Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The stereotype Christian. Part 2.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here we see Rebekah doing the same thing that Sarah did, trying to achieve the divine promise by human viewpoint.
In reality she will never see her favorite son again after this ordeal.
He will leave for almost 20 years and she will die.
She’s getting old momma’s boy all dressed up in garments of deception.
When you get into this type of nonsense, you get into ginger bread stuff and the dog and pony show like most believers today, you get involved with all that nonsense and you end up rejecting doctrine.
You get out in ginger bread land, the fluffy stuff, all the nonsense and you become a stereo-type Christian.
1. The stereotype Christian is someone who has personally believed in TLJC, ACT 16:31.
REV 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
2. The stereotype Christian is someone who is totally ignorant of God’s plan as a member of the Royal Family of God.
3. The stereotype Christian is someone who has no understanding of God’s plan and therefore substitutes what he assumes or feels must be God’s plan for his life.
4. The stereotype Christian generally concludes that the goal of the Christian life and spirituality is living morally.
COL 2:20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,
COL 2:21-23 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with the using) -- in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
5. The stereotype Christian assumes that the key to the Christian life is a sweet personality.
6. The stereotype-losing believer usually reads their Bible and attends church at least once a week.
7. The stereotype Christian classifies anyone who is relaxed and enjoys life, especially when being pressured, as being worldly or carnal.
GAL 2:4 - “Spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.”
8. The stereotype Christian regards the mature believer as a fanatic or cultist because he has never heard certain things or certain doctrines or because they have heard them before but they don’t live in them.
When phrases do not fit into their traditional vocabulary they become suspicious.
Maybe certain teachings do not follow the teachings of their favorite pastor or radio or television celebrity so they attack the teachings.
9. The stereotype Christian respects the pastor who doesn’t have the time to study because he’s too busy hustling around the church.
The results are pitiful sermons with all the traditional sayings such as "amen", "Alleluia", "Lord willing brother", etc.
10. The stereotype Christian is always striving to be sweet but behind that facade of sweetness lies his real face of hypocrisy.
11. The average stereotype Christian is a critic and whatever he doesn’t like or agree with, he considers to be wrong.
12. The stereotype Christian is not usually interested in the sermon except for its length; he wants it to be short.
13. The stereotype Christian likes a convenient pastor, one who counsels when he needs attention and one who doesn’t offer the challenge of truth.
GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?
14. The stereotype Christian can be easily conned.
15. The stereotype Christian therefore, being ignorant of God’s plan, is proud, legalistic, self-righteous, and a dropper of spiritual words and phrases.
16. The result of the stereotype Christian is a total failure in time and at the Bema seat judgment he is going to shrink away in embarrassment.
1JO 2:28-29 And now my children, keep abiding in Him, that if He should appear, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame in His presence [judgment seat of Christ]. If you know that He is righteous, then know also that everyone who practices righteousness [living in the righteousness of God under the filling of the Spirit] has been born from Him.
17. The stereotype Christian develops mental blocks toward doctrinal teaching, 1TI 4:1, and the results are an arrogant subjective believer.