Are You a New Christian?
Welcome all new Christians!
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This post is about giving you some suggestions as a new Christian. I’ll repeat. The word is “suggestions.”
Being new to Christianity can be a daunting process. How do I know? Several people have told me that they can’t find a good church, don’t understand some verses or are not sure what they need to do as a Christian.
It seems that all new Christians, at some time or another, have to deal with what others tell them about the Christian religion from non-Christians or atheists.
They will comment that the Holy Bible is a brainwashing tool, Christianity is a cult, Christians are uptight, there’s no scientific proof of the Bible and so-on.
I decided to do write this because I have heard, read, and seen a lot in the last several years that might deter new Christians from becoming old Christians. Meaning mostly in stronger in faith and eventually age.
There are several articles/sermons on our site that can help you navigate through all the good, but also warnings of the bad in terms of prosperity preachers, apostasy in churches, and false gospel teachings.
So, how can I know all these things? That’s easy. This is what I do daily. I read the Holy Bible and write my posts and sermons. I am no expert on the scriptures, but have learned a lot over the past seven years.
OK. Here are the suggestions:
1. Look around, and really listen to what is said in social media about religion, but truly focus on what it is being said, by whom and why.
2. Read the Holy Bible, and compare what others are saying to what is actually written on the pages. Many religious groups cherry pick verses, and that can easily lead you away from its true meaning.
3. Understand what is happening in your town, and the world through Holy Bible prophecy.
4. See what is being portrayed in terms of sin in movies, TV and most recently commercials.
5. Listen to God. He will direct your steps, and keep you from evil, if you let Him.
6. Compare the different churches in your area to see who is actually speaking the gospel or spewing a false gospel.
This list, in my true Christian mind, is a good place to start firming up your faith, and belief in the Holy Bible and God our Father.
I go through this list everyday… and focus especially on number five!
Don’t be disillusioned by people spewing out bad things about the Christian, or belief in God.
I know it’s not easy starting anything new, but this list should give you a good starting point to strengthen your faith.
Now, I will go through that list in more detail:
1. Social media has many different groups with more forming daily. There are those who love Jesus and those who don’t. But there are those who would persuade you to leave your religion and faith.
Why? Personal agendas or bad experiences based on their unfaithful ideals.
Also, there are atheists and Satanists that don’t want you to believe in Jesus, and will do, and say anything to get you to walk away from the Holy Bible. and, as you know Satan rules this world, and has many followers who will try to twist and turn you from God’s truth.
Churches have become more adapt at preaching social media norms, so apostasy has been growing at an alarming rate, and many churches have closed.
2. The best way to keep yourself updated in the world of Christianity is too carefully listen to what is being said by preachers.
That’s right, preachers!
They are not all created equal as you might think. When you hear someone preaching, pay attention to what they say. Write down, or record with your phone any verses to see if what they are preaching is what the whole verse has written.
A lot of people, and preachers take the Holy Bible verses out of context, so you need to read the entire verse before and the verse after the preached one.
This may sound like a lot of work, but I will tell you it will be worth it, because it makes you quickly understand the Holy Bible, and to know whether to keep listening or not.
Another suggestion is for you to read Proverbs and James. Both of these enlightening chapters will help guide your life to a better understanding of Jesus Christ’s teachings and the Holy Bible.
3. The Holy Bible has a lot of prophecies about the current and end times. Once you read them you will quickly see that the world is radically changing as the Holy Bible predicted over 2,000 years ago.
So, how do you find these changes? Look around at the TV news, social media and in your own neighborhood.
2 Timothy 3:1-9 explains “But know this in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…” and it continues. Perhaps you should read the whole verse thing for yourself.
Once you do then look around you, and see if that whole verse doesn’t truly explain the changes in the recent years.
4. You may not have even noticed but TV has really changed over the last several years. What has happened to the many comedy series?
Are there more cop and murder shows on TV? Are TV commercials being more bold showing unchristian attitudes? How about the brands pandering to un-Christian groups?
I’m sure the list can go on and on, but I will leave it here for you to see.
5. This one is my actual favorite. “Listen to God.” He will direct you, and keep you from all the evil that is continuing to grow.
As Him for help and guidance when you are lost or unsure. I let God guide me when I wander, and we all have a tendency to wander. It’s just in our sinful nature.
6. Churches have become a real problem, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. My suggestion is to try going to a few different ones. Listen to what is said. Take notes!
If anyone asks you what you are doing just tell them “I want to be a better Christian, so I am learning.” Today you need to be a religion detective, unfortunately.
Many churches are adding rock music and other events to fill the seats. Why? More filled seats, more donations.
My wife and myself have gone to several local churches with no luck in finding one to attend regularly. Mostly because many preachers just read the Holy Bible verses, and others leave out important teaching of Jesus about sin, redemption and repentance.
These are the most important things to know, and understand if you don’t learn anything else.
Recently, I found out that “sin” is not supposed to be spoken by preachers at some churches so they don’t offend the parishioners.
Don’t offend them! The parishioners better be offended or risk having to remain for the tribulation. If you want more information on the tribulation you have to read Revelations.
Here is another suggestion about going to church. Start your own. It can be with a group of friends who are Christians or those who might want to learn about the Holy Bible.
Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.
H John J
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