I am writing this to Christians everywhere out of concern and I know I can personally benefit from this as well. I am nervous and scared as to what possible feedback I might receive based on the strength and intensity of these words, because it very much may be contrary to what is popular or believed. What I have to ask and say may sound forceful or too direct, but I can promise everything that I write is a result of my compassion and love for everyone. I realize I am imperfect, but I can only pray that it is these questions and thoughts that lead to revival among the Christian community as well as personal revival in the Christians heart. If I wanted to be liked for what I write, then my words here would be completely different. I will trust the Word of God and only fear Him and not man. This is meant for all professing Christians with myself included. I am subject to all of this and it is only the power of Jesus Christ that allows me to ever hold true to what I say.
I can tell that the Bible isn’t being read because I could ask so many professing Christians what it says and they would not know. I can look at some lives of professing Christians and see that Jesus is not what they most care about. Perhaps school, work, relationships, money, or simple enjoyment is of more value. I sometimes wonder how many of these people are actually Christian, but then consider the idea that they might just be lacking the theological truths of the Bible. I have heard that the Bible is too difficult to understand or that some people aren’t theologically minded. I almost consider that thought until I see how much effort EVERYONE puts into EVERYTHING else. If we can study for years to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, biologists, accountants, and businessman, then do we not have what it takes to read and understand words written in a book? And even more so, the book of LIFE?! Being a Christian is to want more of God, want more of Jesus!
The whole foundation of all of Christianity rests on ONE book, and that is the Bible. It does not matter what denomination you belong to. If you do not start at this book, then anything else the Christian (or church) does is for their/its own benefit and of their/its own mind. I have heard Francis Chan speak about this before and it has crossed my mind as well…but I sometimes wish we could just for a moment in time forget everything we grew up doing, forget everything we know, just stop everything and read the Bible for what it is. I have full confidence that most of us would find that being a Christian is extremely different than what we thought it was.
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
According to this claim, I would say that the Bible is fairly important. Is it forgotten that the Bible is God’s message to us? Is it forgotten that God is all-powerful and created the whole entire universe, or is it just not believed? I don’t understand why there is so much focus on other things. I see every professing Christian being raised to believe one thing while another Christian believes another. One church goes one way and a different church goes another. Should we not question what we have come up with in our minds and have been taught as to what is right? I understand how much humbling it takes to do this and how pride can get in the way, as I have enough pride of my own to deal with.
Galatians 1:8 – But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Again, why do we trust in our own understanding? Why do we go along with society and the church without even making sure that what is taught to us is Biblical? The Bible says even if an angel from heaven is to come down and preaches anything contrary to this Word then let them be cursed. If we have to verify words by angels from heaven, then how can we unmindfully accept the typical motions that the church has us go through? And how can we know whether to accept these things if we do not know what the Word of God tells us we should do?
2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
I don’t want anyone to think that the message here does not apply to his or her lives. In 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks to the church about how they had so easily been falling for false apostles and deceitful workers. They adored these teachings from men who continuously brought in money for what Paul did for free. Contrarily, Paul didn’t skew the Word of God. Teaching the truth from righteousness he was lashed, beaten, imprisoned, stoned, and shipwrecked. In fact, Jesus states that all men will hate you because of your belief in Him. Multiple times the Bible assures that ALL Christians will be persecuted for the truth of the gospel. There is a possible lesson to be learned from that about our personal walk with Jesus, but is it possible that some of the teachers of this age that are adored are teaching a false gospel? Do not be surprised if those with large sums of money on your television are just using words of the Bible to deceive you. Do not be surprised to realize that someone may be misleading you if the message you receive is everything you have wanted to hear. Do not be surprised if this person is even a preacher or religious icon, as it is promised they will be a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing.
I want to share a few passages out of the Bible that might be a shock to some, but hopefully an awakening. I am sharing these for the modest possible chance of sparking someone’s desire in taking a glimpse at what the Bible genuinely portrays.
Mark 8:34-35 – And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Matthew 10:34-39 – “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” – Jesus
Romans 3:10-20 – As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
You don’t see these passages being preached too often. I don’t want to make it sound like God is some angry being upstairs who wants to point His finger down and condemn us, for Gods wrath has already come to pass. My goal is to trigger Christians to see what this book really says and take it seriously. This book trumps every religion, every church, every preacher/priest, and every practice. It’s a book of suffering, a book of joy, a book of promise, a book of ultimate love. I hope there is no one who thinks they are good enough. I hope there is no one thinks they can just believe in God’s existence to make it into heaven. More than anything, I hope there is no one who believes that listening to an uplifting church sermon or being sprinkled with water will ever be sufficient enough to enter Gods Kingdom.
I am unimaginably thankful that God loved us so much to allow righteousness apart from the law. I pray for everyone who reads this that they will understand what is written and make the necessary endeavor in reading Gods gracious and holy Word. I use this as a challenge to myself to do just the same.
The Bible is about one person. That person is Jesus. Lets all become disciples and fishers of men!