Join C. Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley and Sam Storms as they start a new Theology Unplugged series: Reasons not to be a Christian. Should someone become a Christian so God will protect them from suffering?


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    2 replies to "Theology Unplugged: Reasons not to be a Christian – “God will keep me from Suffering”"

    • patriciazell

      Becoming a Christian does not mean a stop to suffering–it means we have the power to overcome the loss, death, and destruction that the kingdom of evil is using to decimate God’s creation. When Christ died on the cross, he obliterated Satan’s power to keep the human race away from God and life. As we seek God for His knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, we will take our places as sons of God, and we will overcome suffering and defeat the kingdom of evil forever. God’s absolute love will prevail and death will be swallowed up forever!

    • Ounbbl

      The friend of yours, presented in the talk, has to be hypothetical. Because no one becomes to believe in Yeshua (aka Jesus) in that way. It’s almost like an intellectual game (like a decision making after a religious catechism course). Becoming to be a Christian is, in true sense, a rather long process. We better forget about so-called alter call and forget about ‘born-again’ at such evangelical meetings like Billy Graham’s).

      It should be an experiential life-encounter to the love of God shown in the person of Yeshua. Not to be confused is emotional-experience, which so-called charismatics are crazy about. If anyone is concerned about what would befall (such misfortunes, tragedies, unhappiness) when the true lover confronts them, this itself proves that they have not yet know Him and His love. However they assert to be Christians, it would be nominal ones. They succeeded to get on the road of a religion, sadly like the majority of so-called Christians in the world. Prosperity gospel, Full Gospel, Pure Gospel, are all satanic messages.

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