You Might Not be a Christian

 

We currently live in a generation full of churches that bestow watered down theology and the true meaning of the gospel. We, the church are so focused on congregational growth and reputation that we twist truth in order to please the members.

As a result many churches are filled with members who claim to be saved because they once answered a series of questions which went something along the lines of:

“Do you know you’re a sinner?”

“Do you want eternal life?”

and

“Do you believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord?”

If the answer to these questions ended in yes, preachers often respond saying

“Praise the Lord, you are saved!” and proceed in making a tally of all the members who were saved that service.

Here’s the problem,

Often times many of us who proclaim to be Christians continuously choose to live a life contradicting to that of the word of God. As a result, the world begins to question the legitimacy of Christianity as a whole.

Why?

Because there are far too many “Christians” who behave exactly as the world do and walk in lawlessness yet proclaim they are saved because they once prayed a prayer.

Romans 10:9-13 is the famous text which is often quoted prior to asking these series of questions mentioned above.

The text itself is not the issue, but rather the interpretation of it.

  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”[ NKJV]

Romans 10:9-13

The word of God clearly states that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Definition of confess:

  1. to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation
  2. to own or admit as true

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com

Now people cannot deny the fact that someone has declared/ confessed with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.

I myself have confessed (audibly) that Jesus Christ is Lord, many times in the past thinking that I was saved. However my life surely did not reflect the one of a Christian. I consistently lived a life contrary to the Bible, did not have a desire to rid and repent of my sinful habits nor did I have a genuine passion towards the things of God. In other words, on the basis of passages like 1 John 2:15-17 and 1 John 1:5-7, I was not saved.

There were literally days where I attended these all age suspect looking night clubs on Saturday nights,

go to church the day after,

play the piano at service only to gossip about how sinful everyone else was…..

Oh yea and just for good measure, I would go back to these same events on Sunday nights after church and ask my mom for money claiming that I was watching a late night movie with a couple of friends.

It’s crazy to think that in those days I felt little to no remorse for the things I was doing. What’s even crazier is that I thought I was saved.

However, when I was truly saved in 2011, I knew immediately that my life would never be the same right there and then. What was the difference?

There’s only one question left to ask.

What does it mean to truly believe that God raised Christ from the dead?

“For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died;  And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake” [AMP]

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

This scripture is full of answers, let’s take a deeper look.

  • The word “We” in this text refers to believers, i.e people who are truly saved {2 Corinthians 1:1}
  • The word goes on to say that if we are under the opinion and conviction (in other words if we believe) that Christ died for all, we also must believe that we have died to self (old sinful nature). Instead, we now will live for Christ, who died and rose from the dead.

 

Therefore, anyone who believes that Christ died and rose from the dead, also must believe that they themselves have died with Christ and rose from the dead.

Now what on earth does this mean?

 “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness”

Romans 6:10-13

In other words, true believers no longer live for themselves. They no longer live to satisfy the desires of the flesh, whether that means heavily drinking or being a drunkard, having anything to do with sexual immorality, carrying an attitude of un-forgiveness towards others, lying or practising any other sin for that matter.

Furthermore, they commit the entirety of their lives serving and honouring God, not themselves. That means school, career, relationships, the way they dress. Absolutely everything that they do is committed to God. Almost as if they are sacrificing their lives onto God because of everything that he has done (Romans 12:1).

This thickens the word belief to a whole new level. It does not change the fact that we believers are saved by grace and not by works. But we also must understand that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-20).

God has called all believers to practice a life of holiness, knowing very well that we will struggle trying to achieve this. But those who have truly believed will see growth in their desire towards righteousness because God remains faithful to his promise and will ensure that we are no longer controlled by our sinful nature.

“He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”

1 Corinthians 1:8-9


“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death”

Romans 8:1-2

 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

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