I have a great concern and continual burden for my fellow citizens of Glasgow/Barren County Kentucky. I have been pastoring here for 22 years now. I am very acquainted with the “Christian Culture” that still has a strong hold but declining influence upon our population.
I am more convinced now than ever before that much of the good we still have in our county is a result of “Cultural Christianity”. Statistics show that out of some 45,000 people in Barren County only some 15,000 or less attend church regularly on Sundays. That is only 1/3 of the population that is somewhat dedicated to their beliefs.
I am burdened by the question, “If your ‘faith’ is not strong enough to get you out of bed and into church on Sundays, do you really think that kind of faith will get you to heaven?”
“Cultural Christianity” is religion that superficially identifies itself as ‘Christianity’ but does not truly adhere to the faith. A ‘cultural Christian’ is a nominal believer—he wears the label ‘Christian,’ but the label has more to do with his family background and upbringing than any personal conviction that Jesus is Lord. Cultural Christianity is more social than spiritual. A cultural Christian identifies with certain aspects of Christianity, such as the good works of Jesus, but rejects the spiritual aspects required to be a biblically defined Christian. Some people consider themselves ‘Christians’ because of family background, personal experience, country of residence, or social environment. Others identify as ‘Christian’ as a way of declaring a religious affiliation, as opposed to being ‘Muslim’ or ‘Buddhist.’ Famed scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins refers to himself as a ‘cultural Christian’ because he admires some of the ceremonial and philanthropic aspects of Christianity. Dawkins is not born again; he simply sees ‘Christianity’ as a label to use.” https://www.gotquestions.org/cultural-Christianity.html.
Are you simply a “Cultural Christian”? Perhaps you even attend church sometimes. But when and if you compare your daily life to the truths of the Bible do you find yourself coming up short?
What do Christians believe and live for and by? Note the following quoted from https://www.gotquestions.org/Christianity.html:
1. The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith.
2. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God.
3. Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired, “God-breathed” Word of God and its teaching is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
4. Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
5. Christians believe mankind was created specifically to have a relationship with God, but sin separates all men from God (Romans 3:23; 5:12).
6. Christians believe after His death, Christ was buried, He rose again, and now lives at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for the believers forever (Hebrews 7:25).
7. Christianity proclaims Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to completely pay the sin debt owed by all men and this is what restores the broken relationship between God and man (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:10; Romans 5:8; 6:23).
8. Christianity teaches that in order to be saved and be granted entrance into heaven after death, one must place faith solely entirely in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
9. Christianity teaches that Christ died in our place and paid the price of our sins and rose again. There is nothing that anyone can do to earn salvation.
10. We cannot be “good enough” to please God on our own, because we are all sinners (Isaiah 53:6; 64:6-7). There is nothing more to be done, because Christ has done all the work! When He was on the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meaning that the work of redemption was completed.
Do you believe this?