What the Early Christians Believed About Separation from the World (YouTube link below)
How far do you think the Church has wandered from it’s roots? Is the Christianity practiced today the same as the Early Church? The church today is suffering from exactly what we see in society, if we are looking closely – too many choices. What once was a relatively simple world with easier, and fewer, choices has been transformed into a choice-identity driven society. If you are a this, then you have to believe this. If you are a that, then you have to believe that. While that type of thinking was o.k. for the church for the longest time, because you knew what you would get (you are either saved or you are not, you either believer in the Bible and practice it, or you don’t), it doesn’t hold up in today’s world. And to make matters worse, the lines for today’s choices are so easily blurred that they have become choice-identities inside of choice-identities. For example, you can pick your gender and subscribe to the definitions of that gender. If you don’t like those definitions, you can create a new name for gender and new definitions. You can pick one or several and identify as anything you want.
Today there are too many choices, too many hybrids, too many Oreos. Oreos? Yes. Thirty years ago you went to the grocery store to get food and you had maybe one choice for a product and maybe an alternative from another company. I don’t think even Oreos had but one choice back then. Today, you have a multitude of options, and usually several alternatives. Even Oreos have about 8-10 options. Worldly society is now based on a choice-identity system. And it’s easy to get caught up in it. But is has been filtering into the Church for many years. That was actually an easy progression as the division of, and even inside of, churches has been prevalent in America for a very long time. Now the worldly subjectivity is front and center in what people call the Church. Gay preachers in some denominations, gay musicians in churches in America. A translation of the Bible called the Queen James Bible.
Christianity is definitely suffering for it, and not in a good way. True Christianity offers only one choice – accept Jesus the Messiah for who He is – our Lord. Believe in Him as the Word of God says. Repent of your sins and follow the Lord by separating yourself from the world. All those teachings are found in the Bible. No room for subjectivity. And yet, that is what we have today, certainly in American churches. A subjective Christianity. All types of flavors to choose from, and almost all of them wrong. If I had to guess I would say that most people who profess a belief in Christianity aren’t Christians. Fundamentally, their decision to convert to Christianity was based on misinformation. Many of these converts were part of the “come as you are” crowd. That is not Christianity. While Jesus will take you “as you are,” you have to come with a repentant heart and a willingness and desire to follow the new way of life. After all, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away, all things have become new. If you are still hanging on to the old stuff, the old friends, the old lifestyle, the old beliefs, well – you weren’t born again.
In this new world choice-identity world, among the so-called Christian community, it isn’t just simply a matter of believing in the Bible, now it’s a choice as to what you want to believe. The obvious problem with that type of thinking is that it is from the Devil and nothing but deception. It isn’t Christianity. You don’t get to pick and choose what you can believe as it relates to the Word of God.
For example you can’t say you are a Christian, a follower of Jesus the Messiah, and you believe in the Word of God and then say you are a Democrat. Democratic politics and biblical Christianity are mutually exclusive – you can’t believe one and the other. The Democratic Party Platform is in direct opposition to many standards outlined in the Bible. It is borderline pure evil. And the Republican Party, while expressing at the very least some degree of freedom for Christianity, it is almost just as bad. Don’t forget that Roe v. Wade (the abortion decision in 1973) was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court with a 7-2 decision in favor of a woman’s right to choose, or essentially allowing abortion. That Court was most a conservative appointed court. One of the opposing votes was actually from a Democrat. This is the Devil’s world, lock, stock, and barrel. And until you figure that out and start acting appropriately by separating yourself from the world you cannot be a successful Christian in the eyes of God.
The YouTube video linked below (and here) is a must see for any serious Christian who desires to understand his role as a Christian. Very few Christians will ever experience their proper role and relationship as the goal posts defining Christianity have moved so far that the original playing field can no longer be seen. This video takes an in-depth look at the Early Church and its relationship to the world. From the beginning of the Church, two thousand years ago, until now, it seems quite clear that no one would have ever been in a better position to understand with authority the role the Church was to play in relation to the world. The reason is quite clear. They heard everything from direct eyewitnesses to the Apostles (or in some cases the Apostles themselves) who laid the foundation of teaching as to what the Church was to be and how it was to conduct itself.