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?
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
"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
Jesus died so you could get wealthy, healthy, famous, successful, etc. on earth. You need to "claim what is yours". Your best life is on earth (rather than in heaven). Of course, this teaching tickles the ears of many, which amounts to more financial profit for the false prophets leveraging the prosperity gospel message. In my opinion, … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 3 – Prosperity Gospel
"Accepting Jesus" so that we can go on regularly, deliberately indulging in ("practicing") a sinful lifestyle. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 2 – Licentious Christianity