[These thoughts were spurred by a good article someone emailed, me, which link is listed at the end.]
Most persons who think that they are "Christians" are not. A Disciple or Christian means "a follower of Christ"—not merely like "following" a news story: following as in abandoning everything and submitting to as leader. Most "Christians" don't follow Christ; they are not His sheep. They are goats (or dogs or swine). Goats don't follow you--unless you have a bucket of feed; and then they are not really following you, but following their god, which is their belly; once the food is gone (for which they may even knock you down and trample you)... they will desert you. You are only their "friend" and they are willing to follow you, only for as long as you have something that they want. So it is with most "Christians" and Christ. Such reveal that they are not of God. Most "Christians" "follow" Christ by using Him as a "model" and then reconstructing what they want to do or believe based upon what "feels good" to them; following the "traditions of their elders" (their actual ancestors or their denomination)—but not "religiously", altering what they choose to "believe" and "observe", again, based on their own whim and the current politicial climate. Like those who "celebrate" Christmas or Easter (which are pagan holidays that have been besmeared with a thin coating of Christianity, which "Christians" cling to because of their own lust, materialism, hedonism, and the "good feeling" it gives to them, and tradition; the fact that it is a high insult to God means nothing to them); and they merely stick baby Jesus or the risen Lord in among all the heathen practices of the pagan celebration, as merely one more god in the panoply to include so he isn't offended by being left out of the pagan celebration.
Christianity is a revelationally based religion. Most Christians reject God's Revelation and are Empiricists... they follow a humanistic, hedonistic, experientially based religion... what feels "good" to them, what "makes sense" to them (to their fallen, carnal, selfish minds) is what they "follow" (which changes each day, with whatever foul wind of morality that blows in upon the land, which changes as frequently as "catch of the day" outside a fish store, or "soup of the day" outside a bistro). They are their own god, they set their own standards, based upon their own delusion. Then, to make themselves "feel" better about themselves, they "project this worship onto a mythical God they claim to acknowledge; which god is a fabrication of their own mind, the way they want their god to be; rejecting the God of the Bible).
[Most who consider themselves "Christians" are probably in strong disagreement from the outset. However, if they really care about the truth, if they really love righteousness, if they really want to submit to God, they need to take the challenge and read my short Merry Anti-Christmas and my more substantial, Does God Repent? — Can God Change His Mind?, to see what true theology is; and then see whether they are willing to conform their lives to what reality is, and what the Bible actually teaches, or simply go on following the vain and godless traditions of their elders, all the while fancying that they are good "followers" of Christ. Christ said His sheep know His Voice and follow (obey) Him and the voice of another they will not follow. Most Christians think that God abolished His Law. Christ said not on jot or tittle would pass from the Law. Hence, most "Christians" are not Christians, because they are following someone else's voice—the very voice of the Serpent in the Garden who said the opposite of what God declared—and don't know Christ's crystal-clear Voice. Further, John wrote in one of the very last books of the New Testament (written even after Revelation), that "he who says I know God and keepeth not His Commandments is a liar and the Truth is not in him" (I John 2:4). Tell me, can a person truly be a Christian if he does not even know God? Can a person be a Christian if the Truth (Christ said , "I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, and He called the Holy Spirit, "the Spirit of Truth") is not in him? John also wrote that sin is transgression of the Law (I John 3:4). Had the Law been abolished, there would be no need to repent or ask forgiveness for anything, for sin would be impossible. Without the law there is no sin. Christ also said, "If ye keep My Commandments ye shall abide in My Love, even as I have kept My Father's Commandments and abide in His Love." Christ did not have "His own" commandments—He kept those of the Father (and said, "I and My Father are One") and commanded us to keep them also. Christ also said, "If ye love Me keep My Commandments." Love = obedience / self-sacrifice.]
Pseudo-Christians (people deceived into thinking that they are Christians, when they are not) look at their own lives and compare themselves to those who are the worst of sinners (or to the average sinners around them), to make themselves feel better about their own sinfulness, which in delusion, they don't really consider to be sinful. However, they will have a "rude awakening" on Judgment Day. God does not Judge us according to a sliding scale and bell curve of morality. God Judges each person according to the Holy Standard: Christ, and what God declared in His unchanging Law to be the Moral Standard by which He commanded us to live, which Christ kept 100% without sin to set the example for us. If the Holy Spirit is truly in a person, has truly regenerated a person, that person will want to draw closer to God, will want to learn what God desires, will want to do what pleases God—that is true love. Modern stupid earthlings will do the same thing for a lover, conform to what is expected, even committing gross sin to please the lover, and overlook gargantuan flaws and vices of their lover, but they won't learn of God, do their homework to see what He requires, conform their lives to what He demand, do whatever it takes to please Him, sacrifice their own desires in an all-consuming love for holiness to God. God is not in their minds. God is not in their hearts. God is a stranger to them. Their god (if they even claim one) is a delusion of their own minds (which delusion God has sent them because either they are not His, or He has not yet determined the time is right to deliver them from such damning delusion).
Likewise, fools within Christendom think thoughts like, "well, America is still the best country on earth, if you don't like it go somewhere else". No. It is the traitors and subverters who should leave; not the preservationists. Furthermore, that misses the pulse of the issue. The current level of freedom, morality, prosperity, etc., of the U.S. should not be compared to that of other worse nations, but it should be compared to what freedom, morality, prosperity, etc., was like in the U.S. in 1780! It is that environment and mood and reality that was responsible for the developed greatness of the U.S., and it is only by returning to that society that we could again be great. Anything else is a self-masochistic delusion that imagines failure to be success.
