The Mere Professing of Faith of a Christian is not all that it is Cracked Up to Be
The methods of modern day church equate salvation with a profession of faith in Christ. Usually, all someone has to do is follow the steps written in some gospel tract, or accept an invitation to say some canned prayer at altar call, and that equates to the sum of salvation and eternal life.
Is this really the foundation of our eternal destiny?
The church is filled with people who outwardly declare their beliefs, but do not adhere and practice the standard of Scripture. They are the professing Christian.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you PRACTICE THESE QUALITIES you will never fall. – 2 Peter 1:10
Scripture supports evidence that there will be many who will be separated from Christ on the day of Judgement.
NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS.’ – Matthew 7:21-23
There are many who profess Christ as Lord and point to their achievements as a means of qualifying themselves for salvation, but the fact is, they are damned. The clear words of Christ have not been be evaluated thoroughly enough. Unfortunately, this will be the tragedy of many professing Christians, but are in disobedience to his ways. They have disregarded the standards and pure doctrine of the true Gospel.
It doesn't matter how bold, zealous and confident they are in their relationship with Christ, it will lead to the wrath of God upon them. The justification and twisting of Scripture as a licence to disobey God is appalling to Him.
The professing Christian has not received the grace that leads to salvation, but is the counterfeit grace from an antichrist spirit. Many have not carefully self-examined themselves to see whether they are in the true faith because they don’t even know how to read the word of God via the Holy Spirit for themselves. The only Scriptureverses that they have memorized are the ones that they believe are loopholes to justify their lifestyle of sin, or to keep others from judging their poor choices and behaviors.
Everyone who makes A PRACTICE OF SINNING ALSO PRACTICES LAWLESSNESS; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. NO ONE WHO ABIDES IN HIM KEEPS ON SINNING; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. WHOEVER MAKES A PRACTICE OF SINNING IS OF THE DEVIL, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning....
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 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 3:4-10
There is NO Assurance in Compromise
There is no room for compromise, or complacency among the children of God. We should all be striving to crucify our flesh daily and purify ourselves from the lust of our carnal flesh. The work of Christ by what he did on the cross manifests in the true believer in victory. Our old man has been crucified through him; therefore, we are no longer slaves to our sinful nature. We have a new master, Christ being free from the captivity in the world of sin. We are sanctified in him through repentance.
Therefore, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
There is a confidence that comes from the churches of men, but this is a deception. It is not man that gives assurance of salvation, but it is the Holy Spirit. The test of anyone who professes Christ must be living in a lifestyle of righteousness towards God. Righteousness through the grace of God through Christ is justification that comes from being obedient to God’s word. Many have it backwards and believe that their works will give them justification, but it is the result of justification through Christ that results in good works that are acceptable to God. Man’s good works are defined as iniquity.
For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
There are many professing Christians who live in a sinful lifestyle. They are of Satan. This means that the work of Christ has not destroyed the work of Satan (unrighteousness) in them. To profess faith in Christ, but habitually sinning is remaining with an antichrist spirit because it denies the work of the Son and repentance on our part. This is the greatest manifestation of deception in the modern church system today. Their religious works are in disobedience that denies the true faith.
So also faith by itself, IF IT DOES NOT HAVE WORKS, IS DEAD. – James 2:17
When we have the seed of Christ within us, pursuing sin is an undesirable endeavour because of our desire for holiness.
Strive for peace with everyone, and FOR THE HOLINESS WITHOUT WHICH NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD. – Hebrews 12:14
Don’t rely on the assurances of man, but read the word of God that will guide you to the truth, and the assurance of the true faith.
Do you crave righteousness?
Do you know that you may be professing Christ, but are in open disobedience towards him?
The witness of the Holy Spirit comes by reading the word of God for your self-examination of the state of your spirit. In contrast, the professing Christian will accept the traditions of man because they have not had true victory in their lives. Without victory, Satan has access and possession of their hearts and minds.
And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH AND SO BE SAVED. – 2 Thessalonians 2:10
When someone continually refuses truth, God will give them over to a reprobate mind as a result of their willful rebellion and the wrong choices they have made. They have taken pleasure in their sins and see things through the lens of double mindedness (compromise).
The true believer will desire unadulterated truth. God will keeps them from falling away into damnation because He is the master of their lives.
Now TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING AND TO PRESENT YOU BLAMELESS before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:24-25
These verses explain who the true believer is. A professor of Christ can accept the history, doctrine, facts of atonement and still be lost because they have failed to do God’s will. Their lifestyle choices defy God’s Word; therefore, they have not genuinely repented and surrendered their life to Him.
Are you willing to go against someone you love on the account of God’s truth?
Are you willing to be persecuted by others for God’s truth?
Total surrender and commitment to Christ puts God at our side and enables us to do His will. God’s way is the doorway to the knowledge of His Kingdom. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the key to shutting the door on Satan, resulting in true believers who walk in obedient faith.
Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:5
Do not rely on the claims of people, rather than referring to God's word. Unfortunately, many professing Christians are in a dangerous situation in their lives because of their unrepentant ways. The professor of Christ will give off a veneer of piety with their ideologies, but they are far from him.
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