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What Would Jesus Think of Present-Day Christians? – 11 July 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

In yesterday’s Blog, If Jesus Were on Earth Today, I made a few comments about the sad state of Christianity in today’s world. Now I want to briefly touch on what Jesus might think of many of those who claim to be His followers.

Perhaps He would not be surprised that so few are true believers in Him; after all, He is God and He did say: (Matthew 7:13-14)

13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.

14 "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

~ New American Standard Bible

Would Jesus be dazzled by the “Christian” entertainment offered to the thousands in mega churches? Would He be impressed by the claims of “miracles in His Name” by the well-heeled pastors? Some answers to these questions are found in Matthew 7:15-16 and in Matthew 7:21-23. Here Jesus says:

15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'

~ New American Standard Bible

And in Luke 6:26 Jesus says:

26. “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for in the same way their fathers used to treat the false prophets.”

~ New American Standard Bible

What about those purveyors of cheap grace who are proud of the number of “converts” that they make (another notch!), and who sell Christianity as something easy – your sins are forgiven: past, present, and future? After initial salvation, no effort, no change for the better, no discipline required: Jesus took it all upon Himself on the Cross. Wow! A free ride!

But what about James 2:17, 20, and 26?

17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

~ New American Standard Bible

And what about this often overlooked scripture: Matthew 5:48? Here Jesus says:

48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

~ New American Standard Bible

Continued tomorrow –

Go on to: What Would Jesus Think of Present-Day Christians? (Part 2) – 12 July 2006
Return to: If Jesus Were on Earth Today – 10 July 2006
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