“I’m glad that being a Christian hasn’t changed you. You haven’t changed a bit”. These words were a comment to a picture a professing Christian had placed on their MySpace homepage. The person was obviously drunk and was pictured attempting to walk on a ledge with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The person in the picture took the comment as a compliment and replied “I’m still the same LOL”!
2Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Paul tells us that it isn’t a compliment if someone hasn’t changed. Paul tells us the old passes away and all things are new. By using the word “if” he’s telling us a person that hasn’t changed probably doesn’t have Christ.
Modern Evangelicalism teaches something completely contrary to what Paul did. ME allows us to continue the way we were and that it’s perfectly fine to be who we were because God loves us just the way we are.
Eph 4:20-24 NKJV
But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
There’s that word “if” again. If someone has Christ there will be a noticeable change. The old is put away and replaced with true righteousness and holiness. No one will be able to say “you haven’t changed a bit” if someone is truly regenerated.
Paul is a perfect example of a regenerated man. If you read Acts Chapter 9 you will see Saul depicted as persecutor of Christians but after an encounter with Christ Himself you see a completely different man. I doubt anyone that knew him before this encounter upon meeting him after could say to him “You haven’t changed a bit”
Modern Evangelicals tell you all that is required is to say a sinners prayer and you’ve joined the team. Sin and hell are replaced by words like health and wealth and living your best life now. Righteousness and holiness don’t seem to be in the ME lingo yet they all seem to have an eschatological belief system. Most ME’s don’t know the first thing about sin, forgiveness and repentance which most likely is the reason people can say “You haven’t changed a bit” to many of these professing Christians.
A true encounter with Christ will ABSOLUTELY bring about immediate change. You may not be preaching on the streets of Damascus like Paul but you will be a living breathing witness to the saving power of Christ. And EVERYONE will notice the change!