C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hokey Pokey Christianity

Let me for a moment ask you to consider your Christian lifestyle. You know it better than anyone else. Only God knows us better than we know ourselves. We can sometimes lie to ourselves, but God is never the least bit fooled.

Have you fully given over your life to Christianity, to being Christ like, or do you have a Hokey Pokey Christianity?

You ask “What is Hokey Pokey Christianity? “ Well, I’ll tell you.

You put part of yourself in,
You take part of yourself out,
You put part of yourself in,
And shake it all about,
You do the Hokey Pokey Christian,
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what is all about.

If we claim to have had a salvation experience, a spiritual awakening, our sins forgiven, and are now a child of God– we need to act like it!

We don’t need to be in the church today and out of church tomorrow. Acting spiritual today and mimicking the devil tomorrow. How can we expect to be a witness, a light in darkness, if we are flakey in our Christian walk?

Showing up on Sunday morning so the people can see how spiritual you are, but living like the devil from Monday thru Saturday is a Hokey Pokey Christianity.

Christianity should be our lifestyle, not just a silly dance.


Bobby Cohoon said...

Amen Brother!

Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

Just as long as you were not dissin' one of my favorite stories: Pokey Little Puppy!!! :-)

Bobby Valentine

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Interestly, under "Origins and Meaning" at Wikipedia, I found the following:

According to the Oxford English Dictionary "hokey cokey" comes from "hocus pocus", the traditional magician's incantation which in its turn derives from a distortion of of hoc enim est corpus meum - "this is my body" - the words of consecration accompanying the elevation of the host at Eucharist, the point, at which according to traditional Catholic practice, transubstantiation takes place - mocked by Puritans and others as a form of "magic words". The Anglican Canon George Nairn-Briggs, Provost of Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire, says that the dance as well comes from the Catholic Latin mass[1]. The priest would perform his movements with his back to the congregation, who could not hear well the Latin words nor see clearly his movements.

[1] ^ Daily Telegraph: Doing hokey cokey 'mimics Latin Mass', David Bamber, Sunday 14 March 1999.

Neva said...

Good post


John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.