With very little observation necessary, one can easily see that not everyone who professes to be a follower of Jesus is committed to the task of discipleship.  Apparently, “Easy-beliefism” has salved the consciences of those who are unwilling to bring their lifestyle into conformity with their desires.

Take a close look at the list below.  Do any of the items describe your thinking or lifestyle?  Could the word “they” be replaced by the word, “I?”  Give it some thought.

  1. They revere the Bible, but they don’t read it.
  2. They believe the 10 Commandments, but they don’t know them.
  3. They love God, but they don’t abhor sin.
  4. They want a crown, but they don’t want a cross.
  5. They want a Savior, but they don’t want a Lord.
  6. They want a harvest, but they don’t want to sow any seed.
  7. They want the right to pray, but they don’t.
  8. They want Hollywood to clean up its act, but they go to all the movies regardless.
  9. They want to go to Heaven, but they don’t want to go to church.
  10. They want to be served, but they don’t want to serve
  11. They want to die the death of the righteous, but they live the life of a sinner.
  12. They want spiritual growth, but they don’t want to feed on his word for nourishment.
  13. They want a relationship with Jesus, but they don’t want to be tied down to a church.
  14. They want a preacher to “tell it like it is,” but they do as they please.
  15. They want God to be 1st in their lives, but he always comes in 2nd to their social calendar.

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-Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns (TN) Church of Christ