10 DECEMBER 2017    ARE WE GENUINE CHRISTIANS? Genuine antiques are highly valued because of what they represent. A counterfeit is of little value because it is only a representation of the genuine. If we have genuine faith in Christ, we are rightly called kingdom Christians because we recognize Christ as both our Saviour and our Lord. We believe that He is forever King of kings and that the New Testament reveals His will for us. The Gospel begins with the simple command, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matthew 4:17. When we repent, we surrender our sinful nature and give our obedience to Christ. His political order and war strategy is, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you" Matthew 5:44. But popular Christianity has a counterfeit gospel. "If we acknowledge our sins and accept Christ, we are saved." It's simple and it agrees with contemporary thinking. How can we truly claim Christ as our King, yet think that His practical teachings are not for today? Religious freedom is a blessing, but calling any nation "Christian" is an attempt to marry the Bible and the flag. Such a merger is impossible. Some laws of a political nation will always be in conflict with God's standards. We can easily be lured into compromise by desiring acceptance from the culture around us. As genuine Christians we cannot embrace sinful living or promote military or political solutions to spiritual problems. This goes against the teachings and example of Jesus. If we walk close to Him, we can enjoy the blessings of a Christian life and be ready to suffer and die for the only kingdom that endures forever. Christ offers a crown of glory that will last far beyond this earthly life! Some counterfeits fool even experts, but counterfeit Christianity will never fool God.  Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8                                                                                                                          
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