GENUINE

     Genuine – “the state of being true to the original; freedom from adulteration or foreign admixture; freedom from anything false or counterfeit; as the genuineness of faith.” Seeker friendly, culturally relevant, multicultural, non-traditional, contemporary, and fun, are just a few of the terms that are used to describe the “religious downgrading of Genuine Biblical Christianity” in our world today. The effect of this is seen in many churches, in that they have adopted new concepts of worship in which live bands, praise and worship leaders, contemporary music, and dance teams, have replaced the song leader in leading the congregation in the great hymns of our faith. Then you have pastors who stand on the stage, with a perverted Bible, (anything that is not 1611 KJV), with cool graphics and flashing lights in the background who delivers his sermon with gimmicks and props to make the message cool. The result of this is that, Christianity is not exhibiting the fruit of genuine faith upon the unsaved world but a fruit of worldliness. Now, I know there are those that will argue, if we as Christians and Churches do not become culturally relevant, we will not be able to appeal to the unsaved world. To their argument, the Bible has already given the answer, and that is the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The message of the gospel is relevant to the unsaved because it alone provides what the unsaved world needs and that is forgiveness of their sins and reconciliation back to God through the atoning work of our Savior Jesus Christ. What we as Christians need to do is live genuine Christian lives before the unsaved world so they can see Jesus in us and when they see Jesus in us, they will receive the message of the gospel. Faith talk must be backed up by faith walk. Many people assume faith to be nothing more than mental assent to a set of beliefs, but true faith involves so much more. True faith not only affects the way we believe but also how we live and act. True faith transforms from the inside out and always reveals itself in right thinking, right speaking, and right living. Let’s seek to live out our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be genuine Christians. (James 2:18), “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”


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