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    Fake Christianity

    There are a lot of times when I feel like a pretender, and I'm afraid someone's going to find out all about me and realize I've been faking this whole Christianity thing. I'm just guessing here, but there are probably a lot of Christians who feel the same way, like they're barely scraping by in life without doing something drastically and publicly evil. And there's a fear that, if others found out they felt this way, their world would explode with shame. They're fearful—as am I—of being caught as fake Christians.

    If you're one of these people, I've got bad news for you. And good news.

    The bad news is, you've got Christianity all wrong. Your version is a fake. You're worried that people might think you're a fake because you don't want to live the way you know you ought to live. You worried about being caught as a hypocrite at the deepest level, where your heart and mind struggle against God's law. You think Christianity is about living a good life, and you know you don't match up. So you're afraid or depressed or sneaky—you really are a fake.

    The good news is, you've got Christianity all wrong! If the way to be right with God is through your right living, and you know you don't live right, then sure, you're in trouble. But the way to be right with God is through acknowledging your hypocrisy, allowing yourself to stand exposed in the light of God's word, and trusting that Jesus lived the life you couldn't hope to live. Jesus was the only Real Person—the rest of us are the Fakes. His life was the only unhypocritical life—the rest of us are pretenders.

    If your sense of being a fake Christian causes you to fear because you think God won't accept you, then your view of Christianity is false. God only accepts those who know they're fakes. He only accepts those who hide in Jesus, not those who try to hide behind a thin veil of pretend good works. It's almost funny—he rejects hypocrites, but welcomes those who admit to their hypocrisy. Don't be afraid of being found out as a sinner—be afraid of being found outside of the Sinless One. Don't worry about being honest with your faults—we're all just like you, so we can't condemn you!

    If you want to be a real Christian, you have to be honest. Honest with yourself, that God already knows your secrets. Honest with God, that you need his mercy in order to be right with him—there's no other way! And honest about the Gospel, that your secrets don't prevent Jesus from loving and saving you through his life, death, and resurrection.

    Posted by Eric Costa on September 30, 2006 02:10 PM

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    Eric,

    Good post. I have to believe that if any of those desperate "fake" Christians were reading it then God was drawing them to the truth. On the other hand, many believers have little assurance because of their inconsistent walks. Of course none of are perfect so unless our faith is strong in the person of Jesus Christ and not our own performance then we will struggle as well.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    Great post, Eric. Isn't the fact that we do struggle a sign of grace? A sinner with a heart of stone will not fight his nature. He enjoys it and could care less that he doesn't measure up to God's demands. A sinner with a God-wrought heart of flesh struggles with the fact that "what I want to do I don't do, and what I don't want to do I do!" (Romans 7) Thanks be to God for the fight! By His Spirit He convicts us and keeps us as humble beggars clothed by the riches in Christ Jesus.

    By His Grace and for His Glory,

    Kevin

    christianity xposed. most xtians today are pauline. islam is the true religion of christ. we muslims are the true followers of jesus. Ask me and i will prove it to you. even from your own bible.

    ISLAM IS THE LAST VOMIT OF SATAN AND WILL BE EXPOSED FOR THE FALSE RELIGION IT IS -WHEN CHRIST COMES BACK TO JUDGE THE WORLD> no sense arguing about it, the TRUTH STANDS!

    "ISLAM IS THE LAST VOMIT OF SATAN", ok so you are christian, so would you like it if someone said "CHRISTIANITY IS THE LAST VOMIT OF SATAN", i do not think you would like it, infact if a person who isnt muslim or christian, would thik that what you have said is offensive, i may not be any of your religion, but what you have said is offensive, demeaning and extremely rude!

    you fuckin all wrong, we abos made da world!!!! fukin blak power m8

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