While listening to a local Moody Bible Institute station the other day I heard the phrase Cultural Christianity. What is cultural Christianity? It’s a religion that superficially identifies itself as “Christianity” but does not truly adhere to the faith. A cultural Christian identifies with the social aspects of Christianity, such as the good works, but they reject the spiritual aspects that require following God in Spirit and in truth. Cultural Christianity is more social than spiritual.
Here has are some identifying marks of cultural Christianity:
• Denying the inspiration of Scripture or parts of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
• Ignoring or downplaying true repentance as the first step toward knowing God (Matthew 4:17; Acts 2:38).
• Focusing on Jesus’ love and acceptance to the exclusion of His teaching on hell, obedience,
and self-sacrifice (Matthew 4:17; 23:33; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5).
• Tolerating or even celebrating ongoing sin while claiming to know God (Romans 1:32; 1 Corinthians 5:1–2; 1 John 3:9–10).
• Denying or minimizing Jesus’ claim that He is the only way to God (John 3:15–18; 14:6).
• Performing enough religious activity to gain a sense of well-being without a true devotion to Jesus (Galatians 5:16–17; Romans 8:9) .
• Talking much about “God” in a general sense, but very little about Jesus Christ as Lord (John 13:13; 14:6).
• Choosing a church based upon any or all of the above (Revelation 3:15–17).
Jesus’ warned in Matthew 7:21–23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say…did we not prophesy in your name…drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then Jesus says, ‘I never knew you.” A true Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior (John 1:12). If you’ve never done that, please come forward after my message.