Saturday, 3 January 2015
True and false conversion
“Ray Comfort believes in eternal security…” Dan Corner
“Ray believes you can lose your salvation.” Stafford Harder.
Unfortunately, when commenting on this subject, many books and sermons from respectable men and women of God, seem to be silent on the subject of true and false conversion. The New Testament deals with this in great depth. For example, it tells of Judas' false profession of faith. He was actually a thief (Matthew 12:6) and was referred to by Jesus as a "devil.” Jesus continually spoke about true and false "believers" sitting alongside one another (the wheat and tares, the foolish virgins and wise virgins, good fish and bad fish, the goats and the sheep, etc).
The Bible speaks of Demas, who forsook Paul because he loved this present world. As such, he revealed himself to be an enemy of God--"Whoever is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.”
I read some time ago where an author referred to a pastor/friend who was found to be "romantically" involved with another woman. The pastor had made his mind up to divorce his wife and marry the woman. Instead of challenging the man as to the validity of his faith and warning him that adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) he spoke of the man's "loss of rewards."
A true convert puts his hand to the plow and doesn't look back because he is "fit" for the kingdom (see Luke 9:62). Those who are fit for the Kingdom are not hypocrites. They live in holiness and they perpetually turn from all known sin--knowing that if we sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (see 1 John 1:9).
However, if a man steals, lies, kills, rapes, hates, lusts, covets, commits adultery, etc., and calls himself a Christian, he would be very wise to examine himself and see if he is "in the faith." The Bible makes it very clear that hypocrites will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
If we have no understanding of true and false conversion (in our ignorance), we may make a calculated decision to forsake a few future eternal rewards and trade them for the immediate and temporary pleasures of sin. Such an error may have eternal tragic repercussions.
Teaching on true and false conversion would clear the air when it comes to the contentions between two opinions that so often divide the Church. It would bring closer together those who say you can lose your salvation at the drop of a sinful hat and others who think that Christians can get away with rape and murder, and still be assured that they are saved, because they once professed faith in the Savior.
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