Monthly Reading Recommendation
Am I Really a Christian?
by Mike McKinley
From Our Elders:
One of the most concerning realities to me as a shepherd is knowing the implications of Jesus’ words, “Many will say to Me, Lord, Lord…” (Matt. 7:22). What Jesus means by this stern warning is clear. The double use of the word “Lord” is means that of all those who emphatically profess to be true and authentic believers, there will be many who are in fact not. Many will even stake their lives on the fact that they are Christians, but they will not die as martyrs. They die as victims of deception.
It is a horrifying reality to know that Jesus will one day announce to them, “I never knew you” (Matt. 7:23). According to a recent survey by the Barna Research Group, only 9% of adults who profess to be born again really are. Among those aged 16-40, only one half of one percent really are. What’s even more alarming? Their test simply asked if the person could affirm this statement:
Absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today. In the re-search, anyone who held all of those beliefs was said to have a biblical worldview.
If actions were taken into consideration, their studies would find that there are even fewer true Christians. That’s why we must take seriously Paul’s instruction in 2 Cor. 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?”
That is why a book such as this is very important. You are not a Christian just because you say you are, or as McKinley states, “Just because you ‘like’ Jesus.” How then can you know?
– Matt Tarr
This title is now available at the church Welcome Center
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