How can we keep from canceling Christ?

How can we keep from canceling Christ?

I do not think we will be challenged to cancel or deny the deity of Christ. As in the example of Peter on the night of Jesus’s trial. But I do think the time is coming soon when we will be coerced to celebrate and approve of the LGBT perversion. According to Romans chapter 1, this will be the issue that will become the point of the spear. The Bible is now considered hate speech in many circles.

So, to believers what is the big issue regarding “canceling Christ”?

I think we fail to “deny” ourselves. And, in that way we are canceling Christ. We are trying to cancel out the fact that He is the Lord.

Where do we believers tend to deny Christ every day?

I start with Matthew 6:33: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need” (NLT used in these thoughts). When we seek our own kingdom above the Kingdom of God we are denying or canceling Christ.

Also, Matthew 16:24: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow Me.’” I feel this is the hardest statement Jesus made. This is the hardest directive for us as believers to follow. We are to deny ourselves and our selfish desires and sacrifice those desires and follow the Lord. In not denying ourselves we “cancel” Christ.

Paul said we need to follow Christ in Romans 12:1, “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.”

To not deny ourselves is to deny the claims of Christ—cancel Christ. To deny ourselves is the daily battle we face. This is a greater battle than any challenges coming from society. When we can die to self we will have no problem standing for Christ in the public square.

The New Testament is clear in regard to self-denial (and suffering). It is also often named self-control. As in the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love… and self-control…”

We actually do not want self-control, we desire Spirit control. When we fail to yield to the Spirit in our lives and put our own desires first, we are canceling Christ.

Paul said, “I die daily.” We too should consider ourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:11). When we fail to die to self we are canceling Christ. Denying or canceling Christ is a matter of continual dying to self and our desires and being obedient to the Spirit.

How can we keep from canceling Christ?

We’ll be willing to die for Christ if we die to ourselves daily. So, we daily deny ourselves—cancel our sinful and selfish desires—and serve Christ. That’s how we position ourselves to never cancel Christ.


About David Searcy

I was born in 1950 in Vinita Oklahoma. My parents originally wanted to go to China in 1948 but ended up working with small churches and youth in poor rural, post-depression, post dust bowl, Appalachia. I grew up in farming communities and working on farms and ranches. I actually chopped and picked cotton by hand and started learning to use a mule and double shovel. I left home for a Christian boarding school when 13 and never lived long term at home again. I worked summers away from home. After HS graduation I went to Dallas Bible College for a year. Then, because of a girlfriend, I went to Wichita State in Kansas to pursue a geology career. In the spring of '70 I broke up with the girl about a month before the wedding. That summer I went to work for a house painter, just to have a job. I did not know a lot about him, other than he was from a church I went to. He was a Godly man and began to question my future. I did not want to serve the Lord, because of the poverty factor, I had seen too much of that growing up. But one day that summer, I realized that what is visible in this world is not eternal—it is all going to burn. So I applied to New Tribes Mission at the first opportunity. In Aug. '70, I went to New Tribes Bible School in Wisconsin. Immediately my decision was confirmed and, by the sovereignty of God, I met Teresa from OH. We were married in June of '71. We completed the 2 phases (3yrs) of missions training and had 2 babies and by '74 were preparing to leave for Indonesia. We arrived in Indonesia in Aug. of '75 and started Indonesian language study. Our 3rd child was born that December. In Aug. of '76 we moved to the Upper Kapuas region and began living with a tribe of forest nomads—Arino Hobongan. It was a long process to learn the unwritten language, culture, and then teach nomadic people. We became nomads ourselves. People were taught and by the early '80s there was a growing church. Then from 1985 - 2000 the Indonesian Government quit granting missionary visas. If we already had a visa we could stay, even though tenuous. So by the early '90s, we were the only missionaries left in the Upper Kapuas region, which had originally had 11 missionary units in 4 tribal groups. We found ourselves alone with baby churches. So from '91 until we retired in 2016 our focus was disciplining and networking churches from these 4 language groups: Punan-Hobongan, Taman, Daqan, and Embaloh. For many years we lived in 3 locations, then in '05 focused more on Nanga Bungan and teaming with our daughter Rachel to complete the Punan translation of the New Testament. Then when our son DJ and his family joined Rachel in '08 we moved close to the frontier town of Putussibau to establish a mission home and base for outreach into more tribal groups. I still make trips back to visit our "family" in Indonesia—both biological and spiritual. I hope to go again as soon as the COVID passes.

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