I Don’t Follow Jesus
“What!? No.” I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not trolling you. And remember, even though I don’t follow Jesus … keep loving people like He did and treat them as you want to be treated. Don’t try and scroll down to see what my aim is here. Does it surprise you? I mean…
I think John L. Cooper said it best—
“More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were once “faces” of the faith are falling away. And at the same time they are being very vocal and bold about it.” (link)
And it only makes sense according to the Christian Post—
“Back in the 1930s, only 5% of Americans did not identify with any religion. In 1990 that number had risen to 8%, a modest increase after more than half a century.
But these last years have brought a dramatic change. By 2008, the number of Americans not identifying with any religion had risen to 12%, and by 2012, it had risen to 20%, with the number among millennials around 30%.” (link)
So this should not come as a surprise to you if it does. Especially if you’ve read how dark my previous post was. I mean, come on. I’ve been in the pits of unquenchable fire and suffering. I guess now the question is whether I truly EVER followed after Jesus? Some might think that my believing was in vain and only wanted something to gain. That I NEVER truly believed.
I would disagree and counter you misunderstand the enlightenment of your own faith or have not been enlightened to the truth of the gospel altogether. Just because you read that I don’t follow after Jesus does not mean that I wasn’t enlightened by the truth of the gospel, see I still know the truth and that is what should make this statement alarming.
The real question is—
Can the person turned away from their faith in Christ re-enter the Christian faith?
Sense we are talking about me because I’m selfish. The answer to that question for me is “no” because in my case I’ve confessed to taste the heavenly gift that made me a partaker of the Holy Spirit. So it is impossible for me to be renewed again to repentance since I again crucify to myself the Son of God and put Him to open shame. Don’t believe me, check out Hebrews chapter 6 in your Bible.
It is the Holy Spirit through the inspired words of the Bible that speak with authority … I’m just a messenger.
That is what happened to Judas Iscariot. Judas held onto his thievery at heart, did not confess this sin. To do this leaves the “believer” (by association) in this case, Judas Iscariot, vulnerable to Satan’s influence (John 12:4-6) and ultimate possession. This is why it is so important for professing Christians to not sell their soul for the cost of their sin not confessed.
38 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward. (Mark 9)
49 John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is ]for you.” (Luke 9)
I’ll confess that I used this title to especially peak the interest of those who thought they knew me to catch them like a fish. Because it’s the kind of friend I am, it’s what I do, that’s my humor and getting a rise out of my friends is quite fun, I admit. Not with the intention of destruction of course, then there would be an issue.
I wasn’t lying about not following Jesus, but I do follow after Jesus with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. So brothers and sisters in the faith, don’t hinder me just because I’m not following after the style of gospel in you. Don’t hinder me just because you think there are enough christian resources out there for me to get plugged into one without having to startup a recourse of my own. Don’t hinder me…
5 thoughts on “I Don’t Follow Jesus”
Nathan, my brother!
How are you? I miss seeing you. I know the Lord must be blessing you like crazy because He is gifting you with spiritual wisdom and insights. Love, love this blog!
May celebrating Jesus’s birthday be a special day for you and your wife!
Love ya in the Lord,
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Belinda (BB), my sister!
I miss seeing you as well! I’m doing much better now. Been experiencing some spiritual discipline to the glory of our Lord. He gives and takes away, but not to lead astray, to the glory of the Lord’s day. Thank you so much for your encouragement! You’ve been a big part to the work of God in me and I’m forever grateful!
Yes! Amen. You as well!
Love you too in the Lord,
“I wasn’t lying about not following Jesus, but I do follow after Jesus with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind.”
Dude. Pick one. This sentence make no sense. It is nonsense.
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I hear you. It can come across confusing, but I mean it literally. Jesus is not presently here in the flesh for me to follow, and…. even if He was, there is a possibility that I would do as the “someone” described by the disciples as “not following us” because I’d be “casting out demons” for the cause of Jesus Christ and those disciples following Him even though not right alongside them.
So I hope that gives you clarification. I did pick one. As you quoted, “but I do follow ‘after’ Jesus…”, meaning after the testimony of His Word by the Holy Spirit of God at the hope of His coming.
I think Christians today assume and judge to determine that other Christians should be following them instead of being at work “casting out demons” because of the similar thought process of the disciples in Jesus’ day (not that they we’re wrong but needed understanding).
Daniel, take notice that passage of scripture in my post and understand that following Jesus is doing exactly what both the disciples and that someone casting out demons is doing. In other words, I’m following Jesus even when I’m not literally following Jesus, that is faith.
Dude, enjoy your water.