Biblical Christianity means joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, living His life through us so that others might know Him. This love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with friends and family. It is knowing Truth as only revealed through Scripture.

The established (visible) Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and resemble the world/culture, subject to the same human deceptions, impulses, conveniences, and cultural distortions of Christianity. 

Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today’s cultural deviations. Sometimes we all find ourselves on the cultural side of the chart below. It can be a very real battle to remain single-minded and Christ-centered.

But this is the nature of the battle and the willingness
to fight it must be our obedient response.

Biblical Christianity will offend the masses that embrace cultural christianity or any of today’s blended, American emerging churches. There is a growing hostility toward those who choose to follow Biblical Christianity. God’s way seems too narrow and impossible.

In a world of religious alternatives that offer all God’s blessings and promises without accountability, His absolute truth doesn’t fit. Biblical values become a source of reproof and offense to those who have chosen the wide, popular way.

 

 Biblical Christianity

Only understood by those who are joined to Christ through the cross

 Cultural Christianity

Believed by the masses to represent genuine Christianity

 It is…  A personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, based on faith. John 17:20-26; Rom. 8:37-39 A religion based on humanist logic, “feel good” experiences,  and popular interpretations of Scriptures.
Come to God through… Faith in Jesus Christ Who has revealed Himself in His Word and by His Spirit. John 14:6  Faith that our own good works and intentions are good enough.
View the Bible as:  The absolute, unchanging, Word of God. The Bible is inspired and guarded by God — including its honest reports about evil acts among God’s people. 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet 1:25 A collection of guidelines, allegories, myths, and stories useful for good living. Offensive verses must be ignored.
 Our goal is… God’s approval. To know Him, do His will, follow His way, and live each moment in fellowship with Him — by His wonderful grace! Gal.1:10 People’s approval. To please, not offend, the world and its communities. Fun, feel-good fellowship.
Source of Strength God’s unlimited grace and power. Gal. 2:20; Phil. 4:19  Our human abilities — plus God’s help when “needed.”
 See our human self as…  Weak and inadequate apart from Christ. 2 Cor. 12:9-10  Strong and capable if we have confidence in Self.
 See sin as…  Leading to spiritual bondage and death. Rom. 6:23  A normal part of life. Ignore it, or you might offend someone. Or enjoy it, for “God understands” you needs and inclinations.
 Deal with sin through…  Confession and faith: trusting Jesus as the “Lamb,” our Savior who bore our sins on cross. Rom. 6:1-6  Try to do better next time, or just tolerate it. Don’t offend anyone by making them feel guilty.
 Caring for people…  Bring people to Christ. Demonstrate God’s love. Trust God to meet needs by His Spirit working through our surrendered lives. Rom. 12:9-18 Bring people to the church or group. Don’t tolerate uncompromising Christians who might offend people. Do to others as you would have others do to you.
 Response to suffering:  Trust God to use suffeering to deepen our faith and endurance, prepare us for ministry, and demonstrate His love and power. 2 Cor. 1:3-11  Pray, endure, and trust that God will help. It’s okay to challenge God’s love, power, and purpose — and to seek quick relief through whatever means available — no matter how it conflicts with His Word.
 Commitment: Trust and follow God. No compromise. Rather die than betray our Lord. Rom. 12:1-2  Trust and follow feelings and human logic. Compromise essential to avoid offending the world.
 Expect to…  Face rejection and persecution. John 15:20-21  Get along and influence the world.
 Outreach: Bring God’s love and good news to the needy, then bring the needy to Jesus. Adapt the church to the “community” so that everyone will feel at home.
 Daily hope:  Eternity with Jesus, our Shepherd and King. 1 Peter 1:3-9  Success, acceptance of all people, fun and fellowship in this life.

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved
and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death
leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
And who is sufficient for these things?”

2 Corinthians 2:14-16

(Adapted from Crossroads a hardworking ministry dedicated to providing vital facts and Biblical encouragement that will help us prepare for a global society that shows little tolerance for the Christian world view )

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