Summary: Christianity teaches things that many in the body of Christ do not support.
The title of the message tonight is “What’s wrong with Christianity.” And if you will notice in your notes, there is not a question mark. I’m not asking a question. I am making a statement. So, tonight, I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with Christianity.
We’re going to begin with I Timothy 2:5. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Everything I’m going to talk about tonight is predicated on one thing: that you believe what this book says (I hold up my Bible). If you don’t believe what this book says then you are not going to agree with most of what I say tonight.
Now this verse says there is one God. But Bro. Barry, we all know there’s one God. The Muslim say that, so do the Buddhists, the Catholics, the Jews. Here is the difference: you have to read the entire verse – you have to read the whole thing.
Again the verse says “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The Bible is being very specific about the “one God.” The “one God” that this Bible is talking about has a son and his name is Jesus Christ. And that son that this “one God” has is the mediator between Himself and us. And because of what this “one God” did, we are now part of His family.
The Bible says there is “one God” and that “one God” is not Muslim. That “one God” is not Jewish. That “one God” is not Buddhist. That “one God” is the Father of Jesus Christ!
Trust me, we’re going somewhere.
Turn to Ephesians 4 and we’re going to read the first six verses.
(1) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
(2) With all loneliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love;
(3) Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(4) There is one body, and one Spirit even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
(5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
(6) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
This passage expands on what we just read in First Timothy. The Bible says there is only one body, and that body ladies and gentlemen, is Christian. I hope you see this.
Look in Acts 4 and we’re going to begin in verse 4.
(7) And when they (the religious leader) had set them (Peter and John) in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
(8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
(9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to this impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
(10) Be it known unto you all (“Let me make this perfectly clear”), and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified …
Whom ye crucified. Peter didn’t mince words ladies and gentlemen. He told the religious leaders, you crucified Jesus. How many in the body of Christ are willing to just stand up and say “I love Jesus”? And here Peter is telling the Jewish religious leaders, you crucified Jesus. He didn’t mince any words. He didn’t sugarcoat it.
… whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole,
(11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you of builders, which is become the head of the corner.
(12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Do you see this? The Bible says you can be a Muslim, you can be a Jew, you can be whatever you want to be, but if you don’t confess Jesus as your Lord and savior, you are not going to heaven.
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So, can we please God without faith? No. That’s what the Bible says. Pretty cut and dry.
Turn to James 1. We’re going to read verses 13 and 17.
(13) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
“Neither tempteth he any man” with evil. What does that mean? If you’re in a car accident, it’s not God trying to teach you a lesson. If you get some kind of disease, it’s not God trying to teach you a lesson.