Saturday, July 31, 2010
Apparently Rice made this announcement on her Facebook page on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. She stated, “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. In the name of … Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
I would be the first to say that believers are being sadly mislead and side-tracked by right wing political activists. Christianity is being given a bad name by politicians, platforms, and platitudes that have been “baptized” by a type of Christianity that is not biblical.
Most of us remember the so called Moral Majority led by the late Jerry Falwell. Believers were made to feel as if they were not in the “fold” if they did not actively, forcibly, and vocally take up the favorite or “anointed” causes of religious leaders. Soon God was joined to so many causes and paraded around on so many platforms that even He might have gotten dizzy, that is if the Almighty can get dizzy.
Anne Rice’s mistake is that she obviously does not know the meaning of Christianity. Christianity is not a political party of platform. Christianity is certainly not a club or sorority that you can tender your membership with or without written notice. Unfortunately, the majority of the world whether moral or not, does not know what it means to be a Christian.
The word Christian means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It actually was a term given to the disciples, or those who followed the “way.” The term began as a term of derision. The term Christian is first used in Acts 11:26. The disciples were called “Christians” in the city of Antioch. The term began to gain usage and by the time of Nero it was commonly recognized. The Greek word is “christianos” and it means a follower of Christ. The word is derived from the Greek word Christos which means “the anointed one.”
Christian was not a self-designation, in other words it did not originate with the believers themselves. The term came from the pagans of the day. Over time it came to be accepted terminology in the church itself for those who were adherents or followers of Jesus Christ. By the way, Christians are not “Christians” because they follow Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or a denomination.
Rice says she is no longer part of any denomination. Formerly she had been Roman Catholic. Rice is right in seeing things like politics, platforms, and problems as things that are not part of biblical Christianity. She is wrong, dead wrong, on understanding what Christianity is and what being a follower of Christ means.
Christianity is not a denomination, a church, a group, philosophy, or ideology. Christianity means understanding and accepting all that Jesus Christ is as delineated in the Scriptures. Christianity is following Christ. Following Christ is forsaking this world and all that is in it while being faithfully obedient to the commandments, standards, and teachings of Christ.
Christianity includes recognizing oneself as a depraved sinner under the condemnation of God and justly deserving of punishment. Christianity includes repentance and turning to God through Christ by trusting in the atoning work of Christ on the cross of Christ.
So, Anne Rice, you cannot leave Christianity. You cannot quit Christianity nor can you quit being a Christian. You can quit a church, a denomination, a philosophy, and even a political agenda, but you cannot quit Christ.
Now, if you deny Christ be prepared, Christ said He will deny you (Matthew 10:33). You cannot deny Christianity without denying Christ. John told the churches of Asia that a number of disciples had left “Christianity”:
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” (I John 2:19, ESV)
Be careful Anne Rice, rethink this decision, and repent. Turn to Christ and be saved today while it is still today. Do not return to your former denomination which is a counterfeit Christianity but turn to Christ and become a Christian, a follower or adherent of Jesus Christ.
Posted by Gregg Metcalf at 1:00 AM