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The Scandal Of Passive Christianity

"Spectator" is not a spiritual gift. It isn't a calling.

Yet, many church models breed scores of passive Christians. Instead of making disciples they are making spectators.

Dictionary.com defines scandal as follows:

Noun
a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc. an offense caused by a fault or misdeed. damage to reputation; public disgrace. defamatory talk; malicious gossip. a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense. When people think of a scandal they often think of sex, drugs, and money. Maybe some combination of these things. But not always.
Scandals bring shame. Scandals ruin reputations. Often scandals are accompanied by public outrage.
Unlike the scandals you hear or read about on the Internet this scandal doesn't center around sex, drugs, or money. It's the scandal of passive Christianity. It's operating right under our noses.
When you enter most church buildings you will find that they are setup like any other place of entertainm…

Christianity Isn't Moralism

Do this. Don't do that.

Shop here. Don't shop there.

This is acceptable. That is an abomination.

Don't get me wrong. Christianity does have a moral code. That's undeniable.

And that moral code is not popular. Not by a long shot. The Bible is clear that the moral code is contrary to the flesh. By definition it goes against the grain of fallen human nature.

But Christianity isn't moralism.

The moral code is not the end. It's only a diagnostic. The Bible calls for rebels against the King of heaven and earth to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus the Christ. The Bible calls for people to turn from their rebellion and live for Him. This means that we stop pursuing the various lusts and impulses of our flesh. It means we start living in obedience to our King. We live for the glory of His name.

The diagnostic helps us to see that we are off track. But living according to some external sort of rules is not the end goal. That was the mistake the Pharisees made. Yo…