By Michal Ortner
Patrick Morley, the founder of Man in the Mirror Ministries, recently posted a blog asking readers if they are “Biblical Christians or Cultural Christians.” He believes that Christianity is spreading throughout the nations, but that culture has infiltrated the religious practices of Christians, making it ineffective.
“Cultural Christianity means pursuing the God we want instead of the God who is. It is the tendency to be shallow in our understanding of God, wanting Him to be more of a gentle grandfather type who spoils us and lets us have our own way,” Morley explains.
“It is sensing a need for God, but on our own terms. It is wanting the God we have underlined in our Bibles without wanting the rest of Him too. It is God relative instead of God absolute,” he adds.
Those who merely claim Christianity, but are allowing culture to dictate their lifestyle may not have a genuine faith at all. Morely uses Luke 8 to explain these types of false Christians.
The Cultural Christian, Type “C,” is the person whose soul has fallen on the rocky ground as stated in Luke 8:13. Though they believe for a while, it ends with them giving up. The “C” stands for “counterfeit faith.”
“If counterfeit faith is the condition of your life, don’t be discouraged. God loves you with an everlasting love and wants to reconcile with you. In the next chapter we will look at how you can get on, or back on, the right track,” writes Morley.
The Cultural Christian, Type “D,” is the person whose soul fell among thorns. Because they are stressed with the concerns of the world, they are unable to tune into what God has for them (Luke 8:14). The “D” stands for “defeated faith.”
Morley explains that “there is little, if any, marginal difference between his lifestyle and the lifestyle of the man who makes no claim to be in Christ.”
The Biblical Christian has a soul that fell to the good soil as stated in Luke 8:15. Jesus Christ is the driving force of the Biblical Christian, and they are characterized by obedience.
Morley concluded, “The man in the mirror will never change until he is willing to see himself as he really is, and to commit to know God as He really is. This objectivity anchors a man; it gives him the clarity of thought he needs to be a biblical Christian.” .