Sunday, June 10, 2007
A few times when I've tried to explain to someone that something is detrimental to them, I have more often than not been met with the argument:
"Well, I believe you can still be a Christian, and do so forth and so forth..."
The word "Christian" has been so polluted, perverted, and prostituted that we can not look to adhering to being one as our sole basis for being right in God's sight. Let me explain: in England, the word "gay" means happy. In America, it is associated homosexuality. The same applies with the word "Christian" and all of the different variations of the definition that have come about from people asking themselves, "What does it mean for me to be a Christain?" and sharing their answers. When someone says, "Yes, I can do this and still be a Christian..." our argument should instead be, "Can you do this and still love Jesus the Messiah who is come in the flesh?"
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
Anathema Maranatha means "cursed, the Lord is coming."
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
So 1 Cor 16:22 can actually be read,
If any man does not keep the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be cursed, Lord is coming back.
I am very convicted about this. For years we've listened to different people regarding different things each giving different answers on what is deemed to be "Christian" or right. Some "Christians" say that masturbation is alright; some say it isn't. Some say pride is good; some say it isn't. Some people say self-esteem is good; some say it isn't. The basis for our judgment should not be, "Is this Christian?" It should be, "By doing this am I loving Jesus Christ who is alive in heaven right this very moment?" Is masturbating loving Jesus Christ? Is looking at pornography glorifying Jesus Christ? Is getting intoxicated by drinking strong drink loving God? Is talking trivia according to the rudiments of this world serving Christ? (Php. 1:27) Is taking pride in ourselves honoring grace alone without works so that no man can boast himself? (Prov. 11:2, Prov. 14:3, Prov. 16:18, Rom. 3:27, Eph. 2:8-9) Is having self-esteem rather than loving our neighbor as ourself obeying Christ's commandments and loving Him?
The term or description of Christian has changed so much over time that is not the solid base we should use for righteous judgment. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (Joh 7:24) So many people try to make the outside look like what has been considered over the years to be a Christian that they are offended when someone tells them to use righteous judgment. The solid rock of judgment is, "Am I loving Christ by doing this? Am I keeping his commandments? If I'm not, then I'm cursed. He is coming back." By keeping this rule in righteous judgment, we cannot be misled by false doctrine and seducing teachers and spirits because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb 13:8)