Morality Code of Cultural Christanity

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// Today my thoughts center around “Cultural Christians” who profess Jesus with their lips but do not know Him in their hearts.  They are: Christians in name only who are not indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit; Christians who do not believe the Bible is the Word of God and who are ignorant of the power of the Written Word; Christians who have no witness or testimony;  Christians who are as worldly, some even more so, than non-Christians;  Christians who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to heaven;  Christians who believe good works and good works only will get you to heaven; Christians who are condemned to the Lake of Fire and do not realize it.

I will use the “Christian” name, below, in various ways while trying to make the point that True Biblical Christians—those saved by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and indwelled by the Holy Spirit—, not Cultural Christians, as defined above, are the only ones who have the fruit of the Spirit—“Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control” —are the true righteous that are the Bride of Christ (Let the true follower of Jesus Christ understand). //

Let me begin by asking this, “What morality standard is required of the Christian in today’s world?” Is it a man-made standard that has evolved over time to meet the ever changing norms of society (Cultural Christianity) or is it the unalterable standard God established in His Word, the Holy Bible, some two thousand years ago (Biblical Christianity).

I believe most “Cultural Christians,” even those who vote the Democratic Party Platform (I am guessing there are quite a number of “raised eye brows and neck hairs about now, HA! HA!),” a platform that condones murder (abortion), sexual immorality (the new morality) and godlessness (there is no God), and believe they live by a moral code that is humanly derived to meet the morality code of today’s generation. A code, however, that is not God ordained.  They may or may not believe in life after death.  If they do their view of having a life after death is obtainable by doing more good deeds than bad deeds.  Cultural Christians believe this, Muslims believe this, as do other faiths; however, Biblical Christians do not believe this.  Cultural Christianity is the spirit of the natural, rational man.

Of course, a person’s world view is formed by many factors: personal morality standards, religious convictions, political views, tolerance for the intolerable, and so forth.  Each person battles every day to survive in whatever circumstances they find themselves.  How one views their circumstance is primarily governed by their learned attitude (I believe some are just born bad), be it good, bad or indifferent. Mainly, though, is whether or not they truly believe there is a Creator God.

For the American Christian, either Biblical (In righteous standing before God) or Cultural (In unrighteous standing before God), your time is fast approaching when you too will be tested to determine your standing in God’s eyes. As you witness the horrific plight of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world who are being murdered, crucified, raped, burned alive, decapitated, enslaved and tortured by numerous other forms of depravity by the followers of apocalyptic Islam (the true Islam), rest assured your time is coming.

American’s Government and her people are complicit in this present evil darkness by their refusal to acknowledge evil and call evil what it is, EVIL.  Yes, America’s Judeo-Christian heritage has fast eroded since 1950. God is quickly being removed from man’s sight and hearing. It is even being taught that America was not founded by God fearing men. Yet, there is no outcry from the Christian Community.  Christians have remained silent, huddled in their “TOMBS,” called Houses of Worship.  Many manmade church structures are now simply buildings of apostasy (the worldly way) where a religion of good works and deeds is taught as a way to eternal life.

Soon Christian, your own government will be coming for you.  Will you stand your ground as children of the Most-High God or will you continue to remain silent condoning immorality and unrighteousness as acceptable by today’s worldly standards?

Christian, do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe Jesus is the only pathway to eternal life? If not, you have been deceived by the dark forces now at work in today’s houses of worship and in today’s worldly society?

You must decide today, not tomorrow but today, to repent and return or turn, whatever your case may be, to the Light of Jesus.  Jesus, in His sermon on the Mount, said, “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:20.  The Pharisees of their time, just as the religious pious of today’s world, were just “white washed tombs” on their way to hell and not to heaven. Jesus said this to the Jews, but I feel it has application to today’s Churches.

Now, on your own you cannot be righteous.  If you accepted the Gospel Message—Christ was born of a virgin, died on a cross for your sins, and rose from death on the third day according to the scriptures—you will receive the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit; that is, if you truly believed you are saved by God’s Grace and not by human works.

The Holy Spirit enables you to do the work that God has planned for you as a believer.  If you are indeed indwelled by the Spirit, you will testify and serve the Creator God.  Are you indwelled by the Holy Spirit?  Do you have His Testimony?

So, my friends, if you claim Christianity will you or do you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?  Have you surrendered your self-will to God’s will, or will you remain a cultural Christian and surrender to the ways of the world? The choice is yours to make.

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Who is Jesus and why is He so hated by the world?

