The Doctrine of Carnal Christianity
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
Western comfort Christianity has completely distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Church goers are being told that they are saved because at one point in their life they prayed a prayer and “accepted Jesus into their heart”. I grew up in the church being taught that I had to make a decision to choose Jesus and give Him permission to come into my heart. I am here to tell you that, that is not biblical…AT ALL. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have to pray a prayer asking Jesus into our hearts to be saved. This is dangerous, damning, and superstitious. We can only receive Jesus when He reveals to us Himself and gives us the faith to believe (Ephesians 2:8 and Romans 8:7-8).
The real issue that I am here to discuss is not about the means of salvation but the issue of false assurance. It is astounding to me how many people claim to be a Christian banking on the sinner’s prayer but are living as if Jesus doesn’t exist. A prayer does not save you. The precious blood of the Lamb slain is what has saved you from eternal separation from God. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, so that you could repent of your sin and turn to God in faith of Jesus Christ.
My dear sisters, the Scriptures tell us that the evidence for one’s faith is shown through their actions. Too many people are not trusting in Christ but in a decision that they made. Too many “Christians” are believing in Jesus but living a life in the flesh…even the demons believe in God and tremble (James 2:19). The evidence for our faith is walking in the narrow way. A true believer does not live a life of lawlessness, but bears good fruit (John 7:17). This doesn’t mean that a Christian is free from sin, