Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cheap Christianity


“There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough-a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice-which costs nothing, and is worth nothing.”  

- JC Ryle

Beware of today's modern version of Christianity. One that accepts all sin, one that does not offend the sin or the sinner.

Lest we offend someone and the sin that is their idol. We would not be accepting enough, we would not be loving enough. We love them, not their sin. This is what Christ died for. He loves us, but redeems us from our sin.

“Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just. Such a God is an idol of your own.”  JC Ryle

Lest we offend someone that the media and Hollywood and the latest fads do not dictate our lifestyle. The word of God dictates our lifestyle.

“Be very sure of this,-people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment.”  JC Ryle

Lest we offend someone that materialism does not drive us. Our house remodels, our cars, our latest smart phone does not determine our days. It's not what drives us. The love of Christ is.

Lest we offend someone that we teach our children the word of God. We desire for them to walk God's path, not the deceiving one laid out so appealing by the enemy.

“Better to confess Christ 1000 times now and be despised by men, than be disowned by Christ before God on the day of Judgment.” JC Ryle
Lest we offend someone we want to spend time with our family, that we love our children and our spouse and that God gave them to us to love on.

Lest we offend someone that we do not put things in our hearts and minds that are deceitful and wicked. We carefully determine what is taken in and what is shut out. We determine what we participate in and what we do not. We don't need to say "yes" to everything this world tries to offer.

“Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word.” JC Ryle

Lest we seem to offend by taking the path less traveled and by not being mainstream, popular, or becoming gluttons of this world
Do not be concerned with "offending" this world. It will pass away.
“Laughter, ridicule, opposition and persecution are often the only reward which Christ’s followers get from the world.”  JC Ryle
Lest we be concerned with offending God, not man. He is eternal. He is the great "I AM."
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! Matthew 7:21-23
"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master." Matthew 25:21


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