Showing posts from January 9, 2011

False Christians (plus a scam)

Perhaps you'll think before you say that God is dead and gone Open your eyes, just realize that he's the one The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes! I think it's too late.  — "After Forever" by Black Sabbath Written by Terence Michael Joseph ("Geezer") Butler , from Master of Reality, 1971 Edited to remove distracting links and unnecessary verbage, Sat, 15 Jan 2011 Buon giorno. I have two sections to this article. Stick around and you'll learn something. "Got an attitude today, Cowboy Azriel?" You betcha. But then, that's one reason people come here, don'tcha know. I have been reading and hearing about false Christians. There are three schools of thought of which I am aware: People who made a profession of faith (and possibly still consider themselves Christian), but fell away and live like nothing ever changed for them. They were probably

Changing Lives Again

In a previous post , I said that God is in the business of changing lives. When we humble ourselves and admit that we have sinned against a holy and righteous God (Rom. 3.23, Rom. 6.23), that we have a terrible destination awaiting us and ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives, we are changed (2 Cor. 5.17). When you are born again, it is instantaneous. No rituals, no magisterium, no earning it or keeping it by our own works. It is by faith alone (Eph. 2.8-9). Jesus paid our penalty on the cross (Gal. 2.20), and we have to receive him as our savior . That is the short version. We are sinners until we become God's property and he changes us. Yes, we are changed instantly, but the process of growing in Christ is lifelong because we do not become perfect instantly. But God continues to work in our lives. He does not solve all our problems (Jesus is not a cosmic bandage), but he is with us during them. Nobody has to be alone anymore. In that other post, you saw John Schlitt's testimon