Stomperz Sunday was fantastic. Dance as an expression of praise and worship is just too good.
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Anyway to Cut to the chase, Our Preacher was Ms. Selina Yolanda Waliaula, and oh my this dancer has multi talent.
The topic was The Casual Christian:
- The Definition
- Someone who believes in God and who thinks that this is enough to be saved
- Someone who misquotes the Bible to justify their own actions or beliefs
- Someone who claims that ‘God didn’t really mean it when He said don’t lie / don’t steal / don’t look with lust, etc.’
- The luke warm believer who Christian who is headed to the Heavens ICU
- Someone who when out there in the world hangs out with non-saved Christians and instead of giving courage and being the true example, lives the worldly life… But on Sunday is an usher in church and wears a mink jacket… (Pretends to be the best of the best). Ooh! this reminds me of a colleague of mine who does not work nor perform but when the boss calls he runs to kiss his boots.
- Chicks… Gold digging on Monday to Saturday then using the same for tithe and offering on Sunday… Get a life… earn an honest living.
- Someone who probably drinks one or too boozes justifying them as a little wine and then goes ahead and curses the regular drunkard… Yea… trying to classify sin right?
- All in all the casual Christian is one who compromises their Christian ways and tries to justify it
- Longing to live the way of this world like telling a friend who introduces them self a gay that It’s all right to be gay since people are born different!!! Duh!!!
2. The Why
- Unfortunately there are people who attend church every week but who have never actually been saved. They attend church out of a sense of obligation or for socialization, while lacking a saving relationship with Christ
- Once a person has been genuinely saved, he or she will desire to spend time worshipping God and fellowshipping with other believers at church
- Attending the Concert for the fun parts, the crowd, the social and finding it boring when its time to worship.
- The grey areas in life, living together (co-habiting) before marriage because in modern society is cool to experiment and get to test the waters before making final decisions.
- We all know Jesus is coming soon but the casual Christian will keep saying that there is still time to repent, going the disco and having a great time at the party booze and all having in mind that on Sunday you will repent and all will be good for the fresh week.
- You imagine Jesus is a disappointment because things did not work out as you had planned or you had intended, you go to church on Sunday and pray for a Job then on Tuesday you fail the interview and blame God!!! Duh!!! again… God just aint gonna attend interviews for you. Put in your own effort and don’t lay the blame on God.
- Selina Yolanda went through one of these “Disappointments…” She had an opportunity to leave the country on an exchange plan but did not manage to get her passport in the stipulated 2 weeks… actually it took three months as the officers at immigration thought she was a OGA… lol. Anyway she missed the trip and even lol she even anticipated burning Nyayo house… Thanks to the non-casual Christian attitude she has now she is all over that, and is fully content.
- God can disappoint you if you tend to live a life that is more about serving you than Him, if your Christian standards go down trust me “Your Blogger” you will be disappointed… that is why I am sharing this with you all. Selina Preached directly to me. Yes I have been a casual Christian.
3. How do you know your Casual?
How do you know you are a casual Christian or backsliding? Have you ever checked out the steps that lead to it?
Selina pointed then out as below
a) Prayer life goes down. We no longer give time to prayer and purpose. Most of us pray on demand.. God hook me up with these shoes pleaseeeee Amen. Like it’s a condition being given. A young dancer by the name of Ger reminded us that we must pray continuously n always.
b) Ministry life goes down. People who were deep in ministry begin skiving the responsibilities they had offered. By the way cleaning the chairs in Church is ministry so if you skive it you are as ‘good’ as a Pastor skiving preaching.
c) Reading the Bible. Reading the bible in a diminishing way…
- You the strong and committed Christian used to read the bible daily, Committed to at least a Chapter a day.
- You the falling Christian reads the bible a few verses a day
- You the Casual Christian reads the bible when in church on Sunday and only remember Jn 11:35 Jesus wept and maybe… Just maybe Jn 3:16. Oh just a reminder… “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” The Message.
- When you read the bible you are directly speaking to God so when you put Facebook Before your bible you are putting your personal interests before God.
d) Meeting with Brethren to share Gods word together is vital. The casual Christian will instead put meeting with homies to catch up and share the latest Gossip.
Join a Care Group (CG) and you will feel the difference. Hey… Being in a CG is actually fun, Its more fun that getting stoned and regretting then pretending to repent on Sunday.
Be Bold Tell your homies on the other side that you will NOT heng and will not get stoned. Ask them out… out to visit with a CG or to church on Sunday. Walk the Talk!!!
e) When you hang around the aspect of sin and feel nothing, you are being casual. If you are in a situation where you can or will fall, flea. Putting yourself in a position where sexual temptation is at your doorstep will create the perfect atmosphere for you to have it and do it and what does the bible say about sexual immorality?
1 Corinthians 6:18 (The Message)
16-20There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
Let’s take a look at the bible story of Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego…
Daniel 3 (The Message)
19-23 Nebuchadnezzar, his face purple with anger, cut off Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it, while the fire raged around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
The soldiers burnt from the heat, relate this with being the casual Christian and hanging around evil, you don’t need to be in fire to burn, you just need to be around it.
4. What Does God think of the casual Christian?
The Book of Amos is set in a time when the people of Israel have reached a low point in their devotion to YHWH (the God of Israel) – the people have become greedy and have stopped following and adhering to their values. The wealthy elite are becoming rich at the expense of others. Peasant farmers who once practiced subsistence farming are being forced to farm what is best for foreign trade, mostly wine and oil.
YHWH speaks to Amos, a farmer and herder, and tells him to go to Samaria, the capital of the Northern kingdom. Through Amos, God tells the people that he is going to judge Israel for its sins, and it will be a foreign nation that will enact his judgment.
The people understand judgment as the coming of “the Day of the Lord.” “The Day of the Lord” was widely celebrated and highly anticipated by the followers of God. However, Amos came to tell the people that “the Day of the Lord” was coming soon and that it meant divine judgment and justice for their own iniquity.
Read Amos Chapter 2-6.
We should think of ourselves the way Christ thinks of us we should change our ways and believe as is quoted in
Philippians 2:8-11 (The Message)
5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
If you know your spiritual health is lacking… Like Mine… and you are allowing weakness to take over, to think you have arrived and you know Jesus more than anyone else, Consider yourself wanting and require urgent medical attention, there is Dr. Jesus who shall you admit you in heavens ICU. He shed his blood that all may be cleansed as white as snow
John 1:29-31 (The Message)
29-31The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”
Isaiah 1:18-20 (The Message)
18-20“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
you’ll die like dogs.”
That’s right. God says so.
Why are you taking your Christianity Casually?
You are either for the Lord or Not for Him.
Don’t Mock Him!!!
Chooze who you are living for.
Hebrew 10:26-31 (The Message)
26-31If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.
When you are giving give with your heart not just because other people are giving.
Let your tithes and offerings be from a cheerful heart. giving shingo upande is the same as just not giving at all. It’s not a debt, it’s a promise.
Learn to be more Christ like and remember what Jesus asked you to simply live like…
Matthew 22:36-40 (The Message (MSG))
The Most Important Command
34-36When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?” 37-40Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”