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What Luther Says

10 Things The World Says (That Aren't Christian)

I told you I loved lists. Here's another one.

This is a list of 10 Things The World Says (That Aren't Christian) that one Christian took the time to put together for us (I believe it was by a man named Dan Lacich, but I could be wrong about that).

It contrasts the common beliefs and statements we so often hear proclaimed as truth these days, but closer examination clearly reveals how they are in no way consistent with our confession of faith as Christians.

Check this out...

1) The world says:
“If you want to be great, you need to climb to the top of the ladder so others will serve you!”

Christianity says: “The greatest among you will be your servant” Matthew 23:11

2) The world says: “Suffering is to be avoided at all costs!”

Christianity says: “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” 1st Peter 4:13

3) The world says: “Get as many toys as you can in life!”

Christianity says: “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul” Matthew 16:26

4) The world says:
“Look our for number one!”

Christianity says: “Carry each others burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

5) The world says:
“Never let anyone take advantage of you!”

Christianity says: “If someone wants to sue you to take your tunic, give him you coat as well” Matthew 5:40

6) The world says: “Never let anyone disrespect you!”

Christianity says: “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39

7) The world says: “Be the master of your own destiny!”

Christianity says: “Father if you are willing take this cup from my, yet not my will, but yours be done oh Lord” Luke 22:42

8) The world says: “Hold on to this life as long as you can!”

Christianity says: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the Gospel will save it” Mark 8:35

9) The world says: “Don’t get mad, get even!”

Christianity says: "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother? Up to 7 times? Jesus answered, ‘I tell you not seven times, but seventy times seven’" Matthew 18: 21-22

10) The world says: “God helps those who help themselves!”

Christianity says: “For it is by grace that you have been saved – through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8-9

It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that some of these core principles of the Christian faith are somehow "irrelevant," "outdated," or that they're just not "politically correct" in this day and age, especially when other brothers and sisters in Christ have come to reject them themselves.

But we have lost so much in giving in to the the world's standards and philosophies, haven't we? When did it become "embarrassing" to become a servant of our fellow man or "humiliating" to turn the other cheek?

Galatians 1:10 (ESV) For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

For me, Luther's Large Catechism has been a joy to read as many of the things he wrote in it pertains to this Top 10 List. You might want to also check out the podcast we did titled "Things Christians Say (But Shouldn't)" for more on this subject too.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, let's remember Romans 12:2 that tells us "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Pay attention to the word "conformed" from that verse. In other words, we are to be outwardly molded to it a pattern. We believers should not be conformed by the ways of this world.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, you might discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. I decided to leave those published posts up only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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