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Casual and Cool vs Committed and Christ-Like

Casual and Cool vs. Committed and Christ-like

written by on the topic of Articles by Pastor Trieber, Featured on December, 2010

In my lifetime, I have witnessed a huge change in our God-given institution of the family; the home has literally been redefined since I was a child. At one time, it was the biblical standard of a husband and wife, a father and mother. It is now a hodgepodge of perversion, difference, toleration, and compromise.

Tremendous change has also taken place nationally. Our Constitution is being watered down by liberal judges, pastors, politicians, and the people of this land.

We also experience this toleration and compromise within the walls of the New Testament local church. Spiritually, the church has silenced her voice and bought into the notion of casual, contemporary, compromising Christianity when, in reality, we should have men of courage in our pulpits taking a Biblical stand for righteousness and holiness.

The Scripture says,

  • Romans 12:2—And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  • I John 2:15-17—Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
  • II Corinthians 5:17—Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

True Bible salvation transforms the life of an individual. It is foolish then for our lives to mirror the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The church is God’s institution that steadies the home and the nation, but the church has become anemic. It is my prayer that we will, once again, recognize that Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Pastor and people alike should abandon this notion of being casual and cool instead of glorifying our God Who redeemed and purchased us. The Scripture says in I Corinthians 6:19, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? As the church, our families, and this nation buy into this casualness, we are weakening the foundation of our greatest structures—the church, the home, and our government. It is my prayer that there will be a return to old-time religion and the old-fashioned way.

May I remind you that God is not changed and the Scriptures tell us in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. As our God has not changed, His Word has not changed. The Scripture says is in Psalm 11:3, If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Let us return to the faith of our fathers. Let us instill holiness, godliness, and righteousness into our lives, our homes, our churches, and our nation. The choice is up to us. Will we chose to be committed to the King of kings or will we choose to be causal and cool? I plead with you to make the right choice!

About the Author

Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March 1976. He is also the Chancellor of Golden State Baptist College. His latest book is Words to Live By.

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1 comment

  1. Hmm

    Feb 24, 2012

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen a Christian talk about anything that actually holds true to the gospel. Whether it is the Catholics holding more to traditions of men than the worship of Jesus Christ, or their praying to Mary and the saints, or perhaps simply passionless “Christians” that do not behave in Christlike ways, but simply recite and interpret the scriptures incorrectly…it seems there are very few people who truly reside within the Body. As to whom, that is for God to judge alone. But we ARE to judge the fruits of these people, as spoken of in Matthew 7, and oftentimes this, too, is labelled as being “judgmental”, and again we are reminded we are not to judge because people decide to take a single verse out of context.

    More and more I see a generation of Christianity that is being taught to stay to the sidelines. If they rebuke homosexuality, they are intolerant. If they rebuke witches, they are religiously insensitive and intolerant. If they judge people by their fruits, they are being “hypocritical”. Yet there is sexual immorality brandished in commercials, entertainment, and all kinds of pagan ideologies that are considered “fashionable” and “cool”.

    I’m only a 21 year old female, I came to know Christ but a few years ago, but I have learned these things almost as if they were common sense because my salvation came from my own free will, and not from blind indoctrination as a child. The problem is there are too many “part-time Christians” who teach incorrectly, with only part-time devotion to Christ and the bible, while the other part divulges in a world they were told to rebuke and be separate from. I sense a lack of true inclination to Christ and more of an empty culture. As I said, though, it is not for me to judge who has the Holy Spirit or not.

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