THE MOST DANGEROUS THING A CHRISTIAN CAN DO…
Recently, I have been having a “crisis of religion.” I have been examining my life, my beliefs, and my behaviours. I have discovered the single most dangerous thing a Christian can do. It is absolutely devastating to one’s religion. This single act has the ability to completely demolish one’s view of religion and change how you approach religion for the rest of your life.
Think about it for a moment. Ask yourself the following questions.
1) a. What is salvation?
b. How is one saved?
c. What does it mean to be saved?
d. What is my roll in my own salvation?
2) a. What version of the Bible do I hold to?
3) a. When I go to church does everyone look like me?
b. Are there any from the outside?
c. Would we tolerate someone with tattoos? Long hair? Dirty clothes? Where would/do we draw the line when it comes to who we will let in?
i. If we claim we would allow everyone then where are they? “Oh, they just don’t want to come here.” Why not?
ii. “They can’t handle the truth. It is obvious they are sinners and don’t want to hear the truth.” What truth is that? Your doctrine or Biblical doctrine?
There you have it. You have just engaged in the single most dangerous thing a Christian can do… and that is to “Think.” Think about what you believe and why you believe it. I challenge you to examine your beliefs. Why do you believe what you believe? Are you going along with the herd or can you defend your beliefs and behaviours with sound contextual Biblical teaching. Do you have to take text out of context to “proof” your beliefs? Do you take scripture and interpret it in the light and context of 2008 in order to get your doctrine? Think about it? Do you believe it because you have studied it out or because the denomination believes it and it has always been done this way?
If your beliefs cannot withstand such examination then what good are they in the first place? If they only bring you comfort and do nothing for your soul or your relationship with Christ and your relationship with others then what good are they? If your beliefs are based on error and you do nothing to discover the error and correct it… guess what… you will be held responsible for that error on the Day of Judgment. This is especially, most extremely, important when it comes to salvation. That is why Scripture warns us to examine ourselves to show we are in the faith, and to make our calling and election sure. It is of vital importance to be certain we are holding to Biblical doctrine and exalting Jesus Christ and not the doctrines of men and our imaginations.
There you have it. The most dangerous thing a Christian can do is to “Think” and be able to give a reason for the hope that is within him.