Borrowed Truths

Are You?

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Borrowed Truths

Are You?

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:19)

How many of them are still in your presence, and you cannot recognize them? Better yet, how many of those who you know are not saved, but in certain company act like it, but you will not say anything to them? I ask an even greater question, how many pastors know this, but will say nothing?

If you cannot recognize these that say they serve the Lord Jesus Christ but their hearts are far from Him, then there might be only one answer, you may not be saved yourself. If you cannot discern whether or not the person speaking to you is a born-again believer, then you do not possess Spiritual discernment in this area. Granted there must be some sort of timeframe here, and that would be contingent on not only their words, but their actions, but just how much time in a sense is not really the answer.

The right questions should invoke the right answers when we engage in a conversation with those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord, and the simplest question is always, “Who do you say Jesus Christ is?” “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20)

My friends, even the right answer here can be faked, for look again at our opening verse and who wrote it. How long was John deceived, how long before he came to the realization, and only then because those he was speaking about left their company? It’s fairly easy to pretend to be a Christian, nearly 70 percent of people in church every Sunday do it. A very sad, but true statistic.

What of those though that you know for a fact are not saved, yet sit in that pew beside you week after week? How many who have been crucified with Christ will look at that person with the full knowledge of who they are outside of those church walls and ask them, “Why are you here?” Again, if you have been blessed with Spiritual discernment in this area, then before you ask the question, you already know the answer they will offer. The wording may change, but they continue to darken those doors because they want to feel better about themselves, they envision a God who sees them in church and because of that action they believe they will be accepted by Him. It is no different in their minds than the lie of Romanism, sin all you want to all week, step into the confessional booth, pay the penance and you’re back in the good graces of God.

But will you speak to them? Probably not, and in part because of our third example, the pastor knows what you know.

He knows they are not saved; he knows the life they live, one of open rebellion, but the reason he will not speak to them you must ask him. Loss of revenue, one more empty spot in the pews, a feeling of the inability to reach them. He knows, but he will not speak up, and so you will not speak to them, and the world continues to invade the church until it is nothing more than a community clubhouse, welcome only to those who will keep their mouths shut unless they are singing the songs.

The lost are not abandoning these churches, men and women of God are, and rightfully so. What’s happening behind those walls is called the great falling away, the apostacy, and we need to speak up about it.

I just did again. Are you?

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