Saturday, 25 April 2009

Christian or Just Religious, Which?

Is being religious the same as being Christian? Well, I think it is obvious to Protestants, Catholics and other evangelical denominations, that the people who worship at the altars of eastern religions are not Christian. But Protestants, Catholics and other evangelicals tend to believe that they are all Christian, even tough they can't agree on what the bible teaches on marriage, homosexuality, contraception, the ordination of women and a host of other precepts and practices.

This misguided belief is very evident amongst the so-called churches of God. For example, UCG has a different form of government from LCG, PCG, RCG, COG/Hulme and a host of other divided splinter groups. Also, ever so often turf wars breakout among the various churches of god, and ministers, or to be more exact, hirelings leave to start their own church or join some other divided group. A recent example was John Meakin leaving COG/Hulme to join LCG. Yet, because of some form of aberration, they all believe that they are Christian. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.

After Jesus delivered his sermon on the mount, defining the characteristics of a true Christian, he summed it up thus: Matt. 7:24-27. So to determine who is a Christian, all we have to do is review the sayings of Christ, and then look around to see who is doing them.

Now no one in his right mind can believe that Christ is divided, or that a faithful minister of Christ would forsake a group of Christians and join another group of Christians, and some how believe that both groups will one day end up in the kingdom of God. If this practice is not madness, then I must be insane!

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