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While I would disagree with the statement in the title, I have heard more than a few people make that accusation. It is true that not everyone who claims Christianity is honest about who they are and the life they are living. In the New Testament, prophecies were made concerning the church, especially concerning hypocrisy that would arrive and worsen as time would continue. Read what Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these."  This grim prophecy points to a time when people would create a hollow shell of godliness, a form that appears holy on the outside but contains no substance. It is a time of faithless people who still claim to walk with God (Hebrews 11:1; 1 John 1:6). There are people who claim to serve God but who really serve idols of varying types. I doubt that comes as a revelation to anyone. What we must communicate to each other and to the skeptical lost soul is that the value of Christianity is not diminished by those who falsely claim it. The value of Christianity rests in Christ Jesus, the only Savior of the world (Acts 4:12), and in the way of life that is taught by His grace (Titus 2:11-14). Those who follow His ways, who confess their sins and repent and return to God, are the ones who truly display the power of God and the value of Christianity. Let’s examine our lives and make sure we are walking worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1)…

  • In 2003, Kyle Beebe was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was fined and sentenced to three years of supervised probation. Although he had served his sentence, the conviction remained on his record permanently, and would cause potential employers to take a second look at him before they hired him for any job. After all, who wants a “former” drug dealer as their employee? How long before he goes back to his drug-dealing ways and damages the reputation of your establishment?  In 2014, Kyle wrote a letter to the Arkansas governor, Mike Beebe, requesting pardon for…

  • Second Only to the King 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:42–45 (NASB95) The teachings of God concerning how…

  • In Romans 1:18-23, Paul describes the way God has made Himself known to all of humankind from the foundation of the world. Because of His power, beauty, and knowledge displayed through His creation, all of humankind is to glorify Him. Failing to glorify and show gratitude to God results in a futile and foolish way of life that glorifies animals and man himself rather than the Almighty Creator. How does a person glorify God? The prophet Daniel shows us one way: by humbling yourself. Daniel 2:26-30 tells of the young man Daniel, to whom God has given the interpretation of…

  • There are many challenges facing the Christian but none is greater than the challenge to remain faithful to Christ. In reality, this is what Christianity is all about. Jesus summed it up this way: “Be faithful until death, and 1 will give you the crown of life “(Rev. 2:10). Of course, we understand that Jesus addressed this to Christians who were being tortured and killed for their faith. He challenged them to be faithful and not deny Him even if it meant death. The reward of heaven would far outweigh the pain of torture. Most Christians today do not face…

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