Being a Biblical Christian

This is from the 2nd sermon my husband gave on having a biblical worldview.

Two things are important if we are to be biblical Christians.  First, we must understand and admit to the total sovereignty of God over His whole creation –including us.  Far to many people don’t do that.  I contend that one of the main reasons for our failure to admit God’s rule over our lives is our sinful desire to deny the truth of election  (see         –in other words, we want to believe we have some part to play in our salvation and having convinced ourselves of that, we then begin to think that if I’m in control of my salvation because I’ve made a decision for Christ, then I also have the right to determine which parts of Scripture I’m going to follow and what I can ignore or deny.

While few people express themselves that clearly, study after study has shown that is precisely how many who call themselves Christians think and act.  I want to turn our attention to the 12th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:1-2

Paul doesn’t begin with an order to people, because he expects Christians to want to live their lives in a holy and acceptable way.  Luther says of this verse:

“For he who does it (presents his life this way) not willingly, solely as a result of admonition, he is no Christian.”

In other words, Paul is speaking here to believers and he is saying that he knows this is how you want to live — as a living sacrifice.  You do not do it out of some desire to appear good to the world, or to earn credit with God, you offer yourself as a sacrifice because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall be saved.

The Apostle then shows us what it means in our day to day lives — we won’t conform to the world, but we will be transformed by the renewal of our minds.

To be continued …..

For more on sacrificial living see:

Living Sacrifice

What is a God Pleasing Sacrifice?

Be Transformed

 

The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel–Book Review

If you pick up this book thinking that Craig Groeschel is writing about those other people, well — WRONG.  It’s aimed at most of us, people who call themselves Christian.  People who may even go to church, serve in ministry and contribute regularly.

According to Pastor Groeschel, you may be a Christian Atheist when:

  • You believe in God, but don’t really know Him
  • You believe in God, but are ashamed of your past
  •  You believe in God, but aren’t sure He loves you
  •  You believe in God, but not in prayer
  •  You believe in God, but don’t think He’s fair
  •  You believe in God, but won’t forgive
  •  You believe in God, but don’t think you can change
  •  You believe in God, but still worry all the time
  •  You believe in God, but pursue happiness at any cost
  •  You believe in God, but trust more in money
  •  You believe in God, but don’t share your faith
  •  You believe in God, but not in His church

If you’re anything like me, you’ll recognize yourself in at least some of the categories.  It boils down to saying you are a Christian while not living like one (at least in certain areas of your life).

As you can imagine, the book was quite challenging ( a good choice for Lent when we are meant to be examining ourselves in light of the sacrifice of Christ).                                                                                                                                                      I agreed with most of what Pastor Groeschel has to say, with the exception of some issues in the section on prayer.  He says that the way we live (our righteousness) and the depth of our faith is “one factor that makes a difference” in whether our prayers are heard and answered.  He does qualify that with:

“That doesn’t mean that if you’re mostly righteous, God must do everything you ask him to do exactly as you say.  It also doesn’t mean that if you are a total mess, God will never answer your prayers.”

So it’s a bit unclear.  I can see that the more righteous one is, the more their prayers will line up with God’s will, and therefore, more likely to be answered positively.  However, as my pastor husband would say, this is a slippery slope.  In praying we form a relationship with God, we don’t influence Him.  The only prayer that will never fail is “thy will be done.” (see The Prayer that Never Fails).

VERDICT:  4 STARS.  Worth reading and pondering

For a book on a similar topic visit this link:

Sick of Me – Book Review

Sick of Me by Whitney Capps–Book Review #2