Hey, Shia’can I call you Shia?

You don’t know me and you’ve probably never heard of our blog here, but given your recent statements about converting to Christianity, I wanted to offer you some counsel. There are and will be many more who doubt your professed conversion to Christianity. I have my own opinions but I will gladly admit that’in the final analysis’I don’t know your heart. There are many who will read the interview in which you talk about your conversion to Christianity and doubt the veracity of your testimony based on the fact that you use strong profanity throughout it. Well, I don’t think your justification rests upon whether or not you use profanity, but your sanctification surely does (I’ll get to that in a moment). I am writing this open letter to you under the assumption that Jesus Christ has saved you unto Himself and’if I’m wrong’then no harm, no foul. Saved or not, I pray this counsel helps you as you take it to heart.

1.) Find a good local church.

There’s a wealth of churches out there. I don’t live in Southern California, but I can only assume that it’like everywhere else’contains its fair share of good churches and bad ones. By good churches I mean churches that preach and stand upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ and practice exposition of the inspired, inerrant Biblical text. By bad churches, I mean every other church. If you have been truly born again by the Spirit of God and confess Jesus Christ as Savior of your soul, Lord of your life, and King of this universe, then you should have in you right now a desire to know more about Christ. As Jesus said, if you love Me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15). This means simply that’those of us who truly love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will obey Him. This, however, doesn’t mean that we will live perfect lives and not ever have to be concerned about any indwelling sin (1 John 1:8). This brings us to one major reason why you need to seek out a Bible-believing and Bible-preaching church: sanctification. You need to be involved in a local body of believers covenanted together for a singular purpose: to glorify God in every area of life (1 Corinthians 10:31). You need discipleship lead by godly elders who have been charged with shepherding your soul (1 Peter 5:1-3). You need fellowship with like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ (Hebrews 10:25) with whom you may have nothing else in common but the blood of Jesus Christ. That is enough. That is more than enough.

2.) Get baptized.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are to be baptized (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is one way that you testify to those in the Church (the local church and the universal Church) that you have died along with Jesus Christ and have risen again along with Jesus Christ. If you are truly a Christian, this means that you died the same death that Christ died and it also means that you were raised to new life through Christ’s resurrection (Romans 6:10-11). This is the Gospel. By getting baptized, you are obeying Jesus Christ and proclaiming His death’which is your death’and His resurrection’which is your new life. Let’s say you find a good elder-lead local church and get baptized. What’s next?

3.) Drink the pure milk of the word of God.

When a baby is born, his/her first desire is for the mother’s pure milk. In the same way, when a soul is regenerated by Jesus Christ, when a heart of stone is replaced with a new heart of flesh, this new creation in Christ will desire the pure milk of God’s word (1 Peter 2:2). Through reading the word of God every day, you will grow and mature into the man Christ has called and equipped you to be (Hebrews 6:1). Read the word, pray over the word, discuss the word with your covenant community, joyfully listen to the word preached, and share the word with others who desperately need to hear about Jesus Christ and how He is mighty to save sinners.

3.) Act for the glory of God.

I believe God has blessed you with an immense talent to act. You were made to worship God’as we all are. Many people suppress the knowledge that they were made by an all-powerful God and live out their entire lives in that suppression of the truth (Romans 1:18-20). If you have been saved and set apart by God, then you are now free to worship Him through the talents He has given you. An unfortunate stripe of fundamentalism has taken hold within the Church that proclaims the film/TV/theatre industry as inherently sinful and wicked. This is not true. The arts are a gift from God. Our God is a creative God; just read Genesis 1-2 if you doubt this. God gifts us with creativity and desires us to use this creativity in pursuits that honor and glorify Christ. So, don’t think you have to leave the film industry when you become a Christian. Definitely don’t think you have to now star in pseudo-Christian schlock like Left Behind or God Is Not Dead. Make God-glorifying art that points to the beauty of Christ and reflects the truths of Scripture.

In other words, make good art.

And that Shia – is all you need to get started on your new found journey in the Christian faith. Find a good church, get baptized and then continue doing what you do best for the building of Christ’s Kingdom.

Welcome to the Covenant.

15 comments
muchets00
muchets00

This is why non believers are scared to convert man...if the Holy Spirit can touch his life im sure he will guide him through the next steps of his journey. Christians we need to stop with the whole do this and don't do this business. Share God's love and let Him go to work

Psk6565
Psk6565

@muchets00 Share God's love, are you trying to tell us how what to do?


Give me a break.

TylerDaltonMcNabb
TylerDaltonMcNabb

Since when did using culturally unacceptable words become a test of salvation (the sanctification aspect)? I think it is interesting that Paul seems to use certain strong language that you might condemn. Regardless, I think what Scripture has in mind about language is language that doesn't respect God's creation and insults our fellow man should be avoided. Nonetheless, I think the reformed community should utilize the principle of charity and credulity a lot more.

RyanDickey
RyanDickey

That mean you lose your salvation if you wreck it on purpose?

