It’s Not Religion That Offends The Unsaved, It’s Christ Who Offends Them
Religion centers on man’s personal relationship with man based on the adherence to a personalized set or institutionalized system of attitudes, behaviors and/or practices. Religion is the scrupulous conformity to a cause, principle or system of beliefs.
Christianity on the other hand is faith derived from experiencing Jesus Christ, based on the Bible as sacred scripture. Being a Christian is based upon the personal one to one relationship with “God the Father” by the confession that we are sinners destined to eternal damnation if we do not accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and repentance of our sins. (See: Romans 10:9,13 KJV)
Ergo, it is not religion that is under attack in the market-square, rather it is “Christ” of Christianity.
Religion has to do with man-ordained customs and behaviors; Christianity has to do with one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ through faith. (See: Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
One can be religious in their pursuit of the perfect landscape or anger management; in their pursuit of being the perfect parent, church attendance or their golf game; but one can only be a Christian through their confession, repentance, acceptance and faith in Christ. (See: John 3:1-21 KJV)
The understanding of said differences between religion and Christianity, with respect to the assaults on the latter, has become unnecessarily complicated.
Consider: It is not the [religious] holiday of Christmas that is politically incorrect – it is the worship of the “Christ” of Christmas that has become incorrect. The day itself is celebrated absent thereof under the guise of not wanting to offend.
It is not the “Ten Commandments” that are under attack in America, rather, in reality, it is their “Author.” It is not religion that has been forced from the public schools and seats of government – quite the opposite. It is the “personage” of Christianity, i.e., Jesus Christ “Who” has been removed.
California is leading the nation in the condemnation of Christ in their public school system while embracing every pagan religion from Islam to witchcraft. California public schools are not offended by Islam because school authorities understand full well that Islam is based upon nothing but a system of tyrannical beliefs credited to a child molesting murderer who was half-a-homosexer, who’s body lies dead in the ground while his soul burns in hell. Parts of California have introduced state legislation that is intended to make churches that preach Jesus Christ and pastors who preach against sin subject to fines and imprisonment.
The Moslem religion, which amounts to little more than a collection of edicts found in tales of the Arabian Nights. But, let a teacher wear a tiny crucifix to school and/or let a second grade child bow their heads and give thanks to God for their food and all unholy hell will break out.
California leads the nation down the dark abyss in the celebration of the rawest forms of sexual perversion. But let a Christian point out that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in transpicuously clear that the very forms of sexual perversion school children are being brainwashed into carries life-altering diseases, mental illness and death, and the powers that be go apoplectic.
Children learn about the Islamic five pillars of faith and Muhammad; all of which is presented as fact. While conversely details of the Christendom simulation, which was based only in medieval times, make no reference to the four gospels, or even to Jesus Christ. The school children are told they will become Moslems and they play jihadi board games.
Is there anyone who cannot envision the deluge of renunciation if these same students were told “they would become Christians” as part of a world Christian revival, and they were mandated to learn “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh to the Father, but by Me;” or “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God?”
The Pastor of my church told me he received a flyer from Barnes and Noble Bookstore, which proudly announced depraved sexual deviants calling themselves transsexuals would be leading summer reading sessions for children. How hellish and demonic can they be?
But specific to my subject, why would public institutions mandate religious practices and studies while eschewing all appearance of Christian study and Jesus Christ? The answer is the personage upon “Whom” Christianity is based.
Do you remember the interfaith group founded by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon which spearheaded an effort to have Christian ministers remove crosses from their churches, calling them a symbol of oppression and perceived superiority? The group viewed the “Cross of Christ” as a symbol of religious intolerance, forced conversions and even racism. (See: “Christian Churches Should Stop Using the Cross, Group Says” – Aug. 22, 2003)
What other faith could be attacked as viciously without fear of impunity? None! Why? Because only in Christianity does one find absolutes and the absence of respect for person, i.e., no one is without sin; and being good doesn’t count.
The moral cachexia of our society is obvious to all who will see. But in religious circles, man need not accept said deterioration as his fault. It is the fault of a parent, poverty or a situation. And often, it is not viewed as deterioration at all.
But in Christianity, Christ holds us all individually accountable for our own actions. Also in Christianity there is no such thing as infant baptism and as Christians we make confession directly to God Himself in the name of Jesus; we don’t make confession to a sinful man.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here