Category Archives: Genuine Christianity

Are You A Salty Christian??

Salt is a very interesting compound. Most common version we are familiar with is Sodium Chloride which is your run of the mill table salt, it acts as flavoring but not just that, it can also be used as a preservative. Even in ancient History the Roman army took a liking to salt. In ancient cultures it could even be medicinal to treat wounds. It has the ability to dry things out and its PH properties make it an unsuitable envirornment for micro organisms. One of the basic components germs need is moisture as well as proper PH, therefor salt indeed did make great medicinal treatment for wounds.

Jesus called his followers to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men..

And the Apostle Paul penned these words in Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Christians are indeed called to be salt and be a preservative in a decaying and dying society of sin, not only so, but when we share with others we are called to have conversation that is “full of grace” Are words should be true and accurate but flavored with the love of Jesus. Some Christians, even with good intentions sometimes, share Christ in the most unpalatable way. We should never change the gospel but we can improve our methods of conversing with the lost people. People more often then not “don’t care until they know you truly care” and most often friendships and rapport are very helpful.

Titus 2:10 says that we should in essence make the gospel message attractive without changing the truth. ” 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”- In essence, this verse implies, “don’t do things that would give Christ or his reputation a bad rap. Do things that glorify Jesus as much in your actions as you do with your words”

How else can we do this? We do this by showing love and respect to others but keeping the message of faith in Christ and repentance of sin the same but not blowing it with how we behave or react to opposition. It’s a powerful message when one is ridiculed, rejected and persecuted and they respond in kindness instead of angry retaliation. Another key is, we are also called to be at peace with other believers, Jesus said “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Christians will not always see eye to eye do to personality differences and what not but we are to love each other as our own selves. We are on the same team, if Joe Bob ends up making the touch down instead of you, rejoice over his success. If Jane Doe gets the promotion when you didn’t be glad for her. As scripture says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”

If you disagree with a brother or sister in the Lord, then share with them your love and acceptance regardless. If it’s not scriptural than show them scripture that shows that but still love them even if they don’t listen or are on the same page, and continue to pray for God’s best in their life. God has a way of correcting his children’s faulty thinking and we can’t always persuade them but He can, so we must pray for them to see what God is trying to show them. Ask forgiveness when necessary and be willing to quickly forgive.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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The Christian life more often than not should cause the unbeliever to sit back and reflect what they are missing out on, not what they have to give up. Although there is sacrifice and pain at times in following Christ, there is also the indescribable joy and peace resulting from being loved by and serving the God of the universe who created you with a glorious purpose. Friend if your afraid to trust Christ and give your life out of fear, I encourage you to be reminded that there is no greater blessing. Fear keeps so many from great things all the time, don’t let your fears keep you from the greatest thing.

View Everyone Through the Lens of The Cross.

Always treat everyone you meet as someone Christ hung on the cross for, whether your friends, family, people you meet at the grocery store, or people who sit next to you at work. Whether they love you or hate you, Christ died for their sins and loves them. God’s heart is that all who come to Christ can be forgiven and restored to God. He did this for you and he did it for me,

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.——Jesus taught this powerfully, he also lived it. On one occasion he went into a Samaritin village and they rejected his message and James and John said “Lord shall we call fire down on them?” and basically Jesus said “Shame on you” Jesus loved even those who hung him on the cross in His dying hour, he cried out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” Jesus bled the love and compassion of God through his teaching and life. Let us do the same.

True Religion That is Pure And Faultless

James 1:26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

All this really means is that if you are professing to know Christ, take close note of the word’s that come out of your mouth. The proverb says “A wise woman builds her house but a foolish woman tears it down with her hands.” In essence, you may build a great witness and testimony for Christ but if your not careful, out of your same mouth you can destroy all you have worked for to be a positive light for the Savior.

If you have “Honk if you love Jesus sticker on your car” and in that very same moment flip off the person who cut you off in traffic then your sticker is about as good as worthless. People can wear cross necklaces and show off their rosaries all they like but without good character and godly lives those things are just religious junk. Let your life be the symbol of the faith, not a bumper sticker or a Jesus T-Shirt. Putting on Christ’s humility, purity, and love as a garment is what really counts.

(Romans 13:14) Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.—personal purity 

(Colossians 3:12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.—-outward kindness

(1 Peter 5:5) Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

(Joel 2:13 13) Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

In modern application “Give your heart and not your Jesus T-Shirts, and bumperstickers” in those days people would tear there clothes and wear sackcloth to show sorrow. God was basically saying, “Don’t just outwardly say your sorry and love me, prove it by the way you live.” Not unlike today, we need to truly be repentant enough to change and not just “feel sorry.” Being sorrowful of sin is good but only if we produce the fruit of repentance and turn around.
The religion God honors comes from the heart, and it looks after those who are in need and keeps itself from sin. It is the token of true devotion the Christ, it is an untarnished mint condition coin in a way for the world to see.
Who are the orphans and widows though? What is an orphan or a widow in modern and today’s terms. Well let’s look first at what it meant then, and carry it into today. An orphan was a child who had lost both parents, in those days they had no system in their government to hand out support and children and women who lost their sole supporter of their needs could go as far as being forced to beg or go into slavery.

In Elijah’s time there was a widow who was in debt that was in danger of having her creditor take her son as payment for her debt. Through a miracle of God she was able to repay the debt with oil and she and her son were spared. Women in those days really were limited in what they could do so it was not like today where a qualified young lady can just go out and get a job. The orphan’s and widows were people who were in essence, desperate and dependent on others for help. This applied also to the handicapped, such as the blind and lame. In a nutshell, lets just say these were people who had the short end of the stick and had no way or means to getting an advantage in life.
Now how do we apply this today? Well look around! There are many people who could use our help and although financially we may not be able to help them, we can, however, reach out in friendship and love. You know that socially awkward fellow who can’t make friends for the life of him? He is a good example. You know the people who may have parents but their parents are absent or detached or worse, emotionally, verbally or physically abusive. If we are to literal we miss the timeless truth. Orphan’s are not just people who’s parents are dead, they can be people who’s parent are dead in the sense of showing love, support or affection which is just as tragic. Children are a gift from God no matter what, and they can be priceless investments. Widow’s could be similar to the single parent who’s spouse left them and the whole burden of raising their children falls on them.
We might not always be able to give monetarily but we can provide encouragement, love, support and time to these people.
In conclusion, last but not least, we as Christians should stay “unpolluted by the world.” We must love Christ in our obedience. We love him in service to others but also in purity of heart. Service by itself is not enough, God I believe does not care how kind or generous a person is if they don’t possess inward purity and integrity in personal life. You can give all day and still be a wicked person according to Jesus.

Luke 11:42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

“The love of God” yes, this should be what all generosity and charity and goodness should flow out of. Jesus said “If you love me, then you will obey my commands” John 14:15.
So true religion should manifest in 3 ways.
1.) Gracious and pure speech—”keep a tight rein on his tongue”
2.) Love for people—”look after orphans and widows in their distress”
3.) Godly Liftsyle/Practiced holiness——”to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Are you running on all three cylinders?


Complimentary verses:

-(Ephesians 4:29) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

-(Ephesians 5:3) But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

-(1 Thessalonians 4:7) For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
-Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

-(Matthew 10:42) And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

-(Isaiah 58:6) “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

The Gospel is not just something we as Christians preach to people. It’s more than that. The Gospel is something we must also invest in people. Relationships are very important when done the right way, since people are relational beings we must be just as willing to walk with them as we do talk to them in our pursuit to share the love and truth of Jesus.

The Frankenstein Factor.

The Frankenstein god.

In my senior year of High-school I had to read the book Frankenstein for an English class. There was a man named Dr. Frankenstein and he took the body parts of corpses of different people and created a monster. The final product disturbed him so much that he fled the creature and hid.

Similarly, today, people create what I like to call a “religious Frankenstein’s monster.” They pick and choose the features of all sorts of different religions and belief systems and fashion a god of their own making, which is not a god at all but a monster. It’s kind like food, ever noticed that some foods may indeed be delicious in themselves but together they taste terrible. Have you ever had a box of Russell Stover’s with a glass of lemonade? or how bout ketchup flavored ice cream cake?

1 Kings 18:21Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Can we not say the same thing these days? If Jesus is Lord follow him, but if if Muhammed is the way follow him, or Budhism, or Darwinism or if “let’s live it up now because their is no sin, heaven, or hell and this life is the only one we have” Or how bout let’s just make up our minds and stop putting on soxs that don’t match.
If one wants to live as a Christian, then let him do so but as Jesus said “count the cost.”

Luke 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Luke 6:14 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Is Jesus only speaking about money here? No, although this is the example he used the principle here underlying is that anything He desires one to part with they must be willing to if He asks it of them. He must be Lord of all. Are we going to choose Christ an all he teaches, or are we going to fashion a bobble head Jesus that will nod yes at everything we want and think. A common temptation is to take out of the Word the parts that are uncomfortable and challenge us to change things we don’t want to and if we are not careful we can end up piecing together a God that will just encourage us when we are down, give us what we want when we are low on cash, get us out of problems and tell us what we want. That’s not God, that is an idol with a big “I” in it. The Greeks had many of them, gods of war, gods of fertility, gods of harvest, and this and that. Realize this, all the gods they created were fashioned specifically taylored to the people of those times wants and pleasures. God will not be a servant to us but will be served by us. He is loving and kind but he is no pansy either.

Genuine or not?

The Contrast between: Believers and Unbelievers

Paul wrote his first letter to the church in Corinth to address some real problems that were happening at the time, from lawsuits against other believers to an affair a man had with his own stepmother. The Church was not addressing the issue but actually applauding it. And when Paul received news from a member of the church named Chloe he wrote in response. Paul makes a very startling and shocking statement.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Now if we are made righteous by the blood of Christ and are being on an ongoing basis sanctified how could the term “wicked” in verse 9 be talking about us?

Paul was not implying that a born again believer in Christ will lose his or her salvation, or fall out of grace, but rather he was calling the Christians in the church of Corinth to see if they had truly come to the knowledge of Christ to begin with and had been really born again.

It was more of a passionate plea to those in the church to examine their lives and see if indeed they really were Christians. Some us cheap grace” to continue in a sinful life. According to verse 11 many of the believers were saved from evil lifestyles of all sorts, and a real change to place in their hearts and lives. But Paul had his worries about some.

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 he says:
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

How can we be sure we are truly in Christ?

1 John 2:3-6 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

We know if we have an on going love and desire to obey Christ! If we have the Spirit in us creating a desire to follow God and love others. It’s not perfection but rather where is one’s life truly going . When we obey God he works His love in and through us for Him and others!