Hear me out on this please. Most of America’s “Christians” are not Christian. While 73% of America claims to be either Protestant or Catholic, anyone paying attention can tell that most of those people are not following any semblance of Scriptural teaching. Case in point is a recent headline from the Blaze that I will not link to, discussing a woman who calls herself a Christian, yet makes 200k a month as an online prostitute. Obviously her work is appallingly un Christian and makes something abundantly clear. This woman (and her parents who applaud her) are not Christians. Period.
Lest anyone find my take too harsh, let me remind you that Jesus said “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20. Further, if you read on in Matthew seven, you find Jesus talking about people who claim to follow Him, and even think themselves His followers, but whom He never knew. I submit that American Christianity is dominated by those Jesus never knew.
It gives me no pleasure to claim American Christianity is dominated by frauds. Yet it is the conclusion forced upon me by their behavior. Most of American Christianity is no different than the culture it lives in. They watch the same movies, listen to the same music, use the same language, and commit the same perversions. And most churches either will not, or cannot practice church discipline against those who live wickedly. I suspect (but cannot prove), the reason church discipline is ignored is largely monetary. You cannot collect tithes from people who you remove from membership and they might sue you. This is definitely true in denominations that refuse to remove churches in violation of their statements of faith (looking at you SBC).
I want to emphasize here, lest anyone misunderstand me, that I am not claiming you must live perfect lives after you are born again. As the analogy Jesus uses in Matthew 7 makes clear, you are defined by the type of fruit you bring forth, not the exception. Every fruit tree produces the odd misshapen or spoiled fruit periodically. However, if that’s all, or the majority of what is being produced, the tree owner will cut it down and use it for fuel. The same is true of the “Christian”. Every Christian will sin, but if the sin is characteristic of their life (like being a prostitute), Christ never knew them. No matter how much they cry “Lord Lord” and point to all the good things they did in the name of religion, they are pagans and will meet just punishment for their refusal to submit to Christ.
Let’s take this a step further and have a look at the fruit borne by our churches. How many pastors have been caught in affairs (or worse) and had it covered over? How many churches ignore the heresies being spewed from their pulpits because “oh he such a nice guy”? How many “Christians” voted for abortion and transgenderism last election because they were offended by some tweets? How many Christians show up at church on Sunday and promptly forget everything Christian throughout the week? How many people serving in the church are secretly addicted to pornography, or more openly, video games? I’ll lay good odds a lot of this woman’s “clients” are “Christians”.
The point is, even in our conservative churches, we have become numb to sin, to the point that often we openly tolerate it, ala Critical Race Theory. This spiritual apathy can only be explained by spiritual deadness in the congregation. Far too many people think they are born again because they repeated some words they either did not understand, or did not mean. The Bible says to bring forth fruits meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8). I submit the American church, by and large, has not done so. American Christianity is a sham, supported by a veneer of righteousness, but filled with ravening wolves. While there is a faithful remnant, for which I am grateful, most American “Christians” will bend the knee when the government demands it. Jesus asked a rhetorical, but poignant question in Luke 18:8 “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” He might….but it will not be in the majority of the American church.
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