A Voice in the
" Is America -mostly- Christian? "
"Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah; the people He has chosen for His possession." (Ps33:12)
As this is being prepared in early November, the other day the US Congress passed a resolution reaffirming the national slogan, "IN GOD WE TRUST". And what was the president's reaction to that? Why are they "WASTING THEIR TIME" on such a thing, instead of passing my Jobs Bill?!
Around the same time in conversation with somebody who had gone to extravagance with helloween party decorations, considers herself to "-be- christian". A few days earlier when I made passing comments about the helloween season being in service to the Prince of Darkness, her response was something on the order of: That isn't necessarily the case. In her mind the only ones in this country that might not be "christian" are the basest of the base of society, perhaps Muslims, and certain other extreme cases. Otherwise, MOST EVERYBODY, whatever their religion, whatever their beliefs, in America, are "christian". She didn't say so in so-many-words, but those are usually the sentiments of those who label America as a "christian nation", just -because- it is the USA. That's who we are. We are -all- "christian", -because- we are Americans.
In a Friday mailing from David Cloud was a sentence: "Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, says that Mormons are Christians." In that same mailing was another item about certain Lutherans who were engaging in special worship of the "winged goddess" Isis, as well as Yoga, sacred drumming, kundalini and related traditions.
Are all these things "christian"? What, exactly, -is- it to be a Christian? Where did the term "christian" come from? From the catholics? From the protestant Reformation? Does the UK have its own church, being Anglicans; and we in America are Christians? Since Japan's heritage and state religion was Shinto, are there no Christians there? If China bows to Buddha, are there no Christians there? Are there no Christians in Africa because its background is VooDoo? Oh... but... there are many entities all over the world that call themselves "christian", thus, is this acquaintance correct? Is it the case that it DOESN'T MATTER? Other than the lowest of the low dirty rotten scoundrels, is perhaps the ENTIRE WORLD -all- "christian"? ...it doesn't matter their ethnic beliefs?
Where did the term "christian" come from? Nearly 300 years before Constantine and Rome...
"Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And THE DISCIPLES WERE FIRST CALLED CHRISTIANS IN ANTIOCH." (Ac11:25-26)
When the Holy Spirit came to the Church in Acts ch2, in Jerusalem, that was a predominantly Jewish event. Pentecost was one of Israel's yearly feasts. And the main (Jewish) apostles stayed in Jerusalem, when persecution scattered the rest of the Believers. (Ac8:1, 15:4, 16:4) But when Barnabas seeks out the recently converted Saul, they go to what had become the new 'center' (headquarters) for the Church, in Antioch. Barnabas and S/Paul were, essentially, the first major missionaries to the gentiles. And as Israel was cut away for a time, the Church became a primarily 'Gentile' entity (Rom11); and will remain such until the "times of the gentiles are fulfilled" (Lk21:24) and their full number has come in. (Ro11:25) Just as Rome is considered the headquarters for catholicism, or various other cities for their various religions such as Salt Lake City for Mormonism, and London is the capital of the UK, or NYC for the UN; Antioch was synonymous with "Church headquarters". Yes, they communicated with Jerusalem (Ac15); but the Believers and missionaries came and went with relationship to Antioch.
So, the verse says the "disciples" were first called "Christians". Disciples of whom? "..there is no other name" than Jesus Christ. (Ac4:12) "I am the Way...no one comes to the Father except through Me" (Jn14:6) By its very syntax "Christ-ian"... the "ian" is connected to "Christ". The "ian" indicates one who believes into the attached title. "ian" is associated with what precedes it in the word, as we discussed a year ago in "Salvation: Apart from Christianity?" [link]
An "ian" of Jesus Christ. In other words, if it's not about Jesus Christ, it's not "christian", by definition.
