Sun. Sep 27th, 2020
THE SEEMING METAMORPHOSIS OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. (PART 7)

THE SEEMING METAMORPHOSIS OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. (PART 7)

  1. Self-worth is our ultimate pursuit

This subject is exhaustively dealt with in chapters five and six of my book Modern Theology versus Biblical Theology. 

Well, it is just not true that our ultimate goal in this race is to have self-worth, to see our “self” from a high perspective instead of pleasing and glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord asks us to deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23).

The pursuance of self-worth is the elevation of self above Jesus Christ in our lives.  The proponents of this theology (modern preachers) feel so important that they cease being human. They now see themselves as super humans especially when they see the type of influence they have among their followers. They forget they are human beings, especially when you address them without their self-given titles. This is one of the characteristics of the Newer Testament.

  1. Your words are creative and you can create like God did

The infiltration of Christianity with pseudo-theology has deceived myriads of people in this Century. The quest for power has led many to extra-biblical tenets that eulogize the devil rather than God.

Creating with words, creating from nothing is known as Bara in Hebrew. No human being, no matter how powerful he is can create in the sense of “bara”. The “Just say it and it would be your” is a fallacy perpetrated by fake-faith projectors. This is like saying that our faith can bend the will of God. Napoleon Hill’s diction: “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it” is not true and is not biblical. It is a farce.

James, in His Epistle, puts it succinctly “Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that,” (James 4:15).  Therefore, let us be students of the Bible, not blind followers of contemporary Church leaders.

  1. If you have not sweated while praying, you have not prayed

This implies that one must shout, and run around while praying so that people will know that one is praying. Pharisaism and hypocrisy? Yes, pharisaism and hypocrisy. This is a total negation of Jesus’ instructions on prayer in Matthew 6:5-8. Hear Him:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then, your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

 These are Jesus’ words. It is pharisaic to pray shouting, hitting one’s hand on the table, clapping, vibrating, kicking and jumping around. When you pray quietly, “Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” The Lord says that we should not babble like the pagans when we pray.  The question that arises here is “why do contemporary Christians always like to go contrary to God’s stipulated principles in all aspects of worship?”

The answer to this question is not farfetched.  The contemporary Christians do this to look different and more spiritual, thinking that spirituality is speaking boldly against laid down biblical principles that appear dull.

For instance, a pastor was joining a couple in a wedding in one of the new breed Churches in Jos, and when he came to “… for better for worst, for richer and for poorer…,” another pastor got up from the pulpit snatched the microphone from the presiding minister and said, “it is not for better for worst, but for better for best, for richer for richest…” 

Is this not uncontrolled insanity in the Church?  He felt the presiding minister was going contrary to the Newer Testament, and he decided to lead him to the path of the Testament that is in vogue in the 21st Century.

Where does the prayer pattern of praying shouting, kicking, barking, clapping, and vibrating come from? It is obvious that this is an importation into Christianity.  Jesus and His disciples never taught this.

All of us as human beings know that if a child goes to his father to ask for a favor, he does that with all decency and humility; he does not shout, kick, bark, hit the table and vibrate.  A reasonable father will pay a deaf eye to such a child.

I asked one contemporary pastor, why do you pray shouting and vibrating. He said, “We do so, so that the devil will hear it and fear and run away…” Then I asked, is it the devil you pray to or God? And I advised him thus, “If it is to God you pray, He is not deaf for you to shout; if it is to God you pray, you have no business with the devil; it is God’s business to make the devil run away, not yours.”

Do you see the mistakes the contemporary Christians make? They usurp the office of God; they equally usurp the office of the Holy Spirit.

Some people talk about violent prayer. What this means, I do not know. Does violent prayer, as practiced by modern Christians, mean praying for the death of our enemies?  If it does, they are getting it wrong because, in the New Testament, the Lord advised us to pray for and even feed our enemies. So, violent prayers against anybody are characteristics of the Newer Testament being propagated by modern Christians.

John 15:7 promises “Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Does this mean that God MUST do whatever we ask Him to do?  What really is the interpretation of this passage?

This passage is based on a condition. The previous verses give the condition. John 15:4-6 reads:

 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 

The condition is “Remain in Me”.  When we remain in Him, our desires will be to glorify Him, and our prayers will be according to His will.  We must be sure we stand on God’s actual word when we claim a promise, for only then do we have the assurance that God will do or give what He has promised.

Faith has no power in itself. It only counts when it is based on a clear and unambiguous promise of God.  Anything else is just wishful thinking.

A story was told about a woman who prayed and believed that everything she asked God, He would do it according to John 15:7; she jumped from a seven-story building using an umbrella as a parachute. Well, of course, she killed herself because her prayer was not based on the actual words of God’s promise.  Our prayers should be for God’s glory, not for our personal praise.

John 15:7 is not a promise that God will answer every prayer we utter, but rather a promise that He will respond to every longing for personal righteousness and for the glorification of God. If we hunger and thirst for holiness (Galatians 5:22, 23) and ask God for it, He will answer us.  He talks about bearing fruit in these verses. So, “ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” refers to your bearing fruit and your glorifying God. It does not refer to materialism and self-glorification.  Our God keeps His promises.

Materialism and self-glorification are two important elements in contemporary Christianity and the attractions of the Newer Testament