Number of Christians Worldwide:
Christianity is ranked the largest religion in the world today. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in 2010 there were 2.18 billion Christians around the world, nearly a third of the global population.
Number of Christian Denominations:
According to the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world. This statistic takes into consideration cultural distinctions of denominations in different countries, so there is overlapping of many denominations.
The Christian faith represents approximately one-third of the world’s population and is the largest religion in the world, with the three largest groups of Christians being the Catholic Church, Protestantism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The largest Christian denomination is the Catholic Church, with 1.09 billion adherents.
Source. Christianity by country – Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
My thoughts as a Disciple of the Lord Jesus who is rejected by all of Christianity
Many times I have had it suggested to me that to be accepted as a Christian I ought to join a Bible Believing Christian Church. (The term Christian is only mentioned 3 times in the Holy Bible and then as a derogatory term.)
Many times I am asked, “Are you a Christian, Mike?” or somebody informs me that they are a Christian. I cannot remember any time in my life having a Christian describe what it is like to have the Lord Jesus and his Father come and make their home with them. Let alone ask me about my spiritual experiences. My Testimony, first published in the mid 1990’s and has been on my website since 1999, has received no comment from Christian Leaders.
Since it’s publication, I have not been invited to speak about it by any Christian Church or Organisation.
The problem that I find with Christianity is this. Christians do not act as if they love the Lord Jesus Christ. This may not be all of the Christians, but there are enough for it to be a worry.
This a scene from a play using John 14:23-24.
Through the power of the Spirit of God, the Lord Jesus at this moment speaks to you.
Jesus “Hello Christian, I want you to go to heaven?”
Christian “But I am going to heaven, Lord, because I believe in you.”
Jesus “Are you?”
Christian “Yes, because anyone who believes in you, will not die but have eternal life, John 3:16, and I believe in you!”
Jesus “Let me clarify that for you that you may be clear on whether you are going to heaven or not. For it will be my decision.”
Jesus “Do you love me?”
Christian “Yes I do!”
Jesus “Then you obey my teachings?”
Christian “Ermm, I do a lot of good things!”
Jesus “Does my Father love you?”
Christian “Of course, he loves everybody!”
Jesus “My Father will only love you enough to come and make his home with you, along with me, if you obey my teaching. Has my Father and I come to live with you?”
Christian “Ermm, could you give me a Bible Verse that says that?”
Jesus “John 14:23 If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Jesus “Now, have we done that with you, Christian? Remember, my Father and I know if you are telling lies, so be careful what you say.”
Christian “Ermm……. Gulp!”
Jesus “If you do not love me, you will not obey my teaching. John 14:24”
Christian “Well, I do try. I am a good Christian and my Church Leaders are happy with me!”
Jesus “This is a serious subject, Christian. These words you are hearing from me are not mine they belong to the Father who sent me to die on the Cross for you.”
Jesus “You will only know when you are obedient to my teaching when my Father and I come and make our home with you. Until we do, you are still destined for hell not heaven.”
Christian “I do want to go to heaven, Lord! I thought I was, my Christian Leaders say that I am”
Jesus “My Father and I want you to go to heaven as well. So start learning my teachings and commands and then put them into practice. Study my Gospel and then do what it says you must do.”
Christian “I will Lord, I promise!”
Jesus “Then when we have come and made our home with you and you have the Spirit of God living in you, you will no longer be a Christian, but a Child of God. You will no longer be a Church Member but a Spiritual Member of my Body. You will no longer be yoked to a Church, but to Me.”
Christian “is busy thinking and praying silently”
Jesus “Oh, and my Father will be watching you to see that you continue to obey my teachings. Good bye.”
Now here is another thought to consider.
How and when was the word “Christian” first used? The term ‘Christian’ was used to describe a follower of Christ in terms of the world, from the world’s point of view. The pagans at Antioch called the apostles “Christians” first (Acts 11:26; 26:28) and used it derogatorily because the apostles didn’t follow the commercial world of the pagans. “Christian” is an adjective, not a noun. The substance is not in the word “Christian”, the substance is in the heart of the man it is attempting to describe, and which the pagan user cannot see.
Christ never called himself a Christian, Christ never called his followers Christians. The apostles never called each other Christians. Christ never used an adjective to describe himself. So how are we to identify ourselves then? The disciples called each other, “brethren”, “disciples”, “apostles”, “servants”, “believers”, “followers”, “the faithful”, “the elect”, “the called”, and “saints.” We can also identify ourselves as “bondservants” of Christ.
