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Pretenders

06 Aug

Today God gave me something in Revelation 3, verses 1 through 4, which say:

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:1-4)

It’s possible to act like a Christian, and to talk like a Christian, but not be a Christian. This I believe is what the Church in Sardis was; pretending to be “alive” while they were living in sin. God is telling them here to wake up to their sin, and repent while there were still some in their congregation that weren’t yet trapped by sin… The same can be said of many Churches today; there are more than a few claiming to be alive in Christ, but not actually having faith in Christ as their savior.

I do not believe it is possible to lose your salvation, but it is possible to have never been saved. An empty confession of faith, which lacks actual conviction or meaning, means nothing. If we’re living in habitual sin, we need to really examine our-selves and see if our confession in Christ really is genuine. No Christian will ever completely fall to sin, though it is possible to stumble for a time. Thus, if we find our-selves in bondage to something, we need to ask God to save us from that which is enslaving us–it’s just common logic.

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