I’ve been thinking about Christian belief a lot lately and how it is generally perceived and viewed amongst non-Christians and Christians. Christian belief really is simple and foundational to all other beliefs. Jesus is Christian belief. If anyone adds or subtracts to Jesus Christ then they are not really Christians. This is the fundamental reason why Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are not Christians even though they still believe Jesus existed. They deny fundamental truths regarding the Trinity and the incarnation. I think some Christians also think that you have to accept certain views along with Jesus in order to be saved. Some of these views could involve the correct view of creation or soteriology. Some also believe you have to go to the proper church in order to be saved. But this is adding to belief in the simple truth of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus Christ is foundational and from Him all other doctrines and beliefs flow. Doctrine apart from Christ is meaningless. Christ must be accepted first. What a glorious truth this is!
Another thing I was thinking about the other day is popular Christianity. I have come to realize that the phrase “popular Christianity” is a contradiction in terms. Christianity should never become mainstream or a fad in any type of society. In fact, true Christianity can never become mainstream. Jesus said in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” Christianity cannot become popular. If it does then it is either not the Gospel or something is wrong with how it is being accepted. Jesus also said “”For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The world will not love someone they already put to death on a cross. It seems like “Christianity” in America consists of wearing crosses, putting Christian fishes on your car, and wearing WWJD? bracelets.