You can read more on this by following this link. Source. Should we call ourselves a Christian? By Richard Anthony.
More Statistics of Christianity Today:
Questions we should ask.
So do you call yourself a Christian and others Christians?
Why do you do this when the Lord Jesus Christ does not?
Why is there a Christian Religion when the Lord Jesus Christ did not form, or command that we form, a Religion?
Why is the Apostle Paul often described as the Father of Christianity, when he didn’t start it and in fact was hated by many in the Fellowships he did start?
How can the Lord Jesus Christ command us to be one and operate as his body on this earth through the connection of the Holy Spirit, yet Christianity is made up of so many different Denominations and Faith Groups that believe in different things?
Why is it that you will never read any of the New Testament writers using the term ‘christian’ to describe themselves?
Is it reasonable to think that Christians are in fact enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore enemies of God and all true believers?
Please note. At this time I do not have a single Christian as a social friend and they always disregard my attempts to communicate with them. If I do make contact in person, they become severely unsettled.
Is it reasonable to consider that Christians are in fact allied to the Devil?
Please note. Not one Christian Church Leader wants me to witness for the Lord Jesus in their Church. Not one! Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 ‘Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.’
True and false disciples
21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” 23 Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
I am trying to make disciples of my Lord Jesus and Christians wont, or cant, help me. Now who wants them to do that? The Devil, the Father of all Liars.
This is what the Lord Jesus said to people claiming to be His Followers.
It’s in the book of Revelation 3:7
“To the angel of the church [Scholars differ in what ‘the church’ meant] in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. [Can we not see this happening today?]
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. [Do Christians have ears to hear the Holy Spirit?]
Please note. In verse 9 the Lord Jesus identifies Jews who are not Jews but liars. Will he also do that in regard to Christians who are liars. Well, Jews were God’s chosen people and Christians claim to be the Lords.
Can it be said that Christians are not God’s chosen people, they are just Lost Souls refusing to obey the teachings and commands of the Lord Jesus. And the evidence is their lack of testimony regarding the promise of the Lord and his Father coming to make their home with them as described by the Apostle John in John 14:23. Rather, they are as described by the Lord in John 14:24, as people that do not love him simply because they do not obey him.
They, the Christians, are divided up into so many Groups. Simply because they do not have the Holy Spirit of God at work with them in the task of making Disciples of the Lord Jesus and uniting all believers into one spiritually connected group of true Disciples. Called the Body of Christ – spiritually born-again people who show their love for their Lord and Saviour by obeying him.
Nowhere in the Holy Bible are people taught or encouraged to disobey God’s Moral Law. On the contrary this is what the Lord Jesus said in The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in a the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Can Christians claim to be doing this?]
This is the Missing Link in today’s Christianity.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. [Who does he not give the Spirit of truth to? Those who disobey him!] The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. [Is he, the Spirit of truth, living in Christians?] 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. [Do Christians see the Lord Jesus? Do Christians have the Lord Jesus in them?] 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. [Is Christianity’s failure to keep the Lord’s commands the reason they do not see him, but act as if he is up there somewhere to be called out to? If the Lord is living with and in Christians, then why do they need the religious organisations they have?]”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [Does this describe Christians?] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [Does this describe Christians?] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. [Do Christians give the impression that they are operating as those who are taught and nurtured by the Holy Spirit of God?] 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. [Does Christianity give the impression that they have the peace that can only be given by the Lord?]
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, [Does the prince of this world have a hold on Christianity?] 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. [Do Christians act as if they are doing what their Heavenly Father commands them? If that is, he is their Father.]
Is it right to question Christianity?
These are all reasonable questions to ask Christians. This is what the Apostle Paul, a true witness for the Lord Jesus said in 2 Corinthians 5:10 ‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.’ [It is only right that Christians are challenged to face the truth about themselves – the truth about the good and the bad that they do. The good that bring rewards and the bad that brings punishment.]
Let me finish with the words of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Revelation 3:19 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” [It would be wise of all Christians in the world to hear and fully understand these fantastic words from him who is Lord of All and who perfectly judges a person as to their final destination after death – Heaven as a reward or Hell as a punishment.]
It’s all about living with God and defeating Satan’s attempts to stop you obeying the Lord Jesus. To be right with God, you must be yoked to the Lord, your Lord, Jesus Christ.
May God bless you by leading you into a loving and obedient relationship with Him and his Son, the wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. That you will then have the powerful and loving Holy Spirit to keep you safe in this evil and wicked world. Amen
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