Monday, February 23, 2009

Christians vs. Followers of Jesus Christ (Disciples)

Believers and nonbelievers alike understand that the basis of "Christianity" is rooted in the belief and faith in the life and works of Jesus Christ. A bit of knowledge for those of you that do not know in the Book if Acts to be called a "Christian" was not a compliment but was a derogartory identifier to label those that followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. I personally feel that too much emphasis has been placed on being a Christian and NOT a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. In my mind, these are two distinct things. You may be labeled a Christian based on what you profess to believe from and intellectual stand point but unless we lived as He lived, all that is done is done in vain.

Christians have allowed themselves to be deceived as to what kind of life they were called to whereas followers of Jesus Christ seek to live as Jesus lived. (1 John 2:6) To do as Jesus did. We have to seek and pursue holiness as a way of life and not merely as an option. 1 Peter 1:13 says that we are to be holy because He is holy and if we are to called to be imitators of Christ then what else can we or should we claim or strive to be?

Rashid and I were talking last night and it can get reather frustrating and discouraging when our brothers and sisters in Christ miss this point. Its almost as if the cross of Jesus Christ is taken for granted and the people that claim to follow Him live by a strange set of beliefs that they mistake for Biblical but is really a perversion of the truth. I don't want to sound as if I am judging because I remember there was a point in my life where I willfully sinned against God knowing the truth but this is what makes me so adamant about this. I realized the EXTREME error in my way and only want other believers to come to that same realization.

It is so important that we are being taught correctly in church and that we study God's Word for the correct understanding of scripture for all scripture is God breathed and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. We really have to get the Word and understand the Word so we can live the Word and be like the Word........

We have really got to get this because there will come a time when the truth ceases to be taught and you have to be able to stand on whatever foundation was laid and if that foundation was not Christ and Christ alone like it says in 1 Corinthians 1...when the fire comes it will be burned up.

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