Monday, September 01, 2008
Excerpt from Liveprayer.com's Daily Devotional--and why we must keep writing.
In 2008, the Christian faith is now seen by most to be "extreme" and a faith
that is "against" everything. When I preach in churches or at events, people
love that my messages are rarely longer than 20-30 minutes. I have one key
topic, I hone in on it, hit it hard, and then challenge the listeners.
However, today's topic is an issue I could pull a Paul and preach about all
night long. In this nation, the Christian faith is now seen as "extreme." We
are best known for being a faith that is "against" everything. This has been
an effective way the non-believing world has found to intimidate Believers
into silence and keep them out of the marketplace. Sadly it has worked!
Why are we called extreme? We believe the Bible to be God's inspired,
inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all
matters. Based on God's Word that it is the ONLY Truth, it makes all of the
other religions, belief systems and philosophies false. Based on God's Word,
it means those who deny faith in Jesus Christ will go to hell. I'm not the
one who calls all of the other religions and philosophies in the world
false, God is! I'm not the one who has determined who will go to Heaven and
hell, God already did!
I get so sick and tired of hearing nonbelievers, and INFURIATED when I hear
Believers say, "Who are you to call someone's religion false? Who are you to
tell someone that they will be going to hell?" I DIDN'T, GOD DID! IT IS IN
THE BIBLE! EITHER WHAT GOD SAID IS TRUE OR IT ISN'T. THE BIBLE SAYS THERE IS
ONLY ONE TRUTH, GOD'S! THE BIBLE SAYS THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO BE SAVED,
FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! THAT MEANS THE OTHER RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES ARE A
LIE AND THAT ANYONE WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT CHRIST BY FAITH WILL DIE AND GO TO
HELL! GOD SAID IT, NOT BILL KELLER!
Because this world we live in has rejected God, the Truth of the Bible, and
faith in Jesus Christ, they have been successful in labeling Christians as
extreme. In the United States just 50 years ago, Christianity was considered
mainstream. In a single generation it has gone from being mainstream to
extreme. It is a faith that has gone from being loved to reviled, accepted
to ridiculed. How did that happen? Gutless and compromised spiritual
leaders! The flock is only as good as their shepherd. There are too many
pastors and those God called to spiritual leadership who have compromised
their calling by denying the Truth of the Bible or by getting caught up in
building their own kingdom instead of God's Kingdom.