What A Christian Should Know?: Lapses of a Christian Mind
Christians have a constant feeding on the word of God at the Church, home bible study, evangelical missions, seminars, founding anniversaries, and all gatherings associated with preaching and teaching. The purpose of this feeding is for personal growth (1 Peter 2:2). But when a Christian is in the growth stage and became strong, most of them were derailed from the path of true Christianity. Growth stage is a dangerous stage because spiritual lapses frequently occur. Most minds and hearts fall short from the real essence of God's purpose. Most Christians are not aware of the track they walk on. They journey on the path away from God's light. A Christian should consider these things for enlightenment.
What A Christian Should Know?
Are you sick of AIDS (Acquired Infallibility Defect Syndrome)?
1. He Is Not Infallible
Infallibility is one of the most common lapses of a Christian. Most of them, especially church leaders, the men of authority are sick of AIDS (Acquired Infallibility Defect Syndrome). They use their knowledge of the scripture to elevate themselves from others. Knowledge puffs up (1 Corinthians 8:1). They think that being a man of knowledge, it will enables them to become infallible. They compete to God's infallibility. Since they serve God, they think that anything that comes from their mind comes from God. Their thoughts and actions will always be right. Some church leaders became a Pharisee, who made their own yoke and put on heavy burdens to their church members through their own rules and guidelines that snatch the privilege of freedom from Christ (Galatians 5:1), and from the rest, yoke and burdens given by Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30). They were not aware that all Christians have freedom coming from the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:17). Their authority should be based on freedom, not on tyranny. They put their members into slavery of their infallibility sickness. They will say that they are not infallible, but their actions, character and attitude prove them of their infallibility.
Almost all Christians are well acquainted of 2 Timothy 3:16; All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. But some of them, especially preachers and leaders will not submit or exempt themselves from the authority of this scripture. They think they don't need teaching, rebuking, correcting and training because they are occupying the top post of the church and have enough knowledge of the Bible that blind themselves from their mistakes, errors, and wrongs. They fall into the holes of pride and self righteousness. Their mind thinks that the word of God is only for unbelievers and for the newbie Christians, not for themselves. Infallibility keeps them from acknowledging and accepting their errors and wrongs. God has implanted righteousness to a Christian base on Christ's humility on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). A righteous Christian is a humble Christian. God clothes a Christian of righteousness, but the devil clothes self righteousness. Infallibility starts with self righteousness. If a Christian thinks he is knowledgeable of the scripture, he must consider this, the devil knows also the scripture (Matthew 4:6). Can you surpass the devil's knowledge of the scripture?
The Best Example That Christian Is Not Infallible
Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus is the best example when it comes to infallibility issue. No doubt about his closeness with Jesus and his great abilities among the apostles. He is one of the three disciples in the inner circle of Jesus' ministry. He has given the authority to lead the church and given the privilege to open the door of Christianity to the Gentiles (Matthew 16:18), (Acts 10:27-29).
Peter's mind became a channel of God's revelation. His confession of the Messiahship and the Deity of Jesus brings commendation from the Lord. He discerns the true identity of Jesus and gained the highest praise among the apostles because God used his mind to reveal Jesus' identity (Matthew 16:15-19). But later on, when Jesus predicts his death, Peter's mind became a channel of Satan's blocking move against mankind's salvation. He gained rebuked from Jesus because of Satan's influence in his mind. He failed to understand that salvation is available through Jesus' death (Matthew 16:21-23). This move was repeated during the arrest of Jesus (John 18:10-11). Paul publicly rebuked Peter because of his hypocrisy that spread to his subordinates (Galatians 2:11-14).
A Christian must not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1). He must discern every thought that comes from his mind if it comes from God or not. Peter's Christian life prove that no Christian is infallible. Even if how great a Christian is, and how knowledgeable he is, he is capable of making mistakes and wrongs. Even what authority he possesses, he will fail and commit errors. Anyone or any Christian whether great or small is not infallible.
There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
Are you sick of AIDS (Acquired Infallibility Defect Syndrome)?
What is your view about the gospel of Jesus?
2. The Gospel Is For Salvation, Not For Material Prosperity
Money, corruption, and personal gain issues, stained the pure image of Christ and Christianity. It is a common lapse around the Christendom. Some pastors, preachers, and church leaders are becoming richer and richer, leaving their members at the bottom line with a hope that comes from their lips, not from God. They replaced the gospel of Jesus with a prosperity gospel, making themselves the prophets of profit. They always inject in the mind of the believers that God will bless them and will make them prosperous if they will give and give to them, even if it neglect the needs of the needy (Mark 7:11-13), (Matthew 23:23). It seems they are helping their members by doing good works. But it just a mask to cover up their greed inside their heart (1 Thessalonians 2:5).
The Ultimate Goal Of The Gospel
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Romans 1:16).
