Thinking back to my childhood some 45-50 years ago, I remember quite vividly the faith I had at Christmas time. I really believed that Santa Claus was coming to town.
I thought my faith made sense. I had been to the North Pole and seen where those I loved and trusted told me that he lived. I was absolutely sure I heard his sleigh bells while we were sitting around the family dinner table one Christmas Eve. I knew he enjoyed the milk and cookies I left for him at the kitchen table at bedtime. All these signs helped me believe that he would bring to me many of the wish list items I’d put together from hours spent dreaming over that colorful, softbound Sears Catalogue.
I really hoped and longed for his coming. I hoped so much to see what he was going to bring me that I had trouble going to sleep. I couldn’t wait for morning to come. I would sneak out of my bedroom and walk down the hall to the darkened living room in order to peer into it and see if the gifts had arrived.
Wow! What childish faith! What characterized the trust I had in Santa Claus?
The faith I had in him was feelings based rather than truth based. It depended upon an appealing delusion.
I was convinced that Santa Claus was real based upon circumstantial evidence. I believed in him even though the whole myth was really irrational nonsense because I felt he was real. I wanted him to be real so I believed he was real. As I think back, it’s amazing the power feelings and emotions can have over the human mind, soul and spirit. It’s sobering when you consider that a devil of superhuman intelligence equips his wicked warriors with a vast array of tools designed to deceive minds.
It’s common today for professing Christians to have a childish faith. Much of what is called Christianity today is built upon the transience of man and what he wants and believes is acceptable. 21st century above ground Christianity is childish.
Here are just a few examples of childish faith in Christ seen today.
1. Childish faith believes in the corrupt and failing world system because it feels the benefits associated with the system outweigh its costs.
2. Childish faith trusts the official 911 story because it arouses feelings of righteous anger and just revenge against alleged U.S. enemies. Childish faith feels it must honor higher powers and government authority. It wouldn’t feel right refusing to support public policy and the troops. It feels good and superior that foreign nations hate us and want to hurt us because we supposedly have something they don’t have. In 911, the world controllers have specially designed a very appealing delusion designed to convince people to do something totally irrational and foolish. They actually have convinced the vast majority of professing Christians and Americans to give up their individual Constitutional rights in order to keep America and the world safe and free.
Wow! Santa Claus is coming to town! The towers burnt down even though it’s plain to see that these world class high rises were imploded just like explosive demolitions. Building Seven even collapsed just like the others did even though it wasn’t hit by a plane. But like the childish faith that wants to believe in Santa Claus, most professing Christians want to believe the official 911 myth.
3.Childish faith believes that the believer will be removed from this world before great tribulation arrives, Antichrist is revealed, and his war on the saints begins in spite of the clarion voice of biblical history and prophecy teaching otherwise.
4. Childish faith believes that the end justifies the means to achieve that end. It feels that the means really don’t matter to God as long as we like the outcome. It believes in pre-emptive war, murdering non-combatants and collateral damage in war if we feel that the killing will save more lives in the long run or that it’s in our best interest financially to make the kill.
5. Childish faith believes that electing one evil man who we say is less evil than another can be God’s will. It believes that it’s alright to do things or use things God doesn’t approve of it increases church attendance and decisions for Christ.
6. Childish faith believes it’s alright to divide the body of Christ and alienate faithful believers who resist change. Church growth and progressive modernization trump prudence, temperance, modesty, self-denial, humility, faithfulness, and benevolence.
7. Childish faith believes that God approves of 501-c3 contracts unequally yoking the church with the state. It wants to reap the IRS 501-c3 tax advantages even though such a relationship requires the church to support all public policy. It believes God can revive an unequally yoked body without the body first breaking up her fallow grounds by repenting of 501-c3ism.
8. Childish faith justifies speaking against public policy while receiving 501-c3 tax benefits because the end, receiving money, justifies the fraudulent means required to get it.
9. Childish faith thinks that following Christ is about receiving what we want rather than giving ourselves and our resources away to serve God and man.
10. Childish faith exalts gifted human nature and human achievement rather than the giver of every good and perfect gifts who specializes in using the lowly and despised things in this world.
11. Childish faith thinks that the church is a building rather than a body. It demands we sacrifice in accordance with Old Testament tithing laws in order to support building and ministry costs.
12. Childish faith thinks the church grows by trying to increase its membership rather than by dying to self and being alive to God.
13. Childish faith divides the body by creating a new church in which one or more aspect of body life or truth is overemphasized, or underemphasized, and or is misinterpreted.
13. Childish faith demands the attention and correction of others more mature than themselves in order to survive and grow. It is like a nursing child whining and crying to be fed and comforted.
14. Childish faith thinks more of itself than it should. It has an exaggerated sense of one’s gifts and importance rather than a sober view of our position in Christ.
15. Childish faith continues to practice complicated, popular, accepted man made church traditions rather than God’s simple biblical methods of gathering together.
16. Childish faith holds stubbornly and selfishly to false doctrines built upon poor methods of biblical interpretation even when the simple, literal reading of scripture refutes the teaching.
17. Childish faith believes anti-Christian, secular, ungodly Israel returned to their Promised Land in 1948 and is justified in killing foreign strangers in order to keep it even though God said their possession of the land was contingent upon them living in obedience to his commandments.
18. Childish faith believes that a nuclear power like Israel can’t defend itself against her lesser armed non-nuclear power neighbors so the U.S. must support her.
On the other hand, childlike faith is most desirable and has the following characteristics:
1. Child-like faith serves others rather than competes with them. (Mark 9:33-37)
2. Child-like faith is content, satisfied, and strengthened with Jesus and his word as its object. (Psalm 131:2)
3. Child-like faith produces a meek, teachable, quiet humility which receives needed correction and instruction through God’s word (Matthew 18:2-4; Ecclesiastes 4:13; Jeremiah 1:4-10; 2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 5:5; Matthew 11:29; 1 Peter 3:4)
4. Child-like faith seeks to win souls by personal holiness and displaying Christ-like character rather than by impressive things. (1 Corinthians 2; )
5. Child-like faith hopes in the Lord’s promises rather than human resources. (Psalm 131)
It’s my hope and prayer that the Lord will restore child-like faith to his body so that we can bear much fruit for his kingdom in 2013.
Should we ever dare think that we have arrived, may we check our face in the mirror of 1 Corinthians 13 and see how far short we all fall of his incomparable holiness.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
May God bless you in 2013!