The Lord Of Hosts

November 27, 2015

                                    The Lord Of Hosts

Some 261 times In the Bible God is called “The Lord of Hosts.”  The word “hosts” is a translation of the Hebrew word “sabaoth” which means armies.  It may have reference to the hosts of angels who do God’s bidding.

Some reject the God of the Bible since his name “The Lord Of Hosts” identifies him with war. They refuse to believe that a good God would order the annihilation of men, women and children in war.  Some unbelievers use that as an excuse for rejecting God.  There needs to be some clarification and explanation of God’s relationship with military conflicts.

There are two reasons that God had for wiping out the inhabitants of a country.  Deuteronomy 18:10-12 revels one of them.  “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,    or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.    For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

God is merciful and patient, but there is a limit to his patience.  Genesis 6:3 says, “And the LORD said, my spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” In Isaiah 43:7 God tells us what his reason was for making man.  “Every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”  If God is our maker, doesn’t he have a right to do what he wants to with us?  In Matthew 20:15 Jesus asks the question “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?”  God made us to give him glory.  If a group of people persist in living contrary to nature and are bringing shame and disgrace on their maker, he should have the right to destroy them.

When God ordered his people to go to war, he ordered them to slay men, women, and children.  I Samuel 15:3 says, “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”  His reason for that was that both men and women were guilty of the abominations that are named.  Rather than leave the children as orphans, with no one to care for them, they were also slain.  We have good reason to believe that children who die, before they reach the age of accountability, go directly to heaven.

Another reason why God destroyed in mass the inhabitants of a country was to provide a place for his people.  He wiped out the inhabitants of Canaan and gave the land to Israel.  Ezra 9:11 tells us something about the Canaanites.  “The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.” History and archeology confirm the wickedness of their culture and religion.

No one wants war.  It is a terrible thing, but sometimes there is no other recourse.  The web page “” has an explanation about God and war. The following is taken from an article entitled “What does the Bible say about killing in war?”  “Throughout the Bible, warfare is presented as a grim reality in a cursed world.  There are forces of evil that must be stopped, and bloodshed is sometimes the result.  Whether a Christian should serve in the military is a matter of one’s own conscience, but killing an armed combatant in the context of warfare is not sinful in itself.  There is a time and season for everything, including war.” Ecclesiastes 3:8 says, “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”                                   [i]

Sometimes we are tempted to judge God.  If he suddenly takes the life of a young father and leaves his wife and children, we may ask why?  We might also ask, why does God permit wars?  We must recognize that there are things we have to leave with God.  God has a right to judge us, but we don’t have a right to judge him.  That might seem unfair to some, but if we accept God for who he is, we also accept what he does.

Ezequiel 18:4 tells us “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  God has a right to take our life at any time and in any way.  It is more alarming when it happens in a holocaust and thousands of lives are snuffed out at once.

All of us are going to die.  Only God knows when and under what circumstances.  That which should concern us is that we be ready.  Jesus died on the cross to make it possible for God to forgive us of our sins.  We need to ask God to forgive us and make us a child of his.  With that, we have the assurance of a place in heaven where there will be no more wars nor tears.  This wicked world will be left behind.  Make peace with God so you can be assured that you will be there.  John 1:12 says, “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.”

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Christianity Is Relevant II

November 17, 2015

                     Christianity Is Relevant II

Yes, Christianity is relevant, but not just any kind of Christianity.  There is much that goes under the name of Christianity, but it is Christianity in name only.  It is a Christianity that doesn’t have the power to transform lives.  It is an empty ritualistic religion that leaves people feeling good about themselves.  It is made up of people who make their appearance in church on Sunday morning.  They put a pittance in the offering plate and think they have completed with their obligation to God.  That kind of Christianity justifies some who say “Christianity isn’t relevant.”

There are still those who practice what is called genuine Christianity.  They may be ridiculed by others who call themselves Christians.  They are called fundamentalists, puritanical, or extremists.  They are Christians who take seriously their relationship with God.   Genuine Christians get their feeling of self-worth from what God has done for them  At the same time, they are grieved by the fact that they fall short of being all that God has a right to expect of them.  Most of them set aside time each day to pray, read the Bible, and seek God’s will for their lives.  They are members of churches where the Bible is still clearly preached and where they meet regularly for corporate prayer.

