Guest Author - Dountonia S. Slack
American Christianity has morphed into an unbiblical culture of practices that leave Christ out of the equation. Too often, we have convinced ourselves that we can choose which ever path we desire as long as we are searching for truth – the truth that conforms to our individual ideologies. Therefore, what is true for me may not be true for you;and, my truth might change tomorrow based upon what new experience I encounter that I can adapt to my ever-changing spirituality. And, let us not forget that “God is too big to be contained to one religion” (Bumper sticker message author unknown).
I do not believe that some people know what they mean when they profess to be a Christian. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6 NASB). There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. A Christian is one who has confessed with his mouth that Jesus is the Master of his life, died for his sins, and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). A Christian is one who out of love for God and the filling of the Holy Spirit reaches out to Christians and non-Christians alike in a genuine, joyful, non-compensatory way. A Christian studies, practices, and obeys the Word of God; one who longs for the things of God.
A Christian is not perfect and will sin. However, a Christian (though he does not lose his salvation – Hebrews 10:19-22) will confess the sin, turn away from the sin, and rededicate his life to serving God because he cannot bear to be out of fellowship with Him. A Christian realizes that he is nothing and can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5). A Christian does not need to intertwine other schools of thought, meditative practices (that empty instead of fill), rituals, or other manufactured methods of connecting to God because everything we need to be whole is found in Christ.
Yet, I find that many of us believe that Jesus is not enough. Some of us need to add things/beliefs/practices to our Christianity in order to make it real or personal us. We wrongly believe that going to a church building and “doing” nice things for people, having fellowship dinners, sending money to missionaries, and not ruffling any feathers is Christianity. Too many of us are compromising the message of the Cross. The point is that all of us are sinners in need of a Savior and in order to be reconciled to God we must accept Christ. Any form of Christianity that does not point to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not Christianity at all.