Beware of backwards Christianity

Too often we get Christianity backwards. We expect Christ to follow and bless our desires, feelings, and opinions.

If asking Jesus into your heart doesn’t lead to following Him instead of your own opinions and desires, you’ve stopped short of Christianity. We humans like to follow our invisible thoughts, feelings, and desires, but the invisible Jesus calls us to follow Him instead.

To follow the living Jesus, it’s important that you don’t go faster than He does. To follow the living Jesus, we need to: 1) Become aware of His presence, 2) Hear His voice, 3) Do what He says.

Your own desires can deceive you. People may mislead you. But if you follow “Christ in you,” He’ll lead you to true freedom. People who are convinced they’re right, often have no scruples about doing wrong, to defend what they think they’re right about.

The greatest freedom isn’t found in pride and confrontation. It’s found in humble and loving obedience to the living Jesus. If you follow people who wallow in arrogance, you’ll gradually embrace their hollow pride.

Say and do what’s right, with kindness and compassion, whether anyone follows you or not. Before you follow your heart, make sure it’s telling you the truth. It’s an expert at leading you astray. Jeremiah 17:9

When I let the living Jesus tell me what to do and do what He tells me (even when I don’t want to), He steps in with miracles.

Hype and emotion don’t necessarily equal truth. They can easily sweep us away from wisdom and into blind acceptance of deception.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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