One of the major focuses of Christianity is that we are here to serve others. Although this is true, we cannot truly help others until we have been helped first. Both the Old and New Testaments make this very clear. There are many examples of God’s people, including Jesus, where they had to draw near to God first before God commissioned them to go and serve others.
Yet despite the truth, the motto of Christianity is that you help yourself by helping others. There is no such evidence in the Bible to support this type of doctrine! (At least I have not yet found it. I’ve heard Mr. Preacherman preach about it, but I’ve never found it for myself in the Bible.)
Let me give you some examples of what I’m talking about here:
Christianity prides itself with its youth ministry. Young teens are sent out into the world in various forms of ministry in order to bring more people into the church. The one that offends me the most is when young teens are sent into the streets to preach to by-passers.
This job was meant for the preacher! But Mr. Preacherman doesn’t want the job, so he sends the youth. Not only is this group easy to manipulate, but they have not yet matured in the word of God. Despite that, they are sent out to “help” (in quotations because in reality they are not helping anyone except to carry out Mr. Preacherman’s agenda) others before they have been helped.
Another example would be that Christians do not take the time to nourish themselves. Oh they might get up in the morning and say a routine prayer. But they don’t take the time it takes to listen to God before they head out for the day or before they go visiting with others.
They are so focused on saving that “lost” soul and winning it over to Christianity that they don’t waste any time strengthening themselves.
Jesus taught that spending time to ourselves was more important than spending time with others. Yet Christianity teaches the opposite. As a matter of fact, they get scared when you start to spend time to yourself and meditate on the truths of the Bible. They know that if you spend “enough” time alone (which according to them is “too” much time alone), that you will begin to see the truth and leave the church. Therefore, they encourage, almost force, you to spend your free time with other “Christian” believers such as them.
The Bible does not teach such a doctrine. It does encourage you to worship with other believers, but never to the point where you do not have time alone with God. Also, please note that the Bible encourages you to spend time with “Believers”, not hypocrites. Many Christians, including preachers, pride themselves with the fact that they are hypocrites. And we are commanded to stay away from such people.
Yet, Christianity does not understand that.
Jesus loved His disciples and loved spending time with them, but on one occasion He strictly sent them away. They were reluctant to go at first, but after Jesus commanded them once more they left Him. That is the perfect example of how important it is to take time for ourselves with God.
Yet sadly, most Christians cannot spend more than 10 minutes in solitude. That is the clearest sign of a filthy conscience towards God.
My last example would be that they are so quick to help someone else get out of a sinful lifestyle that they don’t waste any time cleaning up their own filthy pig-stys. As long as they don’t commit any “gross sins” like cheat the government and local businesses, physically kill someone, or consume illegal drugs and alcohol; then they have nothing to worry about. According to their belief, all the ‘small sins’ like lying, bullying and gossiping are sins that cannot be overcome, and therefore, they don’t waste any time trying to do what seems ‘impossible’ in their eyes.
Hebrews 5 and 6 teach otherwise. As a matter of fact, Paul comes right out and says to stop the preaching of Jesus and of baptism altogether until they have matured in the word of God and overcome sin. This includes all the ‘small sins’, because in the eyes of God there are no “gross” or “small” sins.
I’m sure there are many others, but those are at the forefront of my mind at the moment.