The Church trivialized

A new television program in the United Kingdom plans to take 13 non-Christian volunteers and have them attempt to “live by the teachings of the Bible for three weeks.” Their progress will be monitored by four pastors from various denominational backgrounds — Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, and Pentecostal.

The report in said, “Whether people can be made into Christians by a three-week crash course in discipleship, however, remains a matter of debate.”

No it doesn’t.

The answer is, “No, they can’t.” To be made into a Christian one must first be born again. The notion that “living by the teachings of the Bible” is a means of becoming a Christian was dispelled by Christ Jesus, Himself.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” — Matthew 23: 27-28

Jesus was explaining to these Jews that all of their good works are nothing more than window dressing. It serves only to fool the casual observer. But God is no casual observer. He sees the heart. And regeneration of the heart is the necessary first step in becoming a Christian. It is something only God can accomplish. Scripture makes this point over and over again…

  • “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” — John 6:44
  • “And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’” — John 6:65
  • “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” — 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • “As it is written, ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” — Romans 3: 10-11

The title of this new game show is “Make me a Christian.” To treat salvation as a game show is an affront to God. It is an affront to biblical Christianity. It is despicable. But it’s not surprising.

We can’t expect a world full of lost and dying sinners to behave in any fashion other than that of lost and dying sinners. But what is horribly sad is for anyone who claims to be a Christian to advocate such nonsense.

Make me a Christian?

There is no man-made device, scheme, plan or show capable of making anyone a Christian. The reconciliation between fallen man and Holy God is so remarkably difficult only God, Himself, is capable of doing it.

May God forgive us.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to The Church trivialized

  1. ProdigalKnot says:

    What this show should teach them is that no one can live by the Law. They are forgetting that only a regenrate person will even want to do the right things. A non-regenrate may try, but their “heart” won’t be in it.

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