One Day

by Bill Rudge

There is assuredly a day coming when:

The materialistic person will find no pleasure in all their possessions.

The sexually promiscuous person will realize how unappealing and unsatisfying – downright repulsive – were the fleeting pleasures they so passionately pursued.

The adulterer and pornographer will see how unattractive the person they lusted after, and almost lost their marriage over, has become.

The alcohol and drug dependent person will despise their addiction and be repulsed by the person they have become.

The undisciplined person will regret how they wasted their health and resources.

The violent person will grieve over the hateful words and actions that destroyed their life and that of many others.

The racist will regret their prejudice and bigotry.

The manipulative person will no longer be able to manipulate and control other people to get their own way.

The workaholic will be remorseful about lost opportunities to be with loved ones and friends.

The atheist and agnostic will know the reality of the Creator.

The person who rejected belief in Jesus Christ will realize how foolish, weak or cowardly that decision was.

The person who comes to know the Only One who can offer salvation and abundant life will experience indescribable peace, joy and blessings.

The humble will be exalted.

The oppressed will be over-comers.

The defeated will be victors.

Sickness, suffering and death will be no more.

Those who have sacrificed and were denied the things of this world for the sake of the Gospel will be given the bounty of Christ’s inheritance and rule and reign with Him for eternity.

False religions and idols will be done away with, for the LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name (Zechariah 14:9).

The Lord’s name will no longer be profaned but praised.

The ruthless will not rule but the righteous will reign.

The faithless and godless will give way to the faithful and godly.

Sexual impurity and degeneracy will be replaced with purity and decency.

Wickedness, evil, violence, murders, deceit, lies, slander, thefts, envy, greed and arrogance will be subdued, for the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD (Habakkuk 2:14).

God’s Word will not be mocked and ridiculed but honored and obeyed.

Our Prayer: Lord Jesus, as believers in Your name, we earnestly desire You to return and establish Your Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. Come Lord Jesus! Amen

The Modern Approach to Christianity: Helpful or Harmful?

By B.J. Rudge, Ph.D.

Churches in bars, drinking and getting tattoos to raise money, ESPN sports center entertainment, a nearly naked cowboy dancing, modern rock songs as part of worship, Star Wars characters on stage – yes, this is just a sampling of the many efforts taken by churches today to make Christianity relevant to our modern culture. Church growth experts tell us these “adjustments” are necessary if we want Christianity to not only be relevant but to survive the tides of cultural change. While I will not question the motives of the men and women who participate in these events, I do question their methodology. A methodology that always ends up either altering the Gospel message itself or the way we are to live out our faith.

When we begin to approach Christianity in the above manner, three drastic results always follow.

First, Christianity becomes a man-centered system of beliefs. Thus, like a person picking and choosing different foods at an all-you-can-eat buffet, each of us can pick and choose what we want to include in our own version of Christianity. Also, just as church is “cool” and “fun”, so too we can be cool and have fun enjoying the things of this world, while at the same time identifying with the person of Jesus Christ. A far cry from the call of self-denial by Jesus Christ, 

“‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it'” (Matthew 16:24, 25).

Second, Christianity loses its power. The focus of bringing people to Christ begins to center around the latest trends and church growth methods. These are placed on a pedestal as being the key to unlocking the hearts of the “unchurched.” As our culture changes, these will also change so that we can maintain a message that is appealing to our present day audience. Definitely a different evangelistic approach than the Apostle Paul:

 “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

Third, Christianity loses its uniqueness. When the Gospel is presented with all of the regalia of cultural relevance and excitement it loses its distinction. Instead of being a channel of transformation in our culture, it becomes transformed by the culture (see Romans 12:2). Thus, the Christian faith merely becomes another system of thought that, like many others, merely blends into the cultural landscape. What a sad reality when we have the opportunity to share with others the unique message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” (Romans 1:16, 17).

The message of Christ is still as relevant today as it was during the time of the early church. The problem of man is still the same that he is a sinner who needs a Savior. So while the message should never change, we should be careful of how we live out our faith and how we share it with others. Simply put, always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).