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Tastleless Christianity – The Salt Lost its Savour

I like to taste salt in food, it just isn’t right without salt.

I was reading Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts today about Christian saltiness and was blessed with the clarity of this wisdom…

Salt losing its savour…Matthew 5:13~

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

N. Webster defines savor as “the quality which renders a thing valuable; the quality which renders other bodies agreeable to the taste…” then he goes to sample this verse (1828 Dictionary).

At this point, I have three things in my mind just by reflecting on what I know about salt and from Matthew and Webster above…

1.) Savour of salt in this wicked world – is depicted by followers of Jesus being ‘salty’: preserving (truth – the word and doctrine), discerning (cleansing) and faithful (strong and solid), calling out falsehood (irritating) showing and doing ‘salty’ things (visibly different, ‘savory’ true Christians).

2.) How salt loses its savour #1: the world’s taste flattens – its like when the followers of Jesus don’t show/ do ‘salty’ things in this wicked world, they become good for nothing (neither hot nor cold, unwise servant…). Dilution with water will cause salt to lose its saltiness, though there could still be salt content but the ‘savour’ is gone, on the other hand, it may apply too as like salt in a jar and not being used.

3.) How salt loses its savour #2: the world despises ‘salty’ taste – when Christian ‘salt’ is no longer ‘appreciated’ by this wicked society, it becomes what it is…abrasive, painful to the wounds and eyes, too salty, “not our type” thing and gets thrown out. Some parts of the world have developed an intolerance to salt (not allergy, because you can never be allergic to salt since salt is present in the body but you can be allergic to the things coming with salt ie. iodine which is indeed allergic to some)…

side note: #2 & #3 may be a one-way cycle as we see in Noah and Lot’s time, that’s why their worlds were destroyed…as ensamples…

Christians need to be Christians, that way their savour is felt and blesses the people around them, nowadays, the Christian connotation has its ‘saltiness’ diluted with idols and worldly things or by supposed ‘Christians’ being “in the jar”; both case, we are being tossed out by an otherwise truth-hungry multitude. But it is also a reality that the true salty Christians are being thrown out by a willingly ignorant generation of folks who just don’t want to know, let alone want to have anything to do with, the truth.

Development of Christian Saltiness: see the preceding verses (before our key verse 13 above) and let the KJV tell the key to salty Christianity, describing the process clearly if you studied closely~

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

More to this, we read a twin account, Luke 14, which gives us more clarification to ‘saltiness’ which is bearing the cross of Christ and denying the temporal things of this world.

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Side Note: no wonder it really is difficult for a rich man or anyone who loves the worldly things, to enter the Kingdom of God. Though there is hope because in the same context, Jesus said “the things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (see Luke 18: 25, 27).

I went back to the very verses that talked about Not loving the world…1 John 2:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Further down these verses, you see the context of the whole passage where it leads to the last days – here’s the time of our enduring folks…

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Christian Saltiness begins from becoming a follower of Christ and serving until the end. We serve until the end because the one who called us is faithful to the end. In all this, we may find ourselves turned away from our riches, our families, everything in this world, everything including our very selves, …to the point of being persecuted by the world itself…The idea of saltiness is an encouragement to Christians in these enduring times, hold on to the faith, be fully seasoned, abiding in Jesus Christ until the end. May the Almighty God the Father bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Christian Method: Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship

With the throng of ways and means out there speaking about evangelism and discipleship there’s a lot to be said about them however a study of 2 Timothy 2 purifies a true believer’s approach and clarifies how God intended it to be. Down below, I list my learnings about it, so see if its true.

2 Timothy 2:

1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

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My learnings:

  • ver 1 – starts with standing by the grace of the Lord and stay strong on it. Understandably as its not by our own strength are we able to do this.
  • ver 2. – the first sign of our purpose: to spread the Word and teach others who can later do the same.
  • ver 3 – reminder: be a strong and hardy soldier in the service of Jesus Christ.
  • ver 4. – another reminder of our focus which is to please the Lord, not be diverted by the world around us.
  • ver 5. – do this service lawfully meaning properly in all aspects, in this case purely or ‘biblically’ thus showing a good example, being blameless, and stumble-free.
  • ver 6. – your study and response to God’s word will benefit you immediately or: before the ones you will be sharing it to.
  • ver 7. – and the Lord will give you understanding in all of it.
  • ver 8. – again a reminder: putting into remembrance who we serve.
  • ver 9. – be reminded that God’s Word is not bound though we may physically be.
  • ver 10. – we need to understand we do this that others may be saved – so we endure troubles that come with this service
  • ver 11-13 – we need to understand this doctrine in which we stand, that the Lord is faithful, our loss is gain in Christ .
  • ver 14. – remember: do not strive with anyone or try to win an argument having the last word in the discussion, but to gain others for Christ.
  • ver 15. – continues to instruct us to study to be approved of God, not ashamed but rightly dividing His Word. Again, we are to remain biblical, no heresy, just pure bible, you shouldn’t be ashamed of anything if you know its is written (and you got it right thru understanding).
  • ver 16. avoid profanities and vain talking it will only become more ungodly. No foul talk, no frivolous chatter.
  • ver 17,18 – avoid false words (unbiblical ideas and men’s words), they cause ‘cancerous’ problems which cause people’s faith to be overthrown. People nit pick on the mistakes we say and also stumble over them later.
  • ver 19 – in any case, know that God is still on the throne, departing from iniquity is the main objective of a Christian. If you cant win them, don’t sin with them.
  • ver 20-21. – we need to be vessels unto honor, purged and clean for the service of God.
  • ver 22. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Be with like-minded brethren in Christ as much as possible, fellowship is essential.
  • ver 23. – reminder again: avoid foolish and unlearned questions, they bring strifes.
  • ver 24 – we shouldn’t strive but be always gentle, teaching and being patient.
  • ver 25-26 – in meekness we convince others that they may be rescued from their being lost. Being humble in front of people affects their attitude towards you and the message you deliver. I’ve proven that on the road while driving or simply at work sending emails.