Today’s Christians enjoy a greater relevance in Christ that supersedes obedience in the baser things such as holiness, separation, gender roles or sound doctrine. After all, we all know “the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life”. In contrast to the understanding of former generations, the testimony and fruit of today’s Christian is known by their statement that they are a Christian. It is an esoteric concept, which no longer assumes ones devotion to antiquated words of Scripture. In fact, anyone observing their lack of outward evidence in a visible, physical difference from the world is considered primitive and legalistic by today’s Christians. Biblical reference to areas of disobedience is condemned as being unspiritual, unloving and motivated by pharisaical snobbery. After all, literal adherence to Holy writ is relative to what one “believes,” not that which is actually written.
It is expected, therefore, that they be recognized as fellow ministers of Christ. It is OK that you have “your beliefs” but don’t offend anyone with Biblical words. That would be “un-Christ-like”. The concept of today’s “Jesus” is likened to an earthy, grinning guru with a maternal nature who appreciates all that is done in his name. This “Jesus” is naturally pleased with worship based on their own terms, which is relevant – to them. This is because this “Jesus” is them. Their “Jesus” needs and desires their praise. He basks approvingly in the glory given him through their worldly music and anything else they can do for him. This “Jesus” absolves them of all wrong and frees them from the oppressive concepts of obedience and holiness. Their worship is also validated by the “spirit” who may even energize it with feelings and emotions. This “spirit” is also worthy of praise and exaltation for his work.
The “Jesus” of today’s neo-Christianity changes with the times and follows the fads of men. He is always there for you and is whatever you want him to be. Those whose concept of him is based on His words are legalists. The Bible, after all, is only a reference and literal adherence to the words of God is contrary to the character of today’s “Jesus.”
Mt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.