Hard Rock Christians
Comfort Zone Christians
These type of Christians follow the Lord, attend services, and other church function. But they are only willing to do things that are within their comfort zone. Whenever pressed or tested with anything hard, they fall away. Their lives are often not much different than many non-believers. These type of people follow Christianity because of the blessings from the Lord. They love the Lord’s grace, mercy, healings and comforts in their life. The Problem with Good Luck Christians is that their faith is not in God, but what they receive from God. Their prayers are usually directed on their personal wants and desires. And they fall away when they don’t get what they expect. They know the Lamb side of God, but not the Lion.
These people follow Christianity because it is logical, reasonable and makes sense to them. The Problem with functional Christians is that they follow the Lord only as far as they understand Him. Their faith is not in God, but in their knowledge of God. And they do not obey the Lord when they disagree with Him. They will not step out on faith. Some people will only pursue the Lord on Sunday. During these services they will pray, worship, study and fellowship. But during the other 6 days of they blend back into the secular world, and during the week they have no spiritual growth. And they usually live similar to many non-believers. The Problem with Sunday Christian’s is that they are not really committed to Christ, and they mature very slowly, and will struggle when any real testing of their faith comes.
These type of people have strong Christian social ties. Many of their friends are fellow believers, and they spend a lot of their time in fellowship activities. The problem with social Christians is that they sometimes put their faith in their Network of friends. As soon as it become unpopular to follow Christ, they really struggle. And they often do not pursue the Lord, unless it is within a social group. Many of us start out as Social Christians, because it is a good way to get connected and it helps us get situated in our faith. But as we mature, we must make sure that our faith is not dependent on our social connections. These type of people have great faith in the Lord. They know the power of the Word of God and have seen it. And they love the presence of God. The problem with power based Christians is that sometimes they put their faith in just the Power of God. And every problem is solved by power, anointing, miracles, fire, glory, rebuking and shouting etc. They often do not put faith in the meek, humble, sacrificing, subservient Lamb side of God. On the other side, some people put little faith in the miraculous and powerful side of God. They don’t believe that the supernatural works done while Christ walked the earth are still happening. They will seldom ask for healing, and when they do, they don’t expect it to happen. And anything out of the ordinary scares them, tongues, prophesy, word of knowledge, spiritual warfare, baptism of fire, etc. As mature Christians we need to put faith in both sides of God, His powerful, overcoming, masculine lion side, and his feminine, gentle, lowly lamb side.
Doctrinal Based Christians
The type of Christian will focus their faith on a specific doctrine or teaching. They find this doctrine very important, and are ready to defend it. But because of this they often separate themselves from other parts of the body. And they must be careful to root their faith in the whole word of God, not just one teaching.
Personality Based Christians
Some people follow Christianity because of a strong church leader. They are fed, entertained and charmed by a powerful personality. Their pastor has a strong knowledge of God, and can present it in a gripping way to the church. The problem with Personality Christians is that they start putting their faith in their leader and not Christ. They are often more willing to tell others about their pastor than they are of Christ. And when the leader falls, so do many of the followers. These Christians are well versed in scripture and have earned a place of respect in the Church. They assist others in their spiritual growth and lead church ministries. The problem with status based Christians is humility. Their faith is in themselves, in who they are and what they are doing. They do not like to follow others, or sit at someone else’s sermon. They are motivated by the recognition, status and leadership roles they take. They will seldom give up the pulpit to let others teach. And believe that if God is going to speak, it can only come through them. When stripped of their authority, they faith grows cold.
Organization Based Christians
Similar to personality based Christians, organization based Christians are usually connected to a strong church structure. Their church is often very vibrant and successful, and it captures their hearts. The problem is that some people will root their faith in the organization, and not necessarily in Christ. These people would never attend a different church, because that would be a form a cheating, or sleeping with the enemy. They will often spend more time promoting their church than promoting the Kingdom of God . And they often become isolated from other parts of the Body. These type of Christians have a very rich understanding of scripture, theory and doctrine. They have devoted many years to studying Christianity and the pursuit of knowledge. The problem with these type of Christians, is that they often pursue a knowledge of God, over a relationship with God; knowing of God, but not knowing His Spirit. And they will fight vigorously when anything doesn’t align with their absolute doctrinal purity. This makes it difficult when God tries to reveal to them anything that they don’t already know. And they must be careful, because knowledge often puffs us up, and in our pride we don’t listen to anyone we disagree with. They will often spend too much time of the minor issues, and miss what is most important.
