Someone needs to say “Jesus is Lord” and to say it loud and clear. In too many circles Jesus is being reduced to the level of just another man. That “Christianity is Christ” is widely denied.
The denial comes in a variety of ways. Sometimes it arises from an emphasis on the importance of the way the Christian lives. The New Testament does emphasize the importance of living out the implications of the faith. It stresses that Christianity is not just a matter of profession. Deeds, not words, show who Christians are. Jesus said, “not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). He goes on to speak of people who will profess in the last day that they have cast out demons in Christ’s name and done other spectacular things. But he will disown them saying, “I never knew you; depart from me you evil doers” (Matt. 7:23).
The making of proselytes is considered to be bad business. It appears that evangelism is what I do and proselytization is what other people do.
Being a Christian then is more than claiming the name. Works are important. But from that starting point it is possible to reason that good deeds are the only things that matter. To be a Christian, we may say, is to be good, to be considerate, courteous, beautiful, helpful, and the like. A Christian is a man at his best.
The trouble with this is that the same thing might be said about the better adherents of any of the other great religions. For that matter it makes a good description of the best type of humanist.
It is important to realize that Christianity is Christ. Without faith in the Lord Jesus there is no real ...1
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