1. T. I. Miller

    Cultural Christians are just that. They appear to live the culture but they do have the LIFE. They profess Christ but do not possess Christ. They are on their way to Matt. 7:21-23. They have not done the Fathers will. Without the root they can produce no genuine fruit. They will only hear, “depart from Me….I never knew you.” I know this to be true for formally I was self deceived. I know this to be true for the bible tells me so. The plain unvarnished gospel had never been fully explained to me. The day I was saved the comforter was no comfort, He made me see my sins from God’s eyes, and I was undone, shattered and broken. From true repentance comes saving grace.

  2. Brenda

    Dear LightHouse Trails, Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you all so much for your discernment in the Church & for all your great articles. I know this topic well (striving to live a life w/out first being born-again). I thought I was saved (& thereafter showed my “not quite” salvation by praying, giving, attending Church, serving); however, I hadn’t yet been born again. My new birth occurred when I pondered Heb 3:8–Heb 4:10. When I realized that God rested ** completely ** from His works on the 7th day, & that in order to enter God’s rest , I, too, must rest * completely * from my own works; well, praise God for lifting the blinders. You might say I was a “false” convert, but I prefer “pre” convert. I didn’t know, I truly thought I had it right. All that to say, Thank You, LORD! And thank you LT (& all your great authors) for all you do! PS ~~ to unsure readers, Eph 1:13 assures us that we are “sealed in Christ by the Holy Spirit” the moment we hear & believe the Gospel of salvation (1 Cor 15:3,4). Praise God for beginning His work in us at that moment! God Bless you all, Brenda

  3. CW

    Re: Trying to Live the Christian Life Without Having the Christian LIFE Christ Jesus IS the Life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He said, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” Oh, that the Lord would raise up men like Harry Ironside again! We need men like him desperately in the Body of Christ these days.

  4. CW

    Many times people are seriously deluded about salvation by false teachers and preachers. Not always, but many times. These are tares among the wheat, and Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” I hope all Christians are praying for these deceived people to see the truth of their sinful, lost condition and repent with godly sorrow, coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, becoming new creations in Him. Nothing else will suffice.

  5. Ruth Allan

    Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

  6. Lydia

    Yes, they try to ‘be good’ from the muscle of the flesh, and it never works out too well. You can’t produce the fruit of the Spirit if you have no root in the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit!

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