We must live our lives as examples for all to see. As you see in all these issues we, as Christians, must take stands on what we believe is right, but we should not force our opinions and beliefs on others. This is what everything boils down to. God gave us the gift of choice, and this is something he gave everyone. As Christians we are called to try to lead people to God and his work not to force them.
As faithful servants of Christ, our doctrine must be correct and must be able to correct others who might be in error. In the day and age we live in, the very fundamentals of our faith are being attacked round about. There are doctrines we take for granted that are being excluded from churches and the Bible itself is being made void as a significant source of truth and moral value. These doctrines are being replaced by the philosophies of man and it’s all a result of a lack of studying God’s word. Pastors are being voted out of churches because the people want a pastor that pleases them and makes them feel good instead of preaching God’s word.
The message of political alignment is a vast and varying concept, one that will be debated for as a long as party divisions exist. This divide however exists in not just the Christian community. We begin with the metaphor of a shepherds flock, blindly following what an individual says over ones own thinking. Boyd furthers this concept of alignment and how “many who left sincerely believe there is little ambiguity in how true Christian faith translates into politics. Since God is against abortion, Christians should vote for the pro-life candidate, they believe- and the preacher should say so” (Boyd 2).
However, if the Church of God were to be judged based solely upon her claims, disregarding the religious world, what would be found? Is the message of the Church of God producing a people who are holy and manifest the power of God through signs by faith? As stat... ... middle of paper ... ...e of the Church of God ought, and must, lay judgment on all sin, commit to a zero-tolerance policy on worldliness, move souls to complete consecration, and strongly emphasize what being a Christian truly means. In order for the Church of God to make these necessary adjustments someone must possess a burden. In these last days God needs men and women to seek God with a weighted burden.
• Refuse to take sin lightly. Members will seek out accountability, encouragement, and rebuke from one another. Also, they will… • Practice formal church discipline. • Seek formal ways of keeping a clear line between church and world, such as reserving public acts of service for members only. o A church with an unbiblical understanding of conversion may well… Become filled with people who made sincere pronouncements about Jesus, but who have not experienced the radical change the Bible presents as conversion.
Rarely do he thinks spiritually. Jesus wants his teaching to be taken in the heart and obeyed. As Christians, it is imperative that they know who they are in Christ to face persecutions and to live so they can impact the world; because when people see Christians, they should see Jesus. However, being part of the Kingdom should reflect the heart of Jesus and show mercy to people. God requires more from the believer than living by a set of rules.
Jesus meant they would bring people into the family of God. They would follow Jesus’ footsteps and spread the good news and convert people to Christianity. Jesus called a crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up the cross and follow me.” The cost of discipleship’s threefold. To deny ‘self’ means Jesus’ followers must always put other people’s needs before their own. Jesus said, “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” They must be honest, resist temptation.
Discipleship involves the acceptance of God’s Word to the believer. This is obviously important as it would be difficult to follow Jesus without the acceptance of His teachings. Denying of one’s self includes laying down our earthly desires to follow Jesus which can be tough. The world wants us to look for pleasure and enjoyment in possessions, experiences, and other areas that only bring temporary satisfaction. God does not want His disciples to live dull, boring lives that have no fun, but when those things interfere with our calling to serve Him, it becomes an issue.
God made me exactly as He saw fit to create me, so why would I want to change His vision He has for me? I am not an overly outgoing person, and trying to act like an extrovert has only made me more frustrated and seemingly less effective when it came to spreading my faith. Instead of trying to keep up with the world’s view of what an Evangelical Christian should look like, I find myself being drawn to becoming more faithful to God’s custom idea of how I should be living my life and how I should evangelize with others. God designed me in a special way to know that if I kept trying to share God’s word with others like someone else, my message would become lost in the chaos. Evangelism is truly a team effort, so if I remember that not only do I have God on my side, but that I have the entire community support behind me.
So Christians should utilise their numbers and partake in social issues that directly concern them or issues which create, ‘the stirring of the love of God which cannot be contained,’ within them. In Hebrews 5:11 it states, “for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Christians are blessed with a moral compass. It is this compass that we should employ in our struggle to help others. Many people are not led by this and do not want to help others suffering and instead want to make a profit. So, Christians should use their majority and their sense of right and wrong to help guide the rest of the World.