Being a Christian is a choice yet not an easy one as many may have declared. Before I give reasons for taking the trouble to become a Christian, I will first outline why I believe being a Christian is not easy.
Christianity has some standards and failing to meet them by the slightest of error disqualifies the believer. This calls for the believer to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and correct the error, failing which face the very serious consequences. I will start by listing some of the requirements that are really not easy to meet and then given the justification of keeping on even when it is not easy.
In a long time I have been debating and thinking of the best approach to addressing the issue of being artificial in the different ways that people do. I have been convicted that it is not right in the sight of God and thus I wrote this article. I agree that you also need your own conviction to comply but make it fast because time is not on our side.
The Word of God is perfect and what it says is as it is stated. We have a tendency to interpret the Word in a relaxed and suiting way yet turning away from any of the commandments is total not acceptable. Hear the Word spoken by Jesus in Matthew 12:36, ‘but I tell you that men will have to give account on they of judgment for every careless word they have spoken’.
Sunday is a day most Christians chose to dedicate their time to God yet too few Christians are religious to this dedication. Many things have changed from when the Bible was compiled and so people now claim that Sunday is a day where one should only make time to fellowship with others but all other activities can be done before and after such time.
One of the greatest challenges of running corporate companies is managing its resources in a Godly manner. Christians have been, and many still are and will be in the future, entrusted with billions of dollars in companies all over. Sadly, many misrepresent Christianity when it comes to managing money.
Jesus knew this fact that money is not different from an idol that people can worship and one that can take God’s place in people’s hearts (Mathew 6:24). We have learnt that people can kill for money, they can do terrible physical or emotional pain to people that want to expose their evil deed arising from the love for money.
Novels, newspapers, blogs, forums, magazines and websites contain a lot that is purely non-Christian yet so interesting for the eye to browse through. What can we say to a person that wants to know what God says about these publications?
There are those obvious publications which are a clear no go area for Christians. As an example, a publication on pornography is not to be heard of amongst Christians. There may be justifications for reading such but it is just a clear non Christ like publication. Then there are those that are not as obvious but do promote evil practices such as gossip, drug and alcohol abuse, love of money, etc. That is where a Christian should have a sensitive spirit of discernment and put aside the publication or skip those sections that are not good.
The Christian who strives for holiness may have questions on some issues which the many do not really care about. I have also asked myself the question on whether watching circular television channels and its programs is sin or not a number of times, particularly because many visionaries have cited television as a tool that the devil uses to kill many in their spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The one thing we all should note is that whatever is sin before God, it is equally abominable to God whether it is committed by Christians or non-Christians. I mention this because often people would say statements like, ‘if you are not a Christian you are free to do as you like’. Everybody is called to live according to God’s commandments, there is no exception. Therefore, the subject on non-Christian television programmes is for everyone.
The Christian is expected by Jesus to get into heaven at all costs. The impression that Jesus gives is that this world is not at all a place of comfort for the believer. There are many verses in the Bible, some of which I shall quote, that talk about being harsh to your body, your spirit and even to people around you for the sake of your salvation as a believer. Indeed this is harsh to the person that must live up to the His expectations.
Christianity critics say that Jesus and the Bible are very unreasonable and inhuman in many ways. Earlier today I watched a YouTube video criticizing Jesus’ words when declared that He came to create enmity between a father and a son, daughter and mother and that if anyone loves his own family more than Him, that person is not worthy of Him (Mathew 10:34 -39). This person is of the view that a family should be the number one hiding place or where the best of friends should come from. To people of the world this makes more sense but to Jesus the best person to trust is the Lord (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30). No wonder “… the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Many churches have chosen Sunday as the day of worship God and fellowshipping together. Justifying whether the right day is Saturday or Sunday is a subject for another day. The Bible says a lot about people meeting together to do something in honour of God. In the Old Testament, the common word is on God’s people meeting in the meeting tent. In the New Testament, the Bible in Hebrews 10:25 says, ‘Not forsaking assembling of ourselves together, as in the manner of some…’ NKJV. If you search the scriptures, no record indicate that God’s people gathered in a synagogue or church just to give praises to someone else other than God.
This post is meant to be a reminder of what should not be the reason for going to church on Sunday. If you go to church for the wrong reasons and when such reasons no longer hold, you may find yourself not going to church at all. Furthermore, going to church for the wrong reasons may also make you lament why you wasted your time going to church. The right reasons never loss their worth and therefore should keep motivating you to attend.
The warning on people older than eighteen to be free to buy alcohol is all over yet an error in as far as God’s expectations from mankind is concerned. Pick a magazine, a newspaper, watch television, listen to the radio and got to the nearest bottle store, you will see this warning in bold warning colours.
Before I go into the spiritual aspect of taking alcoholic drinks, I first want to highlight a few medically proven undesired consequences. It is also worth noting that alcohol abuse effects on the body have no age limit. According to NIH, alcohol can affect the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and the immune system. The effects may vary in many ways but it is normally manifested in people when they become sickly, behaving in a funny way, etc.
Forever is a word that should not be taken lightly because it’s meaning has consequences that no man can change. Once it is written in the Bible as a warning, it should be taken seriously because it shall come to pass. I once asked a pastor as to why should it be difficult for people to understand this simple and straight forward message that there is life after death and that either one goes to Heaven or to Hell. The condition is one; if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ you go to heaven and if not, you are damned to hell forever. This pastor said, ‘the devil is a work to lengthen the time of stubbornness to those that get to hear the message of salvation’ and please do not be a victim of the devil (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The Bible reveals God as one who does not tolerate sin even by chance. We may acknowledge that He overlooked times of ignorance yet now He is calling everyone to repentance (Acts 17:30). He never compromises His commandments for anyone. He shows no favoritism as He is a just God. His Word never changes (Psalm 119:89).
The devil, who is well known to man as the chief in schemes of revenge, is taking stock of what we Christians are doing to harm his Kingdom. Know this that if you preach, sing Gospel, testify, evangelize, intercede in prayer, spread the Good News of the Gospel in full or in part; all these does not go unnoticed to the devil. He keeps the records for revenge whenever he gets a chance in this world or in the world to come.
Faith is biblical and therefore does not change with times. It is a freely God given virtue that is open for use by any living person. Receive it from God at no cost.
Before I define what faith is, I want to start by confirming that faith is real and it works exactly as the bible says. Those that practice faith are pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6) and they reap the benefits of practicing it. I personally have found faith to be working for me and to my experience; it requires one to make an effort. That is why the Bible says that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). The Bible gives us examples of people that combined faith with their effort to realise what they hoped for. Hebrews 11:17 – 31 give details on what Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, the children of Israel and Rahab did by faith to achieve their intended goals.
Whenever you dream of dead loved ones you must know that the devil is paying you a visit and he will take it from your reaction what he should do. The dead are gone and soon they are forgotten (Ecclesiastes 9:5). This verse confirms that they had their share of this life and they never shall come back to this life, instead the living shall join them on the other side because the living know that they will die. David once said that he know very well that he will be joining his late son but not him coming back to him (2 Samuel 12:23). Isaiah 26:14 in the NLT translation says, “…their departed spirit will not return!”