Summary: Unfortunately the vast majority of those who profess Christianity are not in fact Christians but remain spiritually dead in their sins because they have not met Jesus’ one requirement to even see the Kingdom of Heaven, that is, they must be born again spiritually.
Are we real Christians or just pretending to be Christians?
Jer 3:10 …Judah (My own people) has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense, says the LORD.
Sometimes we hear that there are living today about two billion people who are Christians. Unfortunately the vast majority of those who profess Christianity are not in fact Christians but remain spiritually dead in their sins because they have not met Jesus’ one requirement to even see the Kingdom of Heaven, that is, they must be born again spiritually.
John 3:3 Jesus replied, "I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God." NLT
Each and every one of us must believe for ourselves and with all of our hearts that Christ, God’s Son, bore our personal sins on the Cross. And that on the basis of this alone God is willing to forgive us, provided we are willing to repent by acknowledging this life changing truth of God’s word, and start to act like we believe it. Those who profess to be Christians but have not repented, believed, and are not born again are just pretending to be Christians.
Luke 24:46-47 ...it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations...
Acts 26:20 ...That they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
Others were born again as Christians but lost their first love and now are pretend Christians
Of those who truly are Christians sadly again the vast majority do not live as Christians, for they don’t live in that part of them that was born again where Christ dwells, their heart or spirit, but live in their human nature where sin still rules. Consequently since they are not living “In Christ” they cannot bear spiritual fruit, which is God’s primary purpose for the Christian, and are not therefore disciples of Christ. They may engage in a bunch of dead religious activities and possess a vast head knowledge of scripture verses but none of this can hide the fact that these Christians are not real Christians they are pretend Christians.
John 15:5-8 (Jesus) He who lives in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit...By this My
Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
What is a pretend Christian?
A pretend Christian pretends that they are walking with God when they are not. They pretend to know, understand and believe Bible verses when in fact they have only mentally consented to or agreed with those scriptures, but God’s words are not living in their hearts (John 5:38). Since God’s words, the very nature of Christ, do not continually flow into their hearts their lives are not being changed into the likeness of Christ, victory over sins is not being won, and God’s words made alive by God’s Spirit are not flowing from their hearts through their lips, as spiritual fruit, into the hearts of others. They may honor God with their words but their hearts are far from Him because they won’t let God, who redeemed them from Satan’s awful kingdom, take full possession of them, as Lord.
Matt15:8-9 These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips , But their heart is far from Me.
Luke 12:1 ….He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven (teaching) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (say one thing do another)”.
Matt 23:3 ...Do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
When we only say God’s words but don’t do them, whatever faith we may have had when we heard those words, now dies, for we’ve lost those words and all the love, the power and the fear of God that was in those words to keep us living in Christ, has now disappeared.
Jam 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Pretend Christians, who are the majority, will twist the scriptures to justify themselves
The true interpretation of scripture is that given by the Holy Spirit (the only one who knows 1 Cor 2:11) to the spirit or heart of a person (the only place the true interpretation can be received 1 Cor 2:14). Since pretend Christians are not living in their hearts but in their heads, which cannot receive from God’s Spirit, then every conceivable twisting, rational-ization and misrepresentation of scripture can only follow. God warns the real Christian to beware of this and rather to continue growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 3:16-18 …Untaught (by God’s Spirit) and unstable people (easily moved off the