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The Great Deception: Intellectual Christian

Updated on December 12, 2012

Intellectual knowledge is head knowledge

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This morning I tuned in to Dr. Charles Stanley teaching on The Great Deception. The target audience for this lecture was the group of people who call themselves “Christians.” Many people call themselves Christians for various reasons: grew up attending church, parents are professed Christians, like being spiritual, baptized, had a near death experience and on and on

What does a Christian believe?

The fact that people are free to believe whatever they want and call themselves whatever they want tends to confuse the uninitiated. Because the Bible documents Messianic prophecy and fulfillment, a person who professes to be a Christian should be interested in what is in the Bible. Among the basic beliefs recorded in the Bible are:

· There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Galatians 4:8-9).

· God is three in one or a Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2).

· God is love (1 John 4:8).

· God is true (Romans 3:4; John 14:6).

· God is spirit (John 4:24).

More can be found at: http://christianity.about.com/od/christiandoctrines/a/basicdoctrines.htm

Intellectual Christian

Intellectual Christians are generally familiar with basic Christian doctrine; many of them teach classes and many “become pastors.” However, if you have a discussion with an intellectual Christian, you will find that that person does not truly believe what is written in the Bible. As we prepared for an Easter concert, a musician asked if I really believe that Jesus rose from the dead. She was a church musician and had played piano in church for more than forty years. She was a member of one of the largest churches in the city. Going to church doesn’t make one a Christian any more than driving into the garage makes one a car.

Many professing Christians say they don’t go to church. Church attendance is not a requirement for salvation; however, the Bibles states that believers should not forsake the assembly of believers … wherever they assemble. Many say “God is Love” and He IS! However, they treat the Bible like it is a smorgasbord; they pick and choose what they want to believe. He is Love but He is also just! If you can’t believe it all, how can you decide what is true and what is not true?

I have heard many people say that they were Christians but are no longer. As we talked, I realized that what they really meant is that they attended church for a long time and then stopped. Churches open their doors to anyone who wants to attend. They invite and encourage the local community to come to church. Many churches allow people to “join” church without hearing a salvation testimony.

Head knowledge is not enough

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Heart-decided Christian

A “heart-decided” Christian makes a conscious decision at one point in time to believe that Jesus is God and eternal life is through Him. That person asks for the Lord’s forgiveness for all past sins and invites Jesus to come into his heart.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 10: 9-10: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

The heart matters

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Invitation

If you are an intellectual Christian and would like to become a “heart-felt Christian,” there is no special set of words to memorize. If you are searching for the right words, the Holy Spirit will help you. Here is a simple prayer that might help:

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and for rising from the dead. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. I trust You now to forgive my sins and give me eternal life. Please make me the kind of person You want me to be.

You can be sure that when you ask for forgiveness, “God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

The Great Deception: Intellectual Christian

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Amen

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you graceinus! It took me over a week to get this in a form that they would publish.

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      Christina 4 years ago from Toronto

      I understand your points but I think that the hub name is somewhat misleading. Perhaps the "Eisegetical Christian" or something along those lines would be more apt. At this point it almost seems as if you are rejecting the intellectual aspect of the faith. God made us first and foremost spiritual beings but also creatures with intellect and the capacity for reasoning.

      If we accept Jesus into our hearts and are, as you put it Heartfelt Christians then that is wonderful. But if we are heartfelt Christians, who cannot provide reasons for the hope that we hold, that do not understand the context of the Biblical texts, who cannot have a meaningful and respectful conversation with gentleness and respect, then we are likley going to find ourselves planted in some rocky soil.

      If we shut ourselves off to knowledge then we end up practicing the same ignorance that we try to teach against.

      All in all I think that you have addressed a problem that is rampant in Western Christianity.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you calynbana for your valid comments! I will re-evaluate the Hub. I was inspired by Dr. Charles Stanley's sermon on the topic. I think of the Harvard professor that came up with the nonsense that Jesus had a wife. I also think of Christians who straddle the fence with their words. I read that Marc Rubio admitted to some group that the earth is billions of years old. I don't know the purpose of the discussion but why was it so important for this group to have him "ADMIT" this age. It is an attempt to confound Creationism.

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      calynbana- I believe dianetrotter has explained Intellectual Christian perfectly in this HUB. Far too many christian received bible understanding from those who stand on the otherside of the pulpit. And at the end of an hour or so service go home and feel they have done the christian duty for the week. dianetrotter is right when she says that sitting in chruch does not make one a chriatian. There has to be a degree of self effort to show your faith by giving of yourself. Further it helps to make a lot of effort to study the word of God on your own receive spiritual knowledge and wisdom. By doing this one begins to discern right and wrong teachings by those at the pulpit. We need to take the first step as dianetrotter descirbes " Heart-decided Christian" to begin our walk with the Lord. But it should never stop there by just going to church.

      dianetrotter- great HUB. Voting up and awesome

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Amen graceinus! Thank you for getting me!

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      Laura Irwin 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Good discussion in your hub about professed Christians and many various version of. I don't like to say I'm Christian- I believe the way they do, but I don't regularly attend church. I found when I was regularly attending church it became about church and the labels, etc. I take my daughter so she learns about Christ and God...and she learns from me. But exactly what you have written about people who profess to be Christians is exactly why I broke away from the term. I pray, I worship, I belive, I share the word. Christianity turned into seomthing else for me so I'll just leave that term alone for the time being

      I think it's sad that our country has gotten away from the basic Christian values, but it has a lot to do with what you've said about people claiming Christianity.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      isettl, it is frustrating but we must pray for them. I don't think there is any label that would work. If it were "followers of Christ," people would still give their versions of what it means to follow Christ. Prayer, studying God's Word, and conviction of the Holy Spirit are what we can depend on. I'm happy where I attend church now; however, the more you get involved, the more opportunity you have to meet people like this. Have a blessed week!

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