America is no longer a Christian nation
In June 2007, during a speech, Sen. Barack Obama made the declaration, "America is no longer a Christian nation."
This is a statement with which I strongly concur.
Although an estimated 70-80 percent of Americans claim to be Christians, I am led to believe only about 30 percent of these people live a true Christian lifestyle.
In our relationship with the God of the Bible, we do not have the luxury of a personal opinion that is contrary to His Word.
God says His ways are far above our ways.
Therefore, we cannot trust our own opinions for the reason that, as a believer, we are required to rely on the authority of the Bible (Proverbs 3).
Secondly, we are only saved through faith in Jesus Christ.
I want to make something perfectly clear.
WE CANNOT EARN OUR SALVATION. IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD! (Ephesians 2:7-9).
The Bible says that it is only through faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus that we are saved. Jesus said, " No man comes to the father except through me."
You either believe He is the Messiah of the World, or not.
Jesus was crucified because He did not compromise His position as the Son of God.
Without faith in Jesus Christ, according to the word of God, you are not a Christian.
You cannot believe there are "many paths to God" and call yourself a follower of Christ!
In addition, you cannot live in open rebellion to God’s Word and possess a relationship with the God of the Bible.
Many people do not want to accept this truth, but the Bible is very clear.
Ministers of the Gospel do not preach against sin to be judgmental or hateful.
Ministers are required by God’s Word to preach repentance from sin out of love for all mankind.
This is what God calls preachers to do.
The Bible states that the result of living in sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
Because God loves us, He tells us to stop openly sinning. The Bible also states that God corrects those that He loves.
We may make mistakes and we often sin, but there is no forgiveness for intentional, unrepentant sin….period!
Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God. (1Corinthians 6:9-10 The Amplified Bible)
These are not my words; these words are directly from the Word of God.
The King James Bible Version states the same with an old English flair.
It is very clear if we live our lives continually and openly sinning, then, we do not have a relationship with God.
Without this connection we are not true Christians.
Again, this is not my opinion.
It is what the Bible says.
Don’t be mad at me, I am just the messenger.
God hates all sin, but He despises it more when we ignore wrongdoing and accept, or make excuses for, sin.
If you are a Christian, you are mocking God when you glorify lifestyles God says are unacceptable.
We even hold parades for people who are living in a lifestyle that God himself called "detestable" (Leviticus 18:22).
I think it is vitally important to know the truth of what God says about the issues that are important to our culture.
Most people who claim to love God do not take the time to really study the Bible.
After stating what God’s Word says in my articles, I am accused of being a "hatemonger," "ignorant" and many other unmentionable things.
That’s ok. They called Jesus bad names as well while He came to die for us.
I am in good company.
It is clear to me that most "Christians," and I use the term loosely, are lazy and complacent.
They don’t take the time to understand what God requires of those who claim to be His followers.
They long to make God convenient, to make God say and be what they want Him to be.
It doesn’t work like this. Jesus said, "If you love me you will keep my commands" (John 14:15).
Jesus did not die on the cross so we can live in sin yet claim to be His followers.
Judgment begins in the house of God.
With the condition that the American church is in, we are in big trouble!
Joe Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a husband and a father of four. He is a published author and a radio station owner. He travels the world as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joe shares his story of how he went from being homeless, a drug dealer and a heavy drug and alcohol abuser to being the first African American owner of a Christian broadcast radio station in Central Pa.