Does Rome worship Jesus Christ? They certainly keep Him perpetually crucified; but their allegiance is to "Our Lady of ???" the Queen of Heaven. The same one the Lutherans (mentioned above) worship when they worship Isis. Isis was merely an Egyptian adaptation of the ancient Semiramis, variously by different empires known as Ishtar, Ashtoreth and ultimately the Queen of Heaven. (Jer7:18, 44:17) Israel's worship of her was their ultimate rebellion and downfall as the remaining non-exiles moved to Egypt after the Babylonian exile. And their center of knowledge in Alexandria is the source of many perverted texts, both of the Scriptures, as well as alleged histories and 'extra' gospels.
Do Mormons worship Jesus Christ? They certainly have "Jesus Christ" in their name, but what do they believe? When they die, that they will become gods and goddesses, and the goddesses will be forever perpetually pregnant in order to give birth to more gods and goddesses, as they travel away to colonize new planets and solar systems. Does Jesus teach that anywhere? No? Then, they are not -really- "christians". They follow some guru OTHER THAN Jesus Christ.
What do most Americans believe in? They believe that everything is good, there is no right or wrong, all paths lead to the light, we are our own gods and the forgers of our own destinies. They believe in free sex, swapping around from person-to-person. They believe a mother has a 'right' to murder her own children. They believe in theft. They believe in sorcery and the occult. And these days, if a person opens their mouth to speak, they might just as well be lying, as telling the truth.
Last month we observed that the "dogs are outside". Who does Jesus say make up the "dogs"?
"But outside are dogs and sorcerers and prostitutes and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and produces a lie." (Re22:15)
People who practice these things, for whom it is their nature, are -NOT- followers of Jesus Christ. By definition: they are NOT Christians.
But this country, from the lying impostor at the top, to the neighborhood crack dealer, are -characterized- by these things.
Christians are "children of light". As Paul writes...
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" (Eph5:8)
And what is the background from which the Christian has been saved?
"But sexual perversion and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no prostitute, unclean person, nor covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one beguile you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them." (Eph5:3-7)
Do not these things -characterize- this nation? From Lady Gaga to Dancing with the Stars, to sitcoms like New Girl and Modern Family, and commercials for Victoria's Secret, not to mention all the Vampire, Grimm and Secret Circle type shows, this nation is most perverse! And what is God's verdict upon it? His "wrath". By definition of even the simplest understanding of English grammar, those who are due God's 'wrath' are -NOT- "disciples" of Jesus Christ. They do not follow and obey Him. They are NOT christians. Paul writes to the Church...
"For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1Th5:9)
Wrath and Salvation are total opposites! Those due God's wrath do NOT receive Salvation through Jesus Christ. They are NOT Christians. What do you suppose the percentage is of Americans who are characterized by being "sons of disobedience"? Not only do they -do- the perverse deeds of unrighteousness, they also REFUSE Jesus Christ and Salvation. They not only do not obey Him, they don't want Him around, to acknowledge his existence.
No! America is -NOT- "mostly" Christian. It is mostly 99.9999% on its way to judgment.
A person may ask... What about all the CHURCHES that have the Bible?
Do they all "speak the same thing"? (1Co1:10) Or do they, like ones such as Joel Osteen, teach "destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction" (2Pt2:1)
Do they go "contrary to the doctrine" for Believers to "turn away from"? (Rom16:17)
"But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed." (Ga1:8-9)
You see... it was prophesied a couple thousand years ago what today would be like...
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning the common salvation, it was necessary for me to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were set forth to this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord God, even our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ju1:3-4)
What calls itself "church" today has pretty much abandoned "repentance and faith" (Act20:21) and changed grace into license. Anything goes. God accepts us "just as we are...we don't have to change a thing". Let's just 'love' on one another, and not look for each other's faults. You know, Jesus said, "Judge not lest ye be judged", right? So Paul asks...
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Let it not be! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?" (Ro6:1-2)
And so, "most" of what calls itself "church", also, is NOT.
And so, as we opened: Is America 'mostly' Christian?
Have we not answered the question! We might have the national slogan: In God we Trust. But -which- "god" is it? It won't matter one iota if Obama gets his way regarding his progressive agenda, but it will matter what this nation does regarding God. Except, thing is... as Jesus quoted from the OT prophet...
"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." (Mt15:8)