Several years ago Bill O’Reilly said that Jesus never criticized those of another religion. This is an example of inventing a Jesus of one’s own liking. Mr. O’Reilly is so committed to being what is often called “fair and balanced” that he loses sight of the fact that there is such a thing as objective truth. I sent him a long email, to which he never responded and may have never seen, showing him where, in Scripture, Jesus did criticize those of false religions.
You see, Mr. O’Reilly is so committed to not being “judgmental” that he will not even call God, God for the sake of not offending someone who may have another name for God. He calls God “the deity” instead of God.
This article is not about Bill O’Reilly, it is about which Christ you are worshiping. Many, like Mr. O’Reilly, are inventing a “Jesus” in their own likeness or of their own liking. There is the non-judgmental christ of The Shack, the Roman Catholic wafer christ, the Mormon christ who is the spirit brother of Satan, the Jehovah’s Witness christ who is Michael the Archangel, the natural-born christ of theological modernism, the liberation theology christ who is a communist freedom fighter and social justice hero, the contemplative christ who is encountered via such things as centering prayer and repetition prayer. The most popular of all, it seems, is the rock & roll party christ. All of these various christs seem to be variations to the first, the non-judgmental christ.
Who is the real Christ, and what is He like? We all know He is a Christ of love because the most quoted verse in the whole Bible is John 3:16. Here are some other Bible verses that tell us who He is:
He is God – I Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
He is sinless – Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
He is all powerful – Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
He expects obedience in ALL things – Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
He does not tolerate making merchandise of the things of God – John 2:14-15 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
He expects us to show our love for Him by keeping His commandments – John 15:9-10 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
He is the judge to whom all must answer – John 5:27-30 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
He will judge the world – Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
He is the only begotten Son of God – John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He is the one in whom one must believe (place his full trust) to b saved – John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
His name alone can save – Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Jesus of the Bible is the sinless Son of God and God the Son. He is the only Saviour. He has all power in Heaven and in earth. He will not tolerate making merchandise of the things of God. He expects obedience to His commandments. He is the judge to whom all must answer.
This is not the Jesus in whom most professing Christians believe today. They have a non-judgmental Jesus who is all about love and will not judge anyone.
The children of God, those who are truly save, are to live holy lives: I Peter 1:15 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” Notice that it says “in all manner of conversation.” This includes what we do, where we go, what we say, how we present ourselves to others (dress, actions, attitudes, etc.), what we listen to, etc.
There are many who call themselves Christians who say, “It is not what we look like on the outside, it is what we are on the inside.” What we are on the inside is what shows on the outside. If we are disrespectful in our attitudes and dress on the outside it means we are disrespectful on the inside.
It is true that those who are sinful on the inside can dress up the outside to look righteous but sooner or later their unrighteous nature will show on the outside. Christians should learn something from the way unrighteous people try to cover up their unrighteousness. They live like they know Christians are supposed to live. Why is it that so many professing Christians are living like the world when the world knows how we are supposed to live?
The answer to this question is really quite simple. There are two possible reasons for this. One is that they are not true Christians. The other is that they are following another Jesus. Remember, Jesus is the God of righteousness. He expects His children to live righteous, holy lives. He expects us to act and look like Christians. Also remember that the name “Christian” means “Christ like” our “little christs.”
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