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organiclabelThere 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.”

(I got carried a little carried away with the illustration...)

(I got carried a little carried away with the illustration…)

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.

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2 Responses to Organic Christianity

  1. Spencer April 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    Good article, nice analogy and I agree with you in many ways. However, I get uneasy when you say “Don’t take any chances”. I believe that firm mindset could easily turn in extreme legalism. When someone’s toe pops out of the water during baptism people cry out “dunk him again!” because we certainly “don’t want to take any chances” with his salvation.

    Again, I agree with the idea of organic Christianity and removing the man-made impurities, but we also must not forget that when we mess up God has endless grace to pour out on us.

    • Ben April 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM #

      Spencer,

      If by “extreme legalism” you mean “trying to follow God’s Will to the best of my ability,” then yes, that’s exactly what I mean when I say “don’t take any chances.” God expects His child to love Him with all of his “heart and with all his soul and with all his strength and with all his mind” (Luke 10:27). True love keeps the commandments of Christ (John 14:15). So I believe every Christian should keep His commandments with all of his “heart, soul, strength, and mind.” You can’t do that while willingly “taking chances.”

      I’m not going to boldly and recklessly say, “God has endless grace to pour out on me” if I am not giving Him 100%. He is, in fact, a grace-filled God. Yet, I am only promised the benefits of that grace if I am “walking in the light” (1 John 1:5-7). I cannot expect the blood of Christ to save me if I am not serving Him to the best of my ability.

      That’s not legalism (in the dirty, postmodern sense of the word). The legalism I believe you are referring to is the teaching that one must ‘earn’ his way into heaven, completely dismissing the need for God’s grace. You would be correct in saying that is wrong. Yet, while works of merit can never save me, works of humble obedience to God for the rest of my life will. Only when I “take up my cross and follow Him daily” (Luke 9:23) can I receive the “free gift of God.”

      No, I do not believe it is ever okay to willingly “take a chance.” How could I do that, and walk in the light (1 John 1:5-7)?

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