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Most of what is called “Christianity” today is not the Christianity of the Holy Bible. Most people in modern-day Christian churches want the “righteousness, and peace, and joy” that comes with being a Christian (Rom. 14:17), but they don't want the “trials”, “tribulations” and “persecutions” that come with it (Mark 10:30; Acts 14:22; Rom. 5:3; II Thess. 1:4; II Tim. 3:12; I Pet. 1:7; 4:12). In the Old Testament God's people suffered greatly (Heb. 11:35-38). In the New Testament God's people suffered greatly (Matt. 13:21; Mark 4:17; 10:29,30; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Rom. 5:3; 12:12; II Cor. 1:4; 12:10; II Thess. 1:4; II Tim. 3:12; I Peter 1:7; 4:12; Rev. 1:9). Throughout the centuries God's people have suffered greatly and continue to suffer “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9; 13:15) (see The Acts And Monuments by John Foxe). In modern Christianity motivational teachers and self-esteem preachers with “good words and fair speeches” have taken the place of scriptural teachers and biblical preachers teaching Jesus' message of “repent” or “perish” (Rom. 16:18; Mark 1:1; Luke 13:1-5). With most modern-day Christians spending more time watching TV than reading the Bible, it is no wonder why so many “do err, not knowing the scriptures” (Matt. 22:29; ). Incidentally, for a thousand years the Roman church deceived and conquered the peoples of Europe during the Dark Ages by moving from a word based culture – “the scriptures”, to an image based culture – statues, relics, symbols, visions, imagery. And the same type of deception is taking place today in the Christian community. Most modern-day Christians' beliefs are being shaped more by what they see and hear on television than what they read in the Bible. Even within conservative Protestant churches the pure words of the Lord in the Holy Bible are slowly being replaced with imagery and symbolism, as pagan Christmas and Easter plays and corrupt movies like The Passion are now acceptable supplements to the Bible, substituting images for the written word. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is “the Word” (John 1:1,14), “and his name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13). The Romanization of Protestant churches, moving people from a word based culture to an image based culture, is all part of the “falling away” of the church foretold in second Thessalonians (II Thess. 2:3-12). With TV programs like Wheel Of Fortune, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Deal Or No Deal, Sex And The City, Desperate Housewives, and American Idol, it is no wonder why so many are “conformed to this world” as the “cares of this life” “and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word” (Rom. 12:2; Luke 21:34; Mark 4:19). And the so called “Christian” networks are no better with their idolatrous pagan customs and their covetous prosperity doctrines, “supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (I Tim. 6:5). The chart below shows some of the differences between modern Christianity and biblical Christianity. See THE EMERGING CHURCH

Modern Christianity Biblical Christianity
a "crown" (Ezekiel 21:26) a "cross" (Luke 9:23; 14:27; Matthew 10:38)
"riches" (Psalms 73:3; Proverbs 1:32) "righteousness" (Matthew 6:33)
'prosperity' (I Timothy 6:5-11) "persecution" (John 15:20; II Timothy 3:12,13)
"covetous" (Ezekiel 33:31; Psalms 10:3; II Timothy 3:2) "hating covetousness" (Exodus 18:21; 20:17; Hebrews 13:5)
"supposing that gain is godliness" (Luke 12:15; I Timothy 6:5) "godliness with contentment" (I Timothy 6:6; Matthew 13:44-46)
"silver" and "gold" (Proverbs 8:10; Acts 3:6) "instruction" and "knowledge" (Proverbs 8:10; Acts 3:6)
"worldly" (Titus 2:11; I John 4:5; Psalms 12:1) "godly" (Romans 12:1,2; II Corinthians 7:9,10; II Timothy 3:12; Titus 2:11,12)
"earthly, sensual" (Titus 2:11; I John 4:5; James 3:15) "holy", "true holiness" (Leviticus 20:7; I Peter 1:16; Ephesians 4:24)
"heareth not rebuke" (Proverbs 13:1) "hear the rebuke of the wise" (Eccl. 7:5; Deut. 8:5; Psa. 94:12; Heb. 12:5)
prefers "secret love" (Proverbs 27:5,6) prefers "Open rebuke" (Proverbs 9:8; 17:10; 27:5,6)
"hear the song of fools" (Ecclesiastes 7:5) "heareth the reproof of life" (Prov. 15:31; 3:11,12; I Cor. 11:32; Rev. 3:19)
"will not endure sound doctrine" (II Timothy 4:3) "Preach the word... reprove, rebuke, exhort" (II Timothy 4:2-5)
"fall into mischief" (Proverbs 24:16) "falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:16)
"draw back unto perdition" (Hebrews 10:39) "believe to the saving of the soul" (Hebrews 10:39)
"lovers of pleasures" (II Timothy 3:2-5) "lovers... of God" (II Timothy 3:2-5)
"lovers of their own selves" (II Timothy 3:2-5) "love of the truth" (II 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)
a "proud heart" (Proverbs 16:5; 21:4) "a broken and a contrite heart" (Psalms 51:17)
"pride of life" (I John 2:15) "humble spirit" (Proverbs 16:19; Isaiah 57:15)
"receive honour one of another" (John 5:44) seeks "the honour that cometh from God only" (John 5:44)
love "the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:43) hate "that which is highly esteemed among men" (Luke 16:15)
"do good to them which do good to you" (Luke 6:32) "do good to them that hate you" (Matthew 5:44)
"love in word" and "in tongue" (I John 3:18) love "in deed and in truth" (I John 3:18)
"hideth hatred with lying lips" (Proverbs 10:18) "speak every man truth with his neighbour" (Ephesians 4:25)
"busybodies" "in other men’s matters" (I Pet. 4:15; I Tim. 5:13; II Thess. 3:11) "will naturally care for" "others" (I Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:20)
"excusing one another" (Romans 2:15; Ezekiel 3:26) "admonishing one another" (Eph. 5:11; II Tim. 4:2; I Thess. 5:12; Col. 3:16)
"covereth his sins" (Proverbs 28:13) "confesseth and forsaketh them" (Proverbs 28:13)
'imitate' Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 11:4,13) a "new creature" in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:17)
'holy' goose bumps (goose pimples) (II Corinthians 11:4,14) "Holy Ghost" conversion (Acts 3:19; Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 5:17)
“Having a form of godliness” (II Timothy 3:5) worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23,24; John 17:17)
follow "signs and lying wonders" (II Thess. 2:9; II Cor. 11:14,15; Gal. 1:8) "follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth" (Revelation 14:4)
"prophesy falsely", speak "words of falsehood" (Isa. 59:13; Jer. 5:31) "hate every false way" (Psalms 119:128)
hear “good words and fair speeches” (Romans 16:18; Isaiah 30:10) hear the “plain” words of the Lord in the Holy Bible (Proverbs 8:9)

“Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (I John 4:1-6)