In John 4:23 the bible says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the TRUE worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.” There seems to be three types of Christians in our society. The first type are people that claim they are Christians simply because our culture says so. However, there is no evidence attached to their lives. They agree that God exists. James 2:19 says, “You believe there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe and tremble.” Just believing is not enough. Secondly, we have Christians that are affiliated with a church. They may even attend weekly. Just going to church does not make you a Christian any more than sitting in the garage makes you a car. Thirdly, we have people who sincerely love the Lord and seek to please Him. Which type are you?

Jesus told us in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” This verse is telling us to watch out for religious impostors! To be false means not authentic. It also means to have a similar appearance but a different structure. There is a significant different between real fruit and fake fruit. According to the standards in the bible, fake fruit will not qualify you. In 1 John 1:6, the bible says “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we LIE, and do NOT the truth.” It also says in 1 John 2:4, “He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a LIAR, and the truth is NOT in him.” We cannot live any old way we want! We cannot continually sin against God and expect his hand of blessing on us. It matters how we live. Do you put on a friendly smile at church but are living like the devil the rest of the week? You have deceived yourself. Jesus warned us in Matthew 7 that not everyone that calls him Lord is right with him. He explains that if you are walking in sin, then you do not really know him.

If you have been living this deceived life, just follow the Bible’s instruction in 1 John 1:9, confess your sins. He is faithful and just to forgive your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Let’s not be fake Christians!

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