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Is your "Christianity" - GENUINE or FAKE?

(Part 3)

We have a serious problem!

Many people say that to become a "Christian," all you have to do is to "accept" or "receive" Christ. But what does this mean? And how is this supposed to impact your life?

Many people claim to be "saved" yet do not live it. Others live it for a while and later "fall away."

Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are despicable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good. (Titus 1:16)


Many people don't even know the "basics" of Christianity. Yet Scripture tells us that, if we are truly "born again," we need to be willing to grow up!

So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. (Hebrews 6:1a)


Beware of a Counterfeit "Salvation"!

The Devil can look like an "angel of light." Scripture warns us that many religious leaders will follow him and will deceive many people into thinking they are "saved," when they actually aren't. See: 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2Timothy 3:13.

Many people want to "go to heaven," but they don't care much about living for God. It's just that they don't want to experience the consequences of their sins. Even in this matter, they love themselves more than they love God!

Only those who are Jesus' friends and who love him now will have the opportunity to live with him for eternity.

The Issue of God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

Many people have a difficult time accepting these two concepts, when it comes to salvation, but Scripture teaches both. They go together, like the two sides of one coin. See: John 6:37; Philippians 2:12-13 (note that the phrase "work out your salvation," used in some translations, doesn't mean "work for it"); Acts 28:26-27 (a prophecy quoted to some people after they chose to reject the good news about Jesus).

Even if we find these concepts to be a bit difficult to understand, Scripture clearly teaches us some of the practical consequences of these truths.

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Dennis Hinks 2004
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996.
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