I admit that God saved these people by grace. I believe that no one is saved because of his righteous acts. If they have done anything good, then it is the grace of God that enables them to do it. IICor 3:5-6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from the Lord who has also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life”
The bible is also very clear that these people walked in the ways of the Lord. They pleased Him in all that they did. They were a holy people. They did not conform themselves the patterns of this world.
My fear is that in the world today there are very, very, very, extremely few people who are not conformed in the patterns of this world. I do not see people who hate the world in the Church Today. We all say we love Jesus, but we don’t hate the world. We want to serve Him and money as well. We do not live in the world as those that did not belong to it. I see “Christians” everywhere keeping their treasures on earth. I see Christians driving very expensive cars while we live in the midst of very poor people. I see professors of faith leaving in bungalows while many people die of hunger. I see us dressing eating like Kings while just a Kilometer from where we live there are those who have no clothing and food. Our bank accounts are full of what we call savings, yet people die of diseases which we could help treat by providing medical care. To make matter worse, I hear “preachers” preaching that you if you believe in God you will not settle for a “Vitz” but you will drive Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Range Rover and the like. Is this not loving the world? “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in Him” Is this quote from the Bible? Is it the Bible we say is infallible, inerrant, inspired and authoritative?
The forerunner of Christ said “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same” Our wardrobes are full of clothes and not just two pairs. Many of us have more than four pairs of shoes while the poor in Kibera, Korogocho, Mathare, Mukuru kwa Jenga etc walk barefoot. – I see we truly believe in the words of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Now Today, if you say that you do not kiss your girlfriend everybody will term you legalistic. The world and by this I mean the people in the Church tell us you cannot be romantic if you don’t invite your girlfriend for a movie in your room. They say that if you don’t hold her waist once in while she will think that are not romantic. “It is a guy’s natural instinct to want to touch a waist. That’s where our hips are and it’s part of our femininity, our curves, our “child bearing hips”. it just means he’s a real man and appreciates a woman’s beautiful hips. I wish my fiance did that, sounds like a turn on and romantic. It’s the little things like that us women like. Just like how you grab his arm, because there strong and manly and that attracts us” So if you don’t you are not a real man. I now see what defines a real man. I am afraid that many professing Christians believe that cuddling, fore playing and making out with your unmarried partner is not a sin. Having sex is.
Sixty years ago if a woman was found at the beach in a bikini, she would be taken to the doctor to be examined and if found to be mentally sober she would be arrested by the secular authorities. Now that which was abhorred and considered very immoral by the world is entertained in the Christian fraternity today. Still many of us say that we believe the Christ as in this words “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Yes we believe that all fornicators will not inherit the Kingdom of God – except me one will say because I have prayed the sinners prayers, because I have assurance of Salvation.