The ultimate goal of the gospel is for salvation. It is God's power to save souls. The ultimate goal of God in giving his Son is to save the world, not for prosperity (John 3:16), (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). Anyone who possesses the savior possesses the salvation and the gospel of the savior. The salvation and the gospel are free (Ephesians 2:8-9), and it must given free of charge (Matthew 10:7-8), (1 Corinthians 9:18). The worker deserves his wages (Luke 10:7), this is the church leaders and worker's defense regarding their service, but is limited only for needs, not for greed, wants, and cravings of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16-26). Most Christians, especially workers and church leaders set their minds and hearts on material things and prosperity, not on spiritual things and prosperity (Colossians 3:1-2). They think that a Christian life is a life of prosperity and financial gain (1 Timothy 6:5). They have been derailed from the path of godliness to the path of worldliness and greed. They serve God and use the gospel for personal gain. The gospel rewards blessings, whether material or spiritual, to God's servant (1 Corinthians 9:23), but the purpose of the gospel is to save souls. A Christian must show love to his neighbor, not greed (Luke 10:27), for the gospel is based on love, not on greed (John 3:16).
How Paul Handles The Gospel (1 Corinthians 9)
Paul, the greatest servant of God handles the gospel with self control (v. 24-27). He did not use his right as an apostle to indulge himself in material benefits in order not to hinder the gospel (v. 12). He works for a living together with Barnabas and did not follow James, Peter, and other apostles who enjoyed the rights for material benefits as a worker (v. 3-12), in order not to be a burden to anyone while preaching the gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:9). He has offered the gospel free of charge (v. 18). He injects the gospel to anyone for salvation, not for greed, and material prosperity and enjoyment (v. 19-23), (1 Thessalonians 2:5)
The blessings from God are not only material things. A Christian must have self control to avoid troubles from material temptation (1 Timothy 6:9-10). He cannot serve two masters, God and money (Matthew 6:24). He must count the saved souls, not money and property.
The great commission is for salvation, not for a commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
What is your view about the gospel of Jesus?
It is okay to commit sins as long as you are a devoted Christian?
3. God Is Not Blind To His Sins
Most Christians think that it is okay to commit sins because they believe that God will tolerate, will not look or will blind himself for their sins, as long as they go to church every Sunday, give offerings, do good works, praise and worship, evangelism, preaching, ministry service and duties, and being a devoted Christian. Church duties, good works, and devotion cannot automatically win God's favor for forgiveness. If a man's works will merit forgiveness, then Christ's work on the cross was in vain (Ephesians 2:8-9). Unless we repent and confess our sins, there will be no purification and forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Christians think that since God did not bring immediate action for their sins, it means God tolerates their transgressions. A Christian mind will always think that since God is love (1 John 4:8), God will understand and will ignore their sins because God loves them. Sin brings trouble in a Christian relationship with God. It will also hinder his effectiveness as a channel of God's blessings to others. God is holy and pure, and will not tolerate sin and defilement. A Christian cannot trade anything for forgiveness apart from repentance. God is hurt when a Christian fall into sin, and that hurt will not produce blindness to him, but it will displease him (2 Samuel 11:27).
Does God Tolerate The Sins Of His Chosen?
God did not tolerate the sins of David, the man after God's own heart. David gets Bathsheba and slept with her, and Bathsheba became pregnant. He called Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba to come home from the battle to sleep with her wife in order to cover his sin, but Uriah did not go home, but slept at the entrance of the palace because of his loyalty to his duty. David rewarded Uriah's loyalty with murder by sending him in the front line to die. Then David gets Bathsheba to be his wife. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord (2 Samuel 11:27). God did not close his eyes and forget David's sins, but he sent the prophet Nathan to rebuked David for his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-12). David acknowledges his sins and repented (2 Samuel 12:13).
A Christian even how close he is to God, God is not blind to his sins. God will not tolerate every wrongdoing committed by his servants, even how great he is. Leaders are the most concealers of sins and the best target of Satan to be a stumbling block for the progress of God's kingdom. But God's love will always find its way for correction and reconciliation through repentance. God is love, but sin must be washed. It is okay to commit sin as long as you are a devoted Christian?
Do you think that all the things you have comes from God?
4. The Devil Can Give Something To Him
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me" (Matthew 4:8-9).
Any Christian who falls into greed, became self seeking, and gratifies the desires of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16-26), is not far from the devil's hands. Most Christians are not aware that the devil can give material wealth and some things for a purpose. They think because they are Christian, God is the only one who can give something to them. The devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor for a purpose of worship. He offered his deceiving mind to Adam and Eve for a purpose of disobeying God (Genesis 3:1-7). He will also give something to all Christians for a purpose of falling into sin and into his control. A Christian must be aware about the moves of the devil.
What Happened In Temptation?
There is a trade in temptation. The devil will offer material prosperity, worldly success and fame, and worldly and temporary pleasures in exchange for worship, and separation from God. The devil can take something from a Christian because he gave something to them. Satan is the most wise giver and deceiver. No one can fall into temptation without his wise offering.
A Christian must have discernment, to discern the things of God and the things of the devil (1 John 4:1). God gives because he cares, but the devil gives because he wants to steal (John 10:10). Do you think that all the things you have comes from God?
The Right Thing To Do
The mind is a battleground between good and evil. A Christian mind must have safeguard against Satan's flaming arrows of deceptions. The devil will push every Christian away from the right path. Christians must install the Spirit of God and the wisdom of God to guard his mind and to filter every thought that enter into his mind to avoid spiritual lapses. Do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).