There are some who love to repost bible verses and those Christian photos with godly sayings all over their social media outlets, however, do not put to practice what they are sharing and “amening.”
You’re not fooling anyone. Okay, maybe some who don’t ever hang out with you in person, but those who actually know you, know you don’t practice what you preach, so when you do preach, it actually does more harm for God’s kingdom than it does benefit it, because people think, “If your God is so powerful and awesome, why are you still the same?” Or “Then why are you still doing [fill in whatever sin the self-professing Christian is still bound by]?”
Best case scenario: you repent, surrender to Christ and actually start living like Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Next best thing: you stop putting up a front.
Worse case scenario: You keep faking and turning people off from God/give Him a bad name.
I know this may sound harsh, but I’m being completely honest with you all. God is not to be mocked, and it is a mockery when you profess His holy commands with your mouth, but your heart is far from Him. People blaspheme God because so-called believers make Him seem profane by their sinful lifestyles. They make it look like either one: God is not almighty and powerful enough to destroy sin in a believer’s life, or two and worse yet: He’s cool with sin in a believer’s life and doesn’t expect His children to be transformed.
What are the angels in heaven flying around in heaven proclaiming about God’s character?
“The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)
And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)
We are commanded to live holy lives and Christ said:
“The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
Don’t you want to stop pretending and actually have Christ reveal Himself in a powerful way that truly transforms your life? He promises that those who obey His commands will indeed experience Him in a personal, authentic way, and will be loved by Him and His Father. Now, if Christ says those who obey Him will be loved by Him and His Father, what does that mean for those who don’t obey Him? I think it’s safe to conclude the opposite for them.
God did so love the world He gave His Son for them, but there comes a point where you continue to reject Him, and then He will reject you too. You can proclaim with your mouth till you’re blue in the face that you love and believe in Jesus, but if you are not obeying Him, you do not truly love Him, and you should not expect that He is okay with your falseness and sin and that you can just stroll right into heaven when you die and not be held accountable for every idle word you spoke.
Now I sympathize with the person who believes, but just doesn’t know the power of God and was never taught the truth about genuine repentance and faith in Christ. To you I strongly encourage going before the Lord in prayer and asking Him to forgive you and baptize you with His Holy Spirit that you may be empowered to live a holy life that is pleasing to Him. Then get to know Him and His Word and obey it by the power of His Spirit who now fills you.
But to those who know what the bible says about Christian conduct, and you got those verses memorized, and you play church and secretly you love your sin, I fear for you. God is a Judge and He avenges all wrong-doers. He sees the heart and isn’t pleased with your charade. He will expose you if you do not genuinely fear Him and repent. What is hidden in darkness will come to light eventually, and you will be crushed by the harsh and humiliating exposure God will put you through if you keep playing games with Him.
O how loving and merciful God is—to those who repent and trust in Him, living out the truth of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit.
But how fierce and terrible He is to those who abuse His grace and never genuinely repent before Him.
For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (Hebrews 10:30-31)
For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life. (Hebrews 10:37-39)