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Story of a child who stows away. He is raised as an elf. They dress him like an elf and treat him like an elf. They teach him to make toys like an elf. As time passes it becomes clear that he is not an elf. One major clue is that he grows six feet tall. Anther is how slowly he makes toys. Eventually it must be acknowledged to the boy, now a man, that he is not an elf.
The true church is made up of Christians, but sometimes there are stowaways in the church. We treat them as if they are Christians. They dress like Christians, they sing like Christians, eventually though it will come out that they are not. No amount of work could make the "elf" an elf. No amount of work can make a human a Christian. We must be born into the family of God by the power of God.