Becoming more than common and ordinary
Making the transition from the common, ordinary, indifferent Christian to fully committed remnant believer requires a firm decision to do so. It is a crossing over into an entirely new way of thinking and living.
God desires to do a full and finished work of redemption and restoration in us. There are, however, two things that we must remember: the work will not be instantly completed and it will not be a painless process. Throughout the pro-cess we may expect to be challenged: We'll likely encounter obstacles, disheartening reverses, and unexpected failures. But if we've made an unfailing commitment to Christ and his church, if we have unfaltering tenacity, and resilient faith, with a large measure of patience, we shall prevail.
The reason the process won't be painless is that we'll have to make a number of significant changes: We'll have to break old habits and addictions, change unsanctified atti-tudes, and improve much of our thinking. Some of our act-ions and reactions will have to be modified or trashed. We cannot win spiritual victories without having spiritual battles.
A huge component of change and growth is private and pub-lic worship and praise. Worship ought to be an exciting ex-perience that energizes us and pleases the Lord. Church attendance must not become something we force ourselves to do simply because it's Sunday and part of our Christian duty. We ought to pray sincerely, worship enthusiastically, and serve with true devotion.
If we conquer our own will and force it to submit to God's will, we will discover the benefits and blessings associated with submission. Another crucial element in our relationship with Christ is obedience, the natural response to his love. In the simplest terms, we will obey Christ to the degree we love him. If our obedience is the result of a healthy relation-
ship, nurtured by substantive fellowship, our obedience will be quick and full, serving as a sterling badge of discipleship.
Conforming to the likeness of Christ must be our ultimate goal. Unless we are born again, conformation is outside the realm of possibility; of itself, the flesh cannot conform to the likeness of Christ.
True and lasting change first takes place in the spirit. The spirit influences the mind, and the flesh is forced to comply with whatever the mind decides.
For the development of his spiritual life and maturity, the remnant Christian seeks knowledge. Most spiritual know-
ledge comes through reading God's word, but some of it comes through divine revelation. The informed believer can more perfectly follow and honor his Lord. The remnant Christian seeks direct access to the mind and plans of God, which guide and empower his life.
In order to secure our position as part of the holy remnant that's destined to inherit and rule the earth, it's necessary that we live our lives as close to Christ as possible, following his commands and living mindful of the impeccable example he set.
God calls us to commitment. It's a call to separation and consecration. It is essential that we distinguish ourselves, not only from the clearly lost world, but also from those who are Christian in name only. True salvation belongs only to those who have decided to follow Jesus, whatever the cost and however heavy the cross.
Representing Christ and the Church
We know that sin infected believers are undermining the integrity of the Church and creating a false, degraded per-
ception of Christianity among the lost. What are the unreached supposed to think when they see untrustworthy and seriously flawed representatives of the gospel? They will label us all according to what they have seen in the ones they know best.
The public's conception of who we are has been partly crea-ted by Hollywood and the popular news media that mis-represents us according to their own social and political biases. However, Christianity may be threatened most, not by outside opposition, but by the cancerous growth of insin-
cerity and indifference that has invaded the body of Christ. Much of the blame for our degraded reputation rests with the unholy pretenders among us that have become the ugly face of Christianity!
True Christianity is built on Jesus Christ and the relationship we have with the Father through him. That relationship en-
tails a body of unalterable truths, principles, laws, and moral absolutes, without which Christianity ceases to be relevant. However, liberal elements in the church in general, including whole denominations, have revised, amended, and brazenly altered the teachings of Christ and the Scriptures until they no longer reflect the mind of God or the heart of the gospel. Errant preachers and teachers that are aborting the mission of the church and interrupting the plans of God, will event-ually be exposed, judged, and removed by him!
Leaders of the church must be judged by their adherence to biblical truth: If they are not teaching Christ-centered con-cepts, principles, and truths, they are not legitimate. Bibli-cal Christianity demands moral integrity and does not lend itself to the corrupting influence of changing cultures that are in conflict with established biblical morality.
On an individual basis, we cannot stand still spiritually be-cause we're in a raging current of dissipation that's rapidly dragging us downstream away from God. We must fight our way upstream, resisting the murky floodwaters of tempta-tion in search of God's deliverance.
Salvation is not a step of faith; it's a walk of faith. The preaching and acceptance of the true gospel bears fruit unto salvation. Remnant believers line up with the word of God. We believe the scripture is the final and trustworthy guide on what is acceptable to God. We're not free to interpret or edit scripture as we please and must not make a conlusion that is contradictory to the author's overall writings or is in direct conflict with scripture in general.
Remnant believers try to shape their lives around the moral absolutes offered in the word of God, not to distort the word of God to fit our sins or stretch it to support an unsanctified lifestyle.