Cupcake Christianity

First of all, what you are about to read is extremely opinionated and is not fact. I’m writing what I feel. It’s not really up for debate, but you can comment whether you disagree or not.

If we compare today’s Christianity with the time it began, we cannot ignore the vast difference in theology and way of lifestyle. It is unavoidable. Our theology is not only watered down, but so is our faith. We don’t believe as much as the apostles, neither do we act as much them. I feel we don’t hold onto the truth with a tight grip and we just accept the Bible as true, but beyond that, nothing is done. Our hearts are moved by sermons and worship sessions but not enough to form a godly habit in our daily lives. We just compliment the preacher for his sermon and go back to the way we were living. People come to church but never change, they leave the way they come in. Repentance is hardly preached, leave alone the very transformation of hearts. Faith without action is dead, James 2:17. And if your religion is based on faith, then your religion is dead.

In Acts 20:7-12, we find Eutychus falling to his death from a three-story window. Paul didn’t say that it was Gods will for the young man to die that day. Instead, Paul looked beyond the circumstances, He knew Someone who conquered death. Eutychus was raised to life, the very law of nature was broken because another Kingdom was being set up within those who believed. At the end of the day, one question will parade your mind: ‘Do you really believe in God?’

Now, I’m not here to make you doubt your salvation. We know that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. Works have nothing to do with it.

 

Think about it, we live in a crippled mindset when we have the ability to soar. 

 

We pray for healing as if it’s never going to happen. There is never healing, only successful surgeries or medication. We have relied upon other resources and called it faith. There were no advanced doctors in 30A.D., so Jesus was their only option. Today, God is an option, most of the time, the last resort that we probably never get to. We no longer pray to God to provide for us, rather we ask Him to make that loan approval happen. We give towards a church hoping to receive more instead of giving because you have received. We pray for promotions that will take away more time from God and your family. Gods Grace is so powerful to wash away your repetitive sins but can’t give you the power to overcome them? We are determined to receive His promises but have not done anything about His commands and instructions.  We justify our addictive pleasures that its all grace and mercy but have never sought His will. Isn’t that what we need to do?

Romans 12:2 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Matthew 7:21

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

 

God’s will is so important that we need to spend time with God to find out what it is. This can only happen when we are intimate with Him. We need to stop saying that ‘it was Gods will’ to everything that happens. Sin was never in Gods will, neither was tragedy or heartbreak but He makes all things work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose, Romans 8:28. 

We need to realise that we are seated in heavenly places, Ephesians 2:6. The enemy cannot touch us, 1 John 5:18.

So how does the story end? Maybe the way Jesus said it would: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.

Are we going to let the way of the world have its way? Or are we going to break the system that captivates our true potential? I’m not saying that if you see a doctor, you have no faith. Luke was a doctor, I am on chronic medication myself. Paul had a thorn in his flesh, a sickness regarding his eyes. We have our obstacles and troubles, but we can’t let it stop us from our calling! Is depression destroying your mind? Is your addiction feeding you guilt? Is fear suppressing your passion? It’s time to break free! We are called for so much more than all of this. Christ has called us to an abundant life, and I’m not talking about prosperity and money here. That’s the least of the things one needs to satisfy the soul. We need to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh, live in the light and not in the dark. Live in freedom and not in fear and condemnation.

The prophecies of scripture are being fulfilled before our very eyes. Very soon, the faith of every Christian will be tested. We will not be here in the tribulation, but we will have to stand for our faith before the rapture. Will you be bold for Jesus? Or will you succumb to Cupcake Christianity?

 

 

Identity

Roughly two years ago, I wrote a blog called IDENTITY CRISIS. A short message explaining why most Christians are no living like Christ. However, recently, I have come across a profound epiphany of identity. By definition,

Identity

/ʌɪˈdɛntɪti/

noun

  1. 1.

the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.

