Reject Christ’s Teachings and Still be a Christian?!
In a recent article in the Dallas Morning News (March 24, 2013), columnist Steve Blow freely and openly stated that he no longer believes some fundamental teachings of Jesus. He denies what even he himself calls “essential teachings of traditional Christianity.” (Did you notice the word “essential”?) He has convinced himself (thoughtful person that he is) that what Jesus taught and what Christians have believed for two thousand years is all wrong. He no longer believes what Jesus taught about hell and what Jesus taught about Himself. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and life, and that no comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). But Steve believes you can get to heaven without Jesus. Yes, you don’t need Jesus to go to heaven, according to conclusions Steve has drawn.
Just how and why did Steve draw these conclusions? Did he present some reasoned explanation from Scripture (or from anywhere else, for that matter)? No. Basically he just said he doesn’t much like these two teachings. Furthermore, lots of other people don’t like these two teaching either, so that pretty much settles it for Steve. He doesn’t like something Jesus taught, others don’t like it either, so there; it must not be right.
Yet Steve states that he is a Christian. My question is, why does he still consider himself a Christian? Clearly He rejects “essential” teachings of Christ. Jesus stated that those who “continue” in His word are His disciples (John 8:31). Is Steve continuing in Jesus’ word?
Could it be that Steve doesn’t have the honesty and courage to admit that he is no longer a Christian?