by Charisma News
Before you read the following, I want you to know that these are things I am guilty of, too. Like I tell my church all the time: “I’m preaching to myself!” When it comes to following Christ, we are all a work in progress.
For those who know me, you are familiar with my personality, so you will be able to decipher my tone and picture me smiling as you read this. For those of you who don’t know me, try to picture me smiling as you read on.
And just so there’s no confusion, the word Christian is defined as someone who professes Christ and embraces His teachings. Not only are the four gospels about Him, the entire Bible is Him because He is the Living Word.
Here is a list of the things I believe Christ followers should cease and desist in their lives:
Quit expecting the world to like you.
Jesus said it would hate you (John 15:18-27, Matthew 10:22).
Quit throwing your own teammates under the bus.
We’re called to build each other up, not tear each other down. In fact, Jesus said that our love for each other proves to the world that we are really His true disciples (John 13:35, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
This includes sharing “juicy prayer requests” with no intention of actually praying (Psalms 34:13, Psalms 101:5, Ephesians 4:29).
Quit replacing prayer with “good vibes” and “positive thoughts”.
No. Just no. Prayer moves the hand of God and the hand of God moves the world. Prayer is much more effective than making someone feel warm and fuzzy inside. By the way, I’m not saying positive thoughts and good vibes are wrong (and they do make you feel good), I’m just saying prayer trumps them both (2 Corinthians 1:11, Philippians 1:19, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16).
Quit saying repentance isn’t necessary.
It is. Jesus said so. And just so you know, there are 53 references to repentance in the New Testament. Now go repent (Matthew 5:17, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:5, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9).
All 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 31,102 verse are the inspired Word of God. So the next time you think about throwing out the Old Testament, just remember that Jesus quoted it numerous times in all four gospels (John 1:1-4, John 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16).
Quit expecting unbelievers/non-Christians to understand the Bible and/or to live like Christ.
It’s hard enough for Christians to live like Christ and it’s impossible to do so without Him (until the blinders are removed) (2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:24-25).
Quit acting like the Great Commission
(Go into all the world to preach the gospel) is the Great Suggestion. It’s a command. Go already (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15).
Quit thinking that it’s OK to be silent about your faith.
Yes, it’s just as important to represent Jesus by how we live, but someone can’t respond to the Good News without hearing it … and they can’t hear it if no one opens their mouth (Matthew 10:27, Romans 10:14-15).
Quit being more passionate about your political affiliation than your relationship with Jesus.
If 99 percent of what you post on social media consists of bashing government officials and presidential candidates—you’re doing more damage than good (Romans 13:1-7, 2 Chronicles 7:14).
Quit your legalistic rants, knee-jerk reactions, and judgmentalism.
You’re turning people off. You’re making good news bad news. Jesus befriended sinners. Try it and great things will happen (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:27-32, 1 Timothy 1:15-16).
Quit calling yourself a Christian if you believe there are multiple paths that lead to salvation.
Quit living like everybody’s going to heaven and nobody’s going to hell.
Quit acting like you’re better than those who don’t know Jesus.
Quit criticizing loving believers who take a biblical stand for godly morals and Christian values (that are crystal clear in Scripture)
Quit being a jerk, period.
Quit defending sin.
Quit using the phrase “he who’s without sin cast the first stone” out of context.