It’s Not About Labels

The word “Christian” lost its meaning since it’s used as a label for people who follow Christ and those who don’t follow Christ. Some people label themselves as “Christian” when they’re really deists since they don’t believe that God is actively involved with His creation. They don’t believe in answered prayer. They don’t believe in miracles. They don’t believe that Christ can lead, teach, and correct. They don’t believe that Christ can give discernment of His voice versus all the other voices. They don’t believe that God imparts grace so we can obey His leading and apply His correction. So, some Christians started calling themselves “followers of Christ” to make a distinction. It didn’t take long before Satan converted “follower of Christ” into a euphemism that’s used to refer to many people who don’t listen to the voice of Christ and don’t even believe that such a relationship is possible. They don’t believe that Christ speaks through Scripture and every means of divine revelation mentioned in Scripture. Many are born again and will go to heaven if they die, but they aren’t following Christ. They don’t even believe it’s possible to follow Christ. Even atheists can pretend to be followers of Christ as the following dialog (continued from a previous post) shows.

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

Rocky: You haven’t given me any proof, and you refuse to admit to knowing Christ. Do you refuse because you don’t know Him? Why do you refuse to testify of His presence?

Sandy: I am waiting for you to tell me about these alternative cosmologies. Since you refer to them in the plural, I assume they are not that good. The real explanation requires only one, not plural. [Sandy again stonewalls by ignoring the question and again goes back to a question Rocky already answered.]

Rocky: The real explanation? A cosmology is a speculative explanation. It goes beyond observation. It goes beyond reality, so there is no real cosmological explanation. All such explanations are made-up stuff. You’re confusing reality with made-up stuff, which is hypostatization. Reality is more important than the land of make-believe, and so I want to ask you about knowing Christ. If you don’t know Him, I want to tell you how you can know Him, but if you do know Him, I want to praise God that you know Him.

Sandy: Why do you need more than one cosmology?

Rocky: I don’t need any stories. I prefer reality. I want you to know that you can know Christ, and you can have this relationship. Whoever seeks Him finds Him.

Sandy: If I were not a Christian I would not want to hear about God from someone who denies reality. I have been researching this subject for about the same length of time you have. I have read books and watched videos and have seen little if any truth.

Sandy is making another circular argument in which he assumes that his story of billions of years is reality and then uses this assumption to prove billions of years. It’s also a fallacy to think that made-up stuff is real stuff. Still, it’s common for evolutionists to think that their assumptions, stories, conceptual frameworks, ideas, or other forms of made-up stuff are real. They lose the distinction between make-believe and reality.

We notice that Sandy didn’t want to talk about knowing Christ but chose instead to speak of being “a Christian.” And yet, we notice he didn’t even claim to be a Christian in the loosest sense of the word.
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