Genuine biblical Christianity exhorts people to live “soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”(Titus 2:12).  It motivates people to be concerned about the well-being of the people around them.  That concern is not just for their material needs.  They are also concerned about their spiritual needs.  They too have struggled with temptation and know the destructive power of sin.  James 1:14-15 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”  That motivates true Christians to talk to their neighbors and friends about the transforming power of Christ who can give people victory over sin and fulfilment in life.  John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” If you have found life in abundance you just naturally want to tell others about it.

Those who are living a consistent Christian life can testify to the fact that they are enjoying the following:

Peace:  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Joy:  “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).

Hope:  “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;   And patience, experience; and experience, hope:   And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:3-5).

Comfort:  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;   Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (II Corinthians 1:3-4).

Love: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22).  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” (Ephesians 2:4).

Power to resist and overcome sin:  “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3).

Those who are enjoying these things will not be convinced that Christianity isn’t relative.

Those who say “Christianity isn’t relative” may mean that it isn’t relevant to our culture.  If so, they are right.  Christianity has never been relevant to the culture.  The first century church prospered in spite of the fact that the prevailing culture demanded that the emperor be worshiped.  Christianity doesn’t teach us to conform to the culture in which we live.  To the contrary, consistent Christian living often demands that we cast off cultural practices that aren’t consistent with godliness.  The first missionaries who arrived in India had to confront the cultural practice that demanded that when a man died his body should be burnt on a funeral pyre and that his wife be burnt alive with his body.

Biblical Christians submit themselves to the law of God.  That, in no way, makes them a menace to society.  To the contrary, they contribute to a peaceful and prosperous society.  They are given discernment to see that the ideologies of men often bring societies to ruin.  There was a time when Christians in Rome had to live in the catacombs, because the society around them was so wicked that they couldn’t live the Christian life in public.

Our society is becoming increasing more permissive as to immoral behavior.  People everywhere are suffering because of addictions, infidelity and indolence.

If you say “Christianity isn’t relevant,” you might be right if by that you mean that it isn’t relative to the culture.  It never has been and never will be.  You might also be right if you are talking about a watered down, decrepit version of Christianity that asks almost nothing of its followers and contributes little or nothing to society.  You are wrong, however, if you are talking about genuine Christianity.  I encourage you to make it your version of Christianity.  Seek out a church that encourages you to live the Christian life the way it was meant to be lived, and that makes a concerted effort to share the gospel with those in the community.  If you do, you will have much to gain, and nothing to lose. 

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Christianity is Relevant I

November 17, 2015

                                  Christianity Is Relevant I

We frequently hear or read that Christianity isn’t relevant.  Children are often taught that in our public schools.  If they aren’t directly told that, they give them that impression when they say “You can’t always go by what the Bible says.”

When people say that Christianity isn’t relevant they seldom go on to explain what they mean by it.  If you look up the word “relevant” in the dictionary you are apt to find that it says “relating to the matter at hand.” The question then is, what is the matter at hand?

When you say “Christianity isn’t relevant” you leave a negative thought in the mind of your hearers regarding Christianity.  There is a concerted effort in our day to discredit Christianity.

The first attempt to convert Russia to communism failed because the people rejected it.  Later thinkers, like Antonio Gromisci, realized that it wasn’t accepted because after nearly 2000 years of Christianity people wouldn’t accept an ideology that was going to bereft them of freedom. Their advice then was that Christianity must be discredited in the minds of people before they would accept a philosophy like communism.  For good reason, people have lost respect for communism.  Now the economic ideology that is being promoted is socialism.  It is similar to communism.  It too is not compatible with Christianity.  To make it acceptable Christianity is being discredited.  That is why we are being told that Christianity isn’t relevant.

We do well to follow the example of Solomon in the Bible.  He is often considered the wisest man the world has ever known.  In the book of Ecclesiastes, which he wrote, more than once it says that he considered.  That word in the Hebrew means he saw and took heed.  Ecclesiastes 4:1 says, “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.”

We need to consider what the results are of our modern culture.  Any who open their eyes to what the cultural revolution is doing to our society can’t help but see that it isn’t good.  Teen suicides are rapidly increasing.  There are school shootings, drug abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse, violent crime, prisons filled and promiscuity.  Why are so few concerned about that?  Shouldn’t we be saying, “Our culture isn’t relevant”?