Hasn't Jesus already judged? Done and over with already? He died on the cross.

asbailey
asbailey

I am greatful you posted this letter.  I was one of those people who read part of the interview and doubted his conversion.  Your letter reminded me that we are to be loving and helpful.  Thank you for caring enough to write and post such a wonderfully written open letter.  I pray it reaches many people, including it's intended recipient.

RyanDickey
RyanDickey

I don't disagree with most of what you had to say but I do disagree with the fact that you had to say it at all.  Everyone has their convictions and should be shared if asked. I am sure Mr Labeouf has people in his life that God will place and will receive whatever seed is best for him in his life at that time.


I think Hollywood actor have enough crap from everyone to add more judgement about his choices, movies, cussing, drinking, or whatever.  Jesus didn't shame or judge believers, "Go and sin no more" What is sin? Doing bad things? Not at all. It just means "Missing the mark" Everyone is missing the mark, missing a chance to love another. Maybe we should just Love him, tell him God loves you! You are awesome actor! I dont think you are a bad actor and God is your best cheer leader in all you do!

We should pray for all, not only actors, God you are great and I know you work in ways beyond my understanding but I love this person so much and I pray that you will place the right people in his life to lead him to being a greater person. I have been praying for Brad Pitt for years and I rest knowing God hears my prayers and Mr Pitt is fine and someday I will meet him in Heaven. 

Mr Labeouf, I doubt you spend your days reading stuff on the internet about you LOL but your are awesome, Jesus got your back bro! Keep on trucking!

Psk6565
Psk6565

@RyanDickey "I am sure Mr Labeouf has people in his life that God will place and will receive whatever seed is best for him in his life at that time."


"Mr Labeouf...Jesus got your back bro! Keep on trucking!"


You don't see the irrationality of what you said? You get down on Shane for what he did and attempted to do what he just did. 



RussellDouglas
RussellDouglas

@RyanDickey The great commission doesn't command believers to walk around and wait for people to ask for their Christian convictions before the gospel is preached. We are commanded to spread the good news of what has been accomplished by Christ and to "teach them to obey all Christ has commanded in scripture." This happens naturally via relationships with all of us, but in some cases the gospel is preached through a blog format, maybe a street preacher, or a short term mission trip resulting in genuine conversion. There is no rule regarding the format of exactly how we share the good news. We are simply commanded to go out to all the nations and share the incredible message that God has descended to man and humbled himself to save us!


This blog is a great follow up to the claims Shia made publicly. It graciously approaches the situation and gently explains what the implications are of having new life in Christ. New believers often need encouragement and direction and I don't see this open letter as anything other than that.


I hope Shia ends up reading this and that he does get plugged into a community of faith where he is fed the gospel regularly, is encouraged to be baptized, and begins partaking of the Lords supper and the benefits that come with the means of grace and a growing knowledge of such an incredible savior.

AmericanSamaritan
AmericanSamaritan

@RyanDickey

John 5:19-23
   19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

   
  Hey Ryan, just wanted to point out that from that last little section their in John 5:22 that Jesus does have the authority to judge.

  Also I think I see what you are trying to say. One of my good friends explained this to me best; it may be helpful to you and others as well so here it is:

    God's salvation is sort of like insurance on a VERY nice car; all of which have been paid for in full by Jesus for those who choose to believe on him and him alone. Now knowing that you're driving around this expensive car that's fully covered do you purposely go and wreck it? No, of course not, who would do such a thing? (Roman 6:1-5)

    Congratulations by the way Shai!   

RyanDickey
RyanDickey

That mean you lose your salvation if you wreck it on purpose?

Hasn't judgement been already been done by Jesus?

AmericanSamaritan
AmericanSamaritan

@RyanDickey


Hebrews 10:26

   "26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left."

1 John 1:6-10

 "If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."

Revelation 2:5

 "5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent."

    
    Ryan, it doesn't look too good for any of us if we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning  knowing full well the truth that is in Christ (Hebrews 10:26). These are great questions, and whenever I have questions of my own like these I go straight to my bible; its the solution manual. I'm sure there are more places throughout the bible that address these questions as well. However; hope may be found in [1 John 1:9] & [Revelation 2:5] perhaps.

   As too your second question, yes but perhaps there is still more to come, (Revelation 20:11-15). I mean Jesus died in our place, we were all found guilty, he did not just die for only a few particular people; he died for everyone right?   

   And the bible has so much to share and offer, but it also reminds of something:

2 Corinthians 3:5-6
     "5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life."



RyanDickey
RyanDickey

@AmericanSamaritan @RyanDickey Still didn't answer my questions. Also things in the Bible are addressed to the believer and the non believer. Once I choose to walk in the light of Jesus's love, it dosnt matter what I do! 


So again, can you lose your salvation if you sin on purpose or even on accident?

BrittniS
BrittniS

@RyanDickey @AmericanSamaritan If a person can lose their salvation based on something they did, how can they be saved in the first place? People can't earn salvation. It's a free gift from Christ. 

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