Are you a DWIW Christian? To answer that question, you must understand what a DWIW Christian is. The DWIW Christian often attends church regularly. They may even be well-versed in the Bible. You may see them rushing about doing good deeds and even serving within the Church.
The DWIW Christian may raise their hands in worship, bow their head in prayer and perhaps even shed a few tears down at the altar, usually when they are certain they have an audience or when everyone else is doing that. The DWIW Christian loves to blend in with the crowd, whether it is with followers of Christ or followers of the world. It doesn't matter. They are like a chameleon. They take being like the crowd you are with very seriously.
The DWIW Christian does not like to talk about counting the cost. They do not wish to discuss sacrifice or obedience. They only wish to talk about material blessings. Their attitude toward Christianity is not one of repentance and godly sorrow; it is one of "What do I get out of this if I decide respond to God?" Deep in their heart, they believe they are doing God some sort of favor by professing to follow Christ rather than understanding that they are the unworthy recipients of God's love, mercy and grace.
So what does "DWIW" stand for? I first heard this acronym yesterday morning in a message my pastor preached. It stands for the "Do What I Want" Christian.
In Luke 9, we discover what Jesus has to say about the DWIW Christian. The first man expresses a desire to follow Jesus. Instead of telling the man to follow Him, Jesus responds by saying, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58 (NIV)) We have no record of the man's response. I can only say that on previous occasions the Bible specifically mentions that so-and-so began to follow Jesus. Since it does not do so in this instance, it is reasonable to assume that when confronted with the cost of discipleship... the man did not.
The second man desires to go home and bury his father first. This may sound like a reasonable request until you understand that the man's father was probably still living. Burials took place quickly in the Middle East in that day and in that climate for obvious reasons. If the father would have really been on his death bed, the son would not be out and about. He would either be at or be rushing to his father's side. In all likelihood, the man was saying that he was not willing to follow Jesus as long as his father was living. Even today in the Middle East, it is the cultural norm for grown men to ask their father's permission to move, pursue or change careers, marry and so forth. What the man was really saying was that he would follow Jesus once he was no longer under the rule of his father but until then...
Finally we have the last man who wished to go and say goodbye to his family. Once again this sounds reasonable but many of us are viewing this from a western viewpoint. What this man was really saying is that he wanted to follow Jesus but he needed to go and get his family's permission first. When and if they granted it, he would come back and follow Jesus.
This is why Jesus' response to these encounters was, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” These men claimed they wanted to follow Jesus but they wanted to do it according to their own terms.
This is exactly what the DWIW Christian wants to do. They claim that they want to follow Jesus but they want to do it in their own way according to their own terms and their own rules.
Are you a true Christian or a "DWIW Christian"?
I suppose if one is a DWIW christian then one wonders if it is reasonable to question whether they have really committed their lives to the Lord in the first place.
Would this be a reasonable assumption?
Brill blog BTW
It seems to me that the vast majority of Christians DWTW, at least in the USA, a country where 76% of the population claims to be Christian. If that were not so in every public place you would see groups of 4 people in which 3 of them would be proclaiming the good news of Jesus to the 4th. Pray for the Church.
Your guilty brother in Christ,
I listened to one of A.W Tozers sermons over the weekend, about the Holy Spirit. The dwiw attitude is a huge factor in why we do not see Him move today, in powerful ways, along with the lifestyles that attitude makes. He can definitely be grieved.
Good blog K . God Bless. billy
Transposing the "I want it all" mentality of our culture to the things of God will inevitably lead to DWIW Christians. Unless people are willing to change their attitude to "I want to give it all", there is no way to ever become anything but church statistic. Great blog!