Are you a cool Christian?
Let’s define terms to be more specific.
A Christian is a believer of Christ and the finished work of the Cross.
After our salvation, Christians are to be set-apart to God and separated from the world. THIS IS CALLED SANCTIFICATION.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “WORLD”?
Most of us would refer to it as “sin”, “flesh”, “selfish desires”, “unbelievers” and more.
But the original greek word of world is kosmos which has several meanings one of which is “orderly arrangement; order”. THIS IS NOT BAD!
However, Kosmos/ world in the Bible can have a sense of the dominating influence over all unsaved person; unbelievers walk on the path/ course of the world:
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2
WHO RULES OVER THIS WORLD? SATAN!
THIS DOMINATING INFLUENCE, THE WORLD, IS COMPRISED OF :
1. LUST OF THE FLESH
2. LUST OF THE EYES
3. THE PRIDE OF LIFE
(1 John 2:16)
Thus, the chief characteristic of the world is summed up into 2 descriptions:
THE VERY ESSENCE OF THE WORLD IS SELF-CENTEREDNESS.
Going back then to our life as a Christian, to separate from the world is to DENY SELF because the HEART OF A WORLDLY PERSON IS SELF-CENTERED.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ON DRUGS TO BE CALLED WORLDLY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO PIERCE YOUR BELLY BUTTON OR HAVE A TATTOO TO BE CALLED WORLDLY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SMOKE, DRINK ALCOHOL TO BE CALLED WORLDLY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO COMMIT FORNICATION OR ADULTERY TO BE CALLED WORLDLY.
BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, A CHRISTIAN, A CHURCH WORKER AND YOU ARE LIVING ACCORDING TO WHAT “YOU” WANT AND NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO, YOU ARE LIVING A WORLDLY LIFE.
IF YOU CHOOSE WORLDLINESS, YOU ARE STARTING WAR AGAINST GOD.
A COOL CHRISTIAN THINKS THIS WAY:
1. Yes, I am saved! I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I go to church some times, I’m okay.. yet I still listen to rock music once in a while, you know, it’s not that bad right? It’s just entertainment.
2. I’m a Christian and sometimes I just had to wear immodest clothes, you know, it’s fashion.. nothing wrong to wear something revealing once in a while. Besides I don’t wear it at church..
3. I’m a normal Christian, I go to church on sundays, attend fellowships once in a while– if I want to become a Pastor, a church worker or a missionary then that’s the time I’ll study more about the Bible and spend more time in prayer and become more involved in church.
A COOL CHRISTIAN SERVES THE LORD AND YET STILL HAVE A LITTLE WORLDLINESS IN THEM.
A COOL CHRISTIAN THINKS HE/SHE HAS GODLY FRIENDS AND STILL ENJOY THE COMPANY OF UNBELIEVERS.
THIS IS WAR AGAINST GOD.
IT’S EITHER WE ARE FOR GOD OR AGAINST HIM.
HOW’S YOUR STANDARDS? IS IT SO HIGH THAT YOU THERE’S NO ROOM FOR THE DEVIL TO PLAY TRICKS ON YOU, TO DECEIVE YOU THAT IT’S OKAY TO BE WORLDLY ONCE IN A WHILE?
LET’S TAKE TIME TO EXAMINE EVERY SINGLE AREA OF OUR LIFE IF WE ARE TRULY AND GENUINELY SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD..
DON’T BE A COOL CHRISTIAN… IT WON’T GLORIFY GOD AT ALL!
BE A GENUINE CHRISTIAN.. SERVING THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR MIND, HEART AND SOUL! SEEKING TO PLEASE IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!
** My reflection and some notes from my Separation Class at BJMBC by Pastor Abet Tiangco