So many in this day and age call themselves “Christian.” But are they really “Christ like?”
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21
The word “Christian” comes from the Greek word Christianos, meaning “follower of Christ,” which comes from the word Christos, meaning “anointed one,” who is Jesus Christ.
Are all of those who claim to be Christian, truly a follower of Him? How do you know who is a true believer and who is just pretending? How do you know if they are genuine or if they have just pinned the title to their jacket?
And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.” Matthew 24:4-5
“And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13
Do not trust names, titles, false perceptions, or positions and prominence in the church. Many walk in falsehood, pretension, and lies, claiming one thing and practicing another.
It is quite easy actually to tell who is of the Lord and who is not. You will know them by their fruit.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-20
It is in how they act, how they speak, how they treat one another, and quite frankly if they do not reflect the character of Jesus Christ, they are false. If they were truly Christian, they would follow and obey the commandments of the Lord and His ways and precepts. They would display the fruits of the Lord’s Spirit. But they make it plain and simple that they do not.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Jesus said, I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. John 15:5-6
They are false Christians, false believers, false teachers, and false prophets. Stop calling all those who claim to be of the Lord Jesus Christ Christians, yet they do not act, talk, or walk like Him at all.
It simply is not true. If they do not exhibit the characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is righteous, pure, and holy in all His ways, they are not of Him nor are they for Him. But they are of the devil and sent by the devil to deceive, steal, and destroy the lives and souls of any they can.
You need to be wise and walk in the understanding, discernment, and insight of the Holy Spirit. Open your eyes that you may see, open your ears that you may hear, and open your spirit to the Spirit of the Lord, that He may unveil the truth of who they really are.
Many souls are in danger of being lost forever in an eternal destination of suffering and torment. How important does this understanding make the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are deceived and lost? How very urgent the truth of the Gospel is to those who will perish if they do not turn, repent of their sins, follow, and obey the Lord.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:21-23