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True Christians As The Majority

Many in the American Church are lamenting the fact that our nation is corrupt.  We are now a nation where abortion is rampant, where homosexuality is being encouraged and defended, where divorce is now up to 50% of all marriages, and where whatever sin you prefer, who are we to suggest that you are in sin?  The only absolutes I see in our culture is that one cannot be absolutely against what culture deems correct.  Whatever the culture likes, we are not to question.  The Christian idea that God hates sin or that He will judge sinners or that His wrath is against sin is not to be heard.  The only God of secular culture today is a tolerant god who judges none and allows sinning for all while loving all the same.

This thought got me to thinking though that the true Christian, the faithful disciple of Jesus who hates sin and loves righteousness (1 John 3:4-10) and who pursues holiness (Hebrews 12:14), has been a minority since the dawn of time.  The entire story of the Bible presents many who did love God and who feared Him and obeyed Him but the vast majority of people in the Bible did not love God nor pursue His will.  Even the nation of Israel shows a people who did not follow the Lord God but disobeyed Him as we see in Romans 9:30-33; 10:19-20; 11:7-10.  Paul the Apostle even wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:5, “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.”  

The fact is that true disciples of Jesus have always been a minority.  One could argue that at times a culture reflected more biblical worldview than at other times (this could be true of many Western nations such as Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, South Africa, the United States, Canada) but true Christianity has always been a minority.  Those who preached repentance and holiness have always been a minority.  Those who preached turning away from sin (1 John 2:1-2) have always been a minority.  Those who lived faithful lives to Christ have always been few.  Those who labored in prayer and in the Word have been few.

Jesus tells us about how few those would be who faithful follow Christ as Lord in Luke 13:22-30.  Here we read:

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Notice that Jesus says that we are to strive to enter through the narrow door (v. 24).  The road of faithfulness to Christ contains few.

The fact is that people will always hate the truth of God (Romans 3:10-18).  The fact is that the faithful disciple of Jesus must make our aim to please God and not to “convert” culture.  Jesus alone saves sinners (John 14:6) and He alone will be exalted as we preach His saving gospel to the lost (Romans 10:14-17).  Our aim must be to glorify Jesus in all that we say or do (Colossians 3:17) through His grace (Titus 2:12).  Our aim must be holiness in the midst of a wicked world (1 Peter 1:15-16; 2:9-12).  In Revelation 17:14 we find those who are with Jesus and John writes that they are “called and chosen and faithful.”  I pray that I am those thing by God’s grace.  I want to faithful to Jesus always (2 Timothy 3:12).

As we look around and see our culture becoming wicked, let us bear in mind that people have always chosen to rebel against God (Romans 1:18-32).  Yet our goal should not change: we want to exalt Jesus.  We have His promises that the world would hate us (John 15:18-25).  We have the promise of 2 Peter 3.  We will one day be the majority (Revelation 21:7-8; 22:14-15) but this will come in God’s timing and by His power.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/15/2013 at 4:41 PM

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  1. I just wrote a post about this today. I think this is one of the hardest points to convince “Christians” of–that they are a majority. Most consider themselves to be surrounded by Christians. There are churches everywhere and we’re in Christian America. It’s a judgmental point because you are calling most people they assume are believers as unbelievers. Yet I think it’s right and biblical, just tough to convince people you’re right. Perhaps when our nation explodes it will be more clear. Probably not.

    jeff

    08/16/2013 at 9:03 AM

    • I agree. So many think that it is sad to watch our “Christian” nation implode. The United States is not full of Christians. We need a revival to sweep away this sin and the sinning that abounds.


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