Are you really a Christian?
By Wm. Troy Sheppard
Jesus said, “ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven… Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord… And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU…” (Matthew 7:21-23)
Are you a Christian? Are you really a Christian? Are you sure you’re a Christian? In our day there are MANY people who PROFESS to be Christians. The real question is: Are they REALLY Christians? Are they Christians according to the Bible? The FACT is there are MANY who claim to be Christians who really are not Christians.
Does that sound judgmental to you? Well, it is judgmental! And, by the way, according to the Bible it is okay to judge as long as it is a “righteous judgment” (John 7:24) and the one judging is willing to be judged but the same measure of judgment (Matthew 7:1-5).
So again I ask, are you a Christian? Are you really a Christian? The right answer to this question is vital. Eternally vital!
As I said, the FACT is there are MANY who claim to be Christians who really are not Christians. Part of the problem is that the Biblical Gospel isn't preached very often anymore. Usually what you will hear from a "preacher" or read in a “gospel tract” is something like this: “God love you and has a wonderful plan for your life”, or “Just ask Jesus into your heart” or “Jesus will give you happiness, purpose, and fulfillment in life”, or “Just pray this little prayer after me and you are saved.” Then, you will be told that if you just prayed that prayer, you are on your way to Heaven no matter what. No reason to doubt and no reason to examine yourself. BUT, THAT'S NOT BIBLICAL AND IT'S NOT TRUE!
God, in His word, admonishes people to examine and prove to see whether they are really Christians or not. II Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Sadly much of “American Christianity” teaches contrary to this clear Biblical doctrine of self-examination.
The scary thing is that Jesus made it clear in Matthew 7:21-23 that MANY would be self-deceived. Not a FEW, but MANY! And these "many" that would be self-deceived would not just call Jesus Savior, they would call Him "Lord." In fact, they would go beyond just calling Jesus, "Lord." They would call Jesus, "Lord, Lord." Not only that, these "many" self-deceived ones would do many things, "in Jesus name." They would prophesy, cast out demons, and perform many wonderful works. Yet in spite of all they would “say” and “do” they would still be LOST on Judgment Day! The bottom line is that the Scriptures are VERY CLEAR on this issue. There will be professing Christians who are not really Christians at all, and will end up in Hell.
Are you a genuine Christian or a Counterfeit one? Would you like to know? Our desire is to help you KNOW. It is God’s desire for His people to KNOW that they have eternal life. Listen to what God’s word says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (I John 5:13). You see, by the grace of God you can KNOW.
Our prayer is that you will make your calling and election sure (2 Peter ), and you will, “Know… how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobate”.
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