Are you denying Christ? Part 1
Why are many people who claim to be believers today not living like it? In 1 Peter 2:9 it says, “But you are called to be a chosen people, the King’s cohanim (Priest), a holy nation, a people for God to possess!” (CJB) Christians are saved by grace but that is not the end. Because of the Reformation some people think that this question as been resolved for all time. But we have moved from one extreme to another. The Roman Catholic Church taught that you must do good works to be saved and then the Protestant now taught that all you needed was grace and faith. I would argue that both are wrong. Yes it is true that you can only be saved by grace which is a gift from God but afterwards we are called to live a Holy life. In a sense it is that God doesn’t love us because we do good works, but rather it is because God loves us that we do good works. The Grace that forgives us also transforms us. So people who have not been transformed are not forgiven. God expects that His true children will obey Him once they know what he expects from them. Those who profess to be His Children yet persist in the practice of lawlessness even after enlightenment are deceived. People who have truly been born again yearn to be holy; they “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt. 5:6). God is at work within them to complete the good work He began in their lives (see Phil. 1:6; 2:13). There is no such thing as justification that is not followed by sanctification. For this reason Scripture says, “Pursue…the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). Heaven is not for the unholy. Salvation is no a result of our good works; good works, however, are a result of our salvation. The new birth changes, the behaviour of sinners, sometimes radically in the case of gross sinners. If you claim to be a Christian are you living like one? I am not saying that you have to live sinless lives. This is impossible this side of eternity. But are you doing what John calls “Practising sin”, in other words repeating the same sin over and over without having remorse. Light cannot live with darkness. The Bible is very clear about this. By living in sin as a believer you are not only bringing dishonour upon yourself but above all you are bringing dishonour upon God. In other words you are denying Christ. You must repent of your sin and start living the way God wants you to live. How can you be a light for God is you are living in darkness? There are many passages which speak clearly to us about living in holiness and what not to do. Such passages are the Sermon on the mount; 1 Cor.6:9-10; Gal.5:19-21; and Eph.5:5-6 to name but a few. Paul wrote in 2Cor. 13:4, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith.” So I will ask you the same question. Please test and examine yourselves to see if you are truly a believer and if you are living like one. If you are not please repent and start over again. If you are keep walking close to God.