July 11, 2019
The art of imitation is a fine-honed craft these days. Fake fur, stone façade, imitation leather and yes, faux faith.
Sadly, there are a lot of churches out there that are preaching a false gospel. It says if you cry out the name of Jesus that you’ve done your thing and you’re on the way to heaven.’
The case against those who would attempt to claim trust in God’s promise but do not have an actual transformation of the heart is prevalent in scripture. You’d think folks would realize that you can’t fool God, and he doesn’t care what our outside appearance looks like, he is most interested in the heart’s condition.
So much so, that he spurns the Faux Christians.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Matthew 7:22 (NKJV)
Jesus goes on to address what he will say to these of faux faith…
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Matthew 7:23 (NKJV)
GET OUT! I don’t know you; your life demonstrates lawlessness! Get out of my sight.
Jesus doesn’t hold back. He makes it clear that if there isn’t a heart change there will not be a change in destination.
Our Lord is critical of fake self established ‘believers’, claiming their association with him, but yet don’t have his Spirit living within. They may fool others, but they can’t convince Jesus. He doesn’t pay attention to the outside, he looks within.
When God sent Samuel to find the next King, he expressed this clearly and expected his servant Samuel to do the same.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)
Samuel selected the runt of the family, David. The greatest warrior king, Israel had. A simple shepherd boy who had the heart of a lion. A man after God’s own heart and it was his heart that God was most interested in.
The sinner’s prayer is not a magical incantation which injects eternal life into us and punches our ticket for heaven. If there isn’t a heart change, then there is no change in destination to what we by default are justly sentenced.
The wages of sin is death!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
We are born into sin. We sin by our very nature. The very first thing a child demonstrates in their learning is being selfish. If there isn’t an event that changes that state, we are bound for eternal punishment. The only way to facilitate that change is through the blood of God’s Son and surrender to him, as Lord of our lives.
Jesus gave an illustration of the good and evil servant.
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 24:45-51 (NKJV)
Consider this passage.
Who was the evil servant serving? Certainly not his master. He was abusing his fellow servants, eating, drinking and carrying on with abandon. He wasn’t serving the one who he claimed to be subservient to, he was only serving himself.
He was not his master’s servant; he was a faux servant. Leveraging the best, he could glean from his master’s wealth and position.
The result? This servant suffered the ultimate punishment, to the point of dismemberment and death.
Many will say Lord, Lord! And the master will turn his head away and say depart from me, you evil imposter. I don’t know you. You never knew me and the mark of my Spirit living in you is not present. You and your “Faux Faith”.
The faith that Jesus said all we would require is faith no bigger than a mustard seed to command mountains to be cast in to the sea.
The fakes are everywhere. It’s easy for them to hide in our midst, because we don’t live our faith as we should. Not living your faith isn’t that far away from not having it at all and being that faux Christian. It should be clear if your heart is cleansed by the blood of Jesus, that you are different from the world, even the worldly that claim allegiance to Christ Jesus.
If you don’t have that relationship, the words and deeds you do are meaningless. Only the surrendered heart is his.
In the Grace of Jesus!