For years, a certain segment of the workers of iniquity–who masquerade as Christians, populating the churches–have promoted the slander that becoming a Christian means living an existence utterly devoid of any discernible joy.
These counterfeits have presented a public face of strict, austere coldness as “proof” they are “good people.” The idea, apparently, is that these counterfeits have forsaken the “fun” things of life here on earth and are living proof that sin is a provider of fun, glee and all of the wonderful things in life.
Perhaps that is why so many of them down through the years have infamously been revealed to live such different lives behind closed doors as opposed to that which is presented to the public?
Prude, prig, puritan: these words accurately describe those who have demonstrated their “goodness” by making life miserable for others.
They accomplish this NOT by preaching the gospel.
They accomplish this (most usually) by insisting that those around them adhere to the same set of rules and regulations by which the counterfeits supposedly live their cold, hard lives.
To bring reproach to the name of Jesus Christ.
And they have done their job well.
How can we know they have done their job of misrepresenting Christianity so well?
Because the stereotype of the unsmiling, pained Christian is a part of a great many people’s opinion of Christianity.
DOES the reader believe that an important part of Christianity is to forsake joy?
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 6, 2019.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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