We can attend the same Christian fellowship for years and remain as dead in true saving faith as ever. We become like ones on autopilot, saying, doing and believing the same – and expecting godly results. Yet for all the years we have put in, we still have the same heartaches, struggles and issues without any change. Why is this? How is this something that we accept and even look forward too? Sadly, we do because we are blind. In fact, some who will read this – who I am referring to will not see it is they who I am speaking of! Blindness is the result of refusing to embrace the truth to follow it, and from this point, one’s heart only becomes increasingly hard against receiving the Word of God into their dead souls. It is more difficult to reach a religious spiritually blinded than that of the unbelieving heathen soul.
My prayer is, that this may somehow and someway – only by God’s grace, would find such blinded and hardened souls and their eyes be allowed to see and ears allowed to hear what the Spirit of God is saying.
We have been granted by God saving faith and through this, we are promised salvation for our souls if we not only embrace it but walk in it. This is the snare for most – for they were told (not by the Word) that they need only to have faith and this will save them and are immediately offended when they hear they must prove that they believe in Jesus Christ by how they walk and the (good) works they will do.
I would ask such ones, to begin reading the scriptures, starting from the book of Matthew and read until they finish the Revelation of Jesus. As they do, ask the Lord to show them they have been wrong in such belief by opening their eyes to see what He says.
This is the trouble with our modern church age. Instead of seeking the truth asking God to reveal it, they will do as all others do, they believe what they have been told and think what they believe is of God. I am astounded in seeing those who have been churched for decades, know their way around the scriptures and even lead and teach bible studies – and remain among the ignorant. I say this with confidence because I was once one of them. I walked in a form of godliness and through ignorance denied its power; 2 Tim 3:5, thus remained unchanged in my heart and just kept doing the same thing over and over expecting for a (miraculous) change – by the grace of God, to fall upon my life.
The Deceitfulness of Sin; Heb 3:12-14
In groups such as this, we tend to justify sinful behavior by making allowances for it. The wisdom we use to come to this conclusion is not the wisdom of God but this kind:
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. – James 3:14-16
We pacify each other and say it’s okay because of the horrendous circumstances we are under and God understands our heart. So, we pat each other on the back and continue to walk in fear, or indulge in habits that bring to us solace we desperately crave and will provide for us a way of escape in our peace-less lives.
We do not ‘judge’ one another, so we dare not admonish each other in any way. If we are mad at God, well, that is okay….but I ask, is it really okay? To say we are mad at God is to reveal we do not yet know Him and reveals our ignorance and condition.
What causes such groups to continue and even flourish?
They do not know what they do not have and so do not desire it. What is missing? The Spirit of God in them. For example, a person who has been born blind knows nothing but darkness. If they were told that this was it, they would not miss what they do not know to even desire for more. This is the majority of professing believers in Christ. The Spirit of God is not a reality in their lives, but more of an entity they pray to. Since they do not experience the reality of the Power of the Living God, they do not miss it, nor do they desire it. They are content in the dying Savior forgiving them of their sins by hanging on the cross for them but deny His resurrection and power He has for them. By denying the power of the Holy Spirit is to deny Christ:
2 Tim 2:11-13
This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.
There is absolutely irrefutably no doubt that any who profess to be born from above – and baptized into Christ, will be people whose hearts will be changed, and will live lives to prove this. We will not need to depend upon drugs of any kind, to calm us and bring us a sense of peace. We will not live to please or seek approval (and love) from our children, siblings, parents, spouses, clergy, or anyone else. We will live to seek to please and walk in the God we say we believe even at the cost of such loved ones.
We will not tolerate sin let alone continue to live practicing it. As the Lord reveals to us what offends Him, we rid ourselves of it. We are not afraid to ask God to search our hearts, in fact, this is a regular prayer so we can deal with anything that offends Him immediately. Some would accuse us as being legalists or trying to be super-spiritual, I would counter to say, that we are simply those who have submitted themselves under the authority of the Word, and by His Holy Spirit’s direction do we seek in such ways.
For those who do not have the indwelling Spirit, they are still dead in their sins and dead to God. They practice a dead faith and walk on death row. Unfortunately just saying or even sincerely believing you have the Spirit does not mean it is true. The Spirit will prove He is in us by our conduct and condition of our heart.
Here are some characteristics of Unsaving – dead Faith:
- Faith is rooted in the flesh and unregenerate (knows nothing of the Spirit)
- There is no inward work in the heart, all work is outward
- May appear as a faithful and godly servant of the Lord
- Will not produce/experience the fruit of the Spirit which are; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23)
- Will produce works of the flesh which are; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Gal 5:19-21)
- Will not be sensitive and grieved by sin or will not fear offending God continuing to live unholy and contrary lives
- Do not enjoy reading and studying the scriptures, nor personal prayer time but do so out of obligation, or to get something from God
See Also: Jesus is Coming for His Bride, and this is what she looks like: Sensitive or Numb to the Spirit of God? Legalism The Power Source The Surface Christian 8 Attributes & Habits The Christian Void of the Spirit