Welcome to Christ's Religion
According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gorden-Conwell University, there are now over 45,000 Christian denominations teaching their own version of Christianity.
But why so many versions of Christ's religion? Do churches want us to believe that Jesus preached multiple gospel messages? The Lord gave us a parable that answers this question:
“Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the person who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. It is to him the gatekeeper opens the gate, and it is his voice the sheep hear. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognize the voice of strangers” (John 10:1-5 – ISV).
Throughout the area around 1st Century Jerusalem, sheep were kept in walled enclosures called “folds.” And whenever the animals needed to be taken out to graze for food, their shepherd would open the fold's gate and lead them to a pasture. But if a stranger were to open the gate, the sheep would run away from this person, because they did recognize the stranger's voice.
So let's apply this parable to Christianity. The shepherd represents the Lord, the sheep represent Christians and pasture represents the Lord's teachings. While the strangers represent salaried preachers. And the parable shows how Christ's sheep should literally run away from preachers that try to take the Lord's place as their spiritual shepherd.
Now read what Jesus said a few verses later:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired worker who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them and scatters them, because he is a hired worker, and the sheep don't matter to him (John 10:11-13 – ISV).
After reminding us that He is our spiritual Shepherd, Jesus warns us about the dangers associated with listening to salaried preachers. And notice how the Lord specifically warns of how the wolf (Satan) may snatch and scatter His church, because the hired preacher doesn't really care about the Lord's sheep.
Of course, modern preachers never tell their congregations that tithes and offerings were strictly Old Covenant practices, by which the ancient Israelites gave ten percent of their crops and animals to feed the Levitical Priesthood. Neither do they share that the Bible never asks Christians to give financial offerings, donations, tithes or any other source of money to preachers and their churches.
So if you want to learn about a Christianity that doesn't ask for your hard‐earned money in exchange for your salvation, then you have come to the right place.
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