I’m sick of it and so is God

There are plenty of “christians” in the world these days but not enough people following Christ. Christians say its ok to sin and sometimes say that they do the things sinners do so as to relate to them. You know what God calls those “christians”? God calls them pretenders. God says we should not continue in sin so that grace can be that much greater. Granted we all sin whether we are in Christ or not. But, there is a difference whether people want to admit it or not. I’m not afraid to call out the fakers out there that make Christ look like another religion to follow. Jesus didn’t say follow my teachings or follow my ways or follow my example. Jesus said follow me. This isn’t a half-hearted following like religion presents.  “Aristotle says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Socrates says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Buddha says to his disciples, “Follow my meditations.” Confucius says to his disciples, “Follow my sayings.” Muhammad says to his disciples, “Follow my noble pillars.” Jesus says to his disciples, “Follow me.”’ (http://frankviola.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/a-jesus-manifesto-by-leonard-sweet-and-frank-viola/) please go to this website to see the full article that I got this from. This is a great point though. And when we follow Christ and not religion or teachings or ways then righteousness will manifest itself. Not to mention that when we sin we will be convicted by the Holy Spirit to turn from sin even if we struggle with it and not try to play it off as not sinful. This is the biggest problem I have with many “christians” and one of the reasons i reject “christianity” (for a great article blog post go to http://miltrodriguez.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/christianity-or-christ/ ) In the letter to the romans paul talks so straight forward to the romans that I just cant resist the God-given insight in chapters 6 and 7. This is the main reason. Paul isn’t stupid or naive and just tells it like it is without beating around lovey dovey bushes. Sin is sin is sin is sin. No matter what way you color it sin is never going to be less or greater in Gods eyes. Paul says this in romans 6 [should we continue to sin so that grace will look that much greater, not at all]. What Paul is saying here is that God didnt save us to show off our salvation as some kind of “look at me i can do what i want because im saved” thing. God saved us to show the world what HE can do through us. Jesus told us we would know a tree by its fruit. People use the excuse that they keep doing some of the things they do so as to relate to those who dont know Christ. Celebrity “christians” use this lie so much it sickens me. I love it when a celebrity actually stands up for Christ and starts to change their life for Him instead of just being a “cultural christian”. How do I know this? Well first of all it happened to all of the true converts of Christ in the early Church (pre-constantinian “christianity” for the most part is what im talking). It seems that around 200-300AD that following Christ just became another religion with rules and rituals to follow. But that is a lie. We were never meant to follow rules or rituals and when we reduce ourselves, and Christ for that matter, to a set of religious ideologies (man made at that) then we lose focus on who Christ is and those who claim to follow Him either never change or even worse think they are saved because of external (religious piety and all that religious ritualistic balogney).

What I’m trying to say in a nutshell is what Paul was trying to say to the romans in his letter to them (which by the way is God breathed meaning it is Gods Word speaking through Paul). Paul was saying that in Christ we are not sinless but at the same time should not use the grace He has so mercifully given us in Christ to excuse our sinful lifestyles and even though we all have an innate desire to sin the Holy Spirit will help us to sin less and when we do sin to not accept it as “OK”. In Gods eyes ALL sin is sin and an abomination then is an abomination now.

Do not use grace. If you want to be a religious pretender then do your thing but don’t drag Christs name down with you.

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