Written by J Hilt
The Christian Religion is the supreme religion over all. Okay, I know what you’re gonna say. You might say that I’m being “closed minded,” “bigoted,” and “rude.” To you dear reader, thank you for the compliment, because you have just given me validation of my belief. The Christian Religion is something unique and very special to this world. On the one hand, it is derived from the only God of all men and is guided by the premier holy book ever to be given the Bible. On the other hand, it is a religion that is responsible for the greatest transformations in society ever seen. And Christianity keeps chaos in check better than any system alive. But like with all things wonderful, it has been distorted by sinful men and women. How, you ask? Well for starters, people believe that there are multiple ways to be saved. Some also believe that in order to be a “good Christian” you have to appease God. Allow me to shed some light on this…
Major Distortion #1: You get saved by going to church
Truth: You are saved by the grace of, through faith in, and because of Christ.
No amount of good works in this life can save you from God’s judgment. It is only possible to be saved by believing in Christ the way you believed in your parents as a child. This Christ is not an imaginary ghost who has left no proof of His existence. You are proof and this world is proof. Romans 1:18 says that “the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and the unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”.
In other words friends, you who do not believe will always try to ignore Christ’s call even though you know He exists. But there is hope for Christ came into this world to save those like you. Ephesians 2:1 describes the unbeliever as “dead in [their] trespasses and sins,” but that the unbeliever can receive the ultimate gift of eternal life because of what Christ did. Christ’s death made available the gift of salvation to sinners. In short, it is by grace that one is saved through faith which is not produced by man, but given because of God’s desire to save the sinner. This gift is still available today friends. Claim it and be made righteous before the Father.
Major Distortion #2: Trusting in Jesus to be your savior is not the only way to heaven.
Truth: Yes it is the only way.
The Bible is clear in John 14:6 that Jesus is the only way to life eternal.
Major Distortion #3: Christians are perfect.
Truth: Yeah right!
The worst sinners in this world are those who are alive. Saved or not, all men are sinners; all men shouldn’t be forgiven. But Christ had mercy and forgave us. We still mess up, but we have a lifeline in our Savior. Romans 6:11 explains that for a Christian to start maturing in their walk and to start being more obedient to God’s Law they must consider themselves “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”. That said, every Christian will still struggle with sin until they either die or until God returns and that is okay. It’s okay because it means they will still need a Savior, and still must cling to His righteousness while depending on Him to make them perfect.
Major Distortion #4: Works!!!
To qualify as a Christian you must be a sinner. To be a sinner you must sin. To stay a Christian you must still be a sinner drawing breath. Your behavior here does not change your status with God. If it did you and I wouldn’t be alive because God wouldn’t exist. He is not only love but He is a giver of infinite pardon and grace. A true Christian, however, seeks not to purposely abuse this gift. As stated above, a Christian must truly believe in their heart that they are dead to sin in order for progress in this life to occur. But this progress will not be completed until the end of the Christian’s life or until Christ returns.
Major Distortion #5: Share the Gospel
Truth: Share the True Gospel
Today there are so many false teachers that the “Gospel” has become a bad joke.; at least the false one has. The real Gospel of Christ is that there is love and forgiveness for the sinner and eternal life for a simple leap of enlightened faith