I encourage all Christians to remember Who we represent. We must maintain a Christian worldview. Recently, the SCOTUS decided same-sex marriage was legal. They did not, nor can they, dictate our Christian belief. It is evident our belief is counter to their decision.
We are to emulate Christ, not the world. If we support that decision then we are not supporting our biblical mandate. In other words, we must be “All in for Christ.” If not, we’re simply not following Him. We do not change our biblical beliefs because someone we love is doing X, Y or Z. If we do then we really do not believe what the bible instructs. Stand firm in your faith…we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
I’ve written on this pending decision for the last two years. I still believe we must show love towards those with conflicting views. If not, it will be difficult to have them understand the love of God. Yet, this does not mean we wholeheartedly accept teachings and beliefs counter to our faith. Take a look at your Facebook (FB) page and you’ll notice many people who purport to being Christian changing their page to show support and solidarity for same sex marriage. We must pick a side. I pray we stand together and do not fall to the side as the society has now accepted something Christians do not believe in.
I hope that I am wrong but within 2-3 years it will be illegal for Christians to say anything negative about homosexuality. Please realize we are in a fight and we need everyone on board for the Christian agenda. Last point, Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples. He did not say, “Go and blend in with an unbelieving society.” Which camp are you in? I pray you’re on Jesus’ side.
Solo Scriptural (Scripture only)!
If you participate you must fast (give up) from bitterness, lying, a bad attitude, being disrespectful, hateful and so on. In other words, you will not act negatively. This is a chance to be an even more positive person that you are now.
Send me a note to let me know how you did and if you participated. Hopefully, you will have encouraged someone else to give up a negative behavior or two.
I must confess that there is not an International Day of Fasting. I made it up. However, maybe we can help make the world a little bit better by giving some nasty behaviors. You can go to this link to find a helpful guide on fasting if you want to do a true fast.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist, said, “He that has prayed well has studied well.”
Is that true? What does that mean? Is it applicable to you?
Two Latter Day Saints (LDS) Elders knocked on the door. They were cordial and asked if they could share Christ with me. I obliged. They asked if I believed in Christ. I told them, “Yes.” I countered and asked, “Do you believe in Jesus?” Then the pace of the conversation quickened. I asked them, “What did Jesus represent?” They were well trained and had an understanding of the bible. However, they were misguided on several things. One of the Elders stated, “We believe in Jesus and God just like you do.” Then I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is satan’s spiritual brother?” They hesitated but quickly recovered. The lead Elder tried to redirect the conversation but I brought it back to this key theological point. I informed them I have read about the Mormons and that their doctrine states Jesus and satan are spiritual brothers. He tried to explain their position but it was not a strong effort. I was surprised they did not have a better response. I informed them, “I must reject your Jesus and your god since you believe Jesus and satan, a created being, are brothers.” Further, “How can two get along if they don’t agree?” (A loose translation of Amos 3:3 KJV) I informed them that Christianity and Mormonism (LDS) are incompatible since our beliefs are incongruent. Further, there is only way to God (John 14:6). I informed them God wants Christians to reject false doctrines and gods. Further, we cannot agree on anything since your Christ is not the same Christ I believe in. Christians must remember that our belief system isn’t a cafeteria plan. We can’t pick and choose what we believe. Rather we must accept the full council of God. It is this strong stance where some Christian fail. They want to coexist and not hurt someone’s feeling. That is not even the case. We are standing strong for Christ when we stand for our beliefs. Let me wrap this up. They asked if they could pray for me. I responded, “Why would I let you pray for me when we our belief systems are polar opposites? I would be condoning what you believe and denying my beliefs.” I informed them I talked to them from a theological stance. I showed them fundamental items, which they did not dispute, about their Mormon beliefs that are incompatible with Christianity. I told them that they voluntarily knocked on the door and asked if they could speak to me. I said, “You came to convert me but I’m trying to convert you. You agreed with me that there is only one way to God but I showed you several faulty theological points from your presentation.” It was my desire for them to follow Christ. Last, they asked if they could share a free pamphlet with me. I responded, “You and I both know that’s not going to happen. I think your methodology is good. You kept trying to connect with me. But I would be unfaithful if I took your material in order to not offend you.” I informed them that if they come to bible school with me then I would accept their gift. Let me clarify one point. I do not suggest you accept any propaganda from any other religions. I was making a point to them by flipping the script. They informed me they would contact their supervisor and see if they would be allowed to attend bible study. They knew and I knew they are not coming to my bible study.
Why did I share this with you? I wanted to encourage you “to answer the door” (the opportunity) and share Christ with people wanting to share their version of Christ with you. We do not need to be afraid of what they say. Rather, we need to share the real Christ with them. We want to represent God. God does not want any of anyone to go to eternal damnation (2 Pet 3:9). Also, many people and religions believe in Jesus. They simply don’t believe He is our Lord and Savior.
We all believe in God. We all believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe He died, rose from the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33). Lets spread this word of His word…His word outside the church.
Christians are persecuted n many parts of the world. While in other parts, they are discriminated against. Jesus reminded us we must take up our cross and that they (those who don’t like us or His message) will persecute us (John 15:20). Lets encourage, uplift, pray and support our persecuted brothers and sisters. We are not the minority. There are countless Christian churches throughout the world. Lets act like we are more than conquerors!
We must remember to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you one Lord, one faith, one baptism; were called; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Eph 4:4-6 NIV). It’s unlikely that any time soon we will all come under one denomination. Instead of harping on the slight differences we have, lets focus on our commonalities in order to strengthen the body of Christ for the work of the ministry.
All church members can and should be evangelists for Christ at their schools, on their jobs, in their homes and everywhere they go. Therefore, lets not worry about putting more people in the pews. Rather, lets effectively train those in the pews to live Christ-like. Then they will be able to defend, as well as effectively share the Gospel. Perhaps, it will encourage others to want to be like Jesus.
The time is now for us to unite and transform the world for Christ. This dying world, full of lost people needs to know our Savior. We have a mandate. Jesus told us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20). Collectively, we can help bring people to the knowledge of Him so that they can proclaim Him (Phil 2:9-11). Our mandate is simple, it’s hard and it is necessary. Together, we can do this.
Thank you for all that you’re doing for the Kingdom. Now let’s go make disciples for Christ!
Elder Yves Johnson