Christendom

January 31, 2017

Christendom

Christendom is a word that includes almost everything that falls under the name of Christianity. Christianity has made a tremendous impact on the world in the 2000 years that it has existed. It all began because Jesus Christ proved that he was a supernatural being by raising from the dead. I Corinthians 15:6 tells us that he was seen after his resurrection by over 500 people at once. “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.” The evidence was so overwhelming that the unbelieving world couldn’t deny it.

Jesus disciples went out and spread the word, not just that he rose from the dead as he said he would. Their message was that Christ died a sacrificial death for the sins of the world. The Apostle Paul, in I Timothy 1:15, said “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” That message was propagated far and wide because Jesus disciples obeyed the command of the Apostle Paul given in II Timothy 2:2. “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” They established churches. The churches trained the believers and sent them out to spread the good news of the gospel.

Over the centuries the teaching of Christianity has been altered again and again. Sometimes it has been abbreviated to make it more appealing to those who don’t want to submit to all the demands God places on his followers. Sometimes things have been added that aren’t found in the Bible. They are things like infant baptism and the mechanical repetition of prayers. Some Christians objected to these alterations, but those who practiced them were still called Christians.

As the face of Christianity changed, even the fringe groups still were included in what came to be called Christendom. As long as ones religion gave some recognition to Christ it was included in Christendom.

In great measure Christianity has lost its impact and influence over the world because it has been spread so thin. If your brand of Christianity demands little of you it will make little impact on your life. Those who know you won’t see anything in you that sets you apart from the rest of the world.

If neighbors and friends drop in right when it is time for the evening meal, the house wife can always add more water to the soup and make it serve everyone. The soup has lost its flavor and nutrition, but it’s still soup. That is what Christendom is. It is a Christianity that is spread so thin that there is little of the real thing in it. That is why genuine Christians have to speak of genuine biblical Christianity.

Is your Christianity the real thing, or does it just have a few elements of Christianity in it? Don’t be content with a boiled down or imitation of genuine Christianity. It won’t get you anywhere or do anything for you.

There is room for some disagreement among Christians, but there is one thing that all should agree on. That is that the only way to become a child of God, and qualify for a home in heaven, is by trusting fully and only in the finished work of Christ on the cross for our forgiveness and acceptance by God. There is no need for disagreement about that because the message of the Bible is sufficiently clear. We read in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Again, in Titus 3:5 it says “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Just being included in Christendom isn’t enough. You need to be included in the family of God. John 1:12 tells us that we need to believe in Christ to be included in the family of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Have you become part of God’s family by trusting in Christ as your Savior?

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