Have you ever come across this lie?
If something was to happen – No matter how you live your life, or what you say and do, as long as you did receive Jesus – you will always go to Heaven
Well, welcome to the new reality. Churches and Christians nowadays have blurry lines that contradict what God says and how they perceive His message.
It’s no secret, that there’s a spirit of delusion in the world of believers, and sadly we are witnessing apostasy in most parts of the world.
2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
The message of Jesus, which is the truth and perfect; is being watered down to fit today’s modernism.
Most probably, you may come across a new pattern emerging in the post-modernism churches – where people gather to “worship”, and the experience is more of a concert look alike, with stage lights, gas, interesting wardrobe selection by the worship leaders; and hardly do you find times of prayer.
Where are the prayer sessions for intercession, petitions, and thanksgiving in our church services?
Secondly, depending on where you are based on this planet – there are amazing terms that people give themselves, especially those in positions of power – within church community. Some brand themselves as ambassadors, others chief apostles, etc.
Nothing wrong with that. But when the focus is shifted from our Lord Jesus into the ability to work miracles and make influence our centerpiece — then we’ve lost it.
Righteousness and call to right living is a sermon lacking in this 21st Century church.
Somehow, if we’re not careful, we might end up having Sunday-only Christians and not full-time believers.
The gifts of the Spirit and their manifestations – are a blessing to the church; since they do prove that God is within us. We all want to see Faith in action. It’s an awakening moment to see healings and prophecies rightly being fulfilled. These strengthen our faith in God. But we ought to be careful, that we don’t glorify the miracles of God and lessen the God of the miracles. That would end up being idolatry – which is sin!
Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…
The Grace of God in our lives helps us not only to hear the truth of the Gospel, but to act in truth. This grace ought to influence us – the believers in Christ, to turn away from sin and wrong lifestyle.
True Grace of God calls for us to carry our crosses everyday, in obedience to Jesus – without compromise. Of course there are days where we don’t live up rightly – and that’s why repentance is key.
Simply put: the true Grace from God transforms us, including our habits and character, and makes us be more christlike. Anything contrary to this is “a fake grace”, with no transformation power of God.
A Christian without power of God is just a Christian by name. Once you receive Jesus as your Savior, from that moment, there ought to be a notice in your transformation. From wrong habits to right ones. This transformation is a progressive and complete journey – as we submit to The Lord.
In the Bible, Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the seven churches, and in verse 5, we note the word “overcoming”. And the reward for an overcomer whose names have not been removed from the Book of Life is the clothing in glory, and reigning with Jesus.
Meaning, some who were saved through the same Grace that would have helped them overcome – failed along the way, (backslid) and now, they can’t qualify to enter Heaven, since their names are missing from the Book of life.
In fact, in Revelation 3:1…‘I know your deeds; you have a name (reputation) that you are alive, but [in reality] you are dead’. It’s possible for a believer to die spiritually, yet think they are still on the right path. But Jesus warns them and says “Repent”.
There are some among us that are at risk of missing Heaven and Glory, simply because of failure to overcome sin. And the tragedy is, their failure was contributed by how church is set up. Instead of preaching against sin and about a person getting freedom in Jesus – most shy off from that.
If only we would live a lie of daily repentance and adhere to the full obedience of Christ and His word, then by God’s grace would we overcome this world of sin.