 

The identity is a part of every person, which is inevitably unavoidable. Everyone must have an identity. The problem with our struggle with identity is that it is always attached to something. We secure who we are with our race, our status, our history, and even our heritage. Some people discover their identity by their marriage, or career or even their assets. We allow these factors to define who we are. But the amount of money you have cannot determine your identity, because of course, if you had to lose every cent, you will not behave in the same way. You will not do what you always do. You will be someone else. When a man loses his job, he can become someone else—his identity changes.

 

Some people identify themselves by the way they dress or look, bowing down to the god of vanity. Most people go through many identities through their lives because they were defined by their circumstances. At the end of their lives, they are not sure who they are, so they become defined by their history.

Look at the people below and tell me if you don’t associate them by identity by the way they look, the way they dress and where they are…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe when we look at people, we should go beyond the way they look or dress. We should seek to help the soul without being distracted by the outer earthen vessel. God loves everyone, irrespective of their journey. We should love others as well in the same manner, showing them Christ.

 

You cannot allow your identity to be defined by temporal things…

 

Why do we attach our identity by things that will soon pass away? To have a consistent identity, we must keep our eyes on the One who made us. We must be defined by our Creator, we are who He says we are.

 

2 Corinthians 4:6-7

Because the God who said, Out of the darkness, light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”

 

Colossians 1:27

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

 

Colossians 3:4

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

If Christ is our life, why should we worry? Why should we fear? Why should we be anxious? If God in His awesome might and sovereignty, has the world He designed in the palm of His hands, will He not take care of you?

 

What you worship becomes part of your identity…

 

Don’t let people attach an identity to you. They will judge you by your past, or your financial status. But as a child of God, you are not defined by what happened in the past because you are a new creation. You are not defined by how much money you have in the bank because God is your provider. Our mortal bodies will soon fade away, and so will everything we have and worked for. Only what is done for Christ will last. We will soon be translated into immortality, a state of perfection that will be for all eternity. Therefore, our identity cannot be here, but there in heaven.

Here are some Biblical examples:

  • The Pharisees tried to tag an identity on Jesus by their interpretation of scripture. They were totally wrong!
  • Peter denied Jesus three times, unsure of who he was in the darkest hour on earth. But when the Spirit of God fell upon him in Acts 2, he declared; “we are all witnesses.”
  • Judas was so overcome by his own betrayal that his identity was seen as something that was never going to change.
  • Paul had his ideal identity of Jewish heritage until he met Christ.
  • Joseph refused to have his current circumstances influence his identity, no matter where he was. The God of heaven was his identity.
  • David refused to let his inexperience to fight in battle stop God from using him to defeat Goliath.
  • Timothy was told not to use his age to define his ability to complete Gods purposes.

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, your identity is more tangible. You know who you belong to and why – God gave His Son in demonstration of His great love. We are in Him, and He is in us. Branches in the vine bearing fruit. When we come to the realisation of who we are, we can live a Holy and powerful life for Christ. We won’t be held down by worry, fear, stress, anxious, lust and other distractions that weigh us down.

So, if you want to change your life around, know who you are in Christ. Going to another church or searching for another pastor isn’t going to help you. You need to have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus…

 

Book Review #4: Away From Yesterday

After a successful launch of her debut book, A Shepherd King, Chanelle Fairlene Pillay has published her first Christian fictionAway from Yesterday.

 

Sometimes moving forward means going back…Riddled with guilt and having turned his back on his faith, family, and the love of his life, Tyler Hill promised himself that he would never return to his hometown- where the memory of that one foolish night from twelve years ago changed the course of the lives of everyone he loved. When his grandfather passes away, Tyler has no choice but to go back home – forcing him to come face to face with the unfulfilled promises, shattered dreams, and a love he once left behind. In this emotional story of tragedy, longing, and family, could a few days back home be enough to remind Tyler that somewhere on the road between condemnation and God’s grace, he has not been forgotten? 

