Meet the Samericans

It is recorded that Jesus had an encounter with a woman who was part of a group of people who were called Samaritans.  At this encounter the woman complained that the Jews said they had to worship in Jerusalem because they worship the Lord on a mountain.  Jesus did not bring into doubt her worshiping of the Lord.  In fact He said a time would come when both Jews and Samaritans would worship in neither place.  Jesus did not question her worship, but confessed they worship what they do not know.

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.[1]

The Samaritans are gone so we can never meet one, but their spirit is alive and well.  I would like to introduce you to a group of people who worship what they do not know.  I would like to introduce you to the Samericans.

Let me describe them to you.

Samericans believe that the New Testament gospel is different than the Old Testament gospel, even though the New Testament teaches that our gospel is the very one that was preached at Mt. Sinai.  (Heb 4:2)

Samericans believe that Jesus came so we could be credited righteousness, even though the New Testament teaches that credited righteousness came in the covenant with Abraham.  (Rom 4:11)

Samericans believe that the Old Testament is inconsequential while the New Testament teaches believers are grafted into the righteousness that was credited to Abraham in the Old Testament.  Rom (3:23-24)

Samericans believe that God calls things that are not as if they were, but deny this reality spoken of in our New Testament when they deny they have a hope of salvation by insisting God spoke it as it really is when scripture says we are saved.  (Rom 4:17)

Samericans believe they have faith they are saved, when faith is hoping for what we do not have.  Their faith gives them salvation they would say, while the New Testament says our faith is hoping for the salvation we do not have.  (Heb 11:1)

Samericans explain the hope of salvation away by saying there are three tenses of salvation past, present and future, when Paul taught we do not hope for what we have.  And if we do not have it we wait for it patiently.  (Rom 8:24-25)

Samericans believe they are the children of Abraham because they got saved, while the New Testament teaches we are the children of Abraham if we walk in the same steps of faith of Abraham who hoped against all hope in the promises of God, because he never recieved them.  (Rom 4:16,18)

Samericans believe that if we are unfaithful Jesus will remain faithful to them because He can not disown Himself, when the reality is He will be faithful to His word and punish the wicked like He did Israel.  (2 Tim 2:11-13)

Samericans believe ecumenical sermons that deal with relationships, God’s blessings and being a better person is the gospel.

Samericans are the type of people who will deny they worship what they do not know, yet will not have ears to hear or eyes to see what scripture teaches us.  They will be to lazy to study scripture for themselves, preferring to quote other men’s opinions on the matter.

Samericans are like people who repeatedly look in the mirror of God’s word and immediately forget what they look like when they turn away to worship what they do not know.

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.[2]

What are Samericans liken to?  To whom can we compare them, when they worship but ignore the word of God, worshiping what they do not know?  To whom are their hearts fond, that of God’s word or man’s teaching.

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'”[3]

Do you know any?

[1] John 4:20-22

[2] James 1:23-24

[3] Matthew 15:8-9