One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my Christian walk is this:
Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is a true Christian.
While I wish that wasn’t so, it doesn’t change the fact that it is very, very true.
Take a look at this passage:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
I know so many people who say they are saved, yet they live ungodly lives and do things which are contrary to what a true believer, as described in the Bible is supposed to be doing.
Just a few verses before that it says:
“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
Matthew 7:17-20 NKJV
My heart aches for those who think themselves saved when in fact their very lives and heart desires show that they have never been changed by the Holy Spirit and are thus not truly converted.
I know it all sounds crazy, but it’s true!
Here are a few more:
“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”
Matthew 15:8 NKJV
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
I John 2:3-5 NKJV
“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
1 John 3:9-10 ESV
I have included a link to a video at the end of this post that I think does a pretty good job of explaining everything further.
If you are reading this and are a Christian, I praise God for saving your life! Please be aware of those who profess to be saved, yet live a life that does not show genuine faith. Pray for them and point them to scripture.
If you are reading this and you are by saved, I urge you to get right with God. Repent of your sins and make Christ your Lord! Trust in Him!
If you are reading this and you have discovered you are a false convert, please do as I just said and repent! It’s not too late!
Video: A Biblical alternative to the sinner’s prayer