"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." -- Romans 1:16

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Casual Christianity  – I

Ye are the salt of the earth…”

…. a stumbling block to them that are weak.” 1st Corinthians 9:9

If there is a set of words that adequately describes the current philosophy and contemporary trends within the professing conservative Christianity today, it would be  the term, “Casual Christianity.” The word “casual” means “incidental, offhanded and nonchalant.”  The thesaurus describes “causal” as “unplanned, impulsive and impromptu.”

Author of an article entitled, “ Lifestyle without A Life”  Said in his article; “The First time I heard the phrase ‘casual Christianity’ was when I read the book “The Seduction of Christianity,” by Dave Hunt in the late 1980. His premise was that the church was accepting a different standard of the Gospel and a different outcome of life for what is termed salvation.” and summing up his thoughts the writer concluded, “He (Dave Hunt) was correct then; today we are seeing the devastating fruit of what he talked about in his book about 25 years (today of course 50 years later.”   In addressing what is “casual Christianity”; in that article “A lifestyle  without life,” here are  summary of the major facts given :

1.Casual Christians tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are at a crossroads.

2.Casual Christians feel secure because they attend church, make a profession of faith, were baptized immediately after profession, come from a Christiaan family…

3.Casual Christians don’t want to be saved from their sin,; they want to be delivered from the consequences of their sin.

4.Casual Christians rarely share a clear Gospel presentation with their family members, neighbors, co-workers or friends. They just don’t want to be rejected nor do they want to make people feel uncomfortable by talking about subjects relating to sin, and punishment.

5.Casual Christians do not live every day trusting God for their daily bread. The fact is their lives would not be any different if they suddenly stopped going to church and professing faith in Christ.

Twenty even Fifteen years ago if you ask Bible believers,  if basic Christian values would become the main battle ground in the war over the rights of Christians to worship and live according to the detects of the word of God, they probably would have laughed. And yet here we are. Faithful preachers and Bible teachers have been warning that these things are coming, and those warnings were always scoffed off as paranoia. There is a great misunderstanding of what faith means in today’s world.

We have all heard the many uses of salt: It purifies, seasons, preserves, etc. We are told that Christianity without flavor is the most insipid thing in the world- and it is. Our Lord said that, “salt without savor is good for nothing..” A little boy said, “salt is what tests bad when you don’t have it.” The tragedy of much of our Christiaan teaching and experience today is that it has lost its relish and zest, and there is nothing to smack the lips about…. with this we agree.

We ought to point out also that salt irritates. The only salt that will not irritate is dead salt, “ salt without savor,” and our Lord said that such salt is “ good for nothing.” Real Christiaan living rubs this world the wrong way! “ the world hates them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world,” Jesus said. We are not to marvel if the world hates us. But in today’s world it is so amazing how wonderfully most “Bible believers” get along with this wicked world. It is not condoned, but it is commended. The plain truth is said one old time minister, “ if many who call themselves fundamentalists dropped out of church, there would be little heads to count.

We need to remind ourselves what the Lord said about, “lukewarm” professors – He will spew them out of his mouth. For many who have made some kind of profession have never been saved in the first place.   George Whitfield , once preaching to a well instructed congregation, said, “ I was about to address the ungodly, but I suppose after the faithful ministry to which you have listened in this church, there is very little need for me to say anything about this.”  Thereupon the Pastor arose and said, “ Brother Whitefield, don’t flatter them. I fear that half of them are going to hell with their eyes open.

Concerning the Lukewarmness of God’s people, A.W. Tozer said, “ the longing to see Christ that burned in the breasts of those, first Christians seems to have have burned itself out…. Another reason for the absence real yearning for Christ’s return is that Christians are so comfortable in this world.”

                                               To be continued………………….

                     From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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