“Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token homage to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is ABOVE, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choice he makes day after day throughout his life.”
― A.W. Tozer,
There are a lot of people out there who claim to know Christ. You could probably go out and ask a large group of people if they were Christian’s, and a lot of them would say that they are, or that they do believe in God. But being a Christian is more than just believing (for even Satan and his demons believe.) in God, it is more than praying, more than Biblical knowledge. It is more than attending church every Sunday, more than posting on Facebook that He is good, more than mentioning Him sparingly to others. To be a true Christian, to be truly born again, you must believe on Him, trust in Him completely, repent from your sins and ask Him for salvation.
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 10:9-10 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
There are thousands upon thousands of people in this world who claim to be saved, yet Christ has made no difference in their lives. They claim to be saved, yet they do not change. They still talk the same, with a foul mouth. They still dress the same, immodestly. They still do the same sinful things that they did before. They claim Christ, maybe they even attend church services every time the door is open, but they live like Hell on the weekdays. They still go out and drink, they are still having sex outside of marriage, still cussing, still ignoring every commandment that Christ ever gave. Can you be saved with no repentance? It’s true,
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
We all fail Jesus Christ daily. None of us is without sin. We all sin, but after we are saved, we can not be plucked from His hand. Whether or not we mess up, whether or not we are as good of a Christian by everyone’s standards as certain people, nothing can take us away from Christ. We may be able to backslide, to push ourselves away from Him, but He is always present for us. King Davis is a wonderful picture of this – he committed adultery, he had a man murdered in order to cover his own faults, he continuously sinned and dug a deeper hole for himself, and completely ignored God. But he was still a man after God’s own heart, and he was still a son of God, through it all. This isn’t a post about how terribly sinful we all are, I’m not writing it to make anyone feel offended, or like I’m judging them. But, it is food for thought. Ask yourself this question – does He know you?
The Bible is clear that after you are saved, there will be a change in your lifestyle. We see this in various different parts of scripture. Take John 8 for example –
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
What does Jesus command her to do? Go, and sin no more. Surely, this means she must change her lifestyle. Before, she was an adulteress. Do you think Christ would’ve wanted her to continue down that same road after salvation? And do you think Jesus’ words were just a suggestion? Of course not! Christ demands that we leave our sin after we are saved. He doesn’t expect perfection out of imperfect humans, but He does command that we try our hardest to change our lifestyles to fit with the life a Christ-follower should have. We see a change in lifestyle in Mark 5 as well, when Jesus heals the man possessed by a demon.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
And what happens after Jesus heals him? The man wanted to go with Jesus! 18″ And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.” This man wasn’t interesting in straddling the fence or returning to his sin and old life! He wanted everything to do with Jesus, he wanted a change! We know from scripture that Jesus did not allow him to go with them, but the man did go and witness! Can you imagine what his old friends and family must’ve thought when they saw him return? Surely, they were hopeless, knowing that he could never be normal. But Jesus healed him!
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
How can you be saved and continue with your life as you had before? If you claim to be saved yet you are still sinning in the same ways with no desire to repent, no thoughts on repentance, and no conviction, Christ may not know you as you assume.
False conversion is a very real thing for many people. What does the Bible say about false conversion?
Luke 14:26-30 “If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.
Do you love Him? Are you willing to give up everything for Him? Does your life or the lives of your loved ones here on Earth matter more to you than your Savior? Are you willing to carry the cross no matter where it takes you?
Matthew 24:9-10 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other
Will you turn away from Christ the moment life begins to get hard? Does the thought of persecution or hard times make you want to abandon the Lord?
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Is this world your home? Which do you love? The world, or Christ?
False converts will also twist the scripture to justify their own sin, they will attempt to ignore their sins completely, because even they realize that true salvation requires a change of lifestyle. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) They will bear no fruit, they aren’t upset by the death of Jesus, nor are they convicted over their sin. They do not realize that their sin is what put Jesus on the cross. These people will claim to be saved, but they do not know the Gospel of Christ Jesus. How can you be saved without knowing how to be saved? They think they are good without Christ’s grace, they are false prophets, and do not give God their whole hearts. (here’s a great link to verses on false conversion.)
It’s not hard to go out and find false converts, and this is so, so sad. I fully believe that we would have far less false converts if the church (and not just people who go to church every week, but the entirety of believers, the whole family of the Lord.) would stand up and show the world what it really means to be saved. How can we expect them to understand what salvation is if we are not the salt and light? If we do not practice what we preach? I pray that no one ever see’s me and my walk, and thinks that, because I am walking in sin while claiming Christ, they can be saved without repentance. There are many Christian’s out there being huge stumbling blocks. We post crude things on social media one second and then say we love God in the other. (and no, just because you share something and say “excuse the language” or whatever else it is, it does not make it acceptable to Christ.) We quote Bible verses and then the next words out of our mouths are curse words, or gossip, or just plain hurtful. We say we love the Lord, yet we don’t serve Him. We aren’t witnessing. We aren’t respectable, we don’t follow Him. Are we portraying Christ when we dress like the world and are immodest? Are we showing our salvation when we talk to others?
When the world see’s us…do they see a difference?
As A.W Tozer said, “Every man must choose his world.” There should be no fence straddling after salvation. Pick your world, and ask yourself if Christ knows you.