stores and

    CD´s and DVD´s and Study-Bibles, I want to put it to you that

    we have lost Christianity.


    Despite our lavish Cathedrals in the suburbs (`Charismatic or not)

    with their pastel hues and comfortable pews, their projector screens

    and $30,000 sound systems, I want to put it to you that we have

    utterly lost Christianity.


    We left it behind somewhere when we shifted our churches from

    the inner city into the "comfortable" suburbs. We left it behind when

    we stopped welcoming the bums off the street into our meetings

    and started welcoming only the "respectable" people. We left it

    behind when we stopped preaching "take up your cross" and

    turned the gospel into a success formula - `Seven Steps to your

    Best Life Now.´


    Somewhere in our comfortable suburban streetscape with its

    manicured lawns we lost the real thing. Somehow in our concern

    for "property values" and a better `dental plan´ we left it behind.

    But that is not the worst part of it. The worst part is that we don´t

    know how to get it back again. Or perhaps we don´t really WANT

    to get it back again. The cost simply doesn´t bear thinking about,

    does it? And so, as we drive around in our nice shiny cars with

    our groovy plastic toys, and attend "church" as we know it twice

    a week for 2 hours;- As we live a life that is about as unlike

    Jesus as you can get, a life of comfort and coddling undreamt

    of by billions around the world;- a lifestyle in the top 10% of the

    earth today (-in debt up to our eyeballs all the while) - the fact

    is that we don´t really CARE that we have lost original Christianity,

    do we? We are too busy, man. Don´t bother us with that kind of talk.


    It will all be OK, the preacher tells us. We will all make it to heaven

    in the end. We are all "decent" people here. We have "prayed the

    little prayer". We have `given our heart to the Lord´.


    But wait - what is this?


    "Not every one who says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the

    kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is

    in heaven.

    Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied

    in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in

    your name done many wonderful works?

    And then will I say unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,

    you that work iniquity."



    -Mt 7:21-23.
    A great testimonial, very scary though as how many of us fit exactly into this mold?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

      A great testimonial, very scary though as how many of us fit exactly into this mold?
      There is always hope for anyone who would fulfill the ONLY condition to being saved. That is to trust FULLY in the Lord Jesus to save them and NOTHING else.

      Col 1 TLB

      20 It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies and hated him and were separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. 22 He has done this through the death on the cross of his own human body, and now as a result Christ has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are standing there before him with nothing left against you—nothing left that he could even chide you for; 23 the only condition is that you fully believe the Truth, standing in it steadfast and firm, strong in the Lord, convinced of the Good News that Jesus died for you, and never shifting from trusting him to save you.

      Col 1 NIV

      21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

      We see in above passage that it disproves those who claim that God died on the cross. God is LIFE and can not die. It was God's only begotten Son who died on the cross, or the Manhood of Jesus. The Godhood of Jesus is the One and Only God Almighty, our Creator and our Father.

      John 1 (NIV)

      The Word Became Flesh


      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

      Jesus is our Creator.

      Isaiah 9 GNV

      6 For unto us a child is born, and unto us a Son is given: and the government is upon his shoulder, and he shall call his name, Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace.

      We can see that the Godhood of Jesus is THE EVERLASTING FATHER. Everlasting means Jesus always was the Father and always will be THE Father.

      Rev 22 NIV

      12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

      There can not be two who are both first. The First one, is the ONLY one, who is FIRST. Jesus is the One and Only God Almighty, our Creator and our Father. The Manhood of Jesus is a man and was born of a woman and is a little lower than the angels. It is The Manhood of Jesus, or the Only begotten Son of God ,who died for us on the cross.
      Last edited by Lou Newton; November 29th, 2018, 01:41 PM.

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