“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to Father but through Me.”—–John 14:6
The biggest need we have today in our world is a Savior. The consequences of our sins are quite visible in our society; from broken relationships and marriages, to increasing debts, to many other things contrary to Jesus. Many efforts are spent trying to solve these “sin issues” while the biggest issue that seems to be lost is that of our need for a Savior; that Savior being Jesus alone.
The past few months I have been quite intentional about following what is being taught by many influential leaders within so-called Christian churches and circles. Many of these people are quite prominent, have large followings, and have great impact on Christianity as a whole. There seems to be a trend of focusing on how to deal with life issues, but without much attention, if any, on pointing people to our need for repentance and obedience to Christ. This type of preaching may be appealing to the masses because of the overwhelming struggles we may have in life, but preaching this way only leads to masking the deeper problem of not trusting in Christ.
The real problem may also lie with what it truly means to put our faith in Jesus. Within our churches there is great controversy over true Christianity. Some focus on the humanitarian work of Jesus. Some focus on the “teachings of Jesus” as a better way or the best way to live. Some focus on “love” or “tolerance” of all people while at the same time embracing sinful lifestyles. Others focus on the need to trust in Christ alone for salvation while growing in obedience to Him. With so many differing beliefs about Christianity, and especially in the recent events of our day, who is right?? Or is it that all are right??
My fear is that many are getting swept away in the cleverness and deceitfulness of making Christianity popular to the masses by preaching messages of what people want to hear. We are warned of this happening in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 where it says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” Most don’t want to hear about their sinfulness and the cost of having to adjust their lives and beliefs according to what God tells us in the Bible. Therefore, it is no wonder why we are seeing many differing beliefs and even attacks against true Christianity.
We cannot pick-and-choose what Christianity means to each of us. We cannot escape the doctrines of heaven and hell, total depravity, sin, the sovereignty of God, or anything else for the sake of what we may want to believe. We must be willing to see ourselves in light of our place before a Holy God and humbly come before Him; confessing our need for Him, walking in faith, and putting our sinful ways behind us once and for all.
We are each faced with the decision of either putting our faith in Jesus or choosing to deny everything about Him. The decision is up to you. Putting our faith in Jesus will cost us all that we are, but in the end we have the greatest reward waiting for us; to spend all eternity with the One who bore our sins and was raised to life that we might have live forever in His presence. Let’s not delay, make the decision today and move forward in the great hope we have in Jesus!!