The Central Idea of Christianity

There can only be one core concept in which all of Christianity is called to cherish, and expend her energy and resources on.  We need to take hold of God’s promise for His bride.

Jesus pointed at the central idea in this passage:

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,

than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

And they were astonished out of measure,

saying among themselves,

Who then can be saved?

And Jesus looking upon them saith,

With men it is impossible, but not with God:

for with God all things are possible.

Then Peter began to say unto him,

Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you,

There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters,

or father, or mother, or wife, or children,

or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time,

houses, and brethren, and sisters,

and mothers, and children, and lands,

with persecutions;

and in the world to come eternal life.

But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

~ Mark 10:25-31

Over the course of history, Christianity has consistently demonstrated a persistent trend away from its central idea.
My life as a believer also reflects this bias. It stems from internalized and expressed sin.
When I first got saved, I loved what God did for me from the bottom of my heart.
As time went by, I continued to try and love him like that, but I lost my way.

We love God because he first loved us.

~ 1 John 4:19

Like the church, I forgot my first love.
If we forget the depth and beauty of God’s salvation in us, the desire to follow Him seeps out of our soul and the vision He has for us fades from view.

This happened to me these last 27 years. It is common to everyone who fails to continue growing according to His precious promises in love.


I have somewhat against thee,

because thou hast left thy first love.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen,

and repent, and do the first works;

or else I will come unto thee quickly,

and will remove thy candlestick out of his place,

except thou repent.

~ Revelation 2:4-5.

God has been recently reminding me of the need to return to my first love. He gently leads us back if we listen.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:

on them which fell, severity;

but toward thee, goodness,

if thou continue in his goodness:

otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

~ Romans 11:22.

I hope you see the high level of importance of this command for which disobedience will cause us to be cut off from God and subject to His righteous judgement and wrath.

God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He reminds us of this in the last book of the O.T.

For I am the LORD, I change not;

therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

~ Malachi 3:6.

As well as the N.T.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday,

and to day, and for ever.

~ Hebrews 13:8

God wants us to come back to the original plan He intended for us. This becomes possible when we remember our first love, continue in Christ, and walk according to His commands as revealed by the Holy Spirit and the whole counsel of scripture.

We were intended to be the apex of His creation:

And God said,

Let us make man in our image,

after our likeness:

and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,

and over all the earth,

and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God created he him;

male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:

and have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And God said,

Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed,

which is upon the face of all the earth,

and every tree,

in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;

to you it shall be for meat.

And to every beast of the earth,

and to every fowl of the air,

and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

wherein there is life,

I have given every green herb for meat:

and it was so.

And God saw every thing that he had made,

and, behold, it was very good.

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

~ Genesis 1:26-2:1.

When God finished creating us, he gave us a purpose and all the tools we needed. All we had to do was obey. This ability we possessed before the fall. He offers it once again regenerated in Him.

Everything in this vast and immeasurable time/space continuum was designed for creation to serve and fellowship with Him.

We lost our way and fellowship with God in the fall because of sin. The church has also lost its way and its fellowship with God because it has lost vision of the central idea of Christianity. This is also because of sin.

Let me explain:

The beginning of our salvation through complete and sincere repentance (turning away from all sin), victory over sin;

We have faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit sets us on course.

But this is only the beginning of our journey. We must continue growing in Christ as He said and the apostles enumerated.

Turning from sin and following Christ is not the central idea of Christianity. It is the ever important foundation on which our purpose is built.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,

let us go on unto perfection;

not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,

and of faith toward God, 

of the doctrine of baptisms,

and of laying on of hands,

and of resurrection of the dead,

and of eternal judgment.

~ Hebrews 6:1-3

The central idea of Christianity is this: Perfect love in holiness and sanctification.

