Cafeteria Christian is a new term to me, it is another term for Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. An extensive survey among American teens who professed to be Christians was conducted 10 years ago. A majority of the participants said they like the Bible but could not recall a verse or anything from it. They also think Jesus is a great guy but they knew little to nothing about the Cross or the purpose of Christ's death and resurrection. Their basic beliefs are:
A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and most world religions.
The central goal in life is to to be happy and feel good about oneself.
God does not need to be particularly involved in one' life, except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
Good people go to heaven when they die.
I see many adults with the same beliefs, much of what the teens listed as their beliefs parallel many of the mega churches in America. What a watered down God, no Savior, and inwardly focused list.
We are to love and serve the Lord and others. Our focus is on the God and His glory as well as the Cross and the debt paid by Christ Jesus. The only inward focus should be searching our heart for sin so we may repent.
The Bible tells us:
I Cor 8:5-6 If after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.
Matt 18:14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.
John 13: 34 “I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
Phil 1:6 For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
Rom 3:21-24 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (although it is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed— namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
I pray for those preaching this type of message to repent and return their focus to God, the Cross, and the Bible.
Remember Ladies: It is not about me, it is about Him.