I feel like Reagan, having to begin another post with "there you go again." But I have no choice.
Justin Bieber and Bear Grylls are in the news so to speak, with their additional comments on their version of Christianity. This article will explain things further, as I want to keep my own post brief. I'm tired today
The point I want to make after you've read the news article is this. You don't claim to be a faithful, believing Christian and then live in intentional disobedience to the Lord. Scripture is plain in its commands that believers are to be part of a local church for teaching, worship, edification, fellowship, and being equipped for ministry. That's our purpose for being. To bring God glory through our lives and to point the lost to the Lord Jesus, hoping and praying that they will respond to the Gospel in saving faith.
But instead we have Christianity by cafeteria plan, where you can just be "spiritual" and ignore what Scripture says on a whole host of subjects. I find it very irritating, and I can only imagine what the Lord thinks of it.
If we live lives intentionally in disobedience, then I have to question the genuineness of someone's faith. After all, Jesus said "If you love Me, keep my commandments." We are not saved by commandment keeping. We cannot earn our way to Heaven by human works of righteousness. However, our obedience is proof of our faith. Our obedience is proof that we truly do love the One who paid the price for our sins in the cross.
My would-be brothers and sisters who think they can dictate terms to God on what it means to follow Him had best think again. They're in for a rude awakening.
Update: It was pointed out to me that there was a "comments" section to the linked article, and in that comments section, someone made the case that the article was incomplete and not quite fair to Mr. Grylls and his views. I didn't read the comments section when I first saw the article..just the article itself. My bad.
Granting that point, I have seen other articles where Justin has made similar statements, but we should give him the benefit of the doubt. I could go through a whole litany of other well known younguns who have claimed Christ, yet have moved on to rather tragic behavior. Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, etc. I hope Justin can avoid those pitfalls. Part of helping to make sure of it is by getting in a regular Bible-preaching, Bible-teaching church where you have others helping to hold you accountable. That was really my primary point, and I stand by it.