Reformed Baptist Fellowship

I Want To Believe

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on June 23, 2011 at 6:49 am

In aliens.

There, I said it. I want to believe in Aliens. I really do. I was asked at a recent conference for my thoughts on Alien life and now I will give it. The Bible clearly speaks to us about Aliens. You know that, don’t you? Don’t ever doubt it. It’s right there in black and white. 1 Peter 2:11 says, “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

If you are a Christian you are an Alien. At least you are supposed to be. An alien is a sojourner, a pilgrim, a stranger. It is someone who is not at home, a traveler, one on a journey. They live out of suitcases. They have a hard time with the language and the customs of the country they are traveling through. They stand out. They are different, distinct.

My faith in Alien life, however has become severely shaken. I’m not sure I believe in Aliens anymore. I see many who are supposed to be Aliens getting rid of the suitcase and buying property. I see Aliens fitting in. I see many who are supposed to be strange and peculiar being quite ordinary. How comfortable are we here? In a God dishonoring, sin saturated society? Do you feel as though you are under assault? As though a war were being waged against your soul? Or do you feel safe, happy, and secure? How much do you long for heaven? How much do you desire to depart?

Pastor Gardiner Spring in his book, The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character, said this,

“The spirit of the world is incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel. It is the spirit of pride and not of humility; of self-indulgence rather than self-denial. Riches, honors, and pleasure form the grand object of pursuit with men of the world…Indifferent to everything but that which is calculated to gratify the carnal mind, they lift up their souls unto vanity and pant after the dust of the earth. Their thoughts and their affections are chained down to the things of time and sense. And in these they seem irrecoverably immersed. They seldom think but they think of the world; they seldom converse but they converse of the world. The world is the cause of their perplexity and the source of their enjoyment…The disciple of Jesus, as he has nobler affections than the worldling, has a higher object and more elevated joys. While the wise man glories in his wisdom, the mighty man glories in his might, and the rich man glories in his riches, it is the Christian’s privilege to glory in nothing save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto him and he unto the world. The character and cause of the blessed Redeemer lie so near to his heart that in comparison with these everything else vanishes into nothing. He views the world by the eyes of faith and light of that reflects its intrinsic importance–the light of eternity. There the world shrinks to a point and the fashion of it passeth away.”

That sounds like an Alien to me. That’s what I want to be. Care to join me?

Jim Savastio, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville
  1. I agree completely. But I also want Christians to remember that we are duel citizens. We do have a stake in this world and are not called out of the world but called to engage and contribute to the earthly kingdom, even as we live by the rules of God’s kingdom. I have a very Jeremiah 29:4-7 view of our place in society. We are aliens, but aliens who are supposed to assimilate insofar as we can do so while remaining totally obedient to our King.

  2. Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

    Pastor Jim’s point seems to be that any objective observer of the disciples of Jesus (in every generation) would conclude that these were clearly passing through. Their eyes were set on their homeland. True, while here they seek to do good, to benefit their neighbors, etc. but their affections and ultimate goal is homeward; and home isn’t here.

    Furthermore as aliens these new creatures in Christ are not to conform to the alien culture which they are but transiently among. The point of our temporal continuance here is to be conspicuously from another city whose builder and maker is God.

  3. Great post, Pastor Jim. Excellent and needed reminder.

    What do you Pastor and those here think of the current teaching / emphasis on the Two Kingdoms?

    Pat Quick / Sovereign Grace Baptist church Ontario Calif.

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