The Reason Why Salvation Isn’t Significant To Others.

Christianity is one of the leading religions in the world that has found the liberty to spread its teachings and evangelise across the face of the earth with one message only, the message of salvation. Salvation is the basis of Christianity, the central theme of our faith in Christ and the one reason God risked all to win us back in his loving arms. Salvation is more than the manifestation of God in the human flesh. Salvation is not a theory Christians conceptualise to compensate for fear of going to hell. No, salvation is far greater than that.

Salvation is ‘rescue from the power of sin,’ the greatest rescue mission; all of that because of sin. Sin is like cancer, gradual impact, and has a generally unpleasant outcome. Imagine a child born HIV negative, unfair right? Sadly that’s how sin infected us all. Sin is not something wrong we committed but instead, the nature we were born in and with. Sin is inside each one of us. Sin is like a genetic disease that is passed down generationally and involuntarily, already taken roots in human beings since the fall of Adam and Eve. Our wicked actions are just fruits of what is already rooted in us.

Then the love of God came and brought us the cure for this incurable disease called sin, and this cure did more than flowing through our spiritual blood vessels to cure the virus of sin. Apostle Paul, the genius of the New Testament, reveals in many of his epistles that the blood of Jesus and his death cured us from the power of sin, it saved us from the impact of this incurable disease called sin. Paul’s intelligible effort to describe the importance of Jesus to people through his letters is what sets him apart from every other genius history has seen; Paul was rich in creativity when it mattered to utilise ranges of images to illustrate the significance of salvation.

Of course, to understand the significance of sin, we first need to learn about the impact and the consequence of sin. Therefore, if the impact of sin cut us out of the family, salvation brought adoption, and now we are adopted back into the family. For those who have sinned and guilty of their sinful actions and now carrying labels of shame, through salvation they have been justified, just as if they never sinned before and found not guilty. Finally, salvation also brought redemption to buy back those of us who were slaves under the captivity of the power of sin; a release from the jail of sin only Christ could get us out of.

Now if any of the above have no significance, then we have ourselves a clear explanation for a reason why salvation is not significant to certain people. We can’t give a cure to someone who does not know they need it, medication is prescribed for someone who is sick and in need of healing. Christ replied to his critics, and I quote: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” Christ came to save us dying from sin. Sin is a disease and its power torments, gradually killing humanity, sucking the life out of humanity like cancer sucks blood and its outcome is eternal torture for all those it has taken captive. Those of us who have accepted salvation, have done so because we are cognisant of how sick we are with sin. Salvation will not make sense or be of any significance to those who believe there is nothing wrong with them. It’s like giving medication to a healthy person.

How many times have we Christians made a fool of ourselves persuading non-believers to believe in the gospel, We labour endlessly to spread this good news. Our preachers preach day and night, more sermons, more conferences, more missionaries and missions, more articles, more books, more blogs to spread the gospel and yet sometimes it feels as if the world isn’t getting any better. Pastors portrayed as circus clowns and evangelists as salespeople, the question is, how do we get the gospel in the hearts of people authentically?

The Christian community as a whole should stop forcing the gospel on people but instead give people a reason why they need salvation. Tell them why they need this cure. Christians should start openly telling humanity how it is. Christians should stop compromising, reframing and twisting the gospel. We need to tell people the truth; only the truth about our illness and its cure will set us free. Logically, when people know how ill they are, they will seek for a cure. Humanity will ever seek after salvation only until she realises how sick she is. So fellow Christians we need to go all in, tell it like it is, black and white like no other shades exist. Remember there is a dying world with an everlasting epidemy only curable by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Is God Pleased With You?

Is God pleased with you?

Well, let’s find out.

There are no words that can explain nor describe the love of God. Some of the greatest minds in history grappled to categorise God’s love. Some of the greatest intellectuals and spiritual individuals history has seen also struggled to give meaning to God’s love. The truth is, God’s love is far beyond our human definition of love. Christ made this love official when he sacrificed to free us from the power of sin. Rescued us from the jail of sin and proclaimed us as sons and daughters of God because God so loved us and sent his son to be a sacrifice for our sins.

The Sacrifice of Christ on the cross did not only save us, but it also pleased God abundantly that there is nothing else needed to satisfy God. This sacrifice was more significant than any other sacrifices. The apostles reveal to us that it paid the debt of sin in full and once for all, meaning, the sacrifice pleased God once for all. This high standard type of sacrifice only renders our human efforts to please God a waste of time. Christ’s sacrifice quenched the wrath of God toward us sinners, and this sacrifice satisfied God once for all. The sacrifice of Christ brought forgiveness upon us sinners and reconciled us with God once for all those who believe in Christ.

If it is true that Christ paid the debt of sin and pleased God once for all, then why do we stress so much about what God thinks of us?
Many of us overwhelm and stress ourselves trying to change God’s mind about our actions. The most common question every single Christian in the entire world asks themselves:

“Is God pleased with me?”

Many of us are culturally accustomed to an ‘earning’ mentality; we strive to earn. Our societies are built with a ‘Work hard to get’ motto. The nature of life since the fall of humankind left us programmed to work for a living. Nothing is for free in this world. The hierarchy of power in our societies has caused many to labor for others to earn a living in return. The law in societies empowers us to earn it to prove that we deserve it. We have now shifted this earning mentality toward God, thinking we have to earn God’s love, God’s affirmation or a ticket to heaven. However, Christ changed that equation once for all.

