With the way the world is today, the last thing we need is Christians doing things that either hurt our testimony or aren’t good for our walk with Christ. In these days, we need to cling to Christ, share the gospel, and get tough, but many people refuse to stand for Christ and back away in silence. There are five prominent things that we need to stop doing, for they are not good for our walk with Christ. If we want to get closer to Jesus, then we need to give up these things, even if it seems difficult.
- Quit picking and choosing parts of the Bible to follow!
Many people are guilty of this. When we see a verse or a passage in the Bible that convicts us, we sometimes ignore it or think, “That’s not talking abut me, it must be about someone else.” This thought process is wrong, and is damaging to the soul. When we decide to follow Christ, we decide to follow Him completely, and that means the entire Bible too! God wrote the Bible, so if we have an issue with it, then He’s convicting us. Conviction isn’t a bad thing, for it is Christ telling us what we are doing wrong, so the next time we feel conviction, we should go into prayer and make things right with the Lord.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible was written so we could be instructed and corrected in righteoueness! The Bible wasn’t written just to show us what is wrong or right, but it was also written so we could grow closer and stronger in Christ! The more we allow God to correct us, the wiser we become, and the more we are taught, the smarter we become!
When we only pick and choose verses to follow, we deny God the right to correct us, which stunts our growth and prevents God from working in our lives. Our negligence, prevents the Lord from molding us and shaping us, which will result in us being stuck in the same ruts.
2. Quit inviting lost people to church when you are only going to question why they came due to them “coming as they are.”
I see people all around judging lost people for coming to church! I find that behavior utterly disgusting, for everyone used to be lost! Just because you weren’t a drunk, doesn’t mean that person cannot come to church and get saved! Just because you weren’t a prostitute, doesn’t mean that person cannot come to church and get saved! Jesus did not just die for you, He died for the drunks, He died for the liars, the corrupt, the prostitutes, the thieves, the murderers, and most importantly, He died for everyone, so why are we going to judge those who come to church in search of Him?
“Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” Luke 5:31-32
If you are healthy, then you do not need a doctor, so the next time you see someone in need of Jesus walking into your church, do not turn them away, for you do not control who comes to church and who doesn’t. Instead, lead that person to Christ, show them that Christ can take away the pain, the agony, and the situation they are in. Imagine how many people would accept Christ if we allowed them into our churches!
3. Quit conforming to the world!
As believers in Christ, we must not conform to the world around us. Persecution is unavoidable, so why try to please the world when they hate the God we serve? The world is going to be offended, the world is going to hate you, and the world is going to fight you. The world hates Jesus and what He stands for, so why are we still conforming to the world?
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
When we accept Christ, our minds are transformed, which results in us having the desire to show others the things that are good and acceptable in the eyes of God. When we accept Christ, we realize that the things of this world are sinful, disgusting, and grotesque. We should flee from the immortality rather than running to it, and when we do flee from it, we fill our minds in things that are pure and good in the eyes of God. How can we claim to love God when we refuse to give up the world? We cannot serve two masters, so we must choose to either follow Jesus or the world.
4. Christians need to quit using the phrase “he who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone” incorrectly.
This phrase is normally used by someone who is trying to justify their sin, but what people fail to realize is that after Jesus says that phrase, He also says “Go and sin no more,” but no one is willing to mention that. This also correlates with people picking and choosing what they want to follow in the Word of God, and that is very damaging to your walk with Christ.
“So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”” John 8:7-11
Yes, Jesus did say that the person who is without sin can cast the first stone, but He never used this as an excuse to go freely in your sin, for He then told her to go and sin no more. When we begin to use the Bible as a way to defend our flesh, then there is a problem. The Bible will never support any sin, and the moment you try to use the Bible to justify what you are doing, you are twisting the Word of God!
Therefore, we need to stop justifying our sin with a phrase from the Bible, because we are missing the big picture! We need to own up to our sins, take accountability, fall on our knees, and confess to the Lord! Jesus is willing and just to forgive us, but we have to be willing to swallow our pride and realize that what we are doing is a sin instead of defending it.
5. Christians need to quit being silent about their faith when many people are in need of Jesus.
This one is the most common issue that I see everywhere. Christians are afraid to be open about their faith, but the question I ask is “Why?” What could you be afraid of? Jesus already won when He defeated the grave, so why are you worried about what this world might do? When we decide to be silent about our faith, we are hiding our testimony, which angers the Lord.
“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33
When we deny Jesus in front of men, He will deny us in front of His Father, so is it really worth it? Is hiding your faith worth Jesus denying you in front of His Father? Time is getting short, and there are many people who need Jesus, so why hide your faith? Instead, we should proclaim who Jesus is, and spread the love of Jesus! People cannot get saved if people aren’t testifying, so instead of being ashamed of your faith, be fearless and proclaim what Jesus has done for you!
There are many more things that we need to quit doing, but these are the top five that I see happening either in our society, our own churches, or around us! Times are getting worse, and we may be the only way some people find out about Jesus, so we must live the Bible cover to cover and word for word.
If the Lord is convicting you of something, then instead of getting offended, fall to your knees and ask for forgiveness! Let God mold you and shape you, for running from Him doesn’t benefit you. Though our society has made up their own version of Jesus, the Bible tells us who Jesus really is, and He is the one we should follow and not this society!