Modern Version of Christianity 3

Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful to arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications. We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it. We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him. (A.W. Tozer)

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!… 32 “Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

When we think of what it means to be a Christian, one part of what should be thought of is true holiness as opposed to various forms of false holiness. False forms of holiness will come from hearts that do not want to be different from the world, but in fact will come from those who are skillful to avoid being embarrassed by the implications of being a follower of Christ. The idea of being shamed or ashamed before others can be a mark of the true nature of our hearts. Would we rather be ashamed before God or before men? Will we choose to be shamed before men for true holiness or will we twist and turn our way to avoid being shamed in the slightest?

Matthew 10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. 37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

True holiness is to be set apart from all other things and to the purposes of God. We can have an outward form of holiness and yet have no clue about the nature of true holiness. We must confess Christ before men in the sense that we are to confess Christ in life and without our mouths. This does not mean that we are to be overly aggressive and be obnoxious, but we are not to change our paths and ways in order to keep from being shamed. We are to live before God and yet there should be a difference in how we live before men as well. We should speak differently, have different attitudes, and we should have different loves. There is a vast difference between living before God and living before men.

The modern versions of Christianity seem to want professing Christians to become as much like the world as they can in order to reach these people. The biblical version is for Christians to become as much like Christ as they can be grace alone in order that they may glorify God. The difference between these two attitudes or perspectives is huge. The modern version seems to avoid embarrassment before men at all costs and the biblical version is to please God at all costs. We try to figure out our lives in such ways as to avoid being embarrassed at all costs while in fact we are blind to the fact that we should be embarrassed before God. We may boast in the Lord when we are at church, but we would never say anything to those not at church that would indicate our chief love and the One we are supposed to fully depend on. Living before God means living in His presence and seeking His glory and pleasure whether men appreciate that or not.

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