Naturalism is the prevailing view in our day.  By that is meant that only scientific truth is objective.  Many are deceived, however, by pseudo-science.  There is much that goes under the name of science that is nothing more than theory.  Evolution, for example, is taught in school in the science class, but it is just a theory.  Many have been led to believe that science has proven that Christianity is incorrect.  Naturalism can’t answer important questions like how did life begin?  Neither does it give us a satisfactory explanation as to why we are here and where we are going after death.  Christians accept what the Bible says about these things.  Contrary to what many believe, science hasn’t proven the Bible to be in error.

Biblical Christianity provides a moral structure that is made possible by moral laws.  It gives purpose to life.  Patrick Buchanan, in his book “The Death Of The West,” says on page 179 “A people without religion will in the end find that they have nothing to live for.” I would point out that not just any religion will do.  Biblical Christianity   provides a moral structure for society and a reason for living.

To learn what Christianity has to offer please go on to read my second article “Christianity Is Relevant” II


Christianity Under Attack

February 9, 2013

Christianity Under Attack

            It grieves me to hear people criticize Christianity.  Christianity has made a tremendous contribution to our society.  It would be easy to write off all the critics of Christianity and say they are demoralized foes of that which is right and good.  There is need of tolerance, however, because often they aren’t really criticizing genuine biblical Christianity.  Please understand that not everything that goes under the name of “Christianity” is genuine Christianity.  In this article we are going to examine some of the criticisms of Christianity and plead for sound reasoning.

There are those who say “Christians preach love, but they fight among themselves.”  As we said, not everything that goes under the name of “Christianity” is biblical Christianity.  There are thousands of splinter groups.  Some are reasonably close to the real thing and some are far removed.  Some groups call themselves “Christians” but they have added other writings to the Bible that they accept as equally authoritative, or even superior, to the Bible.  Some examples are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, and the Seventh Day Adventists. The Catholics have their tradition that often trumps Biblical revelation.  Genuine Christianity doesn’t accept any authority apart from the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:   And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”


When people say we fight among ourselves, it’s an exaggeration.  It’s true, we disagree, but I have never heard of Christian groups attacking one another with clubs, stones, knives or guns.  Often churches teach classes on what is call the “false cults.” It is never done belligerently.  It’s just a matter of saying “Here is where we disagree.”

We have a right, even an obligation, to defend the truth.  II John 7-11 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.    Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:    For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” Also in Revelation 2:2 we read “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” We need to know how to defend the truth in love.

One time we were in a worship service when a little neighbor boy came in and started going down the aisle passing out literature from a false cult.  We didn’t pick him up by the seat of his pants and throw him out the window.  We kindly showed him to the door and informed him that what he was doing was out of order.  II Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Let’s suppose that someone is attending a good Bible believing church.  All at once he leaves the church and goes out and starts teaching some false doctrine.  What can the church do about it?  Is there a law that says he can’t do that?  No, there is nothing the church can do.  Things like this explain the presence of multiple splinter groups.  The fact that they exist is not a fault of Christianity.  It is what is allowed to happen when we have freedom of religion.  We vote to keep freedom of religion, even though it allows for diversity of beliefs.

Some say that Christians are guilty of polluting the environment.  This, at best, is faulty reasoning and an unjust criticism of Christianity. This criticism most often comes from environmentalists who are on a crusade to save the universe.  This is the way they reason.

  1.  Industry pollutes the atmosphere
  2. The United States is the most industrialized country in the world.
  3. The United States has the highest concentration of people who claim to be Christians.
  4. Therefore Christians are guilty of polluting the atmosphere.

The truth is that China is rapidly becoming the most industrialize country in the world.  Can we assume that if that happens, us Christians will no longer be guilty?

The driving force of Christianity has been, and always should be, the salvation of souls who are lost in sin.  The result is that they are controlled by passions that bring them into defeat and disgrace.  Christianity has never been a force to save the environment.  Christianity does, however, promote clean living.  Genuine Christians aren’t the ones who are throwing beer cans in the street and polluting the air in public places with cigarette smoke.

