Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Easter, Christmas, and Nominal Christianity Part 1 (of a 2 part series)
A fews years ago we used to attend and were members at a "mega-church" in town. They had 4 services- 1 service Saturday evening, and 3 services Sunday morning. One thing I remember very well was how the Christmas and Easter services were almost always overflowing with people. The church members would come with their friends, many of the women would have their yawning husbands there for the first time (they would rather be watching football) , and other families would come to fulfill their duty as Christians, to go to church at least 2 times a year- The Easter Service and The Christmas Service.
Today I would like to address the belief that many "Christians" hold to, in believing that they will make it to heaven because at one time they asked Jesus into their heart and were baptized.
Many have called this cheap grace; the idea that all you have to do to is to believe in Jesus, and God will forgive you of your sins and there is your ticket to eternal life.
I would like to first (1) explain the cause of this problem and then (2) suggest a solution that can be found in scripture.