“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” (Romans 12:2 Voice)
In these messages, Dr. Francine discusses the importance of reclaiming authentic Christianity and Christlikeness during this time of chaos and upheaval. The title for these messages on Reclaiming Authentic Christianity came to me after reading A. W. Tozer’s Reclaiming Christianity, A Call to Authentic Faith. I was stirred in my spirit by the book’s introduction, A Prophet Looks At the Church. Aiden W. Tozer (1897-1963), was an American Christian pastor, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He was a self-taught theologian, fearless preacher and gifted writer in pursuit of God. A.W. Tozer had a profound impact on those around him. His teachings not only shaped his generation, but also influenced generations to come. His wisdom has inspired people to walk with the Lord for generations. Many regarded him as a prophet during his lifetime. Some did not agree with him on every thing, but they recognized his voice was an authentic one, and somewhere in his voice was the voice of God.1 The hallmark of his ministry was his emphasis on what he felt was the decline of Christianity. The heartbeat of his ministry was to call the church back to her roots. It was his belief that the Christian church was losing ground in the world and that somebody needed to call people back to authentic faith in Jesus Christ. Comparing contemporary Christianity with the Christianity of the Bible, he saw a clear departure from the authentic Christianity seen in Scripture. He measured everything in the church by this one criterion: Does it exalt Jesus Christ? Out of his great love for the church came his criticism of it.
So it is today. Much of what is considered Christianity is a clear departure from what the early church leaders taught. Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Titus, “But as for you, proclaim the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). In times of uncertainty, the message that we preach is a matter of life and death for many and where they will spend eternity. Whether you are exploring Christianity for the first time or are longing to ‘look into these things’ again and again, let me invite you to spend time in the Word with this timely message.
I believe as God’s people we must see more clearly that we have in recent times, discerning the times and God’s redemptive purposes for humanity. As a community of God’s people (believers) who are striving to remain faithful to the whole counsel of God’s Word we must be or become prophetic voices crying out in the wilderness of the dominant or ruling culture of our day that is contrary to the will of God.
I consider this message important for every believer because it addresses the kingdom of God and His agenda for us as members of that kingdom. It also addresses the church’s need to reclaim authentic Christianity or Christlike character as believers.