Another criticism we sometimes hear is that Christianity is a hindrance to progress.  That criticism nearly always comes from those who have a distorted view of what is progress.  There are an increasing number of people whose ideology is that science and technology is capable of bringing about a utopia.  Their theory is that the decision making power should be in the hands of a few elite and everyone else should be in subjection to them. Those who give assent to this ideology are most often opponents to Christianity.  Christians give allegiance to God, not to some government officials who claim to have superior knowledge about what is best for people.

Most often these self-styled “experts” are just seeking power over others, and they really aren’t concerned about the wellbeing of people.  They take away human liberty and replace it with tyranny.  Social and emotional problems are rapidly increasing.  The Christian gospel frees men from the bondage of sin which is the cause of many social and emotional problems.  Christians can see that as a centralized authority gains power, they themselves will lose their liberty to make their own decisions.

Another criticism we sometimes hear is that Christians refuse to accept the advancement of knowledge and technology. There is what the Bible calls “science falsely so called.” “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” ( I Timothy 6:20). There are dogmas, taught as science, when they are nothing more than theories.  The theory of evolution is a classic example.  It will never be anything more than a theory because there is no way to prove it.  Christians choose to accept the theory of creation.  Yes, it’s also a theory because it can’t be proven.  It is accepted by Christians for two reasons.  The first reason is that, to believe that  the material universe is the product of intelligent design, is much more reasonable than to believe that it’s the product of chance.  The second reason why it’s accepted by Christians is because it is taught in the Bible.

Numerous advancements in technology have been made by Christians.  The following are a few examples.

  •  Robert Boyle was a dedicated Christian.  He contributed a considerable sum of money to make it possible to translate the Bible in several languages.  He is one of the fathers of modern chemistry. He was one of the first to express in concise terms the law of compressed gas.
  • George Washington Carver was a believer who never hesitated to confess his faith in Christ.  He contributed much to the prosperity of agriculture in the United States. He taught farmers how to grow cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans.  To facilitate the production of peanuts he discovered 300 products that could be made from them.
  • Louis Pasteur was a Christian who accepted the Bible as the revelation of God. He discovered that many diseases were caused by microscopic germs.  He discovered the process of pasteurization to kill germs.
  • Other Christian scientists could be mentioned such as Issac Newton, Jonnas Kelper, and Michael Faraday.  They made significant contributions to scientific advancement.

It’s unfortunate that the critics of Christianity are quick to find faults, but are often blind to all the good that Christianity has done and continues to do.  It appears that critics of Christianity aren’t good at doing research.  Statistics show that charitable giving is highest in states where there is a high concentration of Christians and lower in states with fewer Christians.

Don’t be bothered, my friend, by what you hear from the critics of Christianity.  They are blind to the benefits that they too have received from the influence Christianity has had.  Many are confused about what is good for humanity.  I invite you to join me, and others, in the “defense and confirmation of the gospel” (Philippians 1:7).  I Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”


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Reasons For Being A Baptist

August 10, 2012

Reasons For Being A Baptist

            Unless you have a good reason for being a Baptist you are in danger of being carried off by some wind of doctrine as it says in Ephesians 4:14-15.  “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;   But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” We need to know what we believe and why.  The following are some weak reasons for being a Baptist.

1.  My parents were Baptist so I grew up in a Baptist church.  They taught me these beliefs and, I guess I never found any good reason for changing my beliefs.

2.  Some people from a Baptist church came by my house at a time when I was troubled and distressed.  They were kind to me and met my need.  They invited me to their church.  When I went they showed me love.

3.  I’m a Baptist because the people in one of their church gave me food and clothing when I was without work.  I was thankful for what they did for me.  I have stayed with them because I’m sure they will help me again if I ever need it.

4.  I’m a Baptist because the pastor always gives me good advice when I have to make important decisions.  He always takes time for me.

5.  I’m a Baptist because I like the songs they sing and the way they sing them.  I also like the way they conduct their worship services.

All of these may be reasons why you find yourself in a Baptist church, but they are not good reasons for keeping you there.  As soon as you find another type of church that offers more of what you want, you may go there.

My reason for being a Baptist is, first of all, because they have the reputation of being the group that is most allied to biblical teaching.  I want to know and do the will of God.  I need the support of other believers who feel the same way.  In Baptist churches I most often find believers who have high respect for the Word of God and are trying to put it into practice.

