This is not about the Rapture, or Rapture Ready Christians. That would be a completely different post. I am not a fan of the “Left Behind” series for my own reasons. This is about the amazing lack of educational substance in most Christians I have met. For the purpose of this post I will not be defining Christian, I will let anybody who claims the title have it. All denominations or lack thereof, may apply. Here comes the thesis statement.
Most Christians are ignorant of their own beliefs. It might be more accurate to say they are ignorant of what they should believe in if they are Christians. This is not to say a PhD is needed, but how can you be saved from sin if you do not know what sin is? Would it not be good to know we are saved by Faith through Grace? What is grace? What is faith? Atonement? Sanctification, Justification? I do not mean a theological treatise, just a working definition.
I make this scathing comment as I live in the world. Few people I meet go to any church and many people who do go to church have little knowledge of the Faith. I read a book about the guards at Gitmo. The Islamists often said, “You Christians do not know what you believe!”. I fear in most cases they were right. The level of ignorance makes the job of false doctrine teachers quite easy. Most people I meet have no right idea of Jesus! My cousin once sent me a forward that broke my heart. I guess it was meant to be humorous. The gist was this, ” I went to a young man’s funeral. I didn’t know what to do. I asked myself, ‘What would Jesus do?’m so I condemned him to hell and left.” I missed the joke. Everyone, everywhere, should know that Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save.
There are thousands of such examples. Many people seem to have mixed in some of their own ideas, or used the Chinese menu approach, one from column A, two from column B and the hot tea please. I meet people who are Christians, but will tell you Christ certainly was not God, or was a nice guy but must have sinned a little bit somewhere.
SOLUTION: We need to start Preaching to the Test. My public school teacher friends have complained about teaching to the test for a while now, but I see no other solution. Teach and Preach to the Test, as none of us will get out of this world with out some severe testing. Preach to it!
So of what should the test consist ? This is a theoretical exercise of course, but what do you think someone should know before they get their Learner ‘s permit. We test people to drive, to hunt, to work in the trades, so what, I ask, is the minimum requirements of knowledge to get a card in the Christian union? Feel free to opine.
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