Christianity, in its pure Gospel form, is in a right old mess today. We have famous, celebrity-styled, household-named so-called ministers (no names mentioned) of the 'gospel' preaching that "there is no hell, so it's technically okay to sin" and messages being taught that leave out Jesus. Sorry for my rant but " minister, my Bible is all about Jesus, from Genesis to revelation and without 'Christ' in Christianity, you have no Christianity, Christianity is Jesus Christ"
- End Time Evangelist.
Don't agree? Well "what would Jesus say?"
Jesus always stuck with the 'Word' (the Bible), He quoted from it, taught from it and spoke from it," therefore as the Bible says in that we are meant to 'imitate Christ' and behave like Christ, then we too then, should 'stick with the Word.'
Let's look at a Christianity with 'Jesus' NOT in it (+ what the Gospel ACTUALLY says)
we would have no saviour! ('For God so loved the world, He gave His only son. 'John 3:16)
We would have no one to take the sacrificial penalty for sins and we would always be guilty, meaning no forgiveness ever! we would be condemned to hell for our sins ('There is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.' Romans 8:1. 'In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace, that he lavished on us.' Ephesians 1:7)
Getting into heaven would be based upon us being absolutely perfect, which is impossible. We would never see God or enter heaven ('No one can come to the Father except through Me.' John 14:6)
We could never be 'born again' and have a new start ('You must be born-again' John 2:3, 'You are a new creation in Christ Jesus' 2 Corinthians 5:17)
We would have no help in our lives ('I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
We would have no one to follow, to guide us, to encourage us or learn from. ( ' just as Christ suffered for you, He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.' 1 Peter 2:21)
We wouldn't be loved by our creator. ('Greater love has no one than this, tan to lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13)
We wouldn't be righteous. (God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God 2 Corinthians 5:21. 'It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30).
These are just a few of the many reasons that without 'Christ' in Christianity, there is no access to salvation and no hope of salvation, just an expectant of an eternity in hell. Jesus himself says in John 14:5: 'I am the way, the truth and the life! He, CHRIST JESUS, not us, make us holy, makes us sanctified, righteous, redeemed, cleansed, makes us whole, makes us delivered, forgives our sins, sets us free, protects us, guides us, loves us etc, etc, etc and gives us hope and eternal life!
Think about that, next time pastor 'so and so' tells you different. I don't care who he/she is - 'But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that person be condemned' (Galatians 1:8). Always check it out in God's Word, as HIS word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Remember Jesus in your Christianity, because without knowing Him, you will never see the Father in heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). Jesus is Christianity, without Him you have no Christianity or can even call yourself a 'Christian!'. Imitate Him in your walk, get to KNOW HIM and the power of His resurrection! (Philippians 3:10)