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False imagery of Christians


This has become one of the main tools of those in the TV and motion picture industry. What is really sad is that so many buy into it. Mainly, because they have not been exposed to any true from of Christianity. This is one of the effects that is the result of removing God from the school systems and off of the streets.
In a recent show I was watching that was a BBC production. The lead character described a so called “Christian” couple as cultic. They then proceeded to show them as sexually deviant as well as liars and thieves. Since Christianity on whole is on a mass decline not only within Great Britain, but all of Europe. There are other factors involved here, but that is a topic for another time. People are buying the bill of goods they are being sold. Just for the record, being Christian and being married doesn’t mean the couples refrain from sex. If they love each other then they will make love, gee and they may even do it in the woods….. As long as they thought they were totally alone, that is. Being “Christian” is not becoming prudish as is another image that is being shoved upon the masses. Christians are ordinary people, living ordinary lives. Those that truly follow the teaching of the Bible, just have respect for all others that equates to a version of common courtesy.
This imagery of portraying those that decide to follow God as something that is lower, something that is perverted, and something that is base and sickening. These are the tools of those that in actuality are afraid and scared. I wish to show you 2 Peter 2 and show you has those of the world and false teachers, those that deny God, behave:
1 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the Day of Judgment. 5 And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood. 6 Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day. 9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment. 10 He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling. 11 But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the Lord a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings. 12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. 13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. 14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse. 15 They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. 16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice. 17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. 18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
These verses reflect people not only in the times this letter was written, but have those within the TV and motion picture industry today. They are also false teachers for they have perverted the ways of righteousness in the ways and teachings of the Lord. Which true Christians strive to follow as best they can.
Christianity is not a threat to true civilization, it is the opposite. Those that are a threat to civilization are those that see Christianity as something that is to be seen as sordid, and despicable. For deep down inside within their own souls a part of them knows the real truth, and it scares them to a point that they must lash out at that which is a threat to what they see as their happiness. Even though this so-called happiness will lead to an eternal and undying sorrow.

A false image


Many, even those within Christendom itself have a misconstrued image of how being a Christian is.
Many think that you go to church once a week, sing a few songs, and say a few prayers and you are set to go to heaven.
Others have this image that being a Christian is a carefree existence of not caring for anything but themselves.
Another image is one of superiority to all that do not accept Christ and if you do not you are to be looked down upon.
I will start with the last few first. This image is as many images of those that do not know or truly understand what is required to be a servant of God placed upon followers of Jesus. Why this is, is mainly due to those that do not truly know the truth projecting their own way of thinking and how they view the world and those in it upon how others cultures are.
Let me explain this better.
There are those that think that Christians are nothing, are stupid, ignorant, just because they disagree with the way they think and feel. So in their minds this is how they see those that call themselves “Christian.” For to them any cultural belief or lifestyle views comes from their own way they view others. This is them projecting their own hatred for all others upon other groups. Just because they hate and demean, they see all others doing the same as they do. This is them living within their own lie so as to make themselves feel good about themselves, it is actually extremely sad when you think upon it some.
This is not how true Christians think. This is not how true Christians act.
Now for the second image.
Being Christian is not carefree, especially when done in the correct concept of salvation. When asking Jesus to be our Savior we are making a contract unto God written in the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood that He shed upon the cross nearly two thousand years ago.
The terms of this contract is to place God first in our heart, our mind and our soul. This means to do every single action in our lives with saying to ourselves: “Is this something that is pleasing to God?”
We also come to a full realization that we are in a corrupt body. For we have not yet been called up to Christ at which time we will put on the incorruptible and the immortal.
What this means is that since we are not perfect, even though saved, we will stumble and fall into sin. Once we realize this and correct it then we can turn to Christ and ask His forgiveness, which he has promised will be given unto all that ask. This is a daily struggle and can at time be frustrating.
This is the transition to the first point.
What many even within Christendom do not know, or acknowledge or have chosen to forget is that if you choose to live in the sin even after accepting Christ and preferring the sin over the saving grace of our Savior then we will be cast out.
Seen by Christ Himself as something that is worse than those that totally deny Him.
Why? For they are in essence spitting upon God and His one and only Son and saying “the way I live is more important than God.”
What is worse is that these are a majority that call themselves Christian. These are the examples those that deny there is a God see. They see these hypocrites and say “see there. This is why I say there is no God.”
This is why the glorified Jesus Christ made it clear that these are to be spit from Him. Lost forever from Him and His Father. The Creator of the Universe.

How Christians should appear to the world


Titus teaches us many things. The most important is that we are to follow the laws made by governments as long as they do not counter those given to us by God. However this is not where I wish to go at this time.
This is about how we are to appear to those about us. Those of the world and those that say they are “Christian” but their behavior says otherwise. The behavior we are about to review:
Titus 2:12 – Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Worldly – kosmikos – earthly, worldly (belonging to the present earthly world as opposed to the heavenly and future)
Lust – epithumia -desire, eagerness for, inordinate desire, lust
Now I have keyed into these words for a reason. What is “belonging to the present earthly world” really mean?
The answer is very wide-ranging. This is the problem.
There is an example that I live with daily at my job. The main topic on the lips of my fellow co-workers is something that I would not doubt happens in all offices, shops, or plants. It is sports. Any sport. How this player does this; how that team is doing; who is in the gaming pool this week. This is the world. As is television shows as well as various other things. This was even more emphasized by the way folks acted about the “Super Bowl.” This is “worldly.”
What is sad is I was alone. I could find no others like myself that gave little interest in this event. It has become the great event. Parties everywhere, the only thing you hear talked about. This is “lust.”
People that call themselves “Christian” have also embraced this. Even having parties at this pastor homes to watch this earthly spectacle. Now I know we are to have moderation in our lives, but this is extreme, beyond reasonableness.
How are we going to correct this though? This is something that each person may ask themselves and deal with. They must pray and think hard about how they wish to live, for now we must consider the next verse that I showed from Titus.
Waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Something that is becoming more and more prevalent in the world today. A world that is looking more and more like Sodom and Gomorrah than a world of God fearing people that place others before themselves.
I really wish I could offer something to help each person come to realize that where they are in their lives, but this is something in each person’s heart. Many that think themselves prepared and ready to follow God into heaven are not. For they are placing more of their desires on their homes, their possessions, which are destine to decay. They care more for cars, movies, television show, and their looks. All of which the Bible states is something those of the world seek after but not what true “Christians” seek after.
Does this make you wonder? Does this make you question where you stand with God?
If the answer is Yes, good.