Jesus alone can save you from your sins. No works will earn you salvation. But following Christ comes with a cost. And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 11 – What is True Christianity?
Only "the church" (that is, the elite/apostolic leaders of it, past or present) or theology/"divinity" "professionals" can hear from the Holy Spirit, and you should accept their teachings automatically as truth. According to Spiritless Christianity, if the Spirit is revealing something contrary in your heart to what the leaders (ancient or present) of the organized … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 10 – Spiritless Christianity
Judaized Christianity is Christianity that still wants to keep enforcing some of the old Jewish laws. Jesus came to fulfill the Law, and those seeking to live by the law must die. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 9 – Judaized Christianity
Religious Christianity involves one or both of the following: Connection with God is sought through elemental things (sacraments, rituals, candles, vestments, chalices, icons) rather than through Christ, who lives in the heart. Everyone knows the rules, no one knows the Ruler. Everyone knows the system, and no one knows the Savior. Human effort is made … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 8 – Religious Christianity
Good works and/or rites (baptism/communion/circumcision - more subtle forms of works) = salvation. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 7 – Works-Based Christianity
"Trying on" Jesus. If He makes your life "better" (i.e. more comfortable), then you'll keep Him. Once the going gets rough, you try something else. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 6 – Fair Weather Christianity
Attending church, doing a few "good works" each week, being Republican, and/or calling yourself a "Christian" makes you a Christian. Or just living in Colorado Springs ("evangelical Mecca") or even in America makes you a "Christian". To sum it up, Cultural Christianity is adding Christianity on to your cultural identity. Cultural Christianity is also calling … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 5 – Cultural Christianity