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Fake Christians

Fake Christians are not Christians at all!

False believers are the products of false teachings. These false believers are taught to believe that heaven is their destination and those that rejected the teaching are said will be denied to enter heaven. The best way to avoid being the victim of false teachings is to be aware of the way they walk and follow the instructions of God and correctly handles the word of truth. Any twisting of the truth must be considered a violation of trust and time to make decision to leave the organization.

Many people have been deceived and followed false teachings from the Bible especially given by a well organize respected speaker, smooth and fluent in delivering the scriptures, good with full humor that makes the audience laugh and forget all worries. These speakers are almost like professional entertainers.  There is time to entertain and time to be serious especially when we talk about instructions from God. Those who refuse to follow the instructions only follow their own mind and not God.

There are many people who claim to be Christians and show off their lifestyle, such as wearing their gold cross, a ring with a cross, Christian names, going to church regularly, giving tithes that anybody in the circle knows how big they give, and any kind of symbols that will identify their faithfulness to Christianity. Some Christians even think that they are above any other religions because of saving grace that only Christians have.  We have to know that this claim is false!  

Pope Saint John Paul II—All Salvation Comes through Christ General Audience — May 31, 1995

Pope Paul II said “as I wrote in the Encyclical Redemptoris Missio, the gift of salvation cannot be limited “to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all.”  He added: “Many people do not have the opportunity to come to know or accept the Gospel revelation or to enter the Church. The social and cultural conditions in which they live do not permit this, and frequently they have been brought up in other religious traditions” (RM 10), And he continued “you know there are people still having sex outside of marriage, still going to clubs, they still have a continuous willful potty mouth.  Hell will be worse for these people than atheists. They are just Sunday Christians and they don’t care about Christ.  Am I saying that a Christian is perfect? No!  Can a Christian backslide? Yes, but there will be growth and maturity in true believers (True Christians) life because it is God working in them. They won’t just remain in darkness if they are the Lord’s sheep because God will discipline them and also His sheep hears His voice.

We can go to church every Sunday, special days but holiday service doesn’t make anyone a true Christian any more than going to a library and makes you smart. There are many faces of Christian believers; judgmental, twisted tongues, self-righteous, arrogant instead of acting confident, cliques, and many more to mention. We want to be a walking advertisement of God’s goodness and not distracters and much worse a destructor of faith. We want to have a powerful testimony and not a collector of disappointed believers. Our behavior in and out of the church must not change and must maintain a respectful and honorable attitude. Today and tomorrow will be the same outcome, but it will still be you and only you can change and can make a difference.

There are people that are good at acting and pretend to be your friend but only to take advantage of you.  As Matthew said that their lips are close to you but their hearts are far—In Matthew 15:8. When we praise and worship God it should be coming from our hearts and not just from our lips which leads to nothing because God won’t even be near us when we do such things. Isaiah 29:13.

The tongue is one of the delicate parts of our body, it can testify wrongfully and can make people upset with each other. Any false testimony coming out from our mouth is dangerous and to be a true Christian we need to control our tongues.—James 1:26.

True Christians don’t envy the success of others but instead, they should work harder if they want to improve their lives. Do not let enviousness ruins the life that will lead you to hatred but instead bless them for their success. Stay in the light and remain in the light no matter what, they cannot attack you when you are in the light—1 John 2:9.

Fake Christians claim they have the knowledge of God and yet they do wicked things and they are unfit to be called Christians. Christians do not sin willfully.—Titus 1:16. Everyone lies from time to time and to claim that Christians do not lie is false. Sinning is disobedience and is against God’s command. Those who live in Christ do not go on sinning, but our weaknesses to sin lead our body and soul doomed to judgment. 

Even though the Bible advises us to gently correct our brothers and sisters for their missteps, rebuke them when they make sin, and encourage them to go back to faith.   How could you do that if you are doing the same thing or even more than them? Hypocrisy is one of the worst things a false Christian can do. Any acts that want attention are the same thing.

Matthew 7:3-5 says “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but does not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

False Christians are more of him than others, while true Christians work for the welfare of others. It’s irresponsible for false Christians to claim something they are not. It’s the responsibility of Christians to look for one another.

Paul advised us about fellowshipping: “Don’t be tied up as equal partners with people who don’t believe. What does righteousness share with that which is outside the Law? What relationship does light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Only God knows our hearts whether those people acting like real followers of Jesus Christ or not let the one true judge handle it. Our responsibility as Christians is to help others not to fall on their deceitful acts. Jesus warned, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1).

Jesus commands us to love people, not to treat them as if they were worthless. He said in John 13:35 “all men will know that we are his disciples if we love one another”. The Bible also says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all” (Philippians 4:5). Humility, honesty, and integrity is the way to true Christian Living.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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