It is really hard to express exactly how I felt about this particular show. I sympathize with Nadia to an extent. I understand why she might move away from the teachings of her old church if it did not allow any movies or dancing whatsoever. I think many “conservative” churches have to be careful about what kind of behavior they label as sin. King David danced so I do not understand why some churches considered it a sin (2 Sam. 6:14), unless it was sensual dancing. I also can’t stand it when people treat someone like a leper because they have strange hair, tattoos..ect. With this said, Nadia has strayed from the teachings of Jesus Christ.
This show was saddening to an extent because Nadia spoke about how televangelists have completely missed the gospel, but it became very clear to me that Nadia had completely missed it as well. She preaches a different gospel and the Apostle Paul calls for anyone that does that to be “accursed” (Galatians 1:8). One of the very telling statements that she made was when she said that the cross shows that God would rather die than be in the “sin accounting business.” This paints a picture of a God who is stuck in this situation of being a bookkeeper of sins which leads him to decide that he will die in order to get himself out of it. In actuality, the statement of the cross is that God saw that we were stuck in our sin and since he loved us so much he decided to go and bear the wrath of our sin so that whosoever believed in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Furthermore, the cross also gave an opportunity for God to be glorified.
Nadia goes on to say that she believes that the cross was the final judgment. This is so unbiblical that I wonder if she completely disregards certain passages of the Bible. If the cross is the final judgment then why do the writers of the books of the New Testament talk about future judgment so much? For example, Paul states that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5). If the cross is the final judgment then why, “When the Son of man comes in his glory” does he come to judge and make war (Rev. 19:11) and why are his garments dipped in the blood of the wicked (Rev. 19:13) (Matt. 25)? Nadia has completely rejected the idea of people needing to repent (as in forsake or turn from) their sins, place their faith in Jesus Christ and submit to him. In other words, she has completely missed important pieces of the gospel. This isn’t to say that repentance is a work that people have to do to be saved; rather it is a work that God does in people when he saves them.
Lastly, I found it very telling when Nadia said that she doesn’t do “faith stuff” at home because she feels that her kids need a break from it. What she misses is that the Christian is supposed to be consumed with thoughts about God and desire for God. Followers are called to pray without ceasing, to forsake everything they have to follow Jesus, and even to love God so much that it appears as if they hate their family in comparison (Luke 14:26). What most people don’t realize is that a Christian is a slave of God. The apostles often referred to themselves as slaves of Christ. Slaves don’t follow their own will; they do what their master tells them to do. A Christian desires to follow God's will no matter what day it is or where they are; they do not leave their faith at church but take it with them wherever they go because Jesus is their life (Philippians 1:21).
Nadia may be attracting different people into the church but, really, this is irrelevant. If Nadia stood up one Sunday and started preaching about the sinfulness of humanity and the need for repentance, I imagine that the vast majority of the congregation would get up and leave. It doesn't matter how many people go to your church. What matters is how many people within your church are true, devoted followers of Jesus Christ. There is this idea out there that everyone who says the sinners’ prayer will be saved. I fell for it when I was young, and hundreds of thousands of people fall for it each year. Folks who don’t recognize their depravity or fail to truly understand their need for a savior say a prayer and go on with their lives. Where is the transformation? When someone is saved their old self is crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and they become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Either someone is a slave to Jesus or they are a slave of their own desires and sin; it's as simple as that (Romans 6:22). I encourage everyone to examine themselves in light of God's word as Paul calls us to do (2 Corinthians 13:5) and ask if they have really been completely transformed by Jesus Christ (do you read your bible often?; do you love God more than your hobbies & friends?; do you pass the tests of 1 John and bear the fruit outlined in Galatians 5?...ect.)
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