Antioch Baptist Church

130 1st St.

Albertville, Alabama 35950

antiochbcalbertville@gmail.com



April 2024 Devotion

Why Is Christianity So Opposed


There has always been animosity and resentment toward those that live in accordance with the Bible. It is the same disdain and hatred that had Christ nailed to the cross. This resentment towards Christianity is certainly alive and prevailing in our world today. Contempt is also evident and visible in our laws and government regulations against Christians who are attempting to obey the Bible to the best of their ability and those that are making it public what the Bible teaches.

True biblical Christianity does not, nor has it ever been a threat to individuals or society. Christianity promotes the well-being of individuals and society as a whole and will only improve the state of nations and governments. Christianity converts the sinner into a contributing member of society, given to worthy causes, helps the unfortunate, and promotes peace and the spiritual prosperity of all.

Knowing this must beg the question, why are so many voicing disdain and violently rejecting Christianity and biblical holiness? Here is a brief examination and Bible explanation as to why many oppose Christians and Christianity:

  • They hate God: They may never say it with their mouth, but it is their voluntary hatred of God that motivates and drives their utter opposition.​
    • John 15:18   If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.


  • Guilt & condemnation of their own sin: Many deal with this guilt in different ways. Oftentimes, instead of confronting and repenting of their sin, they turn their hearts against the one that revealed their condition and exposed their condemnation. The sinner oftentimes responds to this guilt of conscience by rejecting the righteous demands of biblical principles by their word and practice. And because true Christianity only only heightens and illuminates their guilt and shame, they increase their resentment to any light or focus that is put on their dark depravity. ​
    • John 3:19,20  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 


  • They are already the children of Satan: There are two sides: God’s and Satan’s. People may be against the things of God, because they are for the things of Satan.
    • Matthew 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
      • Jesus was speaking to the ‘religious’ leaders at the time.
        • John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


  • There is a spiritual battle raging:
    • Ephesians 6:12   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


  • They see hypocrisy: The unsaved, much of the time, have expectations of how a Christian should act. When they see the professing Christian not practicing what is preached or not living the way they are expected to, bitterness can be built up against Christianity.
    • 1 John 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
    • Luke 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?


One of the most damaging forces to the cause of Christ is the liberal church movement. They have removed much of the credibility, godliness, and character from Jesus’ own church, and the unsaved world clearly sees their hypocrisy and disobedience. They see hypocrisy. The unsaved, much of the time, have expectations of how a Christian should act. When they see the professing Christian not practicing what is preached or not living in holiness the way they are expected to, bitterness can be built up against Christianity.

Matthew 15:7-9  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.


 

                                                                                              Rev. J.R. Childers