Modern Version of Christianity 6

The whole evangelical world is to a large extent unfavorable to healthy Christianity. And I am not thinking of Modernism either. I mean rather the Bible-believing crowd that bears the name of orthodoxy. We may as well face it; the whole level of spirituality is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone. Large and influential sections of the world of fundamental Christianity have gone overboard for practices wholly unscriptural, altogether unjustifiable in the light of historic Christian truth and deeply damaging to the inner life of the individual Christian. They have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost. (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?

The words of Tozer at the top of this page are sobering and accurate. They are perhaps more accurate in our day than in his own. Biblical Christianity appears to be virtually out of sight and out of mind. Various forms of legalism or libertinism seem to have swallowed up all that is pure and holy. While we know that the gates of hell will not prevail in reality, the appearance is a different thing. The modern version of Christianity or the modern presentation of Christianity is all smoke and mirrors. Those who claim to believe the Bible and to be conservative believers are as much opposed to the truth of God as anyone. As Stephen Charnock wrote so long ago regarding practical atheism, people deny certain truths of God in their daily lives. The theology and the practices of so many are a denial of the truth of God and of the cross of Christ.

The professing Christianity of today has several manifestations, but all are apart from Christ being the life of His people and His Church. The only true doctrine is a reflection of the truth and glory of the true God, it is not just an intellectual concept of Him. The only true “morality” is not a Judeo-Christian morality, it is true holiness in which Christ dwells in His people and manifests His glory through them. The only true Christianity is not a compilation of miracles and God giving riches to those who can work up a high enough frenzy, it is a group of people that He prunes and works on to make them branches that bear His fruit.

It has been a terrible thing to watch either in person or by reading about the things that people do in our modern day and still take the name of Christ. People seem to have more faith in their creeds than the grace of the living God. People have more faith in the sacraments than the grace of the living God. People have more faith in church membership than the grace of the living God. People have more faith in the practices that they have dreamed up than the grace of the living God. People have more faith in their historical practices than they have in the grace of the living God. People have more faith in their new theology and new interpretations than they do of the grace of the living God. People have more faith in their external religiosity than they do in seeking the face of the living God who can only be found by free-grace alone. People will do virtually anything in the realm of religion rather than seek God by grace alone. Grace leads to the destruction of self, all the things of religion leaves the self intact.

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