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False Christians

False 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 who reject the teaching will be denied entry. The best way to avoid being the victim of false teachings is to be aware of how they walk, follow God’s instructions, and correctly handle the word of truth. Any twisting of the truth must be considered a violation of trust and time to decide to leave the organization.

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

Many people 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 offer, and any symbols that will identify their faithfulness to Christianity. Some Christians even think they are above any other religions because of the saving grace 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). 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) lives because God works in them. They won’t just remain in darkness if they are the Lord’s sheep because God will discipline them, and His sheep will hear His voice.

We can attend Church every Sunday, on special days, but holiday service doesn’t make anyone a faithful Christian any more than going to a library makes you bright. There are many faces of Christian believers: judgmental, twisted tongues, self-righteousness, arrogance 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, destructors 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; we must maintain a respectful and honorable attitude. Today and tomorrow will be the same outcome, but it will still be you; only you can change and make a difference.

Some people are good at acting and pretend to be your friend but only take advantage of you. As Matthew said, 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 mouths is dangerous, and to be faithful Christians, we must 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 ruin the energy that will lead you to hatred; bless them for their success. Stay in the light and remain in the morning no matter what. They cannot attack you when you are in the light—1 John 2:9.

False Christians claim they know God but do wicked things and are unfit to be called Christians. Christians do not sin willfully.—Titus 1:16. Everyone lies from time to time, and claiming 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 bodies and souls doomed to judgment. 

Even though the Bible advises us to gently correct our brothers and sisters for their missteps, rebuke them when they sin, and encourage them to return to faith.   How could you do that if you do 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 in your brother’s eye, but does not notice the log in your 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 eye? So, you hypocrite, first take the log out of your 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 faithful 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 are the way to authentic Christian Living.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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