A few pretty ideas and nothing more

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:36)

Do you ever encounter this in church? Do you ever meet Christians who cling tightly to verses that promise life to those who believe in Christ and yet ignore the call that Christ puts on their lives? They act as if “belief” in Christ means nothing more than saying a few words with sincerity about his divine nature and his resurrection from the dead.

I find this attitude rather widespread and also quite difficult to change. Christians have been persuaded that this thin version of belief is all that is required for them to get to heaven, and so they rest happy in the delusion that Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior, calls them to do nothing more than to hold a few pretty ideas in their head. They cling to John 3:16 and Romans 10:9 and look for loopholes in the Sermon on the Mount and the parable of the sheep and the goats.

The phrase I picked up from somewhere along the way goes like this: “The hardest people to convert to Jesus Christ are nominal Christians.”

Have you found this to be true? Do you have an experience with moving people deeper in their belief?

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2 thoughts on “A few pretty ideas and nothing more

  1. Asbury Seminary launched seedbed and the New Room Conference because they realized that the second half of the gospel–living a transformed life here and now–had been lost. I had to feel like I was clinging to the edge of the abyss, totally lost and confused before I got serious about following through on my instinct that there was more to Christianity than the church was giving me. I had to wander away from church before I discovered a God worth worshiping–the church version of God will no longer do. But now I don’t know what to do about church.

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