Some Horrible Biographies
"If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you."
-Revelation 3:3b, emphasis added
These Sardians professed the truth without possessing Christ personally. God says that such hypocrites will face this final end: "His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat [the fruit-bearing ones] into the barn [heaven]; but He will burn up the chaff [unsaved ones] with unquenchable fire [hell]" (Matthew 3:12).
There are many Scripture writers who record horror stories of false believers who are called dogs, pigs, wolves, thistles, fire, and rotten fruit. All of these are destined for destruction:
The Cains grow up near paradise, hearing about God from faithful parents, but do not choose to know the true God. They depart, and never look back at Jesus Christ. (Genesis 4)
The Esaus sell an eternally valuable spiritual inheritance for a moment of fleshly desire. They find no place of repentance, and thus miss the heavenly city. (Genesis 25-38)
The Balaams want to die the death of the righteous, but live the life of rebellion and greed. They, too, will be going to hell. (Numbers 22-24)
The Pharisees face damnation because they live hygienically sterile lives, having an exterior holiness but corrupted and rotting hearts. (Matthew 23)
The Judases live around Jesus for years, hearing and seeing Him daily, but inwardly they only grow colder and harder by the year. (John 19)
The modern-day liberal churchesare the dead, liberal, cold, and lifeless churches that keep the gospel in a coffin. But, alas, the Great Physician pronounces them dead!
Is it possible in this great era of the church that your heart is also cold, dark, and empty? Ponder this message today: God hates profession without possession. Beware if you are merely a pretender. The only one being fooled is you, not God. Stop and do what Paul advises in 2 Corinthians 13:5-examine yourself. Look for evidence that the Holy Spirit lives within your life. His presence brings love for God, spiritual hunger for the Word, a desire to repent from sin, a longing for holiness, and a genuine desire to serve and sacrifice for others.
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