Dear Pope Francis, I’m proud, not ashamed of Christ. SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE PROUD OF JESUS?
We are a small group of believers seeking your guidance and the leadership of PROUD OF JESUS Movement for PRIDE IN CHRIST! – For 2000 years, Church leaders always reminded the believers not to be ashamed of Christ ( Mark 8 :38 ) but were reluctant to express their PRIDE IN CHRIST in public because of the centuries-old Christian belief that PRIDE is always sinful. This raises a critical question: Is it sinful for the believers to express their PRIDE IN CHRIST in public?
Should believers be PROUD of Jesus and His Gospel?
Can anyone claim to be a believer without being PROUD OF JESUS and His Gospel?
PRIDE is holy and is not sinful as long as we ultimately acknowledge GOD in our boasting for what He has accomplished for us and through us. – Paul speaks of healthy PRIDE we should have in ourselves and others (2 Cor 5:12; 7:4; 8:24; Gal 6:4) – Saint Paul said, “Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God” ( “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”- 1Corinthians 1:31 )
LEGACY OF POPE FRANCIS
– Pope Francis will most likely be remembered as the first POPE who awakened the believers with PRIDE IN CHRIST and reversed the centuries-old Christian belief that “PRIDE is always sinful”. – Pope Francis will be remembered for reminding the believers to express their PRIDE IN CHRIST in public places. And most importantly, Pope Francis will be remembered for gaining the global recognition of PRIDE IN CHRIST as the ultimate Christian boast to bring glory to Christ in a much more meaningful way. Galatians 6:14 – Revelation 5:12
Let the one who Boast, Boast in the Lord! – 1 Corinthians 1:31
The believers should express their PRIDE IN CHRIST in public because..
- because Glory to Christ is not possible without PRIDE IN CHRIST.
- because the centuries-old Christian belief that PRIDE is always sinful will be reversed.
- And most importantly, because churches will begin reminding the believers to be PROUD OF JESUS and His Gospel.
“PROUD OF JESUS” publications to awaken the believers with PRIDE IN CHRIST.
“PROUD OF JESUS” related publications authored by the world’s most admired church leaders will soon be made available for public view online in multiple languages to awaken the Christian world with the immense Biblical significance of PRIDE IN CHRIST in a much more meaningful way.
Where did pride come from?
Webster describes pride as “a noble self-esteem springing from a consciousness of worth.” There is a reason we have this consciousness—God made us in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27)! And we know that as redeemed saints, we are all children of God, heirs to His glory forever.
Our worth is found in God, which is why Paul spoke on multiple occasions of his “boasting” in Christ. Galatians 6:1-4 speaks of a proper pride—that which comes from a serving heart, a Spirit-filled life, a humble walk, and a commitment to carrying one’s own load.
The problem is that Satan has twisted our sense of worth. When we fall for his deceptions, we end up with self-pride, neglecting to consider the source of our “glory.” We get the idea in our heads that we are great, or worthy, or sufficient, or admirable … apart from God. When pride becomes self-focused, self-promoting, self-indulging, it becomes the root of our sinful rebellion.
As it did with Lucifer, selfish pride leads us to try to take God’s rightful position, so that we end up determining our own truth and glorifying our own decisions. Everything becomes about “me.” My ambition. My perspective. My rights. My opinions. My feelings.
Here’s an irony: We’ve all been around prideful people … and are we proud of them? Certainly not! They are spoiled, arrogant, and self-exalting. We typically run from such people. Like a rotten apple, they tend to spoil that which touches them.
Where did selfish pride begin?In the Bible we see some “positive pride” being expressed, although that specific word isn’t used. In many of his epistles, Paul commends churches and individuals, seeming to gloat on the positive choices they made or their ability to stand firm under persecution. God Himself even said He was pleased with (proud of) Jesus Christ on two occasions—at Jesus’ baptism and at His transfiguration (Matthew 3:17; 17:5).Genesis 3 tells the story of how we human beings fell into destructive pride. Adam and Eve were being trained to function as caretakers of creation, the privileged sons and daughters of God’s eternal kingdom. Rather than embrace their exalted position, submitted under God (Psalm 8:1-8), they embraced selfishness and turned away from God. Quite literally, pride came before the fall (Proverbs 16:18)!
PRIDE with Humility restores the fullness of life!
In response to Adam and Eve’s arrogant rebellion, God doled out the necessary judgment. There were consequences, which would unfold over time. However, God opened a merciful door when He gave Adam and Eve the hope of salvation and restoration. Since that moment, God continues resisting those who proudly defy Him, but He freely gives “grace to the humble” (Isaiah 57:15; Micah 6:8; 1 Peter 3:8; 5:5-7, 12b; James 4:7-10).
Humility is the path to the honor and greatness humanity was created to embody. It is the only way to be restored to our rightful place in the created order, and to recover our sense of “good pride” in what God designed us to be. It is the way secured for us by Jesus’ humble sacrifice, giving His life to pay the penalty for and break the power of our sinful pride (Philippians 2:1-11).
Did Jesus ever speak in English against “PRIDE” or PROUD”?
“God has strange ways to accomplish something. His timing, His purpose, and the people He chooses to accomplish something is beyond human comprehension!”
Love doesn’t necessarily breed Pride but Pride breeds love!