There are a growing number of people who prefer to eat organic food. Some are so passionate about it that organic food is the only food they eat. They’ll even drive out of their way and pay extra for it. Why? Because they believe modern artificial farming inputs, such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, are harmful to their health. If I knew more about the chemicals in regular store-bought food, I would probably be an organic food fanatic too.
People prefer organic for one simple reason: they want their food to be as pure as possible. They don’t want to take any chances with man-made impurities.
Why can’t we apply the same logic to Christianity?
Why aren’t more people passionate about ridding Christianity of modern, man-made impurities and restoring Christianity to its pure, primitive status?
Many think that it doesn’t matter what you believe (as long as you believe in Jesus). “Go to the church of your choice,” they say. “It doesn’t matter if different churches teach contradictory things. It doesn’t matter if they worship differently. It doesn’t matter if they add to or ignore a few teachings in the Bible.” In essence, what they are saying is, “It doesn’t matter if there are impurities in Christianity. Unscriptural teachings and man-made practices are perfectly fine.”
Perhaps we need to be more passionate about pure, organic Christianity. Maybe our attitude should be, “Let’s not take any chances.”
When the church was born, early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42). They were warned about falling away from “the faith” (2 Thess. 2:3, 1 Tim. 4:1) and told to stay away from things that were “contrary to the teaching” of the New Testament (Rom. 16:17).
Likewise, Christians need to follow the example of the early church. Let’s demand pure New Testament Christianity, unadulterated by man. Let’s be adamant about simply being part of the one church of the Bible. Let’s be dedicated to our “one Lord,” our “one faith,” and our “one baptism” (Eph. 4:4-5), because if we go beyond the plain and simple teachings of the Bible, we no longer have fellowship with God (2 John 9).
Let’s just simply be Christians – no additives, preserves, impurities, nor anything else unnatural. Let’s just be members of the Lord’s church, as described and patterned in the New Testament.
Spiritual health is more important than physical health. Don’t take any chances.