For the last several months, the seeming lack of common sense in the church has been weighing on my heart and mind. It seems anymore that Christians believe anything and everything told them without even bothering to research whether it’s true or not just because of his told them from the pulpit or buy a Christian leader, the government, etc.
We are not called to blindly follow everything told us. God has given us wisdom, commonsense, and the brain. He expects us to think for ourselves and to search out a matter to see if it’s true or not.
As Christians, we’re supposed to be the keepers and dispensers of truth by the power of the Holy Spirit of course. We’re supposed to be able to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, the truth and a lie.
This lost and hurting world is looking for the manifestation of the true sons of God. Those who both stand for and declare the truth without fear and without wavering.
But how can we do that if we’re buying into every lie and wind of doctrine just because a leader said it, or a teacher taught it, or some expert told us that’s where it is?
In first John 4:1, it says:
My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
Jesus also taught us that by their fruit, you will know them. Jesus taught us the simple truth that a bad tree cannot bear good fruit and a good tree cannot bear bad fruit.
So if someone confesses to know Christ and to be a Christian but does not have love in their heart, but only hate and disdain for people, then that person does not know God or belong to God.
As it is written in first John 4:20-21:
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?
The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
As you can clearly read, the Holy Spirit is saying that if the person hates anyone of their fellow humans, he does not belong to God.
If a person it belongs to God, then they must love the poor, They must love those who are sick, those who are in need, must love the widow, and must love everyone of their fellow human beings.
You see, Jesus loves all mankind regardless of their background or any sin they have in their lives. Regardless of what they’ve done in their past or where they are now.
It is these two balancing truths that are the basis of the gospel, the teaching and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you truly belong to Christ, you will not only stand for the truth, you were always walk in love. For you can I have the one without the other. Christ is truth incarnate but he is also love Incarnate. To split the two is to cut Christ in two.
Now, how can you tell someone is truly a Christian and not just faking it for Personal, political, or financial gain:
To start with, we read in 1 John 4:2-3:
Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ – the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person – comes from God and belongs to God.
And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!
You can also tell by how they treat others and talk about others.
If they are always saying things like: “These people are bad”, “The poor are just lazy”, “We shouldn’t be waisting money to help the disabled”, “It’s us against them” or the like, Then they are clearly not Christians are not of God!
Because Jesus clearly commands us in his word to give to the poor, to provide for the widow and for those who can’t work, to help those who cannot help themselves, and to do good enough compassion to everyone.
In fact, Jesus even told one rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give to the poor so that he would have riches in heaven.
Jesus taught us never to discriminate but to love everyone freely and equally!
Another way you can tell if someone is a Christian or not, or speaking truth or not, is how much you’re trying to be a friend of this world.
As it is written: friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God!
And as Jesus taught us you cannot serve two masters, you will love one and hate the other. You cannot serve God and money.
There are of course many many other ways to tell if a person is really a Christian or not. But we don’t have time to get into them all today.
But the main ways you can tell someone speaking truth or not are:
1. Get into God’s Word, the Bible and search out the matter.
A. If what was taught you doesn’t line up with God’s word, that it is a lie and should not be adopted.
2. Spend time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you whether what the person said is true or not, whether the person is truly a servant of Christ or not.
A. If the Holy Spirit says or gives you a feeling that that person doesn’t add up and that what they’re saying doesn’t line up with the word of God, listen to that voice an instinct and have nothing to do with that person or what they say.
3. Do your own independent research.
A. If an expert or teacher tells you that such such as fact according to such and such person or such and such study, actually take time to research the subject for yourself while asking the Holy Spirit to guide you through the process to lead you to the truth of the matter.
Remember, us Christians, the sons of the living God, We are the ambassadors of the kingdom of God. It is our job to show the grace and truth of Jesus Christ and of our heavenly father.
So, don’t just believe everything talk to you! Take the time to search out the matter to see whether it is true or not! And above all, and hear the Holy Spirit in this, think for yourselves!!!
Free will along with salvation, are the two greatest gifts God has given us out of his abundant love for us. Do not cheapen them by calling common what God is called Holy.
May God’s abundant love and grace be with you my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.