The problem with Christians today (and ever since Constantine)

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Christians today continue to sell Jesus as the answer to life’s problems.  But what many provide their convert is the way to do church losing the heart of Jesus and the freedom of His Kingdom.  This method of “evangelism” has become ineffective at impacting our culture where Christianity no longer has the largest influence.  Frankly, this was never good form.

For decades, Westernized Christianity ruled American culture through social pressure.  Divorce was forbidden, and many steered away from breaking the legal contract, yet fear of being shunned did nothing to bring wholeness and joy to marriage.  Stigmas that followed the promiscuous youth along with fear of pregnancy (pre free contraception and readily available abortion) was effective to curb the overt actions of some but did nothing to create purity in a generation.

Today, non-traditional ideas and lifestyles tout new social pressure.  Christian expressions of opposition to these ideas are taboo and in some settings literally outlawed.  Christianity was wrong to use it’s popularity as a method of conversion and control.  Similarly, Constantine legalizing Christianity, making it the religion of the state, was ineffective at creating a society of true converts in the fourth century .  Heresy was intolerable. Becoming a Christian was the way not to be killed or imprisoned or a new way to climb the Roman Empire ladder. Sadly, not much has changed in the hearts of mankind.  Church going is often used as a way to keep parents or a spouse happy, to draw customers to a new business or to help fund a political campaign. Church attendance may swell but it is not the “building up” of the church written about in the Bible.

Modern Christians need to let go of the illusion that conformity is indicative of a heart that has met Jesus. The tree of life is not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  These were two separate trees in the garden of Eden.  And the fruit of knowing right and wrong is not the same as the fruit of the spirit of the tree of life.

Christians need to stop pressuring people to agree with truthful statements and start introducing people to Truth.  Rules, regulations and behavior modification is more manageable and less messy than a relationship with a loving, untamed, passionate God.  But transformation, both individual and cultural, will only come with authentic spiritual relationship with the Creator.

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6 thoughts on “The problem with Christians today (and ever since Constantine)

    Catharine said:
    October 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you, Debra. Absolutely. Beautifully articulated and truly worthwhile thoughts to seriously ponder and chew on. This is one of those shout-from-the-rooftops THANK YOU’s.

      Debra Bell responded:
      October 31, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Catherine, you’re welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy your steak and it brings nourishment to your spirit and community.
      Debra

    David said:
    October 31, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Yes most do not know that Adam died and had no sprite and Jesus died to make it sprite life available. John 10:10 Yes God is spirit and now a Christian is a new creation [has spirit life and ability’s ] to walk and talk to God. The change of life in charge is what has confused most ,[ to walk Carnal or Spiritually]

    Christi said:
    October 31, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Well said, friend! May we all thrive in the fruit and liberty of following Him closely (Ps. 63:8)! Blessings to you!

      Debra Bell responded:
      October 31, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Ah, liberty, indeed. Thank you, Christi.

    Charles Allen of South Africa said:
    December 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    After doing a 24 year research and study on the behavior of Christians, that was strictly evaluated with what the Bible says, our findiings does raise a lot of questions and concern about christians today. There is absolutely no truth in what christians today believe, compared to the truth of their very own Bible. Based on our findings and reports, christianity has completely lost it’s God given values and it is fact that it is the only religion today that is so divided within it’s ranks, which is causing major confusion and problems for many who are searching for the truth in their lives. With many complaints and concerns from fallen and existing christians which we have received, it is very clear that Preachers and Teachers are causing great damage in the lives of many world wide, refusing to step down from their throne of pride, and to acknowledge that they are messing up. What we have carefully studied in the Bible in English, Greek and Hebrews, we can without doubt say that christianity is completely lost today. Just by looking at the wide existing chasm between the rich and the poor christians, one can already identify the falsehood within the ranks of christianity. As per our reports and findings, we have got 24 main questions that were asked, and not one christian we approached could give us a correct answer that is based on the Bible and true Christian values. As one wise christian answered; “I believe I am a christian, but what is preached today, I do not know what christianity is all about.” We can without doubt say that Christianity needs a serious face lift, and if this does not happen soon, Christianity will hang itself.

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