A Look at Biblical Christianity vs Cultural Christianity

In this week’s post, let’s take a look at Biblical Christianity vs Cultural Christianity and perhaps some reflection on our daily lives.

But First…

I took last week off from writing marking the first time I had not written a post in thirty-six weeks. We traveled to West Virginia to visit with family and friends experiencing many fun activities along the way. Starting off, we were blessed to attend our niece’s wedding. She married a very nice guy from Michigan and we look forward to watching their relationship blossom in the coming years. We then had a birthday party for our youngest nephew which also turned into my 50th birthday party as well. They surprised me.

Finally, we wrapped up our busy week at the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival where I had a table set up in my sister’s craft booth. We sold some of my artwork and a few coffee mugs. All in all, we made $650 in those four days and after our costs, we will be adding $350 to our yearly donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

What is Cultural Christianity?

Cultural Christianity can be defined in many different ways but for this week, let’s focus on these two aspects.

Cultural Christians Prefer to Just “Fit In”

In stark contrast to biblical Christianity, cultural Christians prefer to avoid offending someone whose beliefs differ from their own. Instead, they seek to avoid discussions regarding sin and the repentance of sin. Additionally, they avoid the topic of eternal damnation as a consequence of our sins. In other words, the cultural Christian focus is on pleasing the world instead of following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

One such example is their acceptance of certain social behaviors which the bible speaks of as an abomination.

Cultural Christians are Focused on Their Outward Appearance

Jesus often spoke of the hypocrisy that the religious leaders of His day were accustomed to. One such example can be found in Matthew 6 where Jesus was teaching his disciples about giving and prayer.

So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!
Matthew 6:2

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 
Matthew 6:5

By focusing on their outward appearance, cultural Christians miss the mark of being true born-again followers of Christ. Living their life as a Sunday Christian or even worse an Easter Sunday Christian, these nominal Christians may likely not have true repentance of sin. And just as Matthew 23:15 speaks of, falsely relying on outward appearances could lead others down a path of eternal damnation.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!
Matthew 23:15

What is Biblical Christianity?

Biblical Christians Do Not Align with a Societal World View

Those who subscribe to a Biblical View of Christianity do not conform or align with societal ideology. Unlike the nominal Christians above, Biblical Christianity teaches that we are not to be held captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition which is based on elemental forces of the world. (Colossians 2:8)

Biblical Christians are Focused on Their Inward Appearance

Biblical Christians seek acceptance from God, not from man. As a result, their focus is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Another tenet of Biblical Christianity is humility. Again, let’s look at Matthew 6:2,5 and contrast Biblical with Cultural Christianity.

So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!
Matthew 6:2

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 
Matthew 6:5

In verse 2, Biblical Christianity teaches we are to be humble, not anticipating any recognition when giving to the poor. And verse 5 was referring to those who pray in open and public spaces just to be seen as someone who is religious.

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