Another reason I have for being a Baptist is that they have a history of being faithful followers of Christ, even in times of persecution.  They weren’t fanatics when they paid the extreme sacrifice of their own lives to stay true to their faith in Christ and in the Bible.  They were champions in fighting for and winning religious liberty.  If we aren’t willing to follow their example in promoting and defending biblical truth, we may lose the liberty we have.

Unfortunately not everything that goes under the name Baptist is biblical.  In our day there are those who call themselves Baptists, but what they are teaching and practicing is not what our Baptist forefathers believed and practiced.  Some have been carried away on the winds of culture.  They are more concerned about offering people what they want and not what they need.  That which will draw a crowd takes precedence over what is biblical or Christ like.  Their churches are filled with weak, worldly Christians.  I don’t feel comfortable in their churches.

I want to make it clear that I don’t think Baptists are the only ones who are going to heaven or that only Baptists will be included in the Bride of Christ.  I know some dynamic Christians who are not Baptists.  I have good fellowship with them and I wish them God’s best.  If you are in a church that consistently preaches and teaches God’s Word and encourages believers to be obedient to God’s commands, don’t leave it.  If you aren’t happy with your church, I encourage you to look for a good Baptist church.  Be selective.  As I said, not all that goes under the name Baptist is biblical and God honoring.  You will need discernment.  God has promised to give it to us in Hebrews 5:14.  “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

May I remind you that you will never find a perfect church because they are composed of imperfect people.  The best we can do is seek out the church in our community that we believe most accurately and consistently preaches and teaches God’s Word.  If it so happens that it isn’t a Baptist church, so be it.  That’s where you belong.


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Undesirable Baggage

June 27, 2012

Undesirable Baggage

            The genuine Christian is often disgraced because of undesirable baggage.  We are almost always surrounded by people who profess to be Christians, but their life style doesn’t show any evidence of it.  It’s even worse when they do dishonorable things in the name of Christianity.  Those who are seeking to discredit Christianity are quick to call attention to disgraceful Christian conduct.  They tend to be blind to the virtues of Christianity.  Through the centuries God’s people have faced this problem.

When we study the history of Christianity we find a great amount of undesirable baggage.  Part of it consists in a deviation from biblical doctrine.  Critics of Christianity like to point out the doctrinal disagreements among Christians.  The critics refuse to recognize it, but it is really a virtue because there are those who defend biblical doctrine.

In the history of the crusades the critics find no end of iniquity.  The crusades deal with a period of time when the Vatican inspired a great number of Catholics to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to rescue it from the Muslims.  Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in what was a futile effort.  Those who loved God and were true to his Word had no part in the crusades.

It’s a serious mistake to try to evaluate genuine Christianity by studying  it’s 2000 years of history. Innumerable mistakes have been made.  Authentic Christians are embarrassed by much that has been done in the name of Christianity.  Many imprudent acts have been committed by overzealous, ignorant leaders.  Genuine Christians have never condoned those acts.

It’s unfortunate, but if one seeks to find true Christianity he often has to make a diligent effort to find it.  Not everything that falls under the name of Christianity is in agreement with what the Bible teaches.  It’s best that we don’t  put our confidence in religious groups that say “We have genuine Christianity” or  “we are the true church.”  Groups that make such statements are often called cults.  To get to the roots of genuine Christianity we have to study the Bible.  Isaiah 8:20 says “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”  The best we can do is to identify with the group that appears to be closest to the truth.  Jesus said “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  He also said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).


We have all made mistakes.  We want people to overlook our mistakes and not characterize us by them.  The fact that something has been done, or even that it continues to be done in the name of Christianity, doesn’t mean that it is approved by all Christians.


Unfortunately it’s true that there are hypocrites in nearly every church.  It’s not uncommon to hear people say “Christians are hypocrites.”  Hypocrites in the church leave us with undesirable baggage.  We need to accept the challenge to live in such a way that the people around us will have no legitimate reason for thinking we are just another hypocrite.

If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior, please don’t reject him because of negative things you may hear or read about Christianity.  Genuine Christianity has a glorious history of good that it has done.  The fact that some bad things have been done is no reason for rejecting everything.  We are not responsible for what others think, say or do.  The best we can do to refute them is to live a pure Christian life before them.  They can’t speak against that.


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