Are You denying Christ? Part 2
Being a believer is not just about doctrine and faith. These are important issues and should always be taken seriously. But having correct doctrine and faith is no good if your life is not a life of obedience to Christ. In Ephesians 5:5-6 we read, “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” We are called to live Holy lives not unholy ones. An Unholy Christian is no Christian at all and should not even claim to be one because they bring nothing but dishonour to the name of Jesus.
As Christians our character is revealed, not by what we do on Sunday mornings, but what we do all week. It is revealed more by “little” things and by what we do when alone and no one is watching us. One who has been truly born again is indwelt by God’s Spirit and is progressively made holy as he cooperates with the Spirit. He will not lead a double life. Certainly he may stumble at times and sin. But that is not his consistant behaviour. His life is primarily characterized by obedience to the God whome he loves all the time. As John wrote, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:9). The new birth is the begining of a new life of holiness. And as the true Christian learns more of God’s will, he is transformed more and more to be like Jesus (see Rom. 12:2). True Christians are motivated to be holy because they’ve been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and because they love God. On the other hand, what motivates counterfeit Christians to be as moral as they are is their own self-interest, the same thing that motivates non-christians to be as moral as they are.
As Christians of course we will sin, but true Christians will feel extremely guilty and would cry out for God’s forgiveness and if they do God will forgive them. It is when we don’t feel guilty and don’t ask God for forgiveness that we should worry and ask ourselves “Are we really a christian, and are we denying Christ by our lifestyles”. Sin loses its grip when we repent, because that is when God forgives and delivers us. But repentance involves a turning away from all known sin. It is an attitude of our heart and an act of our will. People who truly repent demonstrate their repentance by their actions (see Luke 3:8 and Acts 26:20). So Repent of your sin and start living a life which brings honour to Christ and does not deny him.