Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
This refers to the area of the world which supposedly believes in and follows the
teachings of Christ. Nations such as the United States and Canada profess to be part
of Christendom. Nations such as Japan, China or India, are not part of Christendom
for they are guided by the rules of other, idolatrous or heathen beliefs that do not
acknowledge that Jesus is God the Eternal Son. Sometimes nations that are
considered part of Christendom are included in the term, the Western World.
The nation of Israel is not part of Christendom (the earthly people of God). Instead,
it was called in Bible times, a kingdom because a king (rather than a president or
prime minister, ruled over the nation. Israel only received the law from Jehovah
through Moses. The kingdom of Israel was to be ruled by those commandments
through their king. Some of their kings—like David—were very Godly and the nation
of Israel enjoyed lots of happiness and blessing during his and Solomon’s reign.
(Other kings—such as Ahab—were very wicked and the nation of Israel was very
unhappy during his reign.) But no matter who was ruling as king over Israel, the
people were part of his kingdom, the only kingdom in the world that God gave His
commandments to and promised His blessings if they were obedient.
Today, those who profess to be part of Christendom (rather than a kingdom), profess
to be guided and ruled by the teaching of Jesus Christ, but as a group, sadly, are
very unfaithful to Him. That is why it is often referred to as professing Christendom.
In fact, in the United States and Canada, the Words of the Lord Jesus (the Bible) are
no longer allowed to be taught or used as guides in public government, schools or
in any kind of public life. We must sadly say that North America is no longer made
up of professing Christian nations, though many Christians live in North America.
The United States says that it will no longer be governed by any religion, but that its
citizens are free to practice any religion. This is a very sad giving up of the truth of
Christianity and has resulted in increasing moral corruption and violence—because
it refuses any longer to be guided by the principles and commandments of the Lord
Jesus Christ as found in the Bible.
The Bible tells us that some day (perhaps very soon now—after real all believers are
gone to Heaven) God will pour out an awful judgment on those who professed to be
part of Christendom, yet had no love for the Lord Jesus Christ, refusing to be guided
by His commandments. Rev 14:8, 17:16, and 18:2 are some of the verses that speak
about this awful time of God’s judgment on professing Christendom.
The actual word is not found in the Bible, but many teachings regarding
Christendom are found there—especially in the epistles of the New Testament.