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Is Christianity becoming a Designer Religion?

Celebrities have been claiming to be genuinely converted for decades. Some of them have been downright defiant about the particular degree to which they mixed their new life with the old. Most professing Christians gave them space to work both sides of the fence. Some only voiced belief long enough to sell a “gospel” album, then went back to being “silent witnesses.”

One singer/songwriter that was not even loosely connected to Christianity wrote a popular song regarding his spiritual status.

“Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’

Me and Jesus, got it all worked out

Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’

We don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about…” Tom T. Hall, 1972

Of course, that’s not the way God’s Kingdom works (Ephesians 4:11-16). In one of the verses, he explains how he felt about traditional Christianity.

“I know a man, who once was a sinner

I know a man, who once was a drunk

And I know a man, who once was a loser

He went out one day and made an altar out of a stump”

Then he sings the chorus again indicating that such an experience can be customized to make one an “island Christian” without any guidelines or standards except “me and Jesus.”

Back then, the attempt to promote an unbiblical customized arrangement with Christ wasn’t very effective or an organized trend. The “Me and Jesus” philosophy had no chance of becoming a successful Movement. The song became popular because in every beer joint sat daily scores of individuals who held the same philosophy. Continue reading

“You don’t know his heart!”

“Only God knows our hearts, and only He knows whether this person has sincerely put his faith in Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jesus warned, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). – Billy Graham, 2007

How many times have we heard that statement concerning someone who is misbehaving? I’ve heard it used as a door-closer by people living in wanton sin, i.e., “Well, only God knows my heart.” Yep, and He knows that it is corrupt. As for judging, Christ made it clear that we should judge a righteous judgement (John 7:24). The Apostle Paul wrote that we should judge the ones in the church.

“For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore ‘put away from yourselves the evil person.’” – 1 Corinthians 5:12-13

Nonetheless, for as long as I can remember the notion that only God knows our hearts has been applied to everyone that claims to be a Christian but does not bear the fruit. There are several reasons why that statement is not true. Continue reading

The “What If?”

Millions of Millennial and younger generation professing Christians, along with a gaggle of vacuous, vapid, or heretical, pastors, joined by liberal, pandering, professional theologians, Social Media stars, authors, musicians, other leaders and influencers, leaned far left as if their ship suddenly tilted dramatically. Celebrity Rapper, Kanye West, whom we are all pretty much overloaded and done with hearing about, instantly became their New Christianity shinning trophy. He is the great validation of the new experience, of their Seeker/Emergent/Launch church philosophy.

“See! God is saving the BIG ones because of our “love wins” (Rod Bell) paradigm of no-guilt, no-conviction, everyone feels happy and safe, mental assent, music-based Churchianity!”

They truly do not understand why anyone would challenge the salvation claim of a Celebrity that has been converted to Christianity via their paradigm. Evidence is in the fact that they do no engage the genuine concerns, but fabricate a position or positions that were never establish. That is call a strawman arguing, which is a popular dishonest debate tactic.

They defiantly say, “God can save anyone.”  But everyone questioning the genuineness of West’s salvation completely agrees with that statement.

They also accuse us of not wanting West to be saved. That is a completely without evidence thus false accusation. In fact, there is not one hint that we wish anyone to enter eternal hell, but rather than everyone have the opportunity to be saved.

Having exhausted themselves on those obvious vain points, they accuse us of being jealous and prideful concerning West’s claim. That is likely the lamest and least thought-out accusation.

Instead of being evasive, why don’t they just address our points? Because they must not do anything to shake their large monstrosity, New Christianity, that is tottering on the skinny pole of music-based, non-experiential, heretical, mental assent salvation. Continue reading

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