‘Christianity’ can now be summed up in three words; ‘My Pastor said’. Majority of those professing to be ‘Christians’ are simply people who visit a four-walled building once (or whichever times) a week for some hours of spiritual dispensation from a ‘man or woman of God’. What they claim to be God’s Word is a manual opened on Sabbaths or cute verses plastered on the rear of their cars and other possessions. Far be it for a ‘Christian’ to read the Bible daily. In fact, far be it for a ‘Christian’ to think like Christ, let’s consult Pastor first. Far be it for a ‘Christian’ to know God’s will in their life, my mentor knows best. Unfortunately, the focus of ‘Christianity’ is increasingly shifting from Christ to ‘Christians’.
Granted, Pastors and other leaders are chosen by God to make known Christ- not themselves. In fact, Paul writes the work of apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers is to ‘prepare God’s people for the works of service so that the body of Christ might be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:12-13). However, many ‘Christians’ (including me in the recent past) are not prepared for God’s service as they believe that the ‘man or woman of God’ has been appointed to do just that. Paul tells believers, ‘In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers’ (Hebrews 5:12).
Instead of ‘studying to show themselves approved as workmen unto God’ (2 Timothy 2:15), many ‘Christians’ are working hard to join church membership and rise ranks in ministry to show themselves approved to their Pastors and fellow believers. Such nominal Christians give room for false prophets to mar Christianity’s name and bestow upon themselves ultimate say and authority. Unlike the early Church where the apostles considered themselves ‘servants of God’, many now are claiming to be gods. Coupled with many ‘Christians’ passivity, the Church fails to ‘grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15). Many believers fail to know the true Head nor the Words He says;
‘And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, the Christ.’
‘He (Jesus) replied to him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’
(Matthew 23:9-10) (12:48-50)
Many ‘Christians’ fail to do the will of God and instead do the will of men. ‘Christianity’ is becoming a game of charades with emphasis on outward appearances, mere confessions and irrelevant religious activities. Many ‘Christians’ worship man so much that a God whom they say is omnipresent can only be found in their Church because of the anointing of the ‘man or woman of God’. Paul writes to the Church in Corinth, ‘You are still worldly…For one says, “I follow Paul”, and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe’ (1 Corinthians 3:4-5).
Paul leaves a question, and all those who purport to be ‘Christians’ should ask themselves;
‘Was Paul (insert whichever name) crucified for you? Were you baptised into the name of Paul?’ ~ 1 Corinthians 1:13