Types of Christians who work against Christ #1

After Jesus entered Jerusalem he encountered several groups of people who were working against him as he made his way to the cross. He was about to die for his people and in turn they would go into a hostile world.  The characters we encounter in Jerusalem in Luke 19 and 20 can be found in the church today because human nature, being what it is, does not change.  By being aware of the  attitudes of the various parties opposed to Christ we can avoid being like them ourselves.  Here’s the first of six types of people who work against Jesus.

1. Temple traders: in religion only for what they can get out of it.
Just like the money changers and dove sellers in the temple, this movement of people seek to use religion for their own material gain. “I’ll go to church because it will help me get on in life. If my kids go to church they have a better chance of getting a good job or a good education or marry someone who’ll help them have a comfortable life.” To this person, church is a service provider, and some people like this might even go to several churches to get everything they are seeking from it. If this person serves in the church, like money lenders, the underlying motivation is personal gain.

But Jesus literally turned the money lenders’ world upside down as he overturned their tables.  Jesus turns lives  upside down and inside out.   His death for sin melts hard hearts so people no longer live for self but selflessly live for the glory of Christ our Saviour.  To check ourselves in this area we can ask, how does the love of Christ in his death for my sin affect my generosity; in doing good deeds for others and in giving money for mission and ministry?

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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3 Responses to Types of Christians who work against Christ #1

  1. Martin Hill says:

    To say that Jesus was about to die ‘for his people’ seems limiting the universal impact of Jesus who is Saviour of the world. The them and us that this promotes doesn’t work with Jesus but presents the barrier of ‘his people’ and ‘not his people’. Matthew 25 is clear, when Jesus speaks of those who believe themselves saved but behave in ways that reject Christ while there are those who are not confident of salvation but are welcomed because they behaved in a Christ like way toward others. The premise that Christianity can attract people who will use it for material gain is certainly true. That others may talk a good talk, even give the appearance of selfless discipleship, but may behave in ways that not selflessness in service of others. If we look on those who we consider less worthy of grace than ourselves and reject the call of Christ to serve them selflessly then aren’t we equally as flawed as those materialist Christians?

  2. Clarenvan den bos says:

    How incredibly judgmental. Utterly unhelpful and unchristian.

    Surely a better response is to ask ourselves if that’s where we are with church and why. Then to ask why we can’t offer more to “people like that” and how we can properly reach them with the gospel.

    Change the title. Unless you’re perfect.

  3. neilrobbie says:

    Hi Martin and Clarenvan den bos

    I took it from both of your comments that my post lacked grace, so I’ve amended the tone but not the message, please forgive me.

    Martin, your comment seems to mix the grace of God in the death of Christ for sin with our works, even elevating works above grace. You state that those who “behave in a Christ like way” are “welcomed”. Are you really saying that believing in the death of Christ for sin is not the way to salvation and that acts, deeds, works merit our salvation?

    “His people” is a biblical phrase (e.g. Titus 2:14, 2 Thess 1:10, Jude 1:5, Rev 21:3). God speaks about the elect in the possessive case. Let’s not argue here about limited atonement.

    With love


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