OK, so this really concerns me.
Joshua Harris’s book is one of the books that was literally inspired by the Holyspirit.
Ask me why: it quotes unadulterated truths, not especially those we want to hear in this diluted generation.
But then, he’s fallen away from grace, endorsed the LGBT community and bla bla bla.
Then, another lead worship singer, also has lost his faith, reason being “the Bible and science contradict” and bla bla bla.
Well people, this will not be the first time nor the last time we will hear of such. But why does this concern me?
First, it’s because we have become a generation too engrossed in social media antics, influencers, that we forget who exactly is to influence us to the core.
We are a generation that is obsessed with superficiality to much, that our inner man goes on staved to death.
We have muzzled the voice of TRUTH and only want to hear what suits our itchy ears.
We rely on Sunday teachings, then park, wait for the coming week for another dose of a Sunday sermon, as if it will suffice enough to wage war against our flesh and blood.
We rely on “devotional books” to pray, rather than the Holyspirit to teach us to pray.
We are full of discontentment, a generation that’s ungrateful of growth and process.
We love shiny and refined things without understanding that shinny stuff only come through a refinery, possibly a winepress.
So any information that comes to us isn’t really filtered through the sieve of God’s word.
So yes, we go all hail on “liberated minds”- apparently, yet not so keen on what’s behind the mask – the deception of sin.
In that same breathe, we get a calibre of people who say, “I don’t go to church because of so and so, and it’s filled with hypocrisy.”
“If he stopped being a Christian, then this goes to show you that Christianity is really inconsequential, what matters is to love everyone equally!”
Well let me break it down to you.
Yeah, the hard truth is that the Gospel is centralized on Love.
The Word is a love letter to us from God through His son Jesus Christ.
It’s not deviod of love.
It cannot be inconsequential yet, all run towards that direction.
Love, isn’t our human nature, it’s God’s nature.
Even so, The old testament prophets dealt with hypocritical people. Moses had a myriad of them.
Christ still dealt with hypocrisy in His ministry. Judas was right there with him, yet not for him.
If He was not love at the core, then He would have never laid down His life out of His own volition.
It’s not new phenomenon.
The apostles dealt with it, even now, the church is full of double minded Christians.
So why would you peg the Gospel on human frailties?
Who suffers? You or the body of Christ?
Do you go to church because of someone else or is it for you? Since when did man become a redeemer?
Haven’t you heard what the bible says that cursed is a man who trusts in a man?
Do you follow the man or do you follow Christ?
See, the Kingdom of God cannot have a vacuum. If you don’t praise Him, He can certainly make stones do that.
Secondly, sin is sin. It doesn’t matter what blings it puts on, nor how domesticated it’s gotten.
It doesn’t matter how pretty it looks in it’s silver slippers, nor who seems to address “current cultural trends” with eloquence.
God always calls us to be radically attuned to Him.
What you entertain, shapes you.
A fall doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow fade.
A change of faith doesn’t happen once, it begins by staving the inner man. If God doesn’t fill the “God-hole”, every other garbage will.
If Christ isn’t filling every part of you, drowning every inch of self away, then something else/ someone else, will slowly move you away from the shores of Godliness.
So why not begin feeding your inner man first.
Run everything (words, books, articles, songs, what you watch, what you listen to, who you entertain, your friends) through the filter of Christ. It doesn’t matter who they are. It doesn’t matter what titles they hold.
Follow Christ, not man. By this I mean, let not their humanness define you, instead, let Christ be your core.
The choice is yours to press on towards the mark of the higher calling.
Only you can make the decision to hold fast onto your Faith – Revelation 3:11.
Only you can make the decision to stand firm on His promises – 2nd Corinthians 1:20.
..and HE CAN SUSTAIN YOUR FAITH!