Not all who profess are

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom 12:2

I want to start this out by saying we do not have the authority to say if a person is saved or not.  We cannot see what is in the heart of another.  However, we have been told to judge the fruits of those who declare themselves to be a part of the Church.  Paul lays this out clearly in his letter to Titus where he says, “To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” Titus 1:15-16.  These words are so true.  We have so many examples of this in the world today and we must recognize it and call it out.  We should do it in love, desiring them to become true believers, but we must call them out all the same.  For who knows how many young Christians they are being affected.

There is a vast difference between professing and living your faith then simply professing it.  Too many church goers simply attend church and believe this makes them a Christian.  Here are some examples of what I am talking about.

  1. When I lived in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, there were several professing Christians who told many extremely inappropriate stories at work.   They professed their Christianity but saw no issue with dirty stories.  “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.
  2. Some professing Christian pastors here in the United States have confessed to their congregations that they have been and are still homosexual with no desire to change, and have been celebrated for their courage and allowed to stay on as pastor.  “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.
  3. There are many professing Christians that tout their Christianity but are radical advocates of abortions, which is simply the murdering of pre-born children.  In fact, they are looking to increase the United States funding of abortion centers, both here and around the world.  “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.
  4. In many churches, the leadership teach a false gospel, causing many Christians to depart from the true faith.  “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.
  5. There are many professing Christians who cheat on their spouses, abuse their children, steal and even kill.  “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.
  6. And, there are many professing Christians who do not attend church, pray, read their bibles, etc.   “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.

What should be our response as Christians?  First of all, it is not to compromise.  Because God does not change, right will always be right, and wrong will always be wrong.  Wrong will never become right and right will never become wrong.  Christ lived this way while in human form, and we should as well.  Paul said in his letter to the Romans, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.“  Rom 8:29.  Those of us who have truly given their life to God and His Kingdom will desire to be like Christ.  They will live the life as well as profess the life. We must never accept the idea of God’s will first, unless I do not desire to.  We must be all in or we are not in at all.

Second, we must stand against those actions Christians do which are contrary to God’s word.  However, I stress this must be in love.  We must not focus on the person, but on the fruit.  We must so that they will be open to the truth of this life.  If they support abortions, we must challenge them to see what the scriptures say about this horrendous deed.  If they tell dirty stories, approve or celebrate ungodly behavior, teach or push heretical theology or whatever it is, it is important that we let them know their actions are wrong, giving clear reasons for why it is wrong.  Paul wrote, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Gal 6:1  It is our duty as brothers and sisters to correct those who are wrong and pray for them that they will accept the truth and turn away from their sin.  They may not realize what they are doing is wrong.  Their is bad teaching being presented in churches today that lead people astray.  If we can turn them back, we have done a good thing.  We must also be careful we do not fall into the same sin they did.  We must always examine ourselves to ensure we stay true,

And lastly, we must be that light in the darkness that people will see and be drawn to.  Our words and deeds must point to the the gospel of Christ.  It must  show that we are people of truth and love, peace and contentment, joy and fulfillment, strength and devotion to God.   He can use a Godly life to bring conviction to the hearts of many people without us ever saying a word; our life being our witness.

Profess your faith in God.  However, live in a way that shows your profession is real.  Many people are looking for reality.  When they see us will they say “I want that life for I see reality there” or “Why should I change, they are just like me?”

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