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Tweet as limited by characters: “What is it about Jesus, the God-Man born of the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is the Son of God?”

Desired Tweet: What is it about the prophesied Jewish Messiah, Jesus, the alien God-Man born of a surrogate mother, the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is TRULY the Son of God?  Do you believe?

Pondering Thought:

Jesus, the prophesied Jewish Messiah, is the alien “God-Man” born of the Virgin Mary, the first recorded gestational surrogate mother¹ in the first century, A.D. Jesus was not formed in His mother’s womb by the fertilization of human sperm and egg. Jesus was miraculous formed by the Creator God and placed within Mary.

Because Jesus had no genetic ties to earthly man, even though biblical scriptures list linage from Joseph and Mary, He was without the sin-nature of earthly man.  Born of a virgin without man’s sin nature, Jesus was the sacrificial propitiation (“A sacrifice that satisfies God’s demands of judgment for sin,” NSAB definition.) satisfying the righteousness of a Holy Creator God. He willingly died but rose from death to become the Lord and Savior for all who would confess Him. This is the definition—at least the understanding given to me—of the biblical Jesus of the Bible at whose resurrection the Church of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity had its beginning with Jesus as its chief cornerstone.

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If you dare to utter the name of Jesus in today’s secular, humanistic society, the neck hairs of most will bristle like that of a dog who perceives danger.  Why such hatred for one who taught: ”love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind; love your neighbor as yourself;  treat people the same way you want them to treat you; do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; forgive others before seeking forgiveness from God; neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” (The quoted words were paraphrased by author and taken from the Bible book of Matthew.)

The Biblical Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God, was not a terrorist whose Apostles were trained to spread and promote hatred, violence, or the overthrow of governments. Jesus came to give the good news of Hope to lost souls living in darkness, to spread love and peace toward one’s fellow man, and to offer atonement for sin.  Because He claimed to be the Messiah, the religious zealots of His day had him killed to silence His condemnation of their bigotry and pride.

So I ask again, “Why is Jesus so hated by the world.”  I’ll tell you why. It is because of ignorance, deception by the spiritual forces of darkness, distorted truth, lack of faith in a Creator God, Biblical illiteracy, man derived traditions and disbelief of the authenticity of Holy Scriptures by “Cultural Christians” who practice their “man derived religions” instead of the “religion of faith and mercy taught by Jesus. Others, the worldly, simply are blinded by their inability to believe in the TRUTH of a Creator God but will and have believed the LIE of a created being called, Lucifer, Satin or the Devil.

Additional Thoughts on Tweet, Ponderings, or Story Line:

“Cultural Christians,” I like to call them, have given Jesus and Biblical Christianity a bad name over the centuries and especially in today’s world because of their denial of the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.” They choose to follow their humanistic spirit; they continue to “do what is right in their own sight” rather than surrendering their self-will to the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

All of today’s non-Biblical Christians of all denominations have so blended in with today’s society and worldly customs that it is hard to find one who will: 1) study, meditate upon and acknowledges the Truth of Biblical Scriptures, 2) accept the leadership and Indwelling of the Holy Spirit., 3) in faith, totally surrender to Jesus Christ, 4) deny their own humanistic self-will and follow the pathway and directions (no matter how insignificant or how grandiose they may seem to be) given by the Holy Spirit.

Regrettably, Cultural Christians have no testimony of the Risen Savior, no testimonial of what Jesus has done in their lives and no lifestyle that might encourage those who might be seeking or needing God to want to emulate. In other words, Cultural Christianity and the Worldly are the same in that they rely upon humanistic values, ways and customs.

While Cultural Christians may have knowledge of Jesus they are not possessed by Jesus and have never been Baptized by the Spirit nor filled with the Spirit.  They are lost and without hope; thinking they are walking the “narrow path” to heaven and eternal life when, in the words of Jesus, they are on the “broad road” that leads to destruction.  A Christian without a Testimony of Jesus’ saving grace and who will not “profess Him before men” is just another man lost in his own humanity.

What do other faiths, namely the big three represented by Judaism, Biblical Christianity and Islam, claim about this biblical Jesus? Lets briefly consider and compare the person and deity of Jesus from these three faiths because the biblical Jesus is seen by each from a different perspective; each have a religious view that most people lack in understanding but whose followers are dead certain, if they have a personal view at all, that theirs is the correct one.  I will do this with a “wide brush” as all faiths have within them numerous proponents of differing views all considering themselves to be the right one.

