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Superficial Faith

Updated on November 26, 2012

Superficial Faith

“Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites ! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee ! First clean the inside of the cup and dish , and then the outside also will be clean.”

Matthew 23:25

The religion of the Pharisees is a religion of hypocrisy and superficiality. It has no true root of righteousness. It only appear good on the outside but when you look deeper into the inside, it is full of greed and self-indulgence. The heart of a man is by nature evil. It is deceitful above all things. Its intentions and inclinations are always adverse from the will of God. Apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, the evils in a human heart will just multiply as time goes on. The human heart apart from the grace of God is full of greed, idolatry, lusts, covetousness, self-centeredness, self-indulgence. The human heart is really a great darkness. Only by God’s power it can be changed. The human heart must be pierced by the Word of God to experience regeneration. It must be circumcised by the Spirit of God in order to be transformed.

A man just like the Pharisees, which has a religion but has not experienced genuine spiritual rebirth, possesses an unregenerated heart which is full of greed and self-indulgence. A man may profess a Christian faith, but still may possess an unregenerated heart. Profession of Christianity, posting Christian messages on Facebook, quoting of Biblical passages, or godly quotations from a man of God, is not an evidence of genuine faith. We must examine deeper what is in his heart. What are the inclinations and intentions of his heart. Is it to constantly covet, to desire money, to possess material things at the expense of compromising Biblical principles.

I have known a man who is fond of quoting godly messages from the men of God, but when you examine closely his life it is full of greed and self-indulgence. He has no time to attend worship service, most of his time are spent on earning money. Most of his free time are just spent on Facebook. He has no time to make disciple or preach the Gospel. What can you say about that man ? Yet he is professing that he is a Christian but has no time to worship God on Sundays and has no heart for the Great Commission.

For the first seven years of my life professing Christianity, I live as a Pharisee professing faith but has no genuine righteousness. I attended worship service regularly, I sang in the choir, I joined the church evangelism ministry, I even did my prayer time and quiet time regularly yet my heart is full of lusts and selfish ambitions. In satisfying my lusts, I practiced a sinful habit which is so detestable to God. How could this be ? How could this happen to a professing Christian who attends church regularly, doing her prayer time and quiet time, doing evangelism and ministry work. Yes it did happen to me. Having practiced these religious activities is still not an evidence that you are a true saved Christian. I have realized I have not yet experienced genuine spiritual rebirth for all those years. After seven years of professing Christianity I got genuinely born again with an assurance of God’s love and forgiveness. That is the only time I experienced true transformation in my heart. That is the only time I became victorious over my sinful habits and selfish ambitions.

My heart was terribly evil, but when it was pierced by the power of the Word of God, it was completely transformed. The Word of God has pierced the darkness of my heart. It is completely a work of God. True spiritual rebirth is wholly a work of God and it results to genuine righteousness. Religion is a work of man and it results to hypocrisy and superficial righteousness.

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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Yes I completely agree with you. A true christian is a person of character and integrity. So sad to say many in our time today keep on professing the faith but not living it out. So easy to profess but very difficult to live out. Many blessings to you.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Yes I completely agree with you. A true christian is a person of character and integrity. So sad to say many in our time today keep on professing the faith but not living it out. So easy to profess but very difficult to live out. Many blessings to you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Christina, a pesonal relationship with Christ keeps us focused and sensitive to walking out faith with true character and integrity. Many just simple wear the badge and do not represent what it is truly about. Very well done and said.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi teaches12345 great to see you on this hub. I am greatly encouraged by your presence in this hub. Thank you for paying a visit once again. Thank you also for posting an additional input. Yes christianity is more than a religion, it is truly a life of love and a life of faith. It is also a n experiential encounter with the truth daily in our life. I wish you a great day today. Be blessed always. Best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Christianity is more than religion, it is a personal walk of faith that mirrors Christ's love and truth to others. Rules are too constricting for many to follow, but guidelines through the Word are different. Great hub post and so true!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate thanks for dropping by. Yes a person must experience genuine spiritual birth to possess a regenerate heart. Without spiritual birth it is merely a religion. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Cristina,

      You said, "A man just like the Pharisees, which has a religion but has not experienced genuine spiritual rebirth, possesses an unregenerated heart which is full of greed and self-indulgence." I believe that's the key. Thanks for sharing!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi teacherjoe52 I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for visiting again my hub. Your presence in this hub is much appreciated. Thank you for giving some insightful comments and counsel in walking the christian life. I will always remember them. Yes we are to be always led by the Holy Spirit all the time. We should always follow His leading. Thank you very much for such timely counsel. May you be blessed today and always. Beast regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi CalebDRC great to hear from you. I apreciate your comment and visit so much. Thank you for gracing this hub. Yes we should never be satisfied with only head knowledge and superficial christianity. We are to go beyond head knowledge, we are to go beyond religion, we must really be led by the Spirit of God. May you be blessed always. Best regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi FSlovenec great to see you on this hub. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Yes we must guard our heart daily for it is prone to wander away from God and deceitful above all things. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit we can be truly victorious. Many blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Hi Disappearinghead I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for a visit and insightful comment. Yes we have to depend completely on the power of God to change us. Everything will be beautiful in His timing. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning cristina.

      I am happy you have beeb enlightened.

      A Christian life is a realtional life. That is, we must follow the Holy Spirits guidence in developing a relationship with the Godhead and then follow the path they have chosen for us to serve them.

      May you be blessed with a deeper relationship wuth our beloved big three (Jehovah God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit).

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      Caleb DRC 

      5 years ago

      Cristina,

      Thank you for such a candid, genuine, and beneficial hub. You hit the target right in the center with truth, accuracy, and a warning that we need to examine our actions and lives to ensure they are not mechanistic, but rather truly, and accurately be lead by God's Word, and the Holy Spirit.

      Good job, Cristina.

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      Frank Slovenec 

      5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      The devil wants us to question our salvation...if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved...truly in my heart I mud believe this to have the God heart changed life..I pray each day for the Holy Spirit to change my heart over and over..for the heart is evil, your Hub is a thinking wonderful reminder..in this mornings reading in the One Year Bible 1 Peter 4;1-2 "For if you have suffered physically for Christ you have finished with sin. You won't keep spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God." Change my heart oh God!! Thank you

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      Disappearinghead 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I spent 25 years in various churches and now that I have left I am truly free. Free from man made measurements of what a 'true Christian' is or is not that are derived from man made comparisons against man made interpretations of the bible. Constantly wondering whether you measure up or are 'truely saved' is not conducive to a happy joyful life. Instead this results in continual insecurity about whether you 'will make it or not', or whether you are 'one of the elect'.

      Our Father never intended us to follow this salvation by works (because that in truth is what it is) religion. We were intended to simply be. Be ourselves before him, not worry about anything, and to trust him to change us if he saw fit in accordance with his timing plan.

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