For the majority of people in society when someone says the church they automatically think of their local church down the street or a nearby church when in fact the building that a “church” is in has really nothing to do with the true “Church”. Yes that is with a capital “C”. By a true definition the Church is the body of Jesus Christ or in other words it is all the true Christians, not just a building where people go and call themselves Christians!
So let’s take a quick look at the people inside these churches who call themselves Christians. According to a survey 49% of these people believe that living with someone of the opposite sex without being married was morally okay. 33% of those professing to be born again Christians thought that it was okay to kill a baby while it is still in the womb.
53% of men belonging to Promise Keepers, (they make a promise to be committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity) 53% of those men said they visit porn sites every week. How about this one where a survey of 6,000 pastors found that 30% of those pastors had viewed internet porn in the last 30 days.
Close to half of those calling themselves Christians believe that Satan does not exist. 33% say that Jesus sinned while He was on earth. Jesus “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21), He “committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).
41% of self-proclaimed Christians believe that “the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths”, they are NOT!
The point here is that, no wonder the church is seen by many as hypocritical. Most people in a church or those saying they are Christians are not. The true Christians are usually pretty easy to pick out they are the ones that show love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. They are doing things to help others! No works cannot earn you salvation but if you truly are a Christian then you have a desire to do these works.
The Bible clearly says that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9), but it also says that faith without works is dead (James 2:17), we can be saved without good works just like the thief on the cross who died immediately after he placed his faith in Jesus (Luke 23:43). But as a rule, good works are evidence of our faith, a sign that we are Christians and we are part of the true Church.
We need to regularly “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith, test yourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Please do this and do not just assume that you are a Christian. Jesus loves you and you need to be sure of this.
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Until next time “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
Thanks again and God bless you,