Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ten Marks of a False Convert

- compliments of Truth Matters

1. You believe that you are inherently a good person, thus denying the doctrine of Original Sin.

2. You commit idolatry of the mind and blaspheme the very character of God by denying essential doctrines such as judgment, hell, regeneration, and justification by faith alone; and you replace the truth with lies such as sinless perfection and open theism.

3. You think that only the red-lettered words in your Bible are the words of Jesus and, therefore, the rest of the Bible can be interpreted and applied to your liking.

4. You believe that a person can be a Christian while wantonly engaging in habitual sin; such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery in mind or body, the support in any way whatsoever of the murder of the unborn, or any other sin.

5. You believe that because a person has prayed a prayer and asked Jesus into their heart, then they are saved.

6. You believe a person can be a Christian, even if they bear no fruit after making a profession of faith in Christ. You treat the grace of God as a license to sin. You like the word backslider.

7. You struggle with the thought of missing a meal; but going days, weeks, even months without reading your Bible doesn't faze you.

8. You pray when you want something from God; but beyond that you have very little time for conversation with Him.

9. You believe that Darwinian, macro-evolution is a scientific fact and compatible with belief in the God of the Bible.

10. You see evangelism as a gift other people have; and you have no real concern about the fact that 150,000 people die every day, with the vast majority of them bound for hell. You soothe your conscience by convincing yourself that friendship evangelism, as it is most commonly practiced among American Christians, is actually in the Bible. You think that if you let your little light shine, you don't have to verbally proclaim the gospel.

9 comments:

4simpsons said...

Great list, Mark!

Dennis said...

I would add one more:

11. You refuse to hold others accountable to the moral law of God and do not speak out against the sins of our culture because that would be judging.

Mark said...

that is true Dennis! It is by no accident many churches today build thier doctrines around the world's thinking and not God's word - all in the name of unity "tolerance" and "love." Lest we be called "trouble makers." Blessings to you and Neil!

gcmwatch said...

Mark this is very on point. We may have to expand this.
A question when a person is a false convert, what does it take to be a true convert/disciple?

Mark said...

what does it take to be a true convert/disciple?

I think these are good places to start - 1 John 2:4 and 1 John 2:10

Anonymous said...

I REALIZED AS I READ THIS LIST I HAVE PRACTICED SOME OF THEM. HOW DOES ONE TRULY KNOW THEIR RIGHT WITH GOD? I HAVE REPENTED OF MY SINS, BUT IN LIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, I FEEL A LITTLE NOW THAT I MIGHT BE DECEIVING MYSELF INTO THINKING I AM RIGHT AGAIN WITH GOD.

Mark said...

anonymous,

You may very well be deceiving yourself. A believer's assurance is increased with obedience, not salvation. God's grace does not depened upon us, it's a gift. Sin was God's problem and He solved it. no?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am beginning to understand that now. My thorn in the flesh is an unusal one: reality shows. The lustful situations going on in the shows contradicts with the holy lifestyle God wants me to live. As a result, an old demon I thought I was delivered from (porn) has reared its ugly head back in my life as well. I go through the process of repenting over & over again and that is why your list alarmed me. I want to be truly right with God after I repent, not in deception. I didn't mean to unload all of my dirty deeds on you, what are your thoughts?

Mark said...

what are your thoughts?

being "alarmed" is nothing short of God's grace and His intimate workings in all His children - you and I. Rest assured, He will never let you go, He does not start a good work and not finish.

Blessings!