“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Recent statistics released from the 2021 UK Census have hit the news, shedding light on the status of the UK as a Christian country. It seems to have shocked some that our country is losing its grip on our Christian heritage, but it comes as no surprise to me or many other believers. The figures show that in England & Wales the number of people claiming to be Christian has reduced to 46.2%, from 59.3% in the 2011 Census. These figures are based upon what people claim on a tickbox, and is often founded in family heritage rather than individual faith in Christ. Indeed many of these claiming Christianity have ties to churches that do not practice Biblical Christianity, although some individuals or churches in those institutions may have real Biblical faith. If you weigh the 46.2% claiming Christianity against the estimate that church attendance is at only 5% nationally, you can see that the statistics don’t tell the whole truth.
“Because statistics on religious beliefs like these fail to distinguish between creed and culture, they are unable to discriminate between those who wholeheartedly practice a faith and those who merely belong to it by birth.” Rev. Canon J.John
In the above news the real problem is a matter of total faith in the whole Word of God rather than in tradition, family history, or societial change. I know from personal experience that how deceptive it can be to believe you are a Christian based upon what other family members have done; I thought I was a Christian based upon my parents and grandparents beliefs. How wrong I was! My ticket to Heaven was a forgery, based upon the lie of traditions, and would see me turned away from the gates. We live in a world which is increasingly turning away from the righteousness of God’s Word, even to the point of changing it to suit the wickedness of this world. Sadly the biggest churches of our nation are complicit in this and leading many astray, and they and those who follow them are far from God. Thus if you were to ask the 42% who claim Christianity if they believed in the Word of God as complete truth without error, I am certain that number would be in single digits.
Dear Reader, I do hope and pray that you personally know and love Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. I also hope and pray that you are in a living relationship with God each day, reading and applying His whole inerrant Holy Bible to your life. The relationship I mention can not be earned or inherited, it is a gift from God through Jesus His Son…you just need to surrender your life to Him and receive it. It is only then you can live a true Christian life filled with His love and hope, and be the holder of a real ticket for Heaven.
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