Focus On God Not You Or Me

What is happening to American Christianity is pretty disturbing in my opinion. The questionable adoption of unchristian doctrines, the emphasis on playing bethel and Hillsong church music on church choirs to attract a crowd, along with a sharp decline in orthodox Christian values has made American Christianity have a bad name.

What I’m seeing these days is quite disturbing. A too sharp shift away from biblical Christianity. In some churches today, a person doesn’t even need to believe in God to go to heaven! Stop and think about the former for a second.

The “Give and get wealthy messages,” “Give more and be a leader in our church,” and the “country club style churches” we see today is a unacceptable practice yet they exist in your neighborhood, I bet. I’ve seen enough.

Jesus wasn’t a wealthy country club boy promoting worldly acquisitions. He was a poor carpenter who instructed man to give what they got for the poor. Jesus said in Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

The Lord doesn’t call us to do good to get wealthy and famous like Justin Bieber or Kayne West. Exchanging money for blessings seems to be a variation of the middle age indulgence practice for salvation. That’s not the message of the gospel!

The gospel of Jesus Christ, or the good news as it is also referred as, is the news about the coming of the kingdom of God. Through the works of Christ and by Him resurrecting from the dead, God brings reconciliation between His people and Himself.

Christianity isn’t a mere transaction or a give with strings attached kind of relationship. If you see such messages being shared in your church, flee from them. False teachers take Luke 6:38 out of context for self gain. We are instructed to build treasures in heaven not on earth — Matthew 6:19-20.

Now, this is also pretty disturbing…

We have “Christian” churches today whose doctrine is atheistic. This is simply blasphemy ladies and gentleman. In the name of profit, many churches are now compromising doctrine to a point of excluding God from its messages for the ability to “grow a church.” Be aware of false prophets…”

Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin… and now, Bill Johnson and Todd White… be careful with the Christian doctrine taught by this crowd.

God has alerted us against false prophets repeatedly in the Bible…

1. Matthew 7:15

2. 1 John 4:1

3. Matthew 24:24

4. 2 Peter 2:1

And many more…

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” as we read in Hebrews 13:5. Join a church that practices the gospel of Jesus Christ, that cares for its congregants, and promotes Godly love through scripture. Be careful with “Christian” churches that center it’s messages on money and prosperity in the name of a God.

Let’s share the gospel with the nations and fulfill our great commission duty. Be careful with the messages you hear in some churches today. Pay very close attention to the many eloquent messages that they share from the pulpit and discern if these messages are done for self edification or the edification of God.

Focus on God, not you or me. Don’t forget that.

Author: Dr. Luis Camillo Almeida

Communication Arts professor who has taught over a thousand students in his career. By empathizing with his students, he advises them to think with no box and motivates them to have a successful college life. Through his multifaceted approach to traditional and new medias, his students have the opportunity to become better communicators. Dr. A has helped hundreds of young adults to truly discover who they are, what makes them tick and where their passions lie, in order to achieve long term success in life. He is a very productive college professor who can be found on a variety of social media outlets, public and academic sources, and even on merchandise showcasing his photographic art. Technology complements but doesn’t define him. Colleges house him but can’t hold him.

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