My church has a spot in a local paper and I was asked to write the article. I thought I would share it. Please pray God would bless this and bring conviction to all who read it. Thanks.
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Men have always imagined that whatever they perceived as truth is the truth even when it wasnt. At one time men thought it was true that the world was flat. The Bible was always true in showing that the world is round (see Isaiah 40:22) even though men believed it was flat. Also, men imagined that the entire universe revolved around the earth. They were sure that all of the stars, the sun, and everything else known to man revolved around the earth. History has repeated itself. Even with all of the scientific discoveries, men are deceived in thinking that the whole universe revolves around them. The heart of the Bible clearly shows that all things revolve around the Son, not man. Humanism, by definition, is a doctrine or way of life centered on human interests. Christianity is a way of life centered on Christ. Is the modern church a Christian church or a humanistic church? Or better yet, are you a Christian or a Humanist?
In 2nd Timothy 3:2 is says that in the last days men shall be lovers of their own selves. Pride and the love of money have infiltrated many that name the name of Christ. Those that name the name of Christ should depart from iniquity (2 Tim 2:19). Pride in its purest form is a love of yourself or the things you have. So many today are being puffed up with pride from the very place most would agree it should be the farthest, the pulpit. Most Christianity preached today does nothing more to you than increase the love of yourself and money by telling you how great you are and how much money you can get. The word you is in that last sentence five times counting the word yourself and Christ once in the word Christianity. Christianity should be preaching repentance towards God, faith in Christ, life in Christ, and death to self. Do you see the shift of emphasis?
The late Leonard Ravenhill said, Christ came to make dead men live, not bad men good. Sadly enough, Christianity has been watered down to nothing more than messages of God making us happy and making us feel good. Where is the preaching of Gods holiness, Gods righteousness, Gods judgment, and Gods grace? Where is the preaching of God? Now all we hear of is what we want God to do or how He should help us fill our desires for money, success, and popularity. If that is what Christianity is then Jesus must have been confused when He said things like its better to give than to receive, you will be hated of all men for my names sake, and a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
You may be saying, Ok, so what happened? The character of God has been distorted. Today men see God as nothing more than a jolly Ol Saint Nick, except that Santa wasnt supposed to give good things to bad little boys and girls. Sin, righteousness, and judgment to come have been completely omitted. Proverbs 20:6 says, Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness. Just about everyone thinks they are a good person, but are you? If you murder someone you are a murder, rape someone you are a rapist, lie you are a liar. Most think that God should punish murders and rapist, but few think He should punish liars. Why? It is because they havent raped or murdered but they have lied and they do not want to be punished. They are justifying themselves. If you look at just a few of the Ten Commandments you will see that you are not as good as you think you are. When men dont know they are guilty before God so they just shape Jesus into something they want Him to be. When men dont think they need right-standing with God, they dont think they need the Jesus of the Bible, so they make their own god to reflect their own interests. Their interests in most cases, as I stated before, are money, success, and popularity.
The beginning of Christianity is seeing you are guilty before God, repenting of sin, and allowing Christ to live in and through you or in other words letting Him be Lord over your life. Notice I said the beginning, it is not the end, but it is the first step in a walk with God. If you come to Christ, I cant promise you a new car, a new house, or monetary gain, but I can promise you right standing with God. Proverbs 11:4 says, Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Christianity is not man centered, but Christ centered. Matthew 16:24 says, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.