Christians: Sending the Wrong Message to the World

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AuthorHouse, 2006 M05 1 - 92 pages

How Much Willful Sin is a Part of Your Christian Testimony?

Christians sending the wrong message to the world is a warning to all who profess to being Christians. Their actions speak volumes about their relationship with God. Satan and the world that he controls has made many Christians a part of his battle plan against God. What you say and more importantly what you do, demonstrates to the world the identity of your true master. As Christians, we are supposed to represent God and our Lord Jesus Christ to the world. Living in peace with the world has caused many of us to become collaborators with the world in unholy activities. In the book of Romans chapter 12 verse18, the bible gives some general guidance on how we are to conduct ourselves. It states, If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. The problem with this guidance is that people have gone way beyond religious tolerance and accepting ungodly behavior. Christians have forgotten the most important part to understanding what this scripture really means. The scripture Hebrews 12:14 sheds light on the application of the scripture in Romans 12:18. It states, Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Certainly we must try to live in peace with the world but at what cost? Christians cannot forsake living holy to have peace with the world. When we do, the world is watching and judging us as one of them. The question then becomes, whom do you serve? Do you serve God only in words and serve his enemy in actions and deeds? This is your Christian testimony to the world. It shows the world that you care more about living in peace with it than you do about living holy and obeying God. This book addresses the practice and acceptance of willful sin.

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Page xiii - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name ? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you : depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Page 16 - I love God," and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
Page 19 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Page 39 - For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment...
Page 25 - I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Page 8 - And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. " And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue ; for I am tormented in this flame.
Page 4 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils ; speaking lies in hypocrisy ; having their conscience seared with a hot iron ; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Page 16 - But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Page 8 - But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things : but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Page 26 - We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

About the author (2006)

William Derrick Moore is a graduate of Master’s Graduate School of Divinity, Evansville Indiana. He earned a Doctorate in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree program allowed him to study the practices and doctrines of many different religions and denominations within Christianity. Dr. Moore also possesses a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Rutgers University. Dr. Moore’s life is an example of God’s grace. Like the Apostle Paul, Dr. Moore led a life of a chief sinner. Living most of his adult life outside of the grace of God, he can attest to the impact of willful sin on the Christian testimony. God had a purpose for Derrick Moore’s life. This became apparent when he had several supernatural encounters with God. Some of these encounters were spiritual and some were physical. During these encounters, God revealed many truths to him. At this time Dr. Moore was not fully dedicated to the Lord but the Lord continued to have more and more encounters with him. The Lord brought a revelation to Moore that he was disobedient to him and was willfully sinning against him with his choices in life. The Lord revealed what Moore’s testimony to the world looked like. It was not pretty. He was a Christian whose testimony in life mirrored that of the unsaved. Finally, the Lord convicted him of his need to deal with the willful sin in his life. From that encounter with God, Moore has made it his priority to warn other Christians about their Christian testimonies and how it impacts the world.

Moore spent over seventeen years observing religious practices in Europe. After studying the religious practices of many European countries, Dr. Moore decided to observe Christians in the United States to see if there were similarities in the lifestyles and worship habits. Dr. Moore completed his observations of the two cultures and concluded that there were serious trends that have developed in each. The research revealed that both cultures have abandoned the need to ensure that Christian testimonies (lifestyles) are consistent with a personal relationship with God. The European observations painted a bleak picture for the younger generation. There is a general lack of concern about a personal relationship with God and what will happen to them after death. Church attendance is limited to weddings, funerals baptisms, and confirmations. A relationship with God is more ceremonial rather than personal. There is a lack of real Christians to fellowship with. They are willing to take their chances with the world instead of God because of the Christian testimonies that they have witnessed. The older generations on the other hand, have more at stake. Since they are closer to death and eternity, they take a more serious position with their relationship with Christ. Wisdom truly follows age. Many European churches are without clergy because the majority of the churches are catholic. There is a high demand for priests but the supply is low because of lifestyle requirements for priests. Observations in the United States revealed some interesting facts. Churches and worship services are growing at an incredible pace. Mega churches are everywhere. It has become big business. The emphasis is on being User Friendly and entertainment. Sundays are truly set aside for church services and worship. The problem is the rest of the week. Many Christians in the United States claim to be followers of Christ on Sundays but are involved in sinful activities during the rest of the week. These studies that were done by Dr. Moore yield a lot of insight into how Christian testimonies are viewed by other Christians and the rest of the world.

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