Why I’m denouncing Christianity

Okay before I receive any disconcerting comments or messages let me pose this question to you.

What does Christianity mean to you?

A. Is it a set of rules that you follow in order to make yourself “right with God”?

B. Or is it actually following Jesus Christ and obeying what he commanded because you have faith in him?
I have been in quite an adventure the past few months due to the fact that I have been in a DTS program with YWAM (hence the reason why I haven’t been so active on here).
I have grown so much from the first day I met my classmates to the day that we had to say goodbye. I have struggled with my faith in the process and with my perspective of what the Bible truly says. I have been guilty of acting pretentious and behaving superior because of my theological views compared to the rest of my team.

All that started to change once I arrived in Nepal.

When I arrived in Nepal and started fellowshipping with the believers there, I realized that the Western church is so divided over theological or doctrinal issues. I’m not in any way saying that theology isn’t important because it is but it’s not the only thing that we ought to focus on.

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Source: http://www.splitframeofreference.com

In Nepal, I was able to see how the Nepali church is growing and let me tell you, they are fully surrendered to God! The fact that some of them have had to face persecution is really humbling; they don’t give up their faith, even when the odds are stacked against them. The difference between the two countries is that the church in Nepal is more united than divided. Reason being is because they are more concerned about being able to endure this race together. They aren’t focused on which church family is better because they are all a part of the church – just as we are! 

When we had fellowship at each of the houses of the believers we didn’t talk so much about doctrine instead, we were able to give them a word of encouragement in their walks with Christ and pray for them. I realized that it’s important to understand that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and that we are not to look down on them just because their theology isn’t like ours. Our mission on this earth is to make Christ known to others and to love others as God loves us. How are we doing in the States with the mission?

 

The way that Christian people in Nepal live their life is radically different from those of the Hindu or Buddhist people; the Believers stand out because of how they live their lives. The ones that come from the former religions have had an incredible experience with God and they choose to surrender their lives in order to follow the one true God. 

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If people didn’t know you but they saw the way you lived, what would they say about you?

Sometimes I’ll look at comments on Facebook posts that have to deal with certain religious topics and the things that I read about Christianity enrages me. It makes me think that we are using Jesus as a crutch to justify the things that we do – even if they go against everything that is written in the Bible.

People, this isn’t the true Christianity – we have desensitized the very meaning of what it truly means to be a Christian. The word “Christian” has just become a thing we say in order to identify ourselves by something but ultimately some of us don’t know the severity and the weight that this means; what it should mean to us.

I think we have strayed so much from the origins of the early church that it seems foreign to us what they did, all for the sake of the Gospel. The early church was radically different – they didn’t want to blend in with the culture around them because they had been radically changed by a God that loved them and paid the price for their sins.

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.

– Acts 4:32-37New Living Translation (NLT) (emphasis mine)

Am I saying that we are to act self-righteous? No, unless you want to be a Pharisee, but we already know what Jesus said about them.

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Some of the kids that I got to love in Nepal.

 

I want to live life in a radical way that exemplifies Jesus and the work of the Cross. I want to show others that yes, it is possible to forgive someone for all the horrible things that they have done to you because you have Christ in you.

So don’t label me as just a “Christian” because I am more than that.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ

In every sense, I mean the former statement.

I am a sinner saved by grace and I want nothing more than to live my life in adoration to the one who paid the price. It’s not a set of rules that I follow in order to be made “right” with God because the debt was paid a long time ago.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Romans 5:6-11, NLT

I want to live my life showing and shining the love that Christ had for us. Would you join me in this radical way of living?

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Why I’m denouncing Christianity

  1. A really good post. I am out of the reform movement and I also want the radical Christianity that the disciples had. You are not alone. I really believe a great awakening is coming to the church. My wife and I made the hard decision to leave 7 months ago our church. The number one reason was their unbelief that God today still heals.
    If God does not heal today then the whole thing is a lie. Since we left, we have been radicalized by Jesus. Reading the Bible everyday was the key to questioning our version of Christianity and believing in God’s version.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I agree with you that reading your Bible every day is the key to understanding the Bible and the version of Christianity that we live in. Its always good to understand theology and help others understand but ultimately God is the one that opens the eyes of the blind

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  2. This is suuuch a great post. I think you made your point perfectly. “It makes me think that we are using Jesus as a crutch to justify the things that we do – even if they go against everything that is written in the Bible.” <— This couldn't be more true. Parts of the Christian faith have definitely changed and decided to interpret the bible is a way that suits their agenda or their "values". I have always believed that having faith, no matter what the religion, is always based on the same general sense of values. And that's really good for most people. But when you let it get like how you've described the US to be versus Nepal, it's almost separated from what the original message of Christianity is. Or was. I love the two questions you pose at the beginning of this post because that is what every "Christian" or religious person should be asking themselves. I really really love this post.

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    1. Hey Raquel!
      I attend a church community that is reformed and I have grown a lot in Christ because of the teaching. I arrived in my DTS thinking that because I was most knowledgeable in theology than the rest of my classmates I was “superior” in my walk. I failed to realize that doctrine alone isn’t what defines the Church as a whole when you think about all the brothers and sisters in Christ. I still attend the same reformed church but I would say that I have opened my mind in realizing that I shouldn’t stick to my theology alone to show Christ. I hope this makes sense and thank you for asking!:)

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  3. I spent nearly 20 years trying to do Christianity. I knew that something was wrong with Christianity from the day I began to believe God existed. I knew that something was wrong with the way I was trying to relate to God but I put my focus on the church instead of myself. I believed that my constant failures, continued living in sin and near renunciations of my faith were because the church wasn’t doing what they were supposed to do. If only I had a group of true believers to commune with, then my Christianity would start to look like the Christianity of the Apostles and the early church.
    But very recently I came to realize that the problem was me. I had not surrendered my life to God. I had tried to take Jesus as my saviour on my terms rather than accept Him on His. Upon this realization I gave up my will (I believe that at some point God enabled me to do this, because it’s not like I hadn’t tried in the past) and I began to follow the “rules” only they weren’t rules anymore. They were freedom. All the things I had thought God was demanding I give up were actually things He was offering to take. They were hurting me. I became a new person over night. Something I had long come to believe didn’t really happen. All glory to God for this because I had tried so many times to make it happen and only when I gave up did God step in and do it for me. Now I truly understand what “to live is Christ” means. I am so thankful to Him for what He has done in my life and now I just want to tell the world about it because I understand the freedom that is only found in Him.

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    1. Praise God for having opened up your eyes to see His beauty and truly experience freedom in Christ! It’s such a difficult thing to try to live for Christ when in reality you haven’t surrendered you life completely to him and it all goes for the glory of God whenever you finally surrender. I used to think that living my life by following rules would get me “saved” but I was challenged with a question by a chaplain at work- “Damaris, if you were to die right now, where do you think you would go?” And I started off with ” Well, I am….” The glory was being pointed at me and not at God. I thank God for saving me by His rich grace and mercy and thankful that He has done the same for you! I’m encouraged by your comment and story and I know that your testimony is so amazing to bring more praise to the one who created you. A quote someone gave me once was, “there’s no way you can have an experience with the radical God of creation and stay the same – there has to be a radical change.” God bless! ❤

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