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      "Why?"

      Friday, March 7, 2008

      Through the internet, I get a chance to meet all kinds of people, but the ones I seem to come across very frequently in the things I do are professing Christians. These are the type of people who would say, "Yes, I'm a Christian because Joel Osteen told me how to have my best life now!", "Yes, I'm a Christian even though I don't believe in a virgin birth, miracles, or a literal resurrection!", or "Yes, I'm a believer because I think the foul-mouthed profanity and irreverent behavior of Mark Driscoll is relevant to me because I like to do that stuff, too!" When dealing with these people more and more, though, the easier I've been able to spot when an argument is going to come from someone who professes to believe in Christ, but their actions don't line up. So instead of going further, from the outset I've simply been asking them, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" Of course they say, "Yes." I then follow it up with this:

      "Why?"

      In my dealings so far, I've received all kinds of answers and even people dodging the question, but not once has someone said,

      "I believe in Christ because of God's mercy and grace alone. Otherwise, I'd still be hating Christ in my unbelief and be already condemned forever." (John 3:18)

      It's something to think about. Why do you believe in Christ?


      END OF POST.

      2 comments:

      Anonymous said...

      Lane,

      Most of my family will say they are going to heaven because they asked Jesus to come into their heart. And most of my brother's and sister's,(6), live like the world? They said "the prayer" to escape hell or so they think!

      Your article tugged at my heart because I love my family. Matthew 7 is always on my mind because of the "real" meaning of the "few". So many of today's preacher's make it sound so easy.......just repeat this prayer after me......and then they pronounce them saved because the bible says so?

      We live in a busy world and I'd like to thank you for taking the time to invest in the true meaning of genuine conversion. Isn't it a shame we have to say "genuine" when referring to professing christians?

      Thanks again,
      J.B.M.

      Kirby said...

      Because I can't help it.

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