The Christian Umbrella

The Christian umbrella has become over-extended.  Today, throughout the world, this umbrella covers a lot of things that, according to the Bible, would make God sick at His stomach.  Perhaps much of our Christianity has become like the church at Laodicea.

(Revelation 3:14-16) To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

One could reasonably assume that the term “hot or old” relates to our relationship to God through Jesus Christ.  The question is: “Would  God rather us be atheists than lukewarm Christians?”  So then if our agenda goes beyond being centered on Jesus Christ, it could easily be beyond the coverage of the Christian umbrella.

Preachers have a great responsibility. They are responsible to the highest possible authority.  It is the one authority that is to be respected by everyone.  However when those whom God has appointed to positions of preaching His word, choose to follow their own agendas from the pulpit, that greatest trust has been violated. We all like to make ourselves look good even if it takes exaggeration or grandstanding.  This can be observed today in many political speeches and in many pulpit performances.

Christianity has been used to justify a lot of stuff in our societies.  The Inquisition of the Dark Ages murdered and tortured many innocents who refused to be physically or spiritually governed by the rules established by the papacy at Rome. Today in modern America the hoods of “Christian?” white supremacy have now been joined by the hoods of “Christian?” liberation theology.  Where do these actions come from? Surely not from God! So if not from God then from Satan.

The issue is whether Christianity is going to be represented by biblical authority or some sort of social agenda. One is God-led the other is man-led.  The Christian umbrella is not that big.  When we reject biblical authority, we allow all sorts of things to enter in – things that are centered around man’s agenda instead of God’s.

It says in:  (Matthew 7:13-14)  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

The truth is that Jesus came to save us from our sins not to justify them or our petty little agendas.  Someone wrote that if we are not horrified (terrified) by our own ongoing personal sins or agendas, did Christ really come and save us or was he merely wasting His time?  There is a song that goes like this:

“I know a place, a wonderful place,
where accused and condemned find mercy and grace.
Where the wrongs we have done and the wrongs done to us
were nailed there with Him – there on that cross.
At the cross !   At the cross !   He died for our sins !
At the cross !   At the cross !   He gave us life again !”

The question then is, What are we going to do with this new life?  Sermon Tract.

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