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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Christianity Lite

Given January 22, 2007
Living the Christian life is a rewarding thing. God is so good and He loves us so much, we can't even begin to imagine what it could be like, " Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20". Notice that I said what it could be like. Most Christians aren't experiencing the life they could be or working for the Kingdom of God in the power that's available. Why is that?

I think it has something to do with the "lite" form of Christianity. Most Christians have heard the plan of salvation, said "yes", accepted the benefits, but are uninformed as to the hard parts; the parts that take daily work and sacrifice. "...having a form of godliness but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:5".

If we want to be the best we can be in God, we must be willing to pay the full price for it, not the bargain price! Too many churches are offering the lite version of the Gospel, the one that tickles the ears of the congregation but does not urge them to change. To be fully used by God, we must count the cost and step up and say, "Here I am God, use me. Your will not mine." "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28". It doesn't take much just to be on the team but it takes a lot to get in the game and make a difference.


At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're so right. Churches are afraid or unwilling to preach the "hard gospel" because they might lose congregants. How shortsighted! Praise God and preach the gospel and God will give the harvest.

At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Pat Kirk said...

I totally agree. Some of the young people in the church don't know what sin is because it's never discussed in the church, and even church kids live together, etc. How can the church separate itself if it lives like the world? And how can it not live like the world if it doesn't know the areas in which the world is wrong?
I'm not longing for the church of legalism, but it's gone too far the other way. (I guess you struck a nerve).


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