Spiritual advancement within our churches could be gauged by the degree to which their members have become genuine Christians. However, as this guide will show, many Christians or members of those churches are only nominal Christians.
In accordance with current statistics you will find less or more two billion Christians in the world. That’s 1 third of the planet’s inhabitants. If all of these were real Christians we’d not be in a wreck of so much poverty, crimes, violence and ecological degradation.
The issue is that a large part of these so-called religions are just minimal, not real. They haven’t even started as much as an inch in their own religious improvement.
They’re also nominal Christians since their leaders might not have understood that they themselves can also be nominal Christians. Believing that they’re genuine Christians, they believe that their followers can also be real Christians.
There have been lots of efforts to create these nominal Christians to real Christians but the potency of those efforts have been quite minimal.
Why? Why are the outcomes minimal?
I provide three reasons for this condition of affairs. There can be more.
Reason 1 is that the majority of Christians are happy with minimal Christianity. This type of Christianity is sufficient for their classification at the census of the authorities, within their own day to day lives, in receiving their marriage contract and license, in registering their kids in college, in applying for work, in dying and receiving burial services from the church. As they’re already happy with this sort of Christianity, they don’t find the requirement of improving upon it or of which makes it real.
Reason two is that the Christian leaders who recognize that most Christians are just minimal don’t entirely understand how real Christians are shaped and how different they are out of nominal Christians. They simply keep on trusting that by their own homilies or preaching, by Sunday colleges or catechism courses or seminars prior to the administration of the sacraments or from their own theology or religious studies areas in college (currently called mostly values schooling), by small group Bible studies or within their various church related associations, their followers will get genuine Christians. They believe that minimal Christianity and real Christianity exist within a continuum, by the most minimal Christianity into the most real Christianity with intermediary levels or degrees between these extremes of the continuum.
These leaders do not understand that the gap between minimal and real Christianity isn’t just one of degree but of kind. The one isn’t real, it’s zero.
Reason 3 is the fact that many who want to direct others to real Christianity don’t understand how this can be effectively achieved, in a manner that you will find substantial and lasting outcomes. Study this case.
A crusade is organised at a nominally Christian area. The leaders and followers of various cooperating churches and denominations workout the entire crusade, by the scheduling, the option of and invite to a evangelist, the prep for the place, etc., up to the promotion of their crusade and daily prayers to the success of their crusade.
The crusade is completed on schedule. The recently professed now populate the regional churches and they stay there or return to their former churches or only fall out of both.
For some time the neighborhood experiences a positive shift. Fewer people get drunk in the night, more presence in churches is detected, fewer acts of criminality happen. After a few months or a couple of years states become “normal” again: rising number of offenses and steady or decreasing numbers in church presence.
Genuine Christianity hasn’t actually invaded that area. Sure, some resides here and you will find radically changed. A former gambler today becomes a student of the Bible and he’ll grow to be a preacher shortly. A prostitute now quits her transaction and also becomes a choir member.
Jesus came to give us real Christianity, not minimal Christianity.
As soon as we have a continuously rising amount of spiritually developed Christians, we’ll have real Christianity. Spiritual growth is our requirement as Christians.