The Christian world is changing! There are Christians today who don’t study the Bible to know God because they just rely on the preacher to teach them everything they need to know! Then there are “others” who choose to follow one of the many so-called “Christian” doctrines because the “new” [false] gospel suits their needs so that they don’t have to obey the “Old Testament God”. As the modern-day church continues to blend cordially with a society that supports equality, free-will and even sin, it drifts further from God to please the people. What a dangerous path to travel when Christians lose their drive to follow and obey the only true God!
- Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:.—Matthew 7:13
Somehow, modern-day Christians feel content to “cherry pick” the scriptures and so they accept the ones that please them and disregard the ones that don’t. They totally miss the point of what scripture is and they feel that it’s within their right to choose what they’ll believe. This, however, is what a religious person does; it’s what a wannabee Christian does. But, it is NOT what a Christian does. It is in the Christian’s heart to obey God.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.—Matthew 6:24
A Christian is a person who has come to the Lord because they realize that He is the King of the Earth, the promised Messiah who sacrificed His earthly body as the ultimate offering to take away their sins so they could be free and forgiven and restored—saved from the judgment to come. A Christian is filled with God’s Holy Spirit when they repent and turn from the world to serve Him. A Christian is someone whose heart has been changed from the desire to be part of the world into the joy that fills them because they belong to the Kingdom of God.
A Christian is someone who takes all their instruction from God; who gives all their praises and glory to Him. Christians do not allocate their lives to other people, or depend on an organized church or a rich and famous preacher for approval. A Christian looks only to God for every aspect of their life. And therefore, a Christian follows only God by reading and believing the scriptures.
We know that the scriptures are written by men but they weren’t authored by men; God spoke through His Spirit to every man who produced the scriptures and each of them wrote what God told them to. And so what better way to know God than to read the book that He wrote! [2 Timothy 3:16]
We don’t get to pick which scriptures we’ll follow. We either believe it all or we don’t believe it. And as we study we become convicted of the things we do or don’t do to please God and that’s when we obey Him in those issues. However, those “Christian followers” who haven’t given their heart to God will think they are Christians, and will feel right to choose to ignore the instructions that they don’t want to heed to. They have no reverence, fear or respect for God who wrote the scriptures and that’s because they don’t know Him. Yet, they think they do.
- And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15
When we study the Bible it becomes part of us and we change our lives to please God and we obey Him because we are drawn to Him. We make changes as we grow because the more we study, the more we become convicted of things that are still wrong in our life, and the more we realize that we need to turn from them and obey God. But when we struggle to obey or choose not to obey or don’t care if we obey, it’s because His word is not in our heart; it’s in our mind and our mind needs to be changed.
- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.—Romans 12:2
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and in that time in history it was still being prophesied that the Messiah would come, and so the Holy Spirit had not yet been given to believers. Back then, they actually had to believe without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but now, believers are filled with His Spirit who convicts us of sin. These commandments are no longer rules that we have to obey; they are written in our heart and we want to obey.
- For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.—Hebrews 8:10
Many Christians continue to live in sin because they either don’t know it’s wrong or don’t want to give it up. They don’t have a relationship with Jesus and don’t study the Bible with a heart to know Him; otherwise, they would know what pleases God and what they should and should not do, and they would want to obey Him. When people don’t obey God’s word simply out of ignorance because their church doesn’t teach it, they can’t use that as an excuse when they face the Lord on Judgment Day. We either love God and obey Him, or we don’t. We’re either saved or not.
False doctrines don’t teach the truth of the Bible—that’s why they’re false. They teach a congenial message that will keep the people coming, the church popular and the leaders prosperous. Obeying God is not necessary to them; following them is what’s important. The devil wants to keep people from knowing the truth so he’s provided a deception where they think they can be “Christians” without having to be committed or obedient to God or having to change their lifestyle.
- For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.—2 Timothy 4:3
When we don’t obey God, we can’t expect to have a close loving relationship with Him, and we can’t expect any blessings from Him. When we disobey Him, all we can expect is to receive punishment. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, so when we willfully continue to live in sin and disobey God then we have to realize that we will pay the price for our sins when we stand before God and get judged for those sins by the very law that we chose to disobey.
If we disobey our earthly parents we are punished; if we break the laws of the land we are punished; and so if we break God’s laws we will also be punished—only the punishment for sin is eternal and without parole. But we can be sure that we are pleasing God and following His leadership when we give our heart to HIM alone, study the scriptures and do the things that He has told us to do. Then we know that we belong to God’s kingdom because in our love for Him we have chosen to obey Him.
- Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?—Romans 6:16