All of us that are truly in Christ know people who claim to be Christians but clearly by examining their fruit we know according to scripture that they are not.
Matthew 7:20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. 21 "Not everyone who calls out to Me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to Me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.' 23 But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God's laws.'
It sickens me and has to be a stench in the nostrils of God to see how man lowers the standards of righteousness then still professes to be “of Him”! So many times in this country man will find his “customized church or denomination” that fits his sin then will claim to be a Christian or follower of Christ. How sickening! This is what scripture says pertaining to how we should walk…..
1John 2:6 Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.
It rings in my ears that there will be many more pastors in hell than there will be in heaven. They will be there will blood dripping from their hands because they have failed to be the watchmen that they were entrusted to be. They have operated “social clubs” and “feel good clubs” instead of true Word of God teaching churches. In this country if you want to go against the Word of God and be a homosexual, a drunk, a drug addict, a fornicator or adulterer, etc. you can find a church that will welcome your sin and not confront you on it. I pity the pastor that runs these “dens of iniquity” when they have to stand before the Lord if they do not repent! It rings in my ears that the high majority of “church goers” in American churches will one day find themselves in hell. Many have been deceived by their “man-made denominations” and they would rather stand with their denomination than stand with what the Word of God says. So many are like dumb sheep, one following another off of a cliff that will one day drop them into the depths of hell!
Luke 6:39 And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?
I picture the devil and his demons laughing at how easy it is to lead “professing Christians” straight to hell. They prefer to line their behavior up to their sin filled fellow church members than lining themselves up with the Word of God. Somehow the devil has deceived the masses into this type of thinking. They deceive each other into thinking that they are no worse than the others so that they are ok. They tell each other that they are saved and are foolish enough to believe it. They follow the ignorant deceived thinking of so many in this country that because they repeated a prayer one time in their lives that they are all lined up for heaven. The devil and his demons belly laugh at this! So many professing Christians will lift their eyelids one day to find themselves in hell for all eternity if they do not REPENT and wake up to what the scriptures say! The Word of God warns us over and over regarding “being Holy”. This is how Webster’s Dictionary defines “Holy”…..
1. Properly, whole, entire or perfect, in a moral sense. Hence, pure in heart, temper or dispositions; free from sin and sinful affections. Applied to the Supreme Being, holy signifies perfectly pure, immaculate and complete in moral character; and man is more or less holy, as his heart is more or less sanctified, or purified from evil dispositions. We call a man holy, when his heart is conformed in some degree to the image of God, and his life is regulated by the divine precepts.
2. Hallowed; consecrated or set apart to a sacred use, or to the service or worship of God; a sense frequent in Scripture;
1Peter 1:14 [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel]. 15 But as the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be Holy in all your conduct and manner of living. 16 For it is written, You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.
Leviticus 11:44 For I am the Lord your God; so consecrate yourselves and be Holy, for I am Holy; neither defile yourselves with any manner of thing that multiplies in large numbers or swarms. 45 For I am the Lord Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore you shall be Holy, for I am Holy.
Revelation 22:11 He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is Holy, let him be Holy still. 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.
1Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity]. 8Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is Holy (chaste, pure).
For many that refuse to listen the following scripture describes a day that they will wish that they had listened to the warning to strive to live a HOLY life. At this time it will be too late. The sentence will be hell for all eternity!
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are thus in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought [each of] you to be [in the meanwhile] in consecrated and Holy behavior and devout and godly qualities, 12 While you wait and earnestly long for (expect and hasten) the coming of the day of God by reason of which the flaming heavens will be dissolved, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will flare and melt with fire? 13 But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide. 14 So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
I refer to the following scripture on nearly a daily basis. How much more clearly can it be than this? If you are not striving for Holiness then you are NOT going to heaven! His Word is crystal clear but people refuse to take heed.
Hebrews 12:14 Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and Holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord. 15 Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it--
Leviticus 20:26 And you shall be Holy to Me; for I the Lord am Holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.
The word “consecrated” is mentioned many times in referring to Holiness also.
CONSECRATE, v.t. [L., to consecrate, sacred. See Sacred.]
1. To make or declare to be sacred; to appropriate to sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service and worship of God;
Leviticus 20:7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be Holy; for I am the Lord your God.
2Corinthians 7:1 THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.
Ephesians 1:4 Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be Holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
1Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and Holy living):
He also calls us to be perfect. We have the lame excuse that so many say, “no one’s perfect” but we must strive daily for that perfection of Christ!
Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
James 1:4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
He calls us to be pure!
1John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
He calls us to imitate Him!
Ephesians 5:1 THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
He calls us to be blameless!
Job 1:1 THERE WAS a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained from and shunned evil [because it was wrong].
Deuteronomy 18:13 You shall be blameless [and absolutely true] to the Lord your God.
Genesis 17:1 WHEN ABRAM was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).
There is so much more that the Word of God says about the way we are to live. People must quit listening to the lies of their denomination and the lies of man. They must start searching the scriptures like the people of Berea in Acts 17:11…..
Acts 17:11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
Anyone that has read to this point will not be able to stand before THE RIGHTEOUS GOD and say that they were not warned of what lies ahead. You will have no excuse! You will not be standing with your pastor or any other person. You will be standing by yourself before Him and you will have to give account for everything that you did on this earth.
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. 12 And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
It is our responsibility to search the scriptures and to show ourselves approved before God.
2Timothy 2:15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
I pray that people will wake up before it is too late!