This week we are going to focus on the third type of Christian that the wrong view of the cross produces and that is: The Happy Martyr.
The Happy Martyr is a mixture of the Happy Christian and the Martyr Christian. How much of a mixture depends on how far they are on the continuum between the two extremes. Let me illustrate this with a diagram.
On this diagram number 1 is pure Martyr, and 10 is pure Happy Christian. The twos, threes, and fours are not pure Martyr, but tend to view life more from the Martyr’s eyes. When unpleasant things happen, these people are more inclined to say, “This is the cross that I must bear” than they are to say “I rebuke that demon in the name of Jesus,” which is what the sevens, eights, and nines would be more inclined to say. You also have the fives and sixes who can go both ways but usually express it differently. When they view things as the Martyr, they say, “The Lord never puts on you more than you can bear.”: When they take the perspective of the Happy Christian, they say, “You know the devil sure is busy!”
Needless to say, the Happy-Martyr Christian cannot fully experience the power of God on a daily basis for the same reason his two predecessors can’t: They do not fully understand what it means to take up their cross daily and lose their lives for Christ’s sake (see Luke 9:23&24).
Next week I will illustrate the problem of each ones focus even further by showing how each would interpret (1 John 5:14, 15) which says:
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
In the mean-time, think about what I have just shared and ask yourself which, if any, of the 3 types of Christians describes you.
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