Why Do So Many in the Churches Appear Unhappy?

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[A few years ago, ETPR published an article (Fake Christians: Wearing the Mask of a Strict, Joyless Life) about the pretenders in the churches acting so unhappy. At the time, it was decided that there was MORE to add to this topic at some later point. That ‘later point’ is NOW. And so, it was recently decided to revisit that thought.]

FIRST, a few old thoughts.

To summarize the important parts of that previous article, we present the following.

1- The world insists that a life lived without sin is a life without “FUN!

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.

2- Unhappiness demands conformity–and that conformity demonstrates to the world that there is NO ‘fun’ in being a Christian FUNdamentalist.

Prudeprigpuritan: 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.

Their aim?

To bring reproach to the name of Jesus Christ.

FINALLY, a few NEW thoughts on the topic.

One would think that the churches would be FILLED with happy, joyous folks.

After all, the churches are supposed to look like THE CHURCH. (This is NOT to say that there are NO joyous folks in the churches: there are.  But the joyous folks appear to be the exception, rather than the rule.)

“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
–Psalm 19:8

1- Nearly every waking moment of the REAL Christian’s life is colored by the realization that he is actually going to heaven; that the blessings of eternal life are his.

It’s like the Christian has won some GREAT, cosmic lottery!

This gives the REAL Christian a reason to be ever JOYFUL.

However, pretend Christians know NOTHING of this JOY.

IN FACT, pretend Christians cannot even imagine such joy: because pretend Christians are deceived, they write off such joy as the product of an over-active imagination.

IN FACT, the world of the pretend Christian seem to be populated by Gloomy Gus and Debbie Downer.

2- Because so FEW church folk (who are NOT active workers of iniquity) are acquainted with REAL Christians, they are sucked in to the fable that to be a Christian is to be unpleasantly cheerless.  Therefore, a certain percentage of the church folk believe this dismal melancholy is part of the ‘Christian lifestyle.’

3- The church folk DO partake in some ‘acceptable’ behaviors which are contrary to God’s Word.

EATING (or rather, OVER-eating) is one of these.

So many church social events appear to promote a meal or eating as the feature event of the evening.

Apparently, GLUTTONY appears to be an ‘acceptable’ behavior among the tares and their followers.

4- NOWHERE is it demonstrated in the churches that the pretenders have undergone the transformed life which comes from being reborn spiritually.

IF they were reborn spiritually, they would KNOW true joy.

IF they WERE reborn spiritually, they would be pretenders no longer.

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
–John 3:1-7

5- Those in the churches who pretend to be Christians are largely OUTSIDE the scope of God’s great mercy.

IF those in the churches who pretend to be Christians were reborn spiritually, they would not only experience the joy of KNOWING their eternal destination, they would be provided with many infallible proofs of God’s great mercy.

KNOWING that God’s great mercy has touched their lives would be reason enough to exhibit great JOY–not austere cheerlessness–to their fellows.

6- God’s mercy begins with the putting of one’s faith for the future in the hands of Jesus Christ.

7- Putting one’s faith in the future securely in the hands of Jesus Christ begins with a fervent belief in the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ.

DOES the reader believe that church attendance is a necessary part of end times life?

DOES the reader look forward to these various church events OR are they a ‘necessary evil’?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

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.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 30, 2021.]

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