Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Where Are the Real Christians?

You know, the fact that anyone has to ask that question is a HUGE indictment on today's babylonian churchianity. There are churches on every corner of every street, what do you mean "where are the real christians?" It means, THEY ARE SCARCE. Gunman Matthew Murray penned a letter addressed to God
in which he asked that question. Obviously he'd been looking, and could'nt find any. He's not the only person not able to find "real christians" these days, look around the web at all the atheist websites springing up, FULL of "former christians" who finally decided that what they were participating in was bunk. This is prima facie evidence that the Word of the Lord is true. When he says:

Matt 7:13Enter 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: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

He meant it. Yea, I know I hammer home some of these scriptures over and over again, but what would men rather do, be faced with it here and now, or have it in their faces on judgement day....when it's too late?

Once you really understand this idea that FEW will make it into heaven, LOTS of things start to make sense. Like, why there are churches on every corner and peace is nowhere to be found. Like, people entering the doors of churchianity as a last stop in desperation, then buying a weapon and opening fire in disgust at what they found. Like no power, no peace, no grace, no joy, no patience to be found in men today ESPECIALLY within churchianity. Yea, everybody's pretty nice while they are wearing their masks on Wed/Sun but once they are in real life, the wolves are back out, that sound like real christianity to you?

So real christians are hard to find because THERE ARE FEW OF THEM.

Of those few we have to consider how they operate, walking as Jesus did, and how did Jesus walk?

Matthew 8 >>King James Bible

1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Whoa.....TELL NO MAN? I can hear churchianity now "Wait a minute, do you know much I could increase "church membership and my bottom line if I marketed this?"

We see Jesus performing a miracle then telling the man to keep it on the "down low" What does this tell us? Jesus does'nt need Rick Warren's church growth plan, a marketing department, a catchy logo or anything else the business world has to offer to grow His church....

We also see how this good work was done under the radar, in a low profile kinda way. That's the absolute antithesis of everything churchianity represents. So where are real christians? They are out doing secret/low profile good works, walking like Jesus did. Hard to find? Yea.

Matthew 6
1"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Finding "real christians" isn't easy. I suppose the Lord knew this, why else would He wonder "Luke8:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"

It's not easy to find real christians, many people can't handle this fact. Most people like to herd, like cattle. If they don't have a herd to run with, they are'nt going to participate. The thought of standing alone for Jesus is incomprehensible to these people. I can tell you, speaking the truth WILL lose you "friends". People will avoid you, people will hate you, ESPECIALLY the religious people. Nothing's changed, times change but people don't, behold:

Isaiah 30:9-11
9 For they are a rebellious people,lying children,children unwilling to hearthe instruction of the Lord;10 who say to the seers, “Do not see,”and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;speak to us smooth things,prophesy illusions,11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Real christians are out there, working on the "down-low" doing things to please the Father. Trying to walk as Jesus did. It's not an easy path, it's definitely not a path to popularity. It's the path of a soldier. Which is why Jesus said:

Luke 14:25-35
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
"And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it--
"lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
"saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'
"Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
"Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.
"So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
"Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
"It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

Jesus is coming soon, be watching, be ready
~Grace and Peace