The Swamps of Low-Grade Christianity

Night AirIn the early hours of the morning, a young man and woman walked out of a nightclub after partying all night. They had been in an environment reeking with the smell of whisky, beer, and tobacco. Outdoors, the girl suddenly sniffed, and said, “What is that I smell?” “That’s not a smell,” her companion replied. “That’s fresh air!”1

    The old preacher warned, “We have lived so long in the swamps of a low-grade Christianity that the fresh air of the hills stuns us when it strikes us.”2 

God says in Psalm 81:11, “But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me.”

The words “would have none of Me” actually read, “…was not borne to Me by a natural bent.” This is the original force of the words, and is used elsewhere of ships being blown by the winds. Further, the expression means that they “…would not be content alone with Me, would not take quiet contentment in Me.”

The Lord was not good enough for them, and their hearts went out from Him to other things.3

    The instructions in Romans 6:11 are, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Two attractive young girls, recently converted to Christ, were invited to enjoy a “night out on the town.”

They answered, “We must refuse your invitation. But the fact is, it is not possible for us to be present with you, for we are dead! We died with Christ a week ago, so we cannot come!”4

    “Evangelical Christianity is now tragically below the New Testament standard. Worldliness is an accepted fact of our way of life. Our religious mood is social instead of spiritual” (A. W. Tozer).5 



  1. Vance Havner, Hearts Afire, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ, Copyright MCMLII, p. 104
  2. Ibid, p. 104
  3. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume Two, Psalm LVIII to CX, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 406
  4. Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations,…p. 750
  5. K. P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions, Published by GFA Books, a division of Gospel For Asia, 1800 Golden Trail Court, Carrolton, TX, 75010, 1986, p. 133

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