Are you a Pagan masquerading as a Christian? When it comes down to it, you really can’t distinguish a Sunday Christian from a common Pagan, due to a “Christian’s” Pagan religious practices.
As followers of Christ, we are considered as being in the world, but not of the world.
John 8:23_And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John18:36_ Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world”.
And since Christ and His Kingdom are not of this world, then, it is safe to say that neither are their ways! So that means their ways are drastically much different than those of the world.
Isaiah 55:8_The LORD says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.
Isaiah 55:9_ Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and MY WAYS are higher than yours.
WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN
Philippians 3:20 – But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ. (CEV)
As a Christian, do you consider yourself to be in the world, but not of this world? That your citizenship is indeed of, and from heaven, and not from this world?
If you do consider yourself as not being of this world, but from above- because you are a Christian, what is the differentiating distinction that sets you apart from those of the world- whom the bible describes as Pagans?
Do you then acknowledge and embrace His, and His Kingdom’s ways and teachings? Or have you willfully rejected them by embracing the ways of Pagan religious rituals and by doing so, are unwittingly rejecting Him and His Kingdom, and acting like a common Pagan?
Pause for a moment and be honest with yourself- whose ways have you embraced, God’s, or the world’s? What have you been practicing, Christianity or Paganism?
It’s strange, how so many professing Christians love to tell others that they are followers of Christ, and therefore, aren’t of this world. But yet, they behave, act, believe, and worship, just like a Pagan does. So much so, that you can’t even distinguish them from a common Pagan.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that says, If it acts like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, then, it’s a duck! That appears to be the case here.
Are Sunday Christians, in reality, Pagans, masquerading as Christians?
- Saying and pretending to be a Christian, makes no one a Christian.
- Dishing out high, daily doses of “lip service” to God, makes no one a Christian.
- Saying that you are a good person, does not make one a Christian.
- Saying that you believe in God, does not make one a Christian.
- Embracing Pagan religious practices, makes no one a Christian.
- Keeping some of God’s commands and purposely ignoring others, makes no one a Christian.
- Diligently attending Sunday Church services, makes no one a Christian. The day itself, is the wrong commanded day of worship to start with. Which, again, is an indication of the heart being far from God and His ways.
Now, don’t deceive yourselves. Regularly going to church and talking about God all day long, like about how he’s in control, how good, gracious, merciful, and loving He is, … or about your relationship with Him and how much you love, worship, and praise Him and so on… is fine and dandy. But that in itself, does not make one a Christian.
So, if you Honor Him in that manner, and then, turn right around and reject his teachings, or are offended when someone brings them up to your attention, then your worship is in vain. And, is viewed by God as being nothing more than lip service, and merely an attempt to draw closer to him with your mouth- but not with your heart!
Which is pointless, and again, vain worship… according to Christ:
Mat 15:6_…Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
Mat 15:7_Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
Mat 15:8_’THESE PEOPLE DRAW NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. Mat 15:9_AND IN VAIN THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.’ “
Christ must have been angry and SHOUTING when he repeated these words from Isaiah, because Matthew wrote them all in CAPITAL letters (NKJV).
I want you to notice something else that is very interesting in the above passage.
Notice who it is- or the “distinguishing characteristics” of those whom Christ is calling a hypocrite in this reference.
In the above passage, Christ says the hypocrites are those who draw near to Him with their mouths, and honor Him with their lips (what is known today as Lip Service), but yet, their hearts are far from Him because they refuse to acknowledge, much less accept His Commandments, Teachings, and Ways (which btw, are not of this world).
And instead of HIS ways, they embrace the worldly traditions, commandments, and teachings OF MEN, making God’s COMMANDMENTS of no effect and thus, are worshipping Him IN VAIN!
Simply put, Christ is saying that the hypocrites ARE THOSE who worship and praise Him all of the time (especially with their mouth)- but yet, when it comes down to it, REFUSE to accept HIS COMMANDMENTS (*this is their trademark or identifier*), opting out INSTEAD, for the traditions, commandments, and doctrines OF MEN- which ARE of THIS WORLD. In other words, the religious beliefs of Pagans!
This is Christ’s own personal definition of a hypocrite! One who is always paying homage to Him and the Father with their mouth, but rejects Their WAYS or Commandments and embraces the way of a Pagan.
So, you’re not a Pagan, you say?
- Do you celebrate and associate Christ with Christmas?
- Do you celebrate and associate Christ with Easter?
- Do you worship on Sunday, instead of Saturday- which is God’s Holy Sabbath?
- Do you eat pork, shrimp, lobster, catfish, rabbits and other unclean animals?
- Do you believe that we never really die because we have an immortal soul?
- Do you believe that at death, man immediately goes consciously to heaven or hell?
- Do you believe that sinners will be tormented in hell fire forever and ever?
If you answered Yes, to all, or to most of these questions, you, my friend, are not a true Christian, but rather, a Pagan masquerading as one!
None of those things listed, are ways of God! Each one of those beliefs are deeply rooted in rank Paganism. Christmas and Easter are Pagan religious festivals that honor and celebrate Pagan gods.
Yet, when you bring it to their attention, a “professing” Christian, will fight you tooth and nail, in defense of each one of those Pagan beliefs listed above. The Law of God is in direct opposition to each one of those false beliefs, but yet, it is God’s Law, not these Pagan beliefs, that is shunned by mainstream, Sunday Christendom, and set aside.
THE BIBLE TELLS US:
→ Not to celebrate or worship God, in any of the ways the heathens worshiped their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:29-31)
→ The Bible tells us to worship God on Saturday, the Seventh-Day Sabbath, not Sunday, the first day of the week. (Leviticus 23:3)
→ The Bible tells us not to eat pork, shellfish, or any other unclean animals- which also includes certain fish and birds, because they defile us and make us abominable. (Leviticus 11)
→ The Bible tells us that God alone, possesses immortality. (1 Timothy 6:15-16)
→ The Bible tells us that when we die, our thoughts perish at that very moment and we go nowhere but to our earthly graves.( Psalms 146:4)
→ The Bible tells us that man will not be tormented forever and ever in a hell fire, but rather, will be permanently annihilated in the Lake of Fire, which is the second and permanent death. (Revelation 20:14)
So, what is the moral of this article?
To make sure that you are indeed a true Christian, and not a worldly, common Pagan, only masquerading as one.