Wednesday, March 7, 2007
A little boy, Andrew Myman, the Muslims shot him five times through the stomach and left him on a sidewalk simply because he cried out, “I AM SO AFRAID, BUT I CANNOT DENY JESUS CHRIST! PLEASE DON'T KILL ME, BUT I WILL NOT DENY HIM!"
...he died in a pool of blood...
AND YOU TALK ABOUT BEING A "RADICAL CHRISTIAN" BECAUSE YOU WEAR A T-SHIRT!?
BECAUSE YOU GO TO A CONFERENCE!?
I’m talking about HOLINESS! I’m talking about GODLINESS!
We talk so much about being "Radical Christians"! Radical Christians are NOT people who jump at concerts! Radical Christians are NOT people who wear "Christian" tee shirts! Radical Christians are those who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit! ...This is going to make you mad, and I’m talking to boys and girls: Radical Christians are those who do NOT dress sensually in order to show off their bodies! If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased with your clothing. If your clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual and God hates what you’re doing!
My heart is breaking because you know as well as I do, young people, let’s not be hypocrites about it! Let’s not hide it! There are so many... you know them! You might be one of them, or you at least know that they’re in your youth group! They come to youth group, they do all this stuff, but in their heart, they’re as wicked as wicked can be! There is no difference! There is no light! Everything that the world does, they do, and "it’s appropriate"; "it’s okay". My friend, that’s not Christianity. They’re not in danger of losing their reward... they’re in danger of hell! They know not God!
I want to tell you something. We’re going to go into Scripture, and I want you to look at it as it really is. It’s not comparing yourself with others who call themselves Christians. Compare yourself to the Scripture. When someone, a young person, comes to a pastor or a youth minister and says, “I’m not sure whether or not I’m saved,” the youth minister will usually throw out a cliché: “Well, was there ever a time in your life when you prayed and asked Jesus to come into your heart?”
“Were you sincere?”
“Well, I don’t know, but I think so.”
“Well, you need to tell Satan to stop bothering you. Did you write it in the back of your book... the back of your Bible like the evangelist told you when you got saved? (Did you) write down the date so that any time you doubted you could point him to the Bible?”
What superstition has overcome our denomination?
Do you know what the Bible tells Christians to do? Examine yourself. Test yourself in light of Scripture to see if you are in the faith. Test yourself to see if you’re a Christian.
What don’t we teach? When was the last time you heard someone say there’s not only a narrow gate into Heaven but a narrow way? Jesus indicates that one of the principal signs of being a genuine Christian is that you walk in the narrow way. Do you know what the sign for being a genuine Christian in America is? "You prayed a prayer one time." Isn’t that amazing? What are you asked if you doubt your salvation? "Did you pray a prayer one time?"
What does Scripture teach? Examine yourselves! Test yourselves in the light of Scripture to see if you’re in the path, because a Christian will be different!
- Paul Washer