The New Christianity that is forming is nothing more than malignant and terminal apostasy. Consequently, aggression toward the truth speakers and watchmen that expose the wickedness is going to increase. There is already much intimidation and coercion from compromised professing Christians because the Remnant refuses to compromise. The apostate ones cannot tolerate any truth that exposes their delusional declension. The aggression is most obvious when false salvation is confronted and exposed.
In fact, the cauldron of apostasy and heresies is boiling down to a new Christianity that allows each individual to fashion his or her own customized god and salvation process. They give God token acknowledgement from their tongues and scraps from their hearts. He is not Almighty to them, just mighty. And His might is co-opted to fit them with a blended image of old and new self. Heaven forbid that they should be required to actually humble themselves and repent of their sins. Instead, they want to wear their robes of fame into the Holiest of All and claim equality with the ones who died with Christ.
Maybe that is why so many compromised and apostate Professing Christians are gushing over and swarming around a famous rapper based merely on a claim of salvation—but no corresponding fruit.
“Give him a break! After all he is a rapper,” they say.
So? There are many testimonies of people who were “sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore.” But they came out of the briny sea and left all behind them. The man at the Gadarenes was such a one. Did Christ give him a customized salvation commiserate with his demon possession? Or did Christ set him completely free?
Other ones rose up from the deep darkness to come into God’s light. Their lives revealed an astonishing and complete turnaround. I can testify that the depth of darkness I was in had brought me to the point of self destruction. When God delivered me, just as other ones in like bondage, there was no doubt about what He wanted me to do. I made a full surrender, turned my back on the past, fully submitted to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
One of the most powerful passages in God’s word leaves no doubt as to the measure of commitment God requires. And it is a requirement—not a suggestion. It does not allow for remaining in our filthy garments as we attempt to retrofit God’s redemption to a modified version of our old self.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Please consider that that passage is a synopsis of the Apostle Paul’s extensive explanation of true salvation (read chapters 6-7-8 without the chapter markers).
Therefore, if someone ensconced in the castles of darkness and positioned on Satan’s pedestals wishes to be a true Christian, he or she should know that the robe of righteousness is a one-size-fits-all. There is no Rock musician salvation, Hollywood actor salvation, Sports hero salvation, former satanist salvation, or Rapper salvation. We must all come to the same place of humbleness and brokenness, awareness of our filthy, sinful condition. We must come to the reality of the cross and the cost, and make the decision to pay the price, die to self and be raised in newness of life. If we truly want it more than anything else in the world, we will not stroll or weave our way to God. We will run straight to Him—leaving our rags and our past behind until we stand naked and trembling in His presence.
I have wondered why He wanted someone as raunchy as I—why He would reach out to such filth that did not deserve one drop of sweat mingled blood from the brow of His Son. But He set me free. The chains fell off and I rose up from my knees feeling as if I could fly. Everything I had and was appeared as garbage to me.
True deliverance is much more than a statement of belief—it is a process of complete change. One goes from being a child of darkness to a child of the light. There is no compromise. One may gradually come to that point, but no one has been translated from darkness to light until he or she has made a full-depth, total, surrender to God. The evidence is that old things will pass away and all things will become new. He or she will become a new creation in Christ.
If professing Christians deny that process, they are setting themselves against God and embracing “shadows of turning” salvation. One who merely moves from darkness to shadows is not walking in the light.
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)