The Lost Christians

There are many individuals who have issues when Christians hang around questionable people. These questionable people are either Christians who don’t fit into the individuals beliefs of what a Christian should be, or they are a sinner to some degree.

Many believe if a person doesn’t look a specific way, act a specific way, or listen to a certain kind of music (usually Christian in nature), that the person isn’t a Christian. They also believe that if a person is involved in any type of sin, that the person cannot be a Christian. If the person is not a Christian, then they don’t deserve our time or friendship.

This mindset is really disturbing. It is even more disturbing that so much of Christendom believes this. Did Jesus not send us out to spread the Word of God? How is that to be done if we only converse and spend time with others of our specific denomination and church? If the Apostles had this attitude, would Christianity have spread as wide as it has? I doubt it. It most likely would have died with the Apostles failure to complete their mission. Rather than spread the Word, they would have been preaching to choir, so to speak. This is exactly what many Christians are doing today.

Let’s take a look at what Jesus say’s:

Matthew 9:10-13
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 2:15-17
15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:30-32
30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Jesus hung around sinners and those many would consider “questionable individuals”. He did this stating that the healthy don’t need doctors, but the sick do. The sinners are the sick, for they are spiritually unhealthy. It is the job of the Christian to keep our brethren healthy, but also to make healthy those who are spiritually ill.

Jesus also made clear that these sinners and “questionable individuals” are also human. No different than you or I. And He asks us to help them, expecting nothing in return. They need our help and our return is their “thank you” and their coming into the Kingdom of Christ.

Luke 6:31-33
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

How many of you can honestly say you give everyone a chance? How many of you can say that you attempt to converse with so-called “questionable individuals” and try to bring them into the Light?

Many of you are quick to suggest that all are of God. We are all God’s children. If you believe this, then why keep to yourselves instead of looking for those who are lost? Why refuse to converse and extend friendship to these “questionable individuals” when they return home? Have you forgotten Jesus’ statements on such a matter?

Luke 15:32
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

At a point in our lives, each and everyone of was lost before we were found. I don’t know about you, but I still remember the feeling the day I accepted and came to Christ. I’m sure that feeling was felt by the Father as well. It was the most amazing feeling. To me, it is that feeling that tells you that you are truly “born again”.

Knowing that you had a past before finally accepting and coming to Christ, and all that you went through in the process, why are you not willing to help those of our brethren who most need our help? Those of our brethren you call “questionable individuals” simply because they act or look different than you, believe different than you, listen to different music, etc.

These are our brethren who are in more need of our help than any other. By you deciding to pass judgement upon these people, by you refusing to converse with them, by refusing to invite them and welcome them into your church, you are only pushing them farther away. Our brethren who have yet to hear the Gospel, or those who have heard it, and are adamantly opposed to anything and everything Christian, is noones fault but your own. Those who despise Christ only do so because of your refusal to teach them about Him. Those who despise Christianity only do so because everything they hear is from false prophets of megachurches and you refuse to show them what Christianity really is. And you call yourselves Christians? You yourselves have forgotten the very message of Christ, instead following the message of your pastors, megachurches, and that of your own desires. You are no better than the Pharisees and Jews of Jesus’ day.

James 4:8
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Instead of passing judgement on those you do not know, or on your Christian brethren for hanging around the “questionable individuals”, perhaps you should consider what is going on. The Christians you bash for hanging around “questionable people” are doing exactly what all of us should be doing – living Christ’s message, helping those who need it most, and bringing our lost brethren back home. Christians come in all walks of life as well. Before being quick to judge, attempt to get to know the person. They may look different, act different, listen to different music, etc, but they may very well be Christian. For all you know, they are more Christian than you, the one who claims to be Christian but can’t seem to follow Christ’s path and live a true Christian lifestyle.

It is sad that we have come to a time in Christian history when mega-churches are the vision of Christianity and the mega-pastors the symbols of Christianity in the eyes of the masses. Many of you are only following the crowd in your actions. Jesus taught freedom. If your pastor has lost sight, tell him so. Help him get it back. It is time those who proclaim to be Christian begin acting as such. The mega-churches are not the Fathers mansions, nor are the mega-pastors Christ. Stop worshipping the mega-pastor and return to Christ. Stop ignoring your lost brethren, show them the way home.

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About Rev. Dr. Red
Minister, Public Speaker, Founder/Sr. Pastor of Spiritual Messiah Ministries, Founder of Spiritual Truth Movement & Coalition, Fisherman, Independent Marketer.

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