When you look at the Christian life and road that men and women of God walked in the Bible and compare it to the Christian life and road that men and women in America walk today, the contrast is startlingly different. All of the apostles save one, for example, were martyred for their faith. Men of God who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ such as Paul were in many cases stoned, shipwrecked, beaten, imprisoned and suffered greatly for the cause of Christ. It’s a far cry from the modern day Christian magazine photo for example, that we see of men and women in fine clothing and expensive jewelry that are “modern day” false Gospel preachers who talk much of all the prosperity, wealth and happiness you can have in this life without a clue as to what they say. The Bible says from such turn away. “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (I Timothy 6:5)
God’s Word nor God Himself did not promise to give us peace, joy, happiness and every delight this world can offer on this Christian road, no, just the opposite in fact. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:12 that “…all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Christians in other countries who are being severely persecuted for their faith are far more Christ-like than the most professedly pious so-called “Preacher” in America who doesn’t have a clue as to what it means to suffer for the sake of Christ.
Modern day professed Christians feel that if they go to church once a week, and try to live a good life that will suffice on judgment day. They are sadly mistaken. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than me parking myself inside of a garage makes me a truck. You can fool man, but you can’t fool God. You see, while man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart and can see all things, including your motives and reasons for why you do what you do. (I Samuel 16:7) If your heart is not genuinely converted unto Christ so that you are living for Him daily, hourly, minutely and for the sake of spreading the Gospel, I would question your salvation.
Have you truly seen yourself as deeply sinful in the sight of God and a transgressor of His Law? (I John 3:4; Exodus 20; Romans 3:23) Do you abhor yourself and realize your desperate need for the saving blood and atonement of Jesus Christ. (I John 2:2; I John 1:7) Just because the world has changed and those in it and the standard of what is right and wrong become degraded to the dust, doesn’t mean God’s standard has changed. Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…” We stick to the Word of God. We adhere ourselves to the Word of God. Make no mistake we will not be judged on that final day on man’s fallen state of what is acceptable in this day and age here on earth, but rather what God has commanded in His Word that has not altered nor has He.
If you have been caught up in modern-day Christianity and all that goes along with it, today might be a good day to reel yourself back and see what’s really in your heart. The Bible says that we should examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) If we do not do this, we will not truly see our need for a Savior nor we will have any desire or need to repent. Do not make the mistake of waiting too late before you realize you were wrong. Remember, as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Christ bled and died for you. Are you truly living your life for Him? It’s time to examine yourself.