Christians, but Misfits

My wife and I are retired and we began looking back at our Christian walk. We both became Christians in our early life and have walked with the Lord for over 40 years each. We came to the conclusion that no matter where we went, we never really fit in. This caused us to truly examine our lives. We scoured the Internet by looking up ‘Christian Misfits’ and ‘Misfit Christians’ and were shocked with what we uncovered. Most people who consider themseves ‘Christian Misfits’ are not Christian at all. For example, Gays can consider themselves ‘Christians’ all they want to, but there is no such thing as ‘Homosexual Christians’:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor effeminate, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9‭-‬11)

Notice in the Scripture above the word effeminate, whch means a man who acts like a woman. Then you have those who have mutilated their gender, identity, and sexual preferences but want to be accepted by the churches even though Jesus made it clear:

“But ‘God made them male and female’ [Gen 1:27] from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6‭-‬9 NLT)

The same goes for the militant females who have seized power in many churches. Not only do they consider themselves ‘Christians’, but they have taken on the title ‘Pastor/Elder’. They can consider themselves ‘Christians’ all they want to, but there is no such thing as ‘Female Pastor/Elders’. Scripture makes it clear that the ruling in the Bible is not cultural, nor is it advancement with women in modern society. It is a pre-law mandate going all the way back to the Garden of Eden:

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1 Timothy 2:11‭-‬14 KJV)

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. (1 Timothy 3:1‭-‬2a NLT)

Be assured that God loves a person the same whether they are a man or a woman. But love has nothing to do with church leadership. It is about obedience. Please do not be misled by those like Deborah, etc. They are extreme exceptions. God can use any instrument He wants to in order to achieve His purpose, just like the donkey He used to speak to Balaam. God using females in the Bible has nothing to do with the norm for church leadership in the New Testament. Remember also that when Deborah rose to power, it was an ungodly time in Israel’s history:

Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25b ESV)

Probably what is most appalling are those who claim they are Christians, but support Abortion. Abortion is nothing less than murder and every drop of blood must be paid for (see Gen 4:10-11):

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NLT)

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 NLT)

Let’s get back to the reason my wife and I have felt like ‘misfits’, even in churches. We both have determined that the Bible is supreme in our life and it is the sole source of how we live our lives. Many churches have ‘agendas’, or as they would like to make it sound more spiritual, they have a ‘vision’. When the ‘vision’ or ‘agenda’ is a little worldly or it doesn’t completely agree with Scripture, there is discomfort and conviction on our part. We are then looked down upon as being nonconforming or even worse at times, divisive. In reality we are not. We are just plain ‘misfits’ with conviction. We take very seriously the following verse:

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18 ESV)

My wife and I may feel out of place on this earth, but when we read the following, we learn that we truly are ‘misfits’ to this world:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18‭-‬19 NKJV)

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20 NKJV)

One last thing I need to cover that has me troubled about today’s Christianity in America. It is the fact that there is a real lack of true Holy Spirit power. There is a lot of talk about needing Holy Spirit power, but it stops with the talk. There is no walk. It is like a fisherman trying to get someone else interested in fishing who has never fished before. The fisherman can do a lot of talking about fishing and even show pictures of fish that he caught. The fisherman can even display all of his fishing poles and equipment. But the only way to truly show someone how to fish is to actually take them out and show them firsthand:

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17‭-‬18 NKJV)

And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. (Acts 19:6 NKJV)

When you try to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, there are the naysayers that stop you and tell you that the gifts are no longer in operation because we have the completed Bible or because of the wackos they have seen on TV or Internet that have left an extremely bad impression on them. I guess that they don’t take Paul’s words (who was taken up to the 3rd heaven and revealed unspeakable things) seriously when he said that even he looks at things darkly:

Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.(2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT)

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)

Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. (1 Thessalonians 5:19‭-‬20 KJV)

I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. (1 Corinthians 14:18‭-‬19 MSG)

Paul says the only time we (including him even though he has been revealed things well beyond what has been revealed to us) will see clearly is when we all see our perfect Jesus face-to-face in eternity:

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:9‭-‬10 ESV)

Please do not be found guilty of denying Holy Spirit Power:

Having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:5a NKJV)

Without going any further into detail, I have tried to share why my wife and I feel, even though we are completely normal with numerous friends from all walks of life, we feel like ‘misfits’. Maybe this will help you if you feel like a ‘misfit’. At least you will know that you are not alone. I could only imagine how John the Baptist felt at the end of his life.


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2 Responses to Christians, but Misfits

  1. BT says:

    It is rare but encouraging to touch the life of another pilgrim of the faith – compromise is the bane of religion. “Hope maketh not ashamed”

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