 

Packed with hardcore scripture and intrinsic life lessons, this novel promises page-turning drama in every chapter, ending with suspense that makes the reader desperate for the next. The thought-provocative dialogues and heart-wrenching emotions within the lines set hope in the reader’s heart that the book will never end yet eager to reach its completion. Away from Yesterday is Christian fiction at its best with the Gospel message entwined within its pages. The evidence of divine inspiration weaves through the story, edifying the reader right through the chapters. I recommend this book to all Christian readers. It is bound to inspire.

Chanelle Fairlene Pillay is a South African author and attorney who attends The Supernatural Church. She writes to inspire, edify, and encourage the church. Her books aim to glorify God. You can find her on:

Facebook – Chanelle Fairlene Pillay

Instagram – chanelle.fairlene

Adeline’s Decision

After performing many shows with Resurrected Dance Crew, Adeline Munusamy took a leap of faith into the unknown. She joined MDT (Missions Discipleship Training), an intensive training programme designed to equip people for a missional life wherever God calls them. It is a five-month course that takes you through a discipleship module. It gives you a structure for spiritual growth with an introduction to biblical and transformational missions on least-reached people. She spent time fellowshipping with people from 10 different countries, learning about their cultures, and trying various delicacies.

However, the impact of Covid-19 had delayed Adeline from boarding the Logos Hope in September. She is set to board the ship in February to the Bahamas in the Caribbean, followed by three-weeks of isolation and a Covid test due to protocol. PST (Pre-ship Training), a condensed version of the past five months training, assists with adapting to the culture. The Logos Hope will be docked out at sea with speed boats providing transport to the tropical islands. Adeline will be involved in relief aid as well as the rebuilding of churches destroyed by natural disasters. She will also assist with housing that has been devastated by cyclones that have struck the island.

The Logos Hope was initially constructed in 1973 and first named Gustav Vasa. Originally built as a passenger car ferry, the vessel sailed North Atlantic routes. In 1983, the ship was renamed Norröna and sailed between the Faroe Islands and Denmark. On 19 April 2004, she was purchased by GBA Ships and underwent extensive renovations to prepare the vessel for her new role. It has 9 decks, a lounge that seats 300, a pantry, gallery, and bakery that prepare 1500 meals, a dining room that seats 400, a theatre that seats 400, a book hold that stores half a million books with over 5000 titles.

The sister ship, Doulos, also travels around the world involved in mission work. it makes its way to South Africa on many visits.

 

 


I had to come to a point where I stopped being indecisive about what I’m supposed to be doing. I took a mission trip to Mozambique, a location without running water or signal. we had to smuggle water and food across the border by hiding it under our sleeping bags. Living in camping tents, I had to make sure that I had to be on medication to ward off Malaria. With a team of 17 people, we reached out to children suffering from malnutrition. I really cried when I saw that; my heart longed to reach out to the lost. When I returned, I desired to go back to the mission field. 


Adeline has been to the doctors for vaccination against hepatitis, Malaria, and other diseases. The cost of vaccinations, food, accommodation, global insurances, local outreaches, and other expenses is believed to be provided by God through sponsorships. Your prayers are needed as she continues to strive forward in this fantastic adventure. If you would like to assist financially, you can send your contribution to:

Standard Bank

Name: OM South Africa

Account Number: 331947331

Hatfield Branch

Branch Code: 051001

Reference: 0080033437/Donor Surname and name

You can contact Adeline via email: adeline.munusamy@om.org

You can also find her on her social media handles:

Facebook – Adeline Munusamy

Instagram – addey_m

Adeline is hosting an evangelical event called Passport to the Nations next week, Saturday, 7th November. If you would like to attend, you contact her via email for more information.

In conclusion, a Christian is commanded to fulfill the Great Commission, a non-negotiable instruction given by Jesus in Mathew 28:18-20.

When Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

JOY pays a visit

I slumped into the sofa, exhaling my breath like a sigh. The dark room surrounded me with an air of melancholy; the mood was depressing. The neighborhood began to become noisy with the dogs barking; there was probably someone strolling down the road. Something slipped through the postal slot in my door and fell to the tiled floor. It was the postman. I got to my feet and numbly walked to the envelope lying on the floor. I picked it up and found it to be unmarked. I tore it open to find a letter addressed to me. It said:

 

Dear Kristian

It’s not common for me to be saddened for any matter, but that is how I feel since we have not met for a great while. We spent a lot of time with each other but recently, I think you have been absent. Therefore I have taken the liberty to pay you a visit today. If you are willing, answer the door when I knock, will you? The time of my arrival is when you have finished reading this letter.

Joy

 

The doorbell rang.

Joy? This couldn’t have been happening! But if Joy was behind that door, how could it accuse me of being absent? Was not Joy absent? The sadness of life, the nostalgia of the past, the despair of pain, and the tragic events of every day, how could Joy even exist?

The doorbell rang again.

Could Joy even be real? The world is becoming worse and worse. There was no reason to be happy. Evil is rampant, and good is withering away; how could Joy even show their face?

The doorbell rang a third time.

I grabbed the door and pulled it open. A woman stood there with a broad smile on her beautiful face. Her matted blond hair was soaked in the outside downpour. It was raining cats and dogs. She wore white jeans with yellow sneakers that matched her blouse. I was perplexed at her appearance.

The wind surged through the neighbourhood, but she stood there, enduring the gusts of wind. She extended her hand, “Hello, Kristian. I’m Joy.”

I turned around and said, “You can come in.” I slumped on the sofa again, and Joy walked in, closed the door to keep the wind from blowing in. She then sat on the couch opposite me, her smile still radiant.

“Can I help you?” I asked with a hint of hostility. The letter that was given had added to my indifference to someone I didn’t even know. She had accused me of having a problem and then blamed me for having it. Joy wasn’t going to get the good side of me. 

“Maybe I should ask you that?” Joy quipped.

“I don’t need your help. You have been absent from my life for so long that I’m fine without you.”

Joy look around the dark and gloomy living room, “Seems like it.”

“So?”

“Being alive and living are two different things.”

I sighed.

“I haven’t been absent from you, Kristian, you have been absent from me.”

“What nonsense!” I spat.

“If you have been thirsty, it is not because the water hasn’t come to you, it is because you haven’t been to the water.”

“There we go again,” I remarked, “It’s all my fault!”

“Most of the time, people don’t like me.”

“I don’t blame them.”

“They love the sadness,” Joy continued, “They love to feel melancholy, the nostalgia of the past. They listen to the songs that make them sad because they somehow find it relatable. They think that their life is a path down a gloomy forest; the mist of despair blinds them from me. They become addicted to depression, they tend to love the pity party they constantly celebrate. They don’t want me because they either feel they don’t deserve me or probably because if they did have me, they might lose me.”

“I know many have believed in you, Joy. They revolved their entire lives around you, and guess what happened?” I stood up and stuck my finger into her face, “They had tragedy strike them! They had to face death and pain, where’s your joy now, huh?”

Joy sighed, “If there were no tragedies, I wouldn’t be here now, would I?”

“Huh?”

I, Joy, cannot be defined unless sadness exists. I cannot be chosen if depression wasn’t real. I am here so that even amid pain and tragedy, I can still impact your life. People usually mourn over the dead; lately, many have been grieving over life.”

I sat in silence, my mind struck with the absence of words. Joy was right. I was on the wrong side of my emotions; instead of enjoying life, I mourned it.

“I’m really sorry,” I said.

“You have only yourself to apologize to,” said Joy, “You were the author of your own pain.”

Joy got up to leave. She arrived at the door.

“Thank you,” I said.

She turned to me and smiled, “You can thank me with your constant invitations. I would like to be in every part of your life…”

She opened the door, and the sun shone inside with brilliance, lighting up the room. Joy stepped outside as the light grew brighter, and she disappeared into the sun’s radiance.

And for the first time in a long time, I smiled…