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Non-Maturing Christians Possible

Is there such a thing as a non-maturing christian?

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A famous, peace-loving, black boxer once said something like: if you believe the same things at 40 as you did at 14 you have wasted your life.
---frances008 on 5/29/08


They are everywhere...there are those that have been saved for fifty years and still as baby and immature as they come.
---melanie on 5/29/08


Unfortunately, the 21st-century church is full of non-maturing (carnal) believers. However, it's not that a carnal believer cannot grow, but rather he or she is carnal because he or she ISN'T growing! The Apostle Paul would not make the distinctions between natural (non-believers), carnal (infants in Christ), and spiritual (mature or seasoned believers) in 1 Corinthians if natural and carnal individuals cannot become spiritual.
---Nadine on 5/29/08


Some people think that it means the years of service, but it could also being complacent. Not willing to make disciples on behalf of Jesus Christ, not being friendly with someone from a different church or receiving the word b/c of the genre of music.
---Senya on 5/28/08


Absolutely. A carnal Christian cannot grow. Only a spiritual Christian can grow and mature according to God's will.
---Cross-Bearer on 5/28/08




#1 Pastors should not be held totally responsible for the spiritual growth of their congregation. There is an old saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Each believer must take some responsiblility for their own spiritual growth by being honest about the time they spend in the Word of God - our spiritual food. I dare say that there are many 10, 20, 30 even 40 year old babes in Christ sitting in the pews each Sunday.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08


#2 God's children must have a hunger for the Word or they will starve their New Man. Just as in the natural, when you eat you grow and when you don't you starve.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08


1 Corinthians 3:2 babes in Christ, "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able."

One thing I get from this verse is that while it's good for new Christians to get the fundamentals, eventually we should get into the "meat" of the Word. More complex scriptures and teachings of the Bible.
So if a pastor just gives milk week after week and never any substantial meat, we might become non-maturing Christians.
---Todd1 on 5/28/08


When the Lord brings the Christian to their full spiritual stature, maturity, adulthood, the eyes of our heart are open to understand the call to adult son/daughtership. The completeness of the personality of Christ is more meaningful than yourself.

God wants us to have more than head knowledge, He wants our hearts.
God calls us to maturity, to walk in the fullness of God in this life.
---Rachel on 5/28/08


Some Christians are no different than anybody else. Some people grow up into adulthood and mature some don't. Mark 4:17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary, then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
---denna7667 on 9/10/07




mikeM - if this is what you are seeing it is bc you are looking through your own lens. I see people struggling to make sense out of their lives, the word of God and their fellow man.

Step out of yourself and put on Jesus Christ - begin to see through His eyes and though you were blind you shall yet see.
Stop fighting your God
---Andrea on 9/8/07


This is another big reason I am not fundamentalist. Once people become fundamentalist, they stop thinking, even declaring thinking a sin, I have seen it here. This they pick up from Pauls description of the natural (carnal) man. They see the mind as evil, thus dont confuse me with facts, my mind is made up. The ones I know are forever in first grade, nursing their past emotional hurts-forever. This renders them cannon fodder to autocratic men.
---MikeM on 8/25/07


Susie:

I feel sorry for those whose say "My mind is made up - don't confuse me with the facts".

I much prefer a Berean attitude:
Acts 17:10-11:
"10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews"
"11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so"
---Mark on 8/25/07


Mark...Many of these questions are asked by the same persons, just using different names. Some have isolated themselves inside their homes with the thought that they are prophets and that they shouldn't listen to anyone. They are babies who are being deceived by Satan. They want to discuss their own agendas in here rather than discuss what the Bible actually says.
---Susie on 8/24/07


Jack:

All that means is that there are constantly babies here. It does not say that they are the SAME babies. Someone might make the same comment by visiting any elementary school year after year: The faces change, the diapers remain the same.
---Mark on 8/23/07


so years ago I was a baby christian. today i often surprise myself with how much growth I've had.

About that time I fall head long into some silly doctrinal - doubt producing - anger stirring - and here we go again.
Its like God wants me to remember that I cannot go a single day without remembering where I started.

I go back to the cross - where it all began and I walk away in dispair only to find that Christ had the whole thing planned and I'd need to rely on Him once again!
---Andrea on 8/23/07


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Non-Maturing Christians is a huge problem. After some 35 years of intense Christian study I still find myself very short in overall knowledge. I believe our immaturity is caused by our own blindness to the Scriptures. I do believe that prayer, intense, Ernest, soul-searching prayer is the way to growth.
---Mima on 8/23/07


I totally agree! Great answer.
---Marcia on 8/22/07


Yes, read 1 Corinthians 3 & Hebrews 5:12-14.
---Leon on 8/22/07


I believe that some christians can be non-maturing. It depends on if they pray enough or read the Bible enough. Thats why it is important to pray about what church to be a member at because the church your at can also help stop your growth.
---Monica on 8/22/07


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Well--think a minute...

Why do you see the SAME QUESTIONS brought up here time and again?

What does this suggest to you about maturity levels?

You can't say they're "always learning" if they keep asking the same questions, now can you?
---Jack on 8/22/07


Yes! Carnal Christians, Lukewarm Christians, and Leagelist Christians are all non-mature Christians because they were the ground were the seed was planted and the root was established but the thorns choked it and the sun scorched it and its growth was stunted.
---Marcia on 8/22/07


I believe the vast majority of the church today are apostrate.they are described in scripture as lovers of all kinds of wordly things and hearing only the things they wish to hear that don,t bring repentence for their choices and actions.
---tom2 on 8/21/07


2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,
---Rachel on 8/21/07


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5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
---Rachel on 8/21/07


7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
---Rachel on 8/21/07


7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

These are the Christians that repeat their first year as a Christian, over and over.
Always learning, reading information about Christianity but never moving beyond the first year. Some may never move beyond their initial commitment to the Lord, but be content to rest there.
---Rachel on 8/21/07


A non-maturing Christian will have more focus on self than others.

Jesus Christ has unbelievable compassion for those who are suffering. A mature Christian will have a heart of compassion for others, too.
Jesus Christ is complete, He is the completeness of all things.
If a person has the fullness of Christ, there is no sense of needing anything else in this world.
---Rachel on 8/21/07


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