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HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE AND FAITH?

I’m a woman who speaks plainly, openly, and with brutal honesty most of the time. And I wanted to write about this particular subject because I think it’s going to bring many to their knees. It’s part of my “shock and awe” campaign to help Christians test their faith and love through earnest questions and potential scenario’s. Let’s face it, it’s real easy to SAY we believe in Christ, and it’s just as easy to say we love Him. But I want to take this to the deepest levels of those two things: FAITH and LOVE. If you are up for the challenge to see how much you trust in Christ and love Him, please, keep reading.

I have asked these same questions to people in the past and it brings them to tears most of the time in the realization of their faith in and love for Christ. It’s a subject that truly hits the heart in a spot that normally many take for granted. So let’s see where you’re at: (I don’t know if this will be as affective written down as it is in person, but lets try.)

We all know that Islam is a threat to Christianity. (and no, I’m not in the mood to debate this statement because that’s not what this blog is about). We often hear stories of Christians being beheaded, tortured, sodomized, beaten, ridiculed, and eliminated from their families and belongings and even hung in the public realm if they do not turn back to Allah. This is a sad reality in many parts of the Middle East for Christians and Christian converts. It’s horrifying to me to think of having to live in such a place, under the constant fear of this type of retribution just because of faith…but it DOES exist.

So let’s put this puppy out there and get the thoughts going because let’s face it, we here in America have it pretty darn easy. We can confess Allah is our god one day, and Jesus the next, and no one here in America will really concern themselves with it. This is meant to really get that blood pumping.

Here’s the imagined scenario (I say imagined because I REALLY want you all to VISUALIZE this as you read it):

Islam has taken over America. Muslims are telling everyone in the nation “Confess Allah as your god and Mohammad his prophet or die!” A band of angry Muslims bust through the doors of your home, armed, full of fury, and determined.

You are put to your knees with a gun aimed at your head and you are asked “Do you denounce Jesus and claim Allah is your god and Mohammad his prophet?!” What would you say? Now think about this before you read on. (I’ll give you some imagery to help you along):

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If you are like most Christians, your answer would be “No! I wouldn’t denounce Christ!”. That’s a simple answer and understandable. There’s little sacrifice to it. But let’s ante it up a bit, because it wouldn’t be unlike a thug to do this next scenario:

Now, imagine whoever is dearest to you – your spouse, your children, your mother or father, or your grandchildren. Imagine all of them separately in this next scenario if need be. This is the true test of your love and devotion to Jesus. Let’s see how you do.

You are on your knees and your loved one is in front of you with terror and tears in their eyes, with a gun to THEIR head. Now the Muslims are telling you to denounce Christ or watch your loved one(s) die; (if there are many, you watch them die one by one until eventually you also will be killed, but first you must watch them die). What is your answer? Would you denounce Christ? Could you? As the pleading in the eyes of your loved one is beckoning you to just denounce Jesus this once, you’ll be forgiven! Would you?

If you are like most people, this is the question that gets ya. Heck, it got me. Tore my heart to shreds picturing it as I thought about my daughters, especially my 11 year old. I actually posed this scenario to a neighbor who has a toddler and she immediately started getting nervous. It’s a tough one.

This neighbor told me she would denounce Christ for her child, but not herself. When I asked why, she told me it’s because her son deserves to live and grow up and have a life and she believed Christ would forgive her.

I proceeded to tell her the reality of her thought process…that she was placing her love for her son and his life in this world BEFORE her love for Christ. She immediately started weeping as the realization of her confession set in. I then added that by her confession, she was telling me how she had more comfort in this world than with Christ, and that she trusted her life in this world more than Christ’s promises of eternity in heaven.

This tore her up inside as she realized just how shallow her confessions of love and faith in Christ really were.

So, how did YOU fare in these scenarios?

The correct answer in both scenario’s is to NOT denounce Christ. What many people don’t realize is that dying for Christ is a one way ticket to heaven.

Revelation 2:The Persecuted Church

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,
‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

I’m not suggesting we WANT to die for Christ, but that we shouldn’t fear it.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Sooooo….now that you’ve pondered these scenarios, how did you do? Do you need work on your faith and love for Christ? Would you die for Him, as He did for you?

Luke 12: Confess Christ Before Men
8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Peace to you all, today and every day.

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12 thoughts on “HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE AND FAITH?

  1. Great question to ponder and quite a visual. Unfortunately, your scenarios are a reality for many folks around the world, which you mentioned. So, are you thinking that, if you were to renounce Jesus, you would go to hell? I’m assuming that you are not a once saved, always saved believer? That’s a tough one. Thank you for your heart for Christ and your challenge to all of us to examine our own faith. Take care.

  2. I’m aware of those who THINK they are saved, and those who KNOW. I am one who believes you CAN lose your salvation if that salvation isn’t planted in firm ground, and it’s been a highly debated topic for a very long time. I seek to encourage others to strengthen their faith always. We should never become complacent in our walk with Christ and sadly, too many do. Thank you for your response. God bless 🙂

    1. Totally get the planted on firm ground comment…..kind of. What is firm ground exactly and how do you know if you’re planted on it? Something that I’m struggling with is finding that balance between works and grace. There are verses to support both views. So where is that line where God says that our salvation is lost? Haven’t we all gotten frustrated and said and done things that are sinful and blasphemous? We then, if we have the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repent, dust ourselves off and try again. At what point can we not get up and dust ourselves off again? It seems as though, if we can lose our salvation, that God is an indian-giver…..constantly supervising our actions, just waiting to rip our salvation out of our hands…..it seems as though that point of view would almost be insulting to the finished work of the cross. Not being confrontational, just trying to learn and grow. Thanks for your comments.

