True Conversion to Christ?

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Today I received a great message from a pastor friend I know.  We were discussing how someone that, by all appearances, is a committed Christian; but, can jump into major sin so easily.

I’m not talking about the run-of-the-mill everyday sins like little white lies, truly minor indiscretions, lapses in kindness.  I’m referring to breaking the Ten Commandments.  A reminder:

Ten Commandments

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Now, I can honestly say that I’m not perfect.  Far from it.  However, I can honestly say I don’t commit Top Ten sins – and it’s really not that hard to not steal, have affairs, lie about others, kill people, etc….

Just do what is right.

I’ve been in several relationships where the women praise up and down that they are Christians.  They go to church, enroll their kids in Sunday school and other Christian activities, or even teach Sunday school and talk the talk – a lot.

But these weren’t just ordinary hypocrites.

AbandonmentAll of these relationships turned into disasters when the women started doing extremely un-Christian-like behaviors.  They had affairs, virtually abandoned their children to chase men or money for personal gain (not for their kids), did drugs, used their sexuality to promote themselves or others, and/or quit going to church.

They all made excuses for their behavior rather than just admit they did it, take responsibility, apologize, and repent.  That’s what true Christians do.

Got_the_HatThe leading excuse was “I’ve been through a lot.”  It’s the prevalent victim mentality used throughout our society today to rationalize all kinds of bad behavior, as though going through something bad, even Hell, gives anyone the right to make wrong choices, hurt others including their children, or go directly against the teachings of Christ.

To me, they have no control over their thought life.  They thought sin; so, they did it.

I’ve witnessed a lot of cheerleaders for Christ.  They go to church, talk the talk, but don’t make choices or behave based on the Word of God.

They think about being a Christian; but, they are not Christian.

To me they are not FOLLOWERS of Christ.  They imagine a fairytale lifestyle that is not real on this earth, they project a feel-good prosperity faith without struggle, or they have judgmental motives to criticize Christian institutions and traditions.

Something inside their mind attracts them to big sin.

They also pick and choose which Christian principles to live by – not live by all of them.  Those are called cafeteria Christians.  Take one belief from column A, two from column B, skip C, and that’s their personal version of being a Christian – to them.

So I asked the pastor, “How can this happen?”  And why do they continue to talk one way and do another?

His answer:

“No one who has a true conversion turns on Jesus.  It was all false.  She/they wore the Jesus t-shirt but not the changed heart.  Sad.”

This is as good an answer as any I’ve heard.  It explains a lot.

Does that mean they are saved and have the faith necessary to enter into eternity seated with God?  What do you think?

 

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