Judaism does not accept Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one, prophesied in their scriptures (Old Testament / Torah).  The religious leaders of Jesus’ time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had Jesus crucified because “they claimed” he blasphemed when he claimed to be God (God’s Son). They do not see or acknowledge the Old Testament scriptures (probably the most notable being Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12) that Isaiah (a major prophet of Judaism) prophesied of the coming “Exalted and Suffering Servant—that Biblical Christians see as Jesus—as being their awaited Messiah.

At the second coming of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God’s TRUTH will be placed in the hearts of those Jews, the elect who are still alive, and they will at last acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.  “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Unfortunately, before the second coming, the prophecies of biblical scriptures tell of one final Jewish persecution that will surpass the persecutions of Jews that occurred during the reign of Adolph Hitler. The Jews are God’s chosen people.  They forsook the Covenant God made with them; however, He will restore them at His Second Coming and protect a remnant that will enter His one-thousand year reign on earth.  Study the biblical scriptures through the Indwelling Spirit and all this will be made understandable.

The Gospel Message of Biblical Christianity is founded upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His second coming.  If Jesus did not arise on the third day as eyes witnesses attest, there can be no Christianity, no God the Son and no “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Biblical Christianity is the only faith that does not require your good deeds to outweigh your bad deeds in order to be approved by God.  God’s mercy alone through the shed blood of Jesus atoned for your sins.  In Jesus you become a child of God.  You are redeemed and by your confession and repentance; you are sanctified and indwelled by the Holy Spirit; and, at Jesus’ second coming you are glorified and will spend eternity in His kingdom all because of His Mercy, not your good works.

The Islamic Jesus (Isa) is considered one of ALLAH’s important prophets but not his son.  The Old Testament and writings of the Apostles of the first century were available to Muhammad (Allah’s messenger and considered the perfect example for all to follow). Even though Muhammad’s writings contain tenets of the biblical scriptures and elements of their end time prophesy, their similarities are only related because of Muhammad’s lack of understanding and interpretation. Most, if not all, of the biblical scriptures he rejected as distortions and untruths.

The truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature is briefly summarized as follows: (from Wikipedia)

  • “Jesus is not God’s son and was not God in the flesh. Allah does not have a son.
  • The Quran claims Jesus was physically carried to heaven by Allah and that one day he will return. Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Sharia Law. Jesus will refer to the Mahdi—the Messiah—as greater than he.
  • When the Mahdi—the final Caliph of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of all truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not bow down to Allah. Jesus will help destroy the Masih ad-Dajjai (false messiah).
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. “

While the Jews await their Messiah, Christians await the Second Coming of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and Islam awaits the Mahdi and the prophet Jesus, the world abounds in turmoil, death and destruction by the hands of men who endeavor, as written earlier, to do what is right in their own eyes and according to their own faiths.”

All three great faiths have their differing views of the “historic Jesus” of the biblical scriptures. Now the question to be asked and answered is: “Who is Jesus to you?  Was he just a prophet, a mere delusional man or was he truly the Son of God?

If Jesus did not arise from death, the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—is a religious farce contrived by man.  If there is no resurrection then there is NO Biblical Christianity and NO “one pathway” to eternal life.  There can still be the man made “Cultural Christianity” of today’s world that offers no hope and no relationship with a Living God, but it is not TRUTH so who needs it or who, better still, even cares. Man is just an animal who will live, die and whose decayed bodies will return to the earth.  There will be no eternity so “eat, drink and be merry” for that is all you’ll get out of life.

Islam like Christianity and Judaism has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist, radical “non-Biblical Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, homophobia, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.

In this life you can have a Spiritual Heart of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and a personal relationship with the ‘Living God.’” But, only if you will claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and allow the Holy Spirit to indwell you.

Or, you can retain your own human heart with its lusts and covetous desires and live in a world of “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness (lying), and slanders among a long host of other acts of the human flesh if you claim the worldliness of humanistic logic and thinking.” The choice, of course, is yours.

As for me, I have accepted by faith and declare unashamedly Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.

Those are my thoughts for today, what are yours?

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¹ “Artificial insemination first made surrogacy possible. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm.  A gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. That’s because it wasn’t her egg that was used. A gestational surrogate is called the “birth mother.” The biological mother, though, is still the woman whose egg was fertilized, and the biological father is the man whose sperm was use in the fertilization process.” Definitions were taken and paraphrased, in some form or the other by the author, from: www.webmd.com.