Mainstream Christianity is dead. The majority of people say they are Christians, but they are not saved.
All that is required to join the mainstream is to jump in the river and play dead. You will be in the mainstream, and will naturally go downstream with all the dead things. But what if we need to go upstream?
Going downstream is living life by your circumstances, in the confidence of your flesh, where knowledge of the truth is a non-essential. Downstream progress is not by preaching the gospel of Christ.
Going upstream is living life in Christ, putting your confidence in Him, living by knowledge of the truth rightly divided. Upstream progress requires a change of mind brought about by preaching the cross.
If you have been saved by the gospel of the grace of God, believe your Bible, and know how to rightly divide it, then you are not part of the mainstream.
It takes something living and active to move against the current. You have been quickened in Christ Jesus, you are alive! It’s time to stop floating, and start swimming.
From the perspective of what is flowing downstream, things moving up are not “going with the flow” of progress. They are obstacles in the way. You will be seen as such.
When atheists, secularists, and cultural Christians talk about the mainstream, they assume going downstream is where we all need to be. Why? Because going upstream requires too much change and makes too many ripples.
… is natural.
… feels right.
… does not ruffle feathers.
… is where everyone is going.
… accepts everyone for who they are.
… is where the majority of Christians are going.
… does not resist anyone or anything (except for what goes upstream).
Garbage floats downstream. What if going with the flow is going down the drain?
To go upstream you must hold fast to the tow rope of God’s word rightly divided. It may feel uncomfortable, seem unnatural, cause trouble, and be contrary to many in the main.
Don’t be discouraged when it seems like everything is against you, and you are not making progress. If your confidence is in Christ and how he sees you, instead of your circumstances and how others see you, you are headed in the right direction.
Don’t envy those dead things going downstream (Prov 23:17). They may seem to have it easier sometimes, but they are not going the right direction. They are headed away from Christ (Phil 3:10).
Establishment in the truth does not happen by letting circumstances and feelings drive you, but in Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25-26).
Trust your life to Christ. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, and you will rise above the tide. God has the power to stablish you, but if you are alive in Christ know that will not be in the mainstream.
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 1:13