When ‘Christians’ Are Not

I believe the Word of God to be literally true; every word of it is ‘God-breathed,’ and because this is so every word can be trusted to be literally true. This Book is absolutely true and without error. The Bible does NOT imply, but always speaks to those things God wants us to know about Him. Far too often ‘well-meaning’ people will ‘stretch’ the Truth in order to squeeze meaning from some vague text(s). And this immediately leads to error.

What does Jesus mean when He said, “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. 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 miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” Matthew 7:21-23 NASB.

The last phrase, “I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” verse 23. But, there is more. John writes in 1 John 1:5-10, “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 

We know that God IS light, correct? Jesus is the Light of the world, right? When a person acknowledges that Jesus is Savior and Lord and believes in Him in that way, the gift of eternal life is received, yes? This Light then lives in that person is absolutely the case. John writes, “If we say, ‘We have fellowship with Him,’ yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.” This statement says that a person walking in darkness does not have the Light of Christ inside. That person’s soul is lost and without Christ. THIS is when ‘Christians’ are NOT. Many people that you and I know and are professing to be ‘Christian’ simply are not when they are supporting the sinful life-styles of their friends. This is NOT being in judgment of them for this simply is an observation of who/what they really are. They have been judged already. 

However, there is this, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8. So long as anyone breathes there is an opportunity to confess and repent of sin and to receive the gift of life from Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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