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A False Teacher Preaches Against False Teaching

Californian preacher Francis Chan has become a folk hero to a lot of folks, especially younger Christians who are, for whatever reason, disenchanted with “religion” as they view it. These folks have become to the church what the hippie movement became to society in the mid-1960s and continued for several years – a means of demonstrating their aversion to the establishment (the traditional, the conventional).

Becoming All Things to All Men

The apostle Paul wrote,

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak.

Biblical Christianity Is Not Cheap

Much of today’s evangelism depicts “accepting Jesus” as an event involving a bonanza of benefits with minimal or no cost to the acceptor. The idea being, since Jesus paid it all, there is no cost to be born by the recipients of the salvation purchased by His blood. Pretty much people are encouraged to “come as they are” and “continue as they are” and the grace of God will cover them.

Focusing on God’s Workmanship

A little girl asked her father if a mule, they had just seen, was a Christian. The father replied, “No. Of course not! why do ask?” “Well, you say Grandma is a Christian and that mule has a long face just like Grandma’s,” says the little girl.

I fear the trend today among Christians is to imitate “Grandma.” They portray themselves as miserable sinners rather than rejoicing Christians.

Love It or Leave It

It is difficult to keep one’s thinking truly undenominational. Proud, carnal attitudes constantly make their way into spiritual affairs. The sources of jealousy and strife today are the same carnal attitudes that plagued the Corinthian church. (1 Cor. 3:1-5)

I think few people have complained more about the mental and spiritual shortcomings of modern churches of Christ that I have.