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While I was being interviewed on radio, a broadcaster asked, “What’s the difference between Christians in Eastern Europe and Christians in the West?” After a brief moment I said, “Christians in the East are a needy people and they know it. We in the West are a needy people. We just don’t know it.”
Signposts along the highway of life point us in the direction we need to travel. I’m convinced there’s one signpost today pointing to our need of revival. Written across the top of that sign is Comfortable Christianity.
We’ve often said, “Give me my comforts and I’ll surely follow Jesus.” But Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” We’ve exchanged the crucified life for the comfortable pew. We’ve embraced a theology that says, “God wants you to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.” During the dark days of persecution of Christians in Romania, I was preaching in an obscure town in the northern part of the country. One evening after the services, we were having dinner with a pastor who had suffered for his faith. A dear friend asked the pastor, “Are Christians happy in Romania?”
The pastor looked puzzled and said, “Only an American could ask that question. The great issue for American Christians is, ‘Will this make me happy?’ But there’s a greater issue for Christians in Romania. It’s simply this question: ‘Am I doing the will of God?’ When we become Christians, many of us lose our jobs, our children are ridiculed, and we are harassed. When we decide to follow Christ, we choose the cross, not comfort.”
My friend and I were stunned by his words. Those of us in the West must understand that to follow Christ involves the cross. And the cross is a symbol of death, pain, and suffering. Christianity is much more than music that sends goosebumps up and down your spine. It’s much more than enjoying 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship. Following Christ means laying your life down — in exchange for His life. Yes, there’s great joy in the Christian life, but that doesn’t mean the absence of problems; it’s simply the presence of God in the midst of the difficulty.
God said in the Book of Revelation, “but because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold I will spit you out of my mouth.” Are you hot, cold, or just lukewarm in your walk with Christ?
2 Timothy : Chapter 2
8) Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9) for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10) Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11) Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12) if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13) if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. Dealing With False Teachers
Book of the Month
Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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