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Everywhere I look I see a Christianity being taught and practiced in which the main, central ingredient of Christianity is missing

When I look about me it seems to me that everywhere I look I see a Christianity being taught and practiced in which the main, central ingredient of Christianity is missing. I look at different denominations and it is all the same. If you take a medicine in which the active ingredient is missing, it won’t do you any good. The same is true of Christianity. What is this main ingredient of Christianity that seems to be missing in all the denominations? It is the deliberate and conscious implementation of the principles that Jesus taught in our daily lives: the principles of meekness, humility, avoiding strife and argument, peacefulness, forgiveness, honesty, integrity, morality, virtue, goodness, etc. The ministers don’t preach the importance of following the teachings of Jesus, the importance of obedience to God in living righteous, upright, moral, good lives, and congregations come to equate Christianity to other things and not it. The preachers may preach the importance of “getting saved”, going to church, giving money to the church, soul-winning, being active in the church, etc. but they don’t talk about the importance of implementing the teachings of Jesus in one’s life. A preacher may spend the most of almost every sermon talking about the importance of “getting saved”, “being saved”, but he never talks about the importance of leading an upright, chaste, good life. The implication is that being a Christian is all about satisfying some formula for “getting saved”, that there is no more to being a Christian than that. I think this leads to high sham, self-deception and foolishness. People go to church, enjoy the singing of the religious songs (in some churches, maybe get carried away by a lot of hypnotic musical rhythm), endure a long, boring sermon that says little and doesn’t make much sense, become active in the church, and think they are Christians. Being a true Christian is a highly personal thing involving a personal commitment to God along with a good knowledge of the Bible, reflection, self-examination, possible changes in personal habits and outlook, upright living, self-discipline. It is not some group activity that you do in a church.

People, in general, are amazingly naive and gullible. Everywhere you look you see them believing a whole lot of foolishness emanating from some pulpit. The become avid followers of some handsome, smooth-talking, hypnotic preacher; foolish victims of some twisted version of Christianity. And in their daily lives they are no different than the rest of the world. They hear the Devil’s tune, they like it, and they dance to it. Why not? It is such a beautiful tune and everyone else is dancing to it.

What would you call a type of Christianity in which the main ingredient is missing? How about the term sham Christianity? Do you think that term would be appropriate?

Nov 2017

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