Hello loves and fellow brethren in Christ,
Today I decided to talk about something that I have noticed. I have noticed that many people who are not Christians actually self-identify as Christians. A typical example of this are people who come from Christian families. I am not here to judge anyone or condemn anyone, that is something that only God can do. However, there are people who come from Christian families who are not true followers of Christ. They commit all the sins in the book and are not really interested in building a relationship with Jesus. However, when you ask them what their religion is, they would say Christian, because they are from a Christian family. Brethren, this is not real and is a misleading. Salvation is not inherited from one’s parents. You cannot inherit religion. You become a Christian by actually being interested in Christ and wanting to be in a good relationship with him. You do not become a Christian simply because your parents are Christians.
The bible says in Matthew 7:21
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
To be a Christian with an assurance, you need to be obeying the things that God says in the bible. You need to be interested in building a relationship with him.
Another group of people are those who completely discard the role of works in our salvation. I understand that we are saved by his grace and not by our works. This is so because even when we do good works, it is the holy spirit in us that is helping us. See it this way: Jesus died for you, he gives you the strength to obey him, he gives you the strength to do good works, he answers to your prayers and needs etc. to be honest, Jesus practically does all the work. However, in my opinion, this is no justification to keep on sinning. Some people just completely continue in sin because they feel that Jesus’s blood on the cross has saved them from all sins, both past and future. Yes sure, his blood has assured you forgiveness. However, this is no justification to keep on sinning without remorse. You need to try to fight sin.
Romans 6: 1-3 says
6 Well then, shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness?
2-3 Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. 4 Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.
Obeying God is important, it is super important. The next lines of Matthew 7: 22-23 are a bit scary, the bible says
“22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
To the best of my understanding, the bible verse above means that some people would have an anointing over their lives. They would be able to cast out demons and do great works. However, that does not exempt them from following the rules in the bible. Just like everyone else, they need to stay away from sin and follow all the other processes. Committing sin might not erase the anointing, but it can erase the salvation. Because a person is a pastor with the ability to cast out demons does not mean that they are allowed to go on sinning. We are all equal before God and God does not show partiality in judgement.
The bible says in Romans 2: 11 – 12
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Friends. If you have been following my blog for a while now, you would realize that I am actually a new convert. If I have gone wrong anywhere in my analysis or if I am missing anything, please let me know. I am here to share what I think but ultimately also here to learn.
Have a blessed day.