Playing Church--by Timothy A. & Kimberly B. Southall

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Too many so-called Christians are just "playing church." Yes, that sounds harsh, but unfortunately, it's all too true. When our actions don't match the guidelines set forth for Christians in the Bible, then we are reduced to simply feigning our religion or "playing church."

Jesus gave clear instruction about actions:

20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 7:20-21 (NIV)

If that isn't plain enough for us, then another passage certainly is:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  James 1:22 (NIV)

Please give those scriptures some serious thought. Give your life, in comparison to the scriptures, some serious thought.

Or are you just playing church?

There's a huge difference between being religious and being a Christian. Being religious is simply following a certain list of dos and don'ts, usually whenever it is convenient and usually because you have been taught or trained that it is the proper or acceptable way to behave. But living that way is just playing church. And if you think that pleases God, you're only deceiving yourself. Being a Christian means that everything you do or refrain from doing is because you truly love the Lord and care whether or not you are pleasing to Him. Being a Christian means that you want to be like Christ and serve His purposes. Being a Christian means leaving your selfish, worldly desires behind and staying focused on Jesus, what He wants you to do, and whom He wants you to become. Indeed, there's a world or eternity of difference between being a Christian and just playing church.

Don't be deceived and reap eternal destruction (Luke 6:46-49). Make the decision right now not to merely listen to the word but to also do what it says, and stop playing church.

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