Christianity vs. Christianity: Who will win?
I remember as a teenager, a friend’s mother devoted a lot of her energy to get me “saved.” Here I was, the son of a preacher, living a life I thought was dedicated to God, but because I did not participate in communion each week and did not believe I needed to be baptized to be saved, I was destined to spend eternity in hell. Oh, and the church I attended used musical instruments and females during worship.
From this side of the fence, I have to laugh about all the petty arguments we had within Christianity and how quickly we were to condemn other sects to hell because of their beliefs or their lack of beliefs. Mormons and JW’s of course were the biggest transgressors for not accepting Jesus as God. Catholics were a close second with their belief in purgatory, their “worship” of Mary and all those “idols” of the Saints; so they too were sliding down that grease poll straight to you know where.
There was Kenneth Copeland and company preaching heresy with their “health and wealth” gospel and talking about Jesus going to hell. The Pentecostals were speaking in tongues inspired by the devil when they thought they were being empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Baptist had their “once saved always saved” doctrine. Then Carlton Pearson came along preaching the message of universal salvation.
Confused yet? Well, I could go on for a few hours (and was tempted to) but the reality is there are those within Christianity, like Hank Hanegraaff, who dedicate their lives to demonstrating why other Christians are going to hell. There are no two groups who agree on many of the “essential” doctrine. Of course, I never did figure out who had the authority to define those “essentials”.
Here’s a comical video which demonstrates this internal struggle within Christianity. Read the subtitles to Joel Osteen’s preaching, or maybe I should say “preaching.”
- The de-Convert