Christ’s labor on the cross was so that we wouldn’t have to labor to earn God’s love or God’s affirmation. Christ death brought forgiveness on every sinner once for all. Sin is an offense against God, and the sacrifice of Christ satisfied God’s anger toward sin only for those who believe in Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was the only thing that purged the sins caused by us and future sins. Christ satisfied the great righteous God and forgave all of our sins. Therefore, there will no longer be sacrifices needed.

Many of us are stress trying to please God. Trying to make God love us more. Working so hard not to go to hell, and we have lost the purpose of the cross. We spend all of our days judging ourselves and others. Always asking ourselves if God is pleased with what we do. We allow guilt to rob us of our days, and we waste days stressing to whether we are pleasing God or not.

Some people still believe in Christ and the cross but kind of feel like they need to do more. Despite their faith in the cross, they still believe that, if they stay clean, sinless, pray more, worship more, attend church more, serve more, do more good then maybe God will love them more. However, If Christ knew that our efforts could save us, then Christ wouldn’t have come.

Apostle Paul addressed Cephas Peter, and I quote: “for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died needlessly.”If we manage to please God with our human efforts, then the cross is useless. If you are confident to believe that God loves you because of your good behavior, then Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was a waste. Christ paid the debt for our sins, a debt so large that Christ had to pay sufficient merit for it. He died on the cross as an ultimate sacrifice so each one of us wouldn’t have to labor to earn God’s love continually. Christ offered one sacrifice for sins once for all time; Finished! No more sacrifices needed. Christ declared “It is Finished” on the cross to put an end on striving and an end to our human efforts to satisfy God.

Therefore, Ladies and Gentlemen let us rest. Christ says “come to me, all you that are weary”… “I will give you rest,” please accept this invitation, stop striving. Good news: God is pleased with you because of the sacrifice of Christ. Through the blood of Christ, we stand righteous. This beautiful love is for all those who believe in Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. If you want to receive this love, there is one requirement. No effort required, you don’t even have to break a sweat. The only thing Christ asks from us is our faith in him. That is all. Nothing else just your faith in him.

Spiritual Necromania

Spiritual Necromania is a morbid crave and desire to retreat to our past aberrations; meaning, the need to go back to what we left behind and the need to associate with whom we left behind. ‘Left behind’ is another way to describe something that is dead. The Collins Dictionary of Medicine describes Necromania as an unusual desire for the company of a dead body or dead bodies, often a body of a loved one.

Why does Necromania resonate with Christianity?

The authors in the New testament enticingly remind us that Christ diminished the power of sin and sin no longer has power on us, other theologians emphasise that Christ died with our sins; therefore, our sins are dead. Apostle Paul one of the greatest Theologian minds in the history of Christianity reveals that our sins are dead when we gave them up and decided to follow Christ. In the eighth division of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman churches, Paul advised them that;

For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. for all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:13-14

Following Christ and allowing the spirit to lead us brings about a detachment from sins. This ideology of putting our bodies to death is practically the choice we make to satisfy our souls with the word of God rather than satisfying our bodies. We deprive our bodies when we give into Christ, and deprivation kills our bodies and its deeds. In his mail to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul says to his church members:

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galatian 5:24-24

The choice to follow Christ Jesus cost crucifying the flesh and its desires. Therefore, when we decide to follow Christ, we put to death our old bodies\selves and its attractions.

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Spiritual necromania is when we desire the company of what we put to death. Spiritual necromania appears too absurd but shockingly it lurks in the crevices of our souls and hearts, and it is found even in the best of us.

Your old behaviors or your old self is a corpse, and every time you go back to being who you were before or the thing you put to death, you are virtually in company with a corpse. The old deeds are dead deeds, and every time we fall back to our old deeds, it’s almost as intimately embracing with a corpse. 

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It might be an addiction that you rebuked and put behind you, you killed it, that habit died because you stopped giving it oxygen and that situation no longer exists because you stopped feeding it.

There is a famous label often heard in churches, this label is often earned by those who commit to Christianity then later start to fall or commit apostasy by reverting to old habits, turns away from God and begins to chase after their desires. That label is ‘Backslider.’ A Backslider is a spiritual necromaniac. A Backslider is just as passionate about old habits as a spiritual necromaniac is about dead habits.

How many of us still run back to those little habits or behavior we put to death? How many of us now and then still find ourselves back to that very thing or person we were addicted too. Notice that, every time people backslide to the old self, they often get hurt even more, and that is because that habit or behavior or person is dead

For some, it might be an addiction to pornography, social media, alcohol or smoking; you quit and vowed never to do it again, but now and then you still find yourself smoking or drinking alcohol, etc. That addiction is dead.

Spiritual necromania is something many Christians grapple with, and the only way to beat it is to walk in the spirit not according to the flesh. Apostle Paul says: 

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh……… For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace. Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God……… If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of the righteousness

Romans 8:5-10

So this ladies and gentlemen is Spiritual Necromania, found in the best of us, many of us grapple with it, and that is how you can defeat it.