Got permission from another great blogger, Ja Cook, to allow me to share one of his post.
What does it mean to be holy? We throw that word around a lot in the Christian culture. But, do we really understand what it means to BE holy. The word “holiness” means “to be set apart for a divine task.” That being the case, it is impossible to be holy without fulfilling our purpose.
James 2:20 (TLB) - …When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.
What is our purpose? Jesus laid it out in Matthew 28:19-20 when he laid out the Great Commission. Our purpose is to reach the lost and grow the Kingdom. How can we be holy without doing what we have been set apart to do?
Fact: If you are not reaching other people for God then you are unholy. You can be as righteous as you please…but unless you do what God has created you to do, you will always be unholy. God has called us to be holy because He is holy. Holiness must be practiced. It requires action. If you aren’t actively living out your purpose, then your faith don’t mean squat. Get holy…change lives…live on purpose.
My sign would read
Front side: Wounded, broken, and bleeding out into the grey of lifless existance.
Back side: Proud to show the scars in my life as proof to the healing life found only in Christ.
What would YOUR sign say?
I got permission from one of the best bloggers that I know to share one of his recent blog post. All credit for this post goes to http://thewayitcouldbe.com and Chad Missildine. Post found at 25 Ways to Become a Christian Atheist.
The Christian Atheist: Someone who believes in God, but lives as though He doesn’t exist. Someone who has gone to church for years but realizes their relationship with God has done nothing to change how they lived. Here is a link to Craig Groeschel’s blog with info on the book and how you can pre-order his new book The Christian Atheist.
I was a Christian Atheist for many years and had a blast (for awhile)! I picked up the below tips from personal experience and by watching others. Live your life incorporating as much of the below as possible and you can become a Christian Atheist:
1. Don’t submit yourself to any form of accountability in a local church. Just set your own rules and whenever you don’t like something, just change churches….again.
2. Don’t ever open your life up to others. Instead live in a bubble and make sure all your relationships are surface level.
3. Go to church every time the doors are open. Listen really closely to the message, and then don’t think about it once you leave.
4. Blame the “church” for your lack of spiritual growth and don’t take personal responsibility for you or your family.
5. Make your kids go to church all the time, but don’t ever show them any evidence of your faith at home. This is a great way to create other Christian Atheists.
6. Don’t ever talk to anyone about your faith. Make it all an intellectual pursuit in your own brain, in your own world.
7. Be as divisive as possible with other Christians. Make unchurched people thankful that they have nothing to do with you and your arguements.
8. Be rude to waiters, kids, and poor people. Kick dogs too while you’re at it.
9. Be hateful all the time to certain groups of people.
10. Wear a cross around your neck while you defile God publicly with your body in public.
11. Make your kids your god and don’t ever serve any one outside your family.
12. Don’t serve anyone ever. Instead fill your schedules every night of the week with as many activities as you can.
13. Don’t ever pray. Hearing what God would have you do is way over-rated!
14. Don’t ever seek out truthful feedback from others about what they see in you.
15. Worship your money and your success. It’s all about you.
16. Judge people frequently and be thankful you are better than they are.
17. Say Christian things all the time like “brother” or “praying for you,” then never do what you say you are doing.
18. Have an emotional affair with your spouse and don’t ever tell anyone about it.
19. Blame the church for your kids’ lack of spiritual growth. Don’t ever take personal responsibility.
20. Put “Christian” on your Facebook or Twitter profile, then blend in with the rest of the world with what you post.
21. Don’t ever forgive your self or seek forgiveness. Instead, just try to be a good, moral person without God in your life.
22. Don’t ever listen to other people. Talk about yourself during the whole conversation. This will give them hints that you don’t care about anyone but yourself.
23. Don’t ever engage with the Scriptures. Allow your mind to become numb to the things of God.
24. Place your popularly above your desire to be obedient.
25. Read about becoming a Christian Atheist from TheWayItCouldBe.com, then continuing to live out many of the above items.
What other ways can one become a Christian Atheist? Please share!
Chad, Thank you for this thought provoking, gut wrenching, heart transforming, insight, into “the cultural church.”
This time of year always get’s me thinking about names and what goes into the naming process. Websters dictionary describes the word name to be a description, a word given to describe someone or something. When someone says I went to Yosemite, you understand where it is, the majesty there. If someone says I went to the Grand Canyon, you get a visual of its grandeur. When some one says I have seen the king, you don’t get a proper picture of whom he may be, because the word king is more of a title then a name. In Isaiah 9:6 the child to be born unto us, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Many people say these are titles, I will argue that these are names. Take Prince of Peace, He is called The Prince of Peace, the Sar Shalom, not a peaceful prince. It is His name not just a title, He is not a mere peace maker, but The Prince over Peace.
Most of my readers have a personal relationship with God through Jesus, but some do not. I welcome them both, my question is why are you a follower of Christ vs one who rejects Him, why are you a fully devoted follower vs one who rejects Jesus. Who is this child who grew up fully Jewish, who is this child who at 12 was a teacher to many adults, who is this man who was called rabbi, teacher, Lord. Who is this man who is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We have all these names for who Jesus is, who God is. The question is what is the name you have given Him, what do you call Him, to describe who He is to you. Whats in a name….majesty, soaring mountains, majestic cliffs, waterfalls, like at Yosemite. Or a gaping hole, an inspiring canyon, that you find at the grand canyon. I’m not looking for titles, I am looking for who God is to you. When I think of God I think of Abba, yes its a title but also a name, Daddy. When I think of God I think of Adonai, Master, to whom I am a slave, not a harsh master but a loving, caring, compassionate Master who gives instructions for living, as a blessing not as a burden. So who’s God to you, what name do you call him, be it good or not? For the One who was and is and is to come, why does the name you give him mean so much to you?