Discounted Christians

Discounted Christians

Featured in the November, 2012 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

In the business world if the product is not selling, you lower the price – and keep lowering it.

Many “churches” are using the same strategy.

Cut stanzas from the long, too-boring hymn.  Or better still, just sing a few cheery choruses.

Read the Bible through!  Who does that?  Some “selected portions” will do just as well.

The Lord’s DAY?  Too demanding!  The Lord’s HOUR on Sunday morning, is enough, or if that is inconvenient, a service on Saturday evening will be sufficient.

Daily, serious Bible reading and prayer are reduced to part of a Scripture verse from a mini devotional booklet.

Since gas and grocery prices are rising, you tithe whenever you have some money left and certainly the Lord will understand.

If enough people are not attending the services or joining the church, just keep lowering the standards, cutting the price, diluting the content of Christianity so that more people can be reached with whatever “Gospel” happens to remain.

The result of all this is discounted disciples, cheap Christians and bargain believers.  You end up with a papier-mâché Christianity that will melt with the downpour of the first storm.  If a sports event, a barbecue or a family party will keep you away from a worship service, just think how eager you will be to attend when there is persecution!

The Bible has not changed (Psalm 119:89).  Jesus does not changed (Hebrews 13:8) and He is the One Who said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).