I recently found out about 3 people from my past, people I have not seen or talked to in over 10 years. Unfortunately I discovered that none of them are still walking with the Lord, in fact two even actively promote false teaching and condemn the bible and church for their teaching. And I can tell you all three lived what all consider a committed Christina life back when I knew them.
A friend of mine has also had three friends of his abandon the faith, two turned gay, two denounce Christ and the bible. Two of them lead what all would consider a stiller Christina life prior.
That that leads me to the questions, Who really is a Christian? How can you tell who really is Christian?
The general belief among Christian and the church in American, the answer that is given is.
1. Do they confess Jesus is Lord, said the sinners prayer.
But my problem with that is this. Jesus said if you do, well done, but even Satan and all his demons do, so what. So according to God hell will be full of people who know and admitted that He is God and Jesus is Lord. Remember the story in Matthew 8 about the two demon-possessed men who met Jesus, and He confronted the demons and they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? They knew who Jesus was, they confessed who He was, where they saved after that, no, no at all. So we really can not use that as a test. All of the people I’m talking about did that.
2. They claim that they are a Christian.
The Gallup and other poles show that 82 to 87% of Americans claim to be Christian, so welcome to the club, it’s all most who does not claim to be one. That proves nothing. All of the people I’m talking about did that.
2. They attend church, they are active at church.
As Keith Green once said, “Going to church no more make you a Christian than going into a McDonald’s make you a hamburger.” Anyone can go to church, anyone can even be a worker, anyone can learn the lingo and talk like a Christian, even Satan can. All of the people I’m talking about did that, where very active in church, one even on staff for years.
So that leaves with the real questions, Who really is a Christian? How can you tell who really is Christian? How can we distinguish who is, this is very important for may reasons. One example, Picking a mate, if you really want to be marred to a real Christian, Christ follower it matters. Just think if you would have married one the six people I am talking about above a few years back.
I will post my answer to these questions this week. I you have answers send them to me, would like to hear from others.