"1Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. 2Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him." (Isaiah 51)
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)
Deluded fools and immoral people—cowards will only compete in any event against those whom they known that they can beat. The true goal is not competition or self-testing, real achievement, but merely trying to make self look good to feel better about oneself (often at the expense of others, by humiliation and putting them down, to make it appear as if self is so much better; this is the bully mentality, and such persons rarely "grow up" or mature, they merely age).
Likewise, dishonest, immoral, delusional people only compare themselves to those more wicked than themselves. Stupidity is really a "chosen art". These people are not so ignorant that they do not realize that there are also people far-less sinful than themselves, and that the "scale of morality" goes equally in the OTHER direction; but they pretend, like little children, that whatever they refuse to look at or consider, does not exist. If they admit, if painted into a corner, that the other end of the continuum exists, then they smugly imagine that they are not so bad and they are content to be "average" and fall within the bell curve of the majority within the limits of "relative morality"—which is the majority that Christ will spew out of His Mouth!
The nations of Christendom didn't "evolve" or just "become" the most-advanced, civilized, safest, most-prosperous nations on earth "by chance". They became so because of the dedication of our ancestors to obey God and apply themselves in honest labor (no such thing as welfare; the church / Christian society helped those members who were truly in need who could not help themselves; but today 99% of those on "assistance" are merely robbing everyone else because they are too lazy and immoral to work; so what if they have aches and pains—millions of people have even greater pain and suffering, and yet don't use it as an excuse; where in God's Word are we told that we have a right to be paid for not working, or to be paid because we have aches, pains, or debility?).
Christendom (the family, the church, and the nation) has fallen in proportion to the aliens we have let in, and the pagan temples we have let them erect, and their pagan practices with which we have let them pollute Christendom. Liberty is not self-sustaining. Morality is not self-sustaining. Holiness is not self-sustaining. Just because things were so yesterday does not mean that you can coast and they will always be that way. Even as the primary law of nature is entropy (decay, deterioration, all things seeking homeostasis, in which everything has disintegrated to the lowest possible factor that requires no energy to maintain), so also there are moral and spiritual parallels.
Considering ones sinfulness by comparing oneself to someone MORE sinful than himself, comparing the "relative" freedom of a nation by comparing it to other nations that are not free, is as stupid as comparing your general health to a corpse rotting in the grave, rather than to a perfectly healthy person. This is the delusion and anti-intellectualism and irrationality and irresponsibility of the modern age.
The person who says he is not so bad because he isn't as bad as other people, is actually declaring, "I AM STUPID! I AM IMMORAL!" They need to wear a tee-shirt, that is printed backwards so when they look in the mirror they can read it, that says, "I'm with STUPID!" with the arrow pointing straight up to their face. ONLY THEN might they begin to realize, as Charlie Brown, I believe, in one episode, or Linus, of Peanuts (and I think other cartoon characters like Pogo declared the same) declared, "I have discovered the enemy—and it's me!" Each of us is the problem. Our delusions imprison us. Only God can free us. Cry out to Him. The Perfect Law of Liberty (as I explain in other articles) is not the liberty "to sin"—only spiritually dead hearts and darkened minds could ever think such a thing. The Perfect Law of Liberty is the freedom to not sin by the Power of the Holy Spirit of Christ within a person who will lead the individual believer into the understanding of the Word of God and into obedience to God. "Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh [the violation of everything that God commanded]". Christ did not abolish the Law. That is nonsense. He declared the very opposite. Those who believe such are fools and because God has sent them delusion so that they will believe a lie and not understand the truth, repent, or be saved. God is Immutable. Morality cannot change. God did not abolish His Law—not one jot or tittle. Christ cancelled out the JUDGMENT the PENALTY that was against us—death, if we are of the elect whom God chose in Christ before the foundation of the world. Those who are so, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit to cry out upon new birth "Abba-Father" and walk in obedience in the marvellous light into which they have been called. Those who don't "get it" .... we now return you to your regularly scheduled program. Enjoy it while it lasts. It won't last very long. Compared to Eternity, 75+ years of life here on earth is not even a breath. Go ahead. Take a breath. See how long it lasts. Then imagine ETERNITY. God save your people! Turn us and we shall be turned! Turn ungodliness from Jacob! Pour out your Holy Spirit upon all flesh of the elect of Your people so that we are truly regenerated and cry out ABBA-FATHER—and confess our sins, and repent, and walk after you in obedience.
[Also, someone had asked me: Do you know of a church that has a church bank account without a Federal EIN (Employment Identification Number) and /or a Federal TIN (Tax Identification Number)?
My reply was:
I don't think the average bank will grant such an account without such numbers. They are all Federally Regulated/controlled (part of Communist Manifesto) and banks must operate as the Feds tell them to; and if they don't, they are usually SWATTED and shut down and arrested.
it is a communist monopoly and discrimination and sign of being conquered/slaves, that we have to prove right to our property, and jump through hoops and be taxed on our property, and have to given an account for how much we have and what we do with it.
If anyone has any other info, please share.
with the trend toward antifederalization, it is possible that private banks will grow up and not require such things; but most probably the states will invent their own regulatory slave numbers, because in reality, the states now all operate like "little feds"--a chip off the old block, tiny communist satellite nations orbiting the mother ship.
the majority of all government workers are brainwashed from youth and think this is reality and the only way it can be done and that "IT'S THE LAW" when it is not... if the government tells them we evolved from apes, they believe it; if the govt tells them the moon is made of green cheese, they believe it, if the govt tells them children died at sandy hook, they believe it. Facts, evidence, proof, are all irrelevant... the federal gavel sounds the edict and decree of what "truth" is; and the zombies say, "I hear and obey master..." without blinking.]
Good article below...