What comes to mind when you hear the word, renegade? Maybe you envision a rugged outlaw defying a corrupt system and fighting for the common good. Maybe you picture Jesus driving out the money changers from the temple or defying the religious stiff necks of His day.
In case you are wondering, renegade Christianity in this context is not a lifestyle to adopt. Days before the New Year these words came into my spirit. At the beginning of last year, God had told me that “rewriters of the Covenant” would emerge, those who not only claim their own salvation but would attempt to redefine the Word of God. This has been happening for quite some time and a torrent of unrighteousness swelled last year.
We are seeing areas in the body of Christ approving lifestyles in leadership contrary to the Word. We are seeing Bibles being printed that alter the Word or omit passages of Scripture so that individuals are not offended and we are hearing a leader esteemed by men claim that all religions lead to the same God.
The rise of renegade Christianity
Renegade Christianity is on the rise. There is more of a concern to appease man than to please God. Reverence and the fear of the Lord has lost relevance with those who operate in this vein. 2 Timothy 4:3 Says,
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
Renegades are rising and they are bringing droves of the deceived with them. The Word warns us of “doctrines of devils” and these doctrines are adopted by those who walk in the way of renegades. We have seen the rise of lifestyles in the body of Christ that are antagonistic to God’s Word, from adultery to idolatry to homosexuality and if anyone tries to bring correction through the Word, which by the way is biblical, then that person is labeled intolerant, close minded and lacking love. Leonard Ravenhill once said, “If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified“.
There is no room for compromise
Please understand this: if you are part of the bride of Christ, God is not seeking your opinion and you are not entitled to your opinion when it comes to the things of God. There are boundaries set for a reason and it is out of love and protection that God has set His standards for those who choose to follow Him. The problem here is that we are forming alternate paths where Jesus never walked.
The church is more of an infirmity than an infirmary. It is possible to love people and not be tolerant of sin. Renegades will be held accountable for dispensing a Gospel that was not authorized by God. Galatians 1 speaks of those who distort the Gospel and Paul stated that those who preach a gospel contrary to what was originally preached are cursed. While we are at it, let’s be clear: there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. What a Savior we have!
God is ever calling us higher and a call to come up higher is an invitation to holiness and holiness does not equate to happiness as far as our flesh and our will is concerned. When we decide to change God’s instructions to suit our notions, we are telling Him that He got it wrong and that what we want far outweighs what He commands or even deserves. We have no right to do this.
The church is beckoned by God to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto Him (Romans 12:1-2). Repentance needs to come and holiness must be the mandate. Christ deserves allegiance, not apostacy.