We all know people who say they are a Christian, but something just isn’t right. We know Christians who adamantly proclaim someone who is famous as a Christian, but how do we know? We are not judges. We don’t know if someone prayed to accept Jesus Christ or wanted to get baptized but were delayed until it was too late. Some sheep look like Christians because they go to church, pay tithing and are even in leadership positions. But we need the help of the Holy Spirit to know who are really Christians so we know if we should accept their leadership, otherwise they could lead us from our walk with God. The scriptures say that even the elect will be deceived by the spirit of antichrist. God forbid that we would be deceived in these last days. God did not leave us helpless without wisdom or understanding. He sent his apostle Paul to the Gentiles giving them the words to know the fruits of a real Christian, so we will not be deceived.
Here is your guideline. This is your template for holding up to the results of people’s lives to know truth. In order to make wise decisions we have to know truth and worldly people do not know the truth. Follow this simple scripture in who you choose to follow in life and you will not be deceived by the anti-Christ. I am not saying you need to confront these people, nor the others who follow them, but just be aware yourself to make the correct decisions.
Romans 12: 9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.[e] 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;[f] do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;[g] for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NRSV)
Ok to clarify: a true Christian is filled with love. Jesus said clearly that is how we will know who His followers are. A true Christian is not proud thinking he is better than other people. Do you know people who pray faithfully, have joy, patience and hope? Seek out those people and thank God they are in your life. A Christian does not seek revenge nor attack their enemies, because the consuming love of God has filled their thoughts. God is warning us: do not be overcome by evil, but we in Jesus name will overcome ALL evil with the goodness of Jesus Christ. Even better stop right now and pray how does your Christian life line up with the word of God.
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