Summary: There is a strange phenomenon among choosy Christians. They choose Sam. In other words, Christians prefer to read, learn, quote, talk about, listen to, follow, and promote things written by and thought up by humans rather than Jesus.
Why do Choosy Christians Choose Sam?
There is a strange phenomenon among choosy Christians. They choose Sam. (I am using Sam as a fictitious name for an author or speaker who is human and not Jesus Christ.) In other words, Christians prefer to read, learn, quote, talk about, listen to, follow, and promote things written by and thought up by humans rather than Jesus. Sam may be a good Christian and may talk about good Christian things, but Sam is on a much lower level than Jesus and he does not teach the teachings of Jesus (even though he may claim to).
Choosy Christians initially chose Jesus Christ. That is what makes them Christians. But somewhere along the way they stopped choosing Christ and started preferring what Sam said.
Pat loves to read. She has read books written by many of the great church fathers as well as Christian books written today. She always has a Christian book in her hands but she seldom reads the Bible.
In Sunday School Sister Brunning asks the class to get out their copies of the latest best-selling Christian book and follow along as she reads from it. This book may have quotes in it from the Bible but it is not the Bible.
As they discuss the chapter, Mr. Jundt speaks up and starts the same spiel that he gives almost every Sunday, "Man is totally depraved. He cannot do anything to be saved. I was such a bad sinner that God had to drag me to Himself." This may sound Biblical but Jesus never said it. Someone in the Calvinist camp said it a long time ago and people have been repeating it ever since insisting it is Bible.
In the Worship service Pastor Sturn preaches on a topic that he has preached many times before. It comes from one or two verses in the Bible. Many good preachers preach on this topic and insist it is Biblical but it is not something Jesus taught.
In a church across town Reverend Habiger stands in the pulpit reading a sermon with a catchy title, eye-popping PowerPoint slides, and a five-minute video. He got this sermon from a sermon service he subscribes to. He receives a new sermon pack in his Inbox every week. All he has to do is read it to his congregation and play the slides. This is good for Rev. Habiger because he does not have time to read the Bible and come up with his own sermons.
At a Wednesday night Bible study it is Jon's turn to share. He starts out by holding up his Bible and saying, "The King James Version (KJV) is the best and only version of God's Word...." This KJV Only stance is actually relatively new (if you consider that the KJV has been around since 1611). It's beginning can be traced back to 1930 when a Seventh-day Adventist author, Benjamin G. Wilkinson, wrote a book mentioning it. Many have followed his teaching thinking Jesus would do the same thing if He lived today. Would He? What they don't realize is that there were at least five Greek versions of the Old Testament in Jesus' time. So, yes, there were different Bible versions in Jesus' time. Jesus quoted from several of them but He never insisted that one was better or that only one was right. KJV Only is a Sam-made belief.
Most churches have doctrinal statements and beliefs that can be traced back to human authors, not to Jesus. Even the churches that yell loudly that they are Bible believers have many Sam-made teachings.
Many good Christians post Christian sayings and quotes on Facebook. They are good quotes but Jesus did not say them.
Most choosy Christians take it for granted that all of their beliefs came from Jesus. They are ignorant of how many actually came from Sam.
Am I Crazy?
Am I crazy to suggest that Christians should choose and read Jesus' teachings more often?
Jesus said that He is the Door. Those that enter through Him are saved. Those who go in and out through Him will find pasture (John 10:9).
Christians are not going in and out to pasture through the door, Jesus. They have a different book open. It is Sam's book. They are going in and out through Sam to find pasture. "Verily, verily, I say to you, He that does not enter into the sheepfold through the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (John 10:1) "The thief only comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10).
"...the sheep hear His (the shepherd's) voice.... ...the sheep follow Him for they know His voice. A stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." (John 10:3-5)