Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Enemy Within

Last week was a great week insofar as being able to witness for Christ.

There are two ladies at work who have shown interest regarding the Scriptures and about getting to know Christ. Their concern was the confusion over the different doctrines, denominations, churches and most of all, over the hypocrisy that exists within today's Christian.

This it seems has been the greatest turn off in wanting to accept Christ. As I walked them through several scriptures, I could see the hunger that they have for knowing more about our Lord and Savior. Yet it saddened me that they were hesitant simply because of those who claim to be a Christian and whose lifestyle was no different than those who were not. The question they posed was, "How can one claim to know Christ, yet there is no change in their lives ?"

A great question indeed!

Unfortunately, the day ended and I was unable to respond but their question and concerns has been with me all weekend.

Today, as I was meditating and reading scripture I came across the words of Christ in His great sermon on the mount, where He said, "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name and do mighty works in your name?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you, depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

This passage then led me to another passage in 1 John 3: 6-10 (ESV)

"No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.  Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.  By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother."

Scripture is so clear yet it is not lived nor preached and this made me think that the greatest enemy of the Church of Jesus Christ today is the counterfeit Christianity being taught as well as cheapening the grace of God to the point we use His grace as a doormat and excuse to live in two worlds as well as trying to serve two masters and as we well know, this is totally impossible.

My question therefore is,  "Would someone want to be a follower of Christ based on the example you set as a Christian? Or do they see a counterfeit?" Something to think about.

God Bless You and to Him be the glory!