I had a conversation with someone yesterday. It went something like this :
“Such-and-such a person is a christian, he goes to church almost every day and he prays every day. Just before he comes into work, he attends a prayer meeting every morning, and he’s in church every Sunday, no, he’s a big christian, he’s supposed to be good, but he isn’t, he treats his staff very badly and walks in and helps himself to my stock. He also tithes religiously every month, he gives his church 10% come what may, but you know what, I think he’s a head christian and not a heart christian. He does things and believes from the head which is wrong, not here (*hand on heart*), with the heart, and that is his problem.”
My reply was that first of all Israel’s tithe under the Levitical law of the Old Covenant doesn’t apply to us today, that it is none of our business.
Blank stare. Rendered speechless.
I also stated that the man isn’t a christian at all and quoted the point that standing in a garage doesn’t make you a car, so going to church and praying everyday doesn’t make one a christian.
“Uh…………. yes………….. I know.”
I also added that those like him (as stated in the second paragraph hereof) were the ones one had to be careful of as they were the biggest hypocrites because they run off their own (self) righteousness as their minds are still corrupt, they’re still in the flesh, they are unsaved men and women, and there’s nothing more difficult than being fueled by one’s own righteousness because you cannot keep up the pretence for too long. You become outward looking and not inward looking.
You look at everyone’s faults or good works to gauge whether they are saved or not, or a good person or not, and although they fail to see their own faults, they measure themselves against others and come to the conclusion that they are saved/good people because they attend church religiously, attend prayer meeting every day, do good works, etc and most others do not measure up them.
Do you measure yourself against others to feel good, or do you measure yourself by faith in the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), knowing you are a saved person and that the next step is edification (to do good works and so run the race, i.e., work out your salvation (with fear and trembling).
Most saved people do not consider the fact that one day they’re going be in attendance at the Judgment Seat of Christ before the Lord of all, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Creator of the universe, Almighty God Himself, knowing that they did wrong and have to face Him. That thought scares me, as much as I cannot wait to see Him and look forward to the blessed hope.
They do not understand that the slate has been wiped clean concerning their sins (forgiven/redeemed), but that they are still responsible for what they do in the flesh during their tenure on this earth as a member of the Body of Christ.
You are still responsible for your actions even though you are saved. You should know better knowing/believing what you do.
Most saved people cannot discern between their spirit man (the innerman) and their flesh (the outerman). It’s people like these who go by the motto, “Don’t judge me because I sin differently to you.”
If you behave like a maroon it’s time to receive some sound edification to repent (change your mind about behaving like a maroon).
Most remain spiritual babies or in the flesh after being saved because not many Grace Preachers/Teachers preach that it’s not okay to be saved and behave like a maroon, because they behave like maroons themselves, then those spiritual babes go onto preach and teach themselves and it’s just a total mess.
How come there are Grace Believers out there who insist on fellowshipping with certain people who call themselves Right Dividers, but who deny the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4?
I do not associate with gospel deniers who profess to be saved, and I do not associate with people who profess to be saved and believe in another Jesus. Light cannot associate with darkness. Read your Bible (which hopefully is an Authorised King James Bible), it tells you exactly that.
I do not associate with people who surround themselves the Pastors/Teachers and goofy doctrine because sooner rather than later it will rub off on me. The Apostle Paul tells you so – a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
You need to study this for yourself in order to be convinced.