Here are the proofs:

And you, that were sometime alienated

and enemies in your mind by wicked works,

yet now hath he reconciled 

in the body of his flesh through death,

to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 

if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,

and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,

which ye have heard,

and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;

whereof I Paul am made a minister; 

who now rejoice in my sufferings for you,

and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ

in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 

whereof I am made a minister,

according to the dispensation of God

which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 

even the mystery which hath been hid from ages

and from generations,

but now is made manifest to his saints: 

to whom God would make known

what is the riches of the glory

of this mystery among the Gentiles;

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 

whom we preach, warning every man,

and teaching every man in all wisdom;

that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 

whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working,

which worketh in me mightily.

~ Colossians 1:21-29

Paul says his grand design and sole purpose as an apostle was to present the church unblameable and perfect in Christ void of wicked works.

His purpose was not to build Christians who continue to sin, ignoring the covenant with Christ via our prayer of repentance and faith. God said to us,

Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

~ Matthew 5:48


For I am the Lord your God:

ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves,

and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:

neither shall ye defile yourselves (sin)

with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 

For I am the Lord that bringeth you up

out of the land of Egypt, to be your God:

ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

~ Leviticus 11:44-45


The Apostle said,

I speak after the manner of men

because of the infirmity of your flesh:

for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness

and to iniquity unto iniquity;

even so now

yield your members servants to righteousness

unto holiness.

~ Romans 6:19


. . . and more supporting scriptures:

And she shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.

~ Matthew 1:21


Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:

for they shall be filled. 

Blessed are the merciful:

for they shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

~ Matthew 5:6-8


Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

~ Matthew 5:48


that he would grant unto us,

that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies

might serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness before him,

all the days of our life.

~ Luke 1:74-75


And now come I to thee;

and these things I speak in the world,

that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 

I have given them thy word;

and the world hath hated them,

because they are not of the world,

even as I am not of the world. 

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,

but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 

They are not of the world,

even as I am not of the world. 

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

As thou hast sent me into the world,

even so have I also sent them into the world. 

And for their sakes I sanctify myself,

that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

John 17:13-19


And herein do I exercise myself,

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,

and toward men.

~ Acts 24:16


But now being made free from sin,

and become servants to God,

ye have your fruit unto holiness,

and the end everlasting life.

~ Romans 6:22


I beseech you therefore,

brethren, by the mercies of God,

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,


acceptable unto God,

which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world:

but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

that ye may prove what is that good,

and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

~ Romans 12:1


But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,

that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 

We are troubled on every side,

yet not distressed;

we are perplexed, but not in despair; 

persecuted, but not forsaken;

cast down, but not destroyed; 

always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,

that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake,

that the life also of Jesus

might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-12


Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Receive us;

we have wronged no man,

we have corrupted no man,

we have defrauded no man.

~ 2 Corinthians 7:1-2


The Apostles proclaim living in perfect love and holiness, and teaches us that this is the expected norm for all believers.

We could go on and read: Gal. 2:17; Eph. 1:4; 4:10, 11; 5:25; Col. 1:22; 1 Thes. 2:12, 3:13; 4:3, 7; 5:23; 2 Tim. 3:16, 19-22; Heb. 6:1; 12:14; 1 Pet 1:15, 16; 2:24; 4:1; 2 Pet. 3:11-14; 1 Jn. 1:6, 7; 2:1; 3:9, 10; 5:4; Jude 24.

There are so many more scripture that speak of the sanctification of the saints as the core or central idea of Christianity.

They serve as undeniable proofs that living a holy life free from the power, reign, and influence sin is God’s purpose for us.

Search your heart to see if it is congruent with the message listed above. If it is not, even after you have repented and you are not sinning, then something else is missing. You have not yet been perfected in love.

The purpose of pastors and the church is for, “the perfecting of the saints unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Unfortunately a great deal of Christianity in America today are unaware or neglect God’s central idea for Christianity. We are commanded to move on to perfection in Christ in this life. How else can we love and serve others as He served us?

We will not strive above our highest biblical standard, which is perfection. This is the Father’s expectation; Jesus’ command, and the apostles teaching; to be in perfect harmony with our Lord.

Consecrate your life to Him. He can perfect you in love; for only this love covers a multitude of sins and casts out all fear which sin and guilt bring.