Roller Coaster Christians
These people serve to the Lord with fire and vigor. Eager to to please God, they attend many religious services and functions. This is a great time for them, and it can solidify their Christian foundation, but often this is just a phase in their life. And after time, they start cooling off. Their pursuit of the Lord is very emotional. And when their emotions fight them, they have a hard time staying strong. As Christians we are in it for the long haul. This is the way I started out my walk with the Lord. Remember Jesus said in Matt 10:22, “He who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Desperate Christians
Like many of us, some people won’t look up until they land flat on their backs. And this is how many of us came to the Lord. In times of desperation, we call out to God and find Him. The problem with Desperate Christians is that they only call out to God when they are in great need. But when everything is going their way, they forget about the Lord and don’t seek Him until the next tragedy. On the other side, some people will only seek the Lord when everything is stable and under control. And the moment things get out of hand, they go back to their own devices to fix it. As Christians we must call on the name of the Lord, during tragedy and prosperity.
Ritual Based Christians
These people often attend services that are heavily structured, meticulous rich in custom and tradition, and often repeated. But they only know God through practicing rituals, receipting prewritten prayers, and listening to others. They go through the motions of Christianity but are not close to our Savior. This structure is good for giving a person the fundamentals of the faith. But they must not replace a deep personal walk with Christ, with just following rituals, receipting prayers, and listening to Sermons. Tradition Based Christians
These are people that grew up in Christian homes. They often attended Sunday school, and worship services with their family. They usually follow the religious customs of their society. The problem with Tradition based Christians is that many follow Christ because it is the norm, the traditional thing to do. Some have never made a individual decision to follow Christ. Many times their faith is tied to politics, therefore they would switch Religions before they switched political parties. We must all make the decision to follow Christ, whether our family and society agree or not. And we must all be willing to do things for the Lord, even if it is different than the way we were raised.
Works Based Christians
These type of people serve the Lord diligently. They get involved in many different ministries, and help many people in their faith. And this is great, but they must be careful where they put their faith. Their faith can sometimes be rooted in their works and their ministries, but not in Jesus. And sometimes they can be so caught up in ministries, they they are not spending quiet time with the Lord. They must also be careful not to do God’s work, without His guiding, for this is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In good times or in bad,
whether they feel like it or not,
whether angry or happy,
whether fun or boring,
in strength or weakness, whether they understand or not,
whether they agree or not,
with tradition or against it,
with the crowd or against it,
with friends or alone,
whether they’re popular or not,
no matter what people might say,
whether anyone is looking or nobody notices,
whether leading or following, whether being blessed or rebuked,
whether they stand to gain or lose,
whether they will be rewarded or not,
whether their prayers are answered or rejected,
in fast times and in slow,
any day of the Week,
and in it for the long haul,
no matter what testing or challenges comes their way,
they stand firm in their love and faith of Jesus Christ. We’re called to be Hard Rock Christians.
These type of Christians have the opinion that since Jesus won the Victory, there is nothing else to do but sit back. They do not consider things like; bringing glory to the Lord, advancing the gospel, maturing in their faith, helping others, being a lighthouse or preaching the Gospel. Just getting saved is enough for them. They often believe that if the Lord wants something done, it will get done with or without them, never realizing they they are the body of Christ. When the devil comes against Tailgate Christians, they are an easy pushover. When they face the Lord’s judgment seat, they will be ashamed that they wasted their lives away.
These type of Christians will only pursue the Lord when someone else is directing and encouraging them. i.e. Someone takes them to Church. But, when left alone they don’t study, pray or worship. And without constant guidance they will grow cold and fall away.
“A humble servant close to the Lord is more powerful than a King who is away from the Lord. ”