      1. Reading the first few chapters of Revelation regarding the 7 churches reveals much to us about our situation in Christ. There are things we do as Christians that God doesn’t like, and they are told to us within these chapters (as a start). Lukewarm Christians are probably at the biggest risk of losing their salvation; i.e: those that are worshiping things of this world before they worship Him. Things like football teams, money, etc. Reading the entire Bible in context gives us a very good picture of what is expected of us. The more we know, the more is expected of us. It is our duty to be sharing Christ with others, but if we are consumed by things of this world and not loving Him as we are given the “new” commandment, we could be fooling ourselves and creating a false god for ourselves and as we all know, this is idolatry….breaking the first commandment – the old and the new. God isn’t waiting to rip our salvation away, nor is He tyrannical, but He does have expectations of us and He gave us an excellent example in Christ. The church today isn’t sharing the true message of the gospel, so it is up to us individually to strengthen believers in truth. Salvation CAN be lost to those that are not truly saved as their salvation is then in their own minds. These are the ones who haven’t been cleansed by the Holy Spirit. I won’t share that kind of gospel. There’s a fine line in our eyes between the real and false converts, but in God’s eyes, it’s a much bigger line. It’s a tough subject to understand but those that are completely and madly in love with Him, yet revere Him because of His power – these are the ones who just know this subject. Those that don’t fear Him in reverence have some issues to work out in their faith. It’s a love, trust, and respect thing. Wouldn’t you agree far too many “Christians” today perceive God in the wrong light? If hell and sin are not preached, then what kind of god are we creating for ourselves? False doctrine does that to a society – and we today see it everywhere!
        Thanks for your comments. God bless 🙂

      2. Paul I know that my previous response to you was lengthy but I was curious, was any of it able to answer any questions for you? You never responded and I’m curious….wondering if I can be more specific.

  3. God is Great ! Matthew 12:32 ” And whosoever speaks a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit , shall not be forgiven unto him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. ” Joshua 2:4 “And the woman (Rahb) took the two men, and hid them and said thus, ‘There came men unto me, but I know not where they are…” .

    1. Did the disciples not die for Him? Do thousands of Christians day after day die for Him in the Middle East? Lolly you are putting far more love into your life here on earth than your life in eternity with Christ. You are viewing it wrong – we will not die for our sins, but many DO DIE for their faith, which Jesus said would happen. And yes, we should be telling the truth to the evil liars who hate God. That doesn’t mean we seek to save them but to plant seeds (followed up by prayer) to bring them back to Him.

      Luke 12: 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

  4. What i meant is if an evil person wants to kill us, they do not deserve the truth. But one should never lie to a fellow Christian believer. In Russia there was a case where the soldiers came looking for the husband. i gather the wife did not say her husband was home. Somehow though the husband stood in the middle of the room, they never saw him. They were Christians. Each Christian has to see what God gives them to say. You are not the Holy Spirit to decide for others. Peter lied 3 times to unbelievers.
    Another example was, If a Christian flag was placed on the ground, and you were told that if you walked on it your life would be spared ,but if you did not , you would be killed. What would you do ? First off, the Christian flag is a material thing, and should never be made into an idol. When I first heard this query, I was sad. But then i thought about it. First off at that time I never heard of a Christan flag. Plus I realized it was as an idol. Don’t let unbelievers trick you into your death. Take it in prayer to God and he will lead you.

    1. Lolly, I appreciate your sentiment, however – again – you are incorrect in your theology. You seem to follow more of what the world tells you than what actual scripture tells you. Show yourself a workman approved by God.

  5. I find this scenario ridiculous and so typical of the post 911 Christian mindset. Of course it would be Muslims who take over America. This kind of bigotry is used by our government to win favor for wars and to deceive the populace of what is really going on. A more likely scenario would be a tyrannical government deposing the Constitution and forcing Christians to denounce Christ for the State.
    Sadly, a select minority of extremist jihadis are being used to create fear and control the minds of Christian Americans while most Muslims are peaceful and want to be left alone. It’s irresponsible for you to challenge our faith in a manner that portraits Muslims as occupiers when we “the Christian nation” are doing just that. One of the greatest tragedies and tricks of Satan has been our evil deeds in the Middle East. We have shown the world just how ruthless Christians can be. There is no way a Muslim in the Middle East would come to Christ after the example the “Christian nation” has set. I’m quite sure many Muslims have remained true to Allah while enduring “enhanced interrogation” techniques at the hands of the “Christian nation”. I’m just not sure if Christians in the US would pass the test.

    1. Hmmm…..sounds VERY conspiratorial…..and liberal. Were you in the military David that you can justly make the claims that you have? Claims like Americans doing “evil deeds” in the Middle East? If so, what WERE those “evil deeds”? But please don’t respond unless you have first hand experience because otherwise it’s all speculation.

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