List of things followers of Christ should desist from

Image result for followers of christQuit expecting the world to like you.
Jesus said it would hate you (John 15:18-27, Matthew 10:22).
Quit throwing your own teammates under the bus.
We’re called to build each other up, not tear each other down. In fact, Jesus said that our love for each other proves to the world that we are really His true disciples (John 13:35, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Quit gossiping.
This includes sharing “juicy prayer requests” with no intention of actually praying (Psalms 34:13, Psalms 101:5, Ephesians 4:29).

 

Quit replacing prayer with “good vibes” and “positive thoughts”.
No. Just no. Prayer moves the hand of God and the hand of God moves the world. Prayer is much more effective than making someone feel warm and fuzzy inside. By the way, I’m not saying positive thoughts and good vibes are wrong (and they do make you feel good), I’m just saying prayer trumps them both (2 Corinthians 1:11, Philippians 1:19, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16).

Quit saying repentance isn’t necessary.
It is. Jesus said so. And just so you know, there are 53 references to repentance in the New Testament. Now go repent (Matthew 5:17, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:5, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9).

 

Quit saying that the “portions of the Bible that make you feel uncomfortable” are irrelevant and nothing more than dated writings.
All 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 31,102 verse are the inspired Word of God. So the next time you think about throwing out the Old Testament, just remember that Jesus quoted it numerous times in all four gospels (John 1:1-4, John 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16).
Quit expecting unbelievers/non-Christians to understand the Bible and/or to live like Christ.
It’s hard enough for Christians to live like Christ and it’s impossible to do so without Him (until the blinders are removed) (2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:24-25).

 

Quit acting like the Great Commission
(Go into all the world to preach the gospel) is the Great Suggestion. It’s a command. Go already (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15).

Quit thinking that it’s OK to be silent about your faith.
Yes, it’s just as important to represent Jesus by how we live, but someone can’t respond to the Good News without hearing it … and they can’t hear it if no one opens their mouth (Matthew 10:27, Romans 10:14-15).

Quit being more passionate about your political affiliation than your relationship with Jesus.
If 99 percent of what you post on social media consists of bashing government officials and presidential candidates—you’re doing more damage than good (Romans 13:1-7, 2 Chronicles 7:14).

Quit your legalistic rants, knee-jerk reactions, and judgmentalism.
You’re turning people off. You’re making good news bad news. Jesus befriended sinners. Try it and great things will happen (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:27-32, 1 Timothy 1:15-16).

Quit calling yourself a Christian if you believe there are multiple paths that lead to salvation.

Jesus said that He’s the only way to heaven. If you don’t believe Him, you’re not a Christ follower (John 14:6, 1 John 2:4).

Quit living like everybody’s going to heaven and nobody’s going to hell. 

Jesus died so the whole world could be saved, but He said the path to heaven is narrow and few find it. And for the record, He preached more about hell than heaven…

 #LeadLikeJesus (Matthew 7:13-14).

Quit acting like you’re better than those who don’t know Jesus.

You’re not (Luke 18:19, Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11-13).

Quit criticizing loving believers who take a biblical stand for godly morals and Christian values (that are crystal clear in Scripture)

Just because you’re too much of a wimp to take a stand yourself. Jesus didn’t call us to be politically correct. Develop some backbone. And yes, I said wimp. And yes, I will repent for calling you a wimp (Acts 4-6).

Quit being a jerk, period.

Whatever your position is (on anything), if you can’t communicate it in love, you’re a clanging cymbal and your message is worthless. So yeah, I probably shouldn’t have called you a wimp in No. 16 (1 Corinthians 13).

Quit defending sin. 

Quit hating sinners. These are equally important. Oh yeah, and lose your critical lens (Psalm 97:10, Matthew 22:37-39).

Quit using the phrase “he who’s without sin cast the first stone” out of context. 

The next thing Jesus said was, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:1-11).
credit: Olu Famous
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15 thoughts on “List of things followers of Christ should desist from

  1. Good mornin.
    You make a lot of excellent points in your post.

    But there was one point you made that I’m not clear on your meaning of, (repentance).
    I agree that we Christians should have an attitude of repenting of sins as we do so by the power of the indwelling Spirit.

    But you’re not suggesting that an unsaved person has to repent of sins as a component of them getting saved are you? Because that’s not required, nor is it possible to contribute to Christ’s finished work by one’s efforts.

    Thank you.

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  2. Goodday Sir, according to 1 John 3:8 it says, he that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Therefore every unsaved persons need repentance

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  3. Sir,
    I respectfully tell you that to require one to turn from sin to be saved is damning heresy.
    I’ve got posts I’ve written about the meaning of repentance if you want to read them.

    But I’ll make the point brief.
    Our turning from sin can be done one of two ways. By the power of the flesh, or by the power of the indwelling Spirit. And an unsaved person doesn’t have the indwelling Spirit. All he has is filthy rags for effort…worthless.

    We participate in salvation only by faith. We believe that Christ did it all for our salvation in His death, burial, and resurrection…or we don’t. And try to contribute our meritless works to His perfect finished work.

    I’m not saying this to be mean. I’m saying this because I honor my Lord.

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    1. Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
      That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

      10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
      Also, Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

      9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  4. I will say the Bible is very clear for our understanding and to add to my previous response, repentance requires confession of our sins, forsaking from them completely, and believing in our heart that Jesus is the Lord. Acts 3: 19 KJV it says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord”.

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