Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Superficial Christianity Leads To Ruin


Will Bakke, as a Baylor University student, directed and produced a 2010 documentary that was intended to raise consciousness about what radical commitment to Christ really means. It has a provocative title, "Beware of Christians." It centers on four college guys who grew up in Texas seeking answers to their own questions about what being a Christian means. They grew up imbued with a superficial culture religion, and the idea behind the documentary is

"to beware of Christians like us who never really have known what it means to follow Christ."

Jesus' teaching brings with it blessing and demand.

It requires a complete overhaul of one's life, and superficial Christianity may pass muster in some churches, but it will not endure God's judgment.

- David E. Garland, Luke: An Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (p. 287).

And Jesus said,

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.

48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.

49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

(Luke 6:46-49, New Living Translation)

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