A TRUE CHRISTIAN – A FAUX CHRISTIAN
A carnal, natural, fleshly person’s actions are very much like a babe, carnal-like Christian. They are so much alike that no one can tell the difference since we can’t evaluate the heart. Even the person himself sometimes cannot tell.
“Empty professors [faux Christians] are fatally deluded by a false confidence, a complacent taking for granted that they are real Christians when they have never been born again” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p130, brackets mine).
“Beware lest there be among you a man…whose heart is turning away today from the LORD…who…blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart’…” (Deut 29:18-19 ESV).
“It is true that many a carnal man is ravished to think that God loves him, and will save him; but in this case, it is not the true character of God which charms the heart; it is not God that is loved….self-love is the source of all his affections” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p67).
“How should divine justice spare the sinner, who knows the right, approves it, and professes to follow it, and all the while loves evil and gives it dominion in his heart” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Nov 14th AM).
The true Christian, possesses a new heart given him by GOD. He is regenerated; he has now a different motivational direction than his old natural ways. Yet he may remain a “babe” in CHRIST and not outwardly display any changed actions. He may appear like a carnal, fleshly person.
With both a true Christian and a faux Christian looking so much alike it behooves us all to search ourselves and see if there is any wickedness in us.