by James Merritt

Real Christianity
James Merritt
Colossians 3:1-4


1. One of the most misused and abused words in the English language is the word ''Christian''. The meaning has almost totally been drained out of that word this word used to be a word of distinction. It used to be a word of honor. It used to be a word reserved for a special group of people.

2. You need to keep in mind that this was not a term that the church adopted for itself. Rather, this was a term that was given to the church by the world we are told in Acts 11:26, ''And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.'' There was something so different, so distinct about these people that they were given the name ''Christian''. They were living real Christianity.

3. If I was not a Christian, and I observed the average Christian, I doubt if I would become a Christian. The average Christian is not even motivated enough to bring his Bible to church on Sunday, to come back on Sunday night, give a tithe of his income to the Lord, or to tell somebody else how to get saved. I believe that our God is sick of average Christianity. I believe that our Christianity ought to be real. Someone has said that, ''The mark of a real Christian is, that he makes it easier for others to believe in God.'' I want my Christianity to be real. I want to say that real Christianity is not playing church on Sunday morning. I believe the reason why many Christians doubt their salvation and the reason why many Christians are unhappy in their spiritual life, is because their Christianity is not real.

4. There was a man, a church member, by the name of Mr. H. L. Cox. He had been a member of the church for years, but he did not have the assurance of his salvation. One day he made up his mind, he said, ''I can take this no longer. I am tired of playing church. I am tied to an allusion. My soul demands reality,'' and he found it in the Lord Jesus. And when he did he wrote this song:

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