Several years ago, a popular women's magazine surveyed 3,000 Protestant clergy concerning their views on Christianity. The result of the survey was disheartening. A considerable number rejected the idea of a personal God. Many said God was nothing more than a force of life, a principle of love, or the ultimate reality. There was no mention of Jesus Christ or His death on Calvary's cross as an atonement for the sin of the world. No promise of salvation by grace was recorded. No thought was given to the resurrection of Christ as a matchless demonstration of God's power over sin and death.
There is an identity crisis at work—not just in our lives but also in our churches.
There is an identity crisis at work—not just in our lives but also in our churches. It comes as the result of our willingness to accept and even embrace other religions as equal to Christianity. This false view has weakened our faith and caused us to give up what we once held dear: our godly convictions. So many in our society who claim to be Christians are suffering from an identity crisis because they are confused about their Christian faith. However, the Bible makes it clear.
A Christian is a person who has repented of his sins, surrendered his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and acknowledged that without Christ's death on the cross, he would have gone to hell for eternity.
How do we avoid confusion and deception, especially when our world paints such pleasant pictures of sin and compromise?
Begin by being committed to the study of God's Word. Then, make sure the church you attend is one that teaches God's Truth without compromise. Finally, come before the Lord daily in prayer and repentance and encourage others to do the same. God forgives and restores us when our hearts are turned toward Him.
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word that instructs me in Your Truth and reveals my true identity in Christ. Help me to stand firm and not compromise so that many may come to know You as I share Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).