What is Christianity?
What is Christianity?
What does being a Christian mean?
I’ve observed Christians for over 20 years from the inside out.
I was born again on August 11TH 1988 at about 4:30PM on a Thursday evening. I started preaching 3 years
later and became a full-time Pastor and Bible Teacher in 1997, after 9 years of walking with the Lord.
Here’s what I’ve noticed, we live in an instant society with a Drive-thru mentality and this mind-set is in
the Christian Church.
Sunday morning we pull in and park ourselves in the pews hoping to receive something that will change
our lives and give us control over the circumstances we face daily.
But the average Christian isn’t seriously looking for change!
He doesn’t want anything that would call for too much sacrifice and effort on his part, just something to put some more money in his pocket and make his life a little easier.
We are surely turning into the Laodicean Church of the Book of Revelation. Something is dreadfully wrong with our mindset and we need to fix it urgently.
The average Christian has a “Christian life” and a “normal life” which they try their best to keep separate from each other.
Some of us wear our Christianity only when it suits us and take it off when it doesn’t. And the sad thing is; this seems normal to most… The average Christian thinks that’s the way it should be.
The truth is; that for the true born again Believer there is no duality of experience. We are who we are, representatives of the Kingdom of God, everywhere we go and in everything we do.
For any real change to take place in our lives there must be a change in our philosophy of life, how we perceive the world around us.
What is Christianity?
Both Jesus Christ and His cousin, John the Baptist began their ministry by saying exactly the same thing.
Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at Hand.
That is not a religious statement! Neither John nor Jesus was religious.
That’s a statement of deep, political, psychological and spiritual significance that when we understand and apply it, it will result in profound practical change in our lives.
The change we all need and are looking for desperately. The change that will bring financial; and every other kind of empowerment we desire.
Think about it, referring to Jesus Christ the Bible says, “…The government will be upon His shoulder… Of the increase of His government… there will be no end,” (Isa 9:6)
If that’s not a political statement then what is?
So, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand” is a political statement because the kingdom refers to God’s governmental rule on earth.
The statement is psychological in nature because to “repent” as Jesus and John used it means to change your world-view, to change your philosophy of life and your perception of the world around you.
To repent is to see something in a way you’ve never seen it before and to allow this new perception to become the catalyst for profound change in your life.
Jesus and John were telling the Jews of their day that a new political system had arrived and they needed to respond favorably to it.
They were trying to explain to the people that all the promises God made to the Nation of Israel in the word of God were about to be fulfilled and they needed to prepare themselves for it.
True repentance is the shifting of a paradigm which occurs at the sub-conscious level and results in a conscious decision, followed by corresponding actions. So, “repenting” is psychological in nature.
Finally, this is a spiritual statement because it’s initiated by God who is a Spirit and because obedience to this statement will permanently transform your spiritual condition.
All that I’ve shared here is only the tip of the iceberg of the principles that govern God’s kingdom and of what being a Christian truly is.
The sad thing is that the average Christian has no idea of who she really is. She has a faulty concept of her true identity and destiny as a Child of God and Daughter of the King. She doesn’t understand the principles that govern her own kingdom!
She’s a Citizen of a Nation who doesn’t understand her own constitution, which is enshrined in the pages of the Bible.
The average Christian has no idea of his rights, duties and privileges as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
The beginning of successful Christian living is first to understand how to apply the fundamental principles that govern the kingdom to which you belong.
That’s why the Bible says, Study to show yourselves approved, so that you won’t be ashamed.
Bible Study is an integral part of discovering who you are in the Kingdom of God.
Victorious and successful Christian living must begin with accurate knowledge and deep understanding of the principles of the kingdom of God as outlined in the Bible, the Word of God.