The QuasiChristian

Critical Thinking and Spiritual Reasoning

Onward, Christian Soldier – Part 5

The series “Onward, Christian Soldier” continues. There are 10 commonly accepted principles for new Christians. The following list is from The Way of the Master.

  1. Read your Bible daily
  2. Have faith in God
  3. Spread the gospel of salvation
  4. Pray to God in faith
  5. Beware of the world, the devil, and your flesh
  6. Attend church regularly
  7. Give thanks to God in everything
  8. Be baptized in water
  9. Give 10% of your income to a church
  10. Never question the Christian faith; stay away from those who do

Wow, 10 simple steps for living the Christian life. No wonder so many can’t articulate what it means to be a follower of Christ. Some may say, “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship with God”. Well, when I see a handy-dandy checklist like this it gives me pause.

According to Wikipedia:

Religion is the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or in general a set of beliefs explaining the existence of and giving meaning to the universe, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Christianity is clearly a religion.

The last principle is quite disconcerting, but it’s easy to understand why questioning the faith is admonished. Christians aren’t encouraged to use intellect and reason in their faith. Such practices are for conservative Christian scholars only. If you’re ever in doubt about what the Bible says just look at your study Bible notes or an evangelical commentary. Avoid sources that point out errors, inconsistencies,  and questionable conduct and beliefs sanctioned by God. Those who don’t believe the Bible to be perfectly shaped and molded by God himself are Satan’s pawns positioned to keep you from experiencing God’s blessing and divine favor.

In part six of this series I’ll scrutinize the education of new Christians in the local church. Perhaps I’ll do a better job of keeping my sarcasm in check, or not. Until then, stay rational.

Onward, Christian Soldier – Part 4

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Christian Education | , , , , | Leave a comment