How does authentic Christianity have a chance to succeed in today’s market-driven Christianity where consumerism and self is king? We need to return to an authentic God! In Genesis chapter one God’s word states, “In the beginning, God”. God alone is self-contained, self sufficient and self-satisfied, and is in need of nothing. God does not change:
6 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
God’s essential glory cannot be changed and it cannot be augmented nor diminished. This God is awe-inspiring, and worship provoking, he remains God and will never change. Moses affirms this in:
11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Modern day, market-driven Christianity is continually remodeling itself in a new form of Gnosticism. It has progressed from naming and claiming it (prosperity), to grace. The reason for this is that these Christians have no means of freeing themselves from anxiety and guilt of modernity and life style. It is a continual remodeling to reinvent a relevant Christianity. I used to be one of these myself!
Church has become, to many, a place where we can discover a self-help method or be motivated by practical preaching. Michael Horton reminds us correctly, “Being revolutionized in our understanding of God, ourselves, our world, and our time and place in the light of God’s works would actually help us stand up to the pressures of life”(A better way).
Well, what is needed today? We need the ability which God gives us to die to self. It is not easy but extremely difficult. It is easy to serve self, mask self, but to die to self is a challenge. Paul the Apostle reminds us in:
3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
The great divide begins at what is authentic. According to the online dictionary: “Authentic describes something that is original or true and not a copy of anything else”. Why would any person want a copy? I most certainly don’t want a copy of God. The divide can be easily recognized in the following question: Did God discover me as a sinner or did I discover Him? You see, when God discovers the sinner, and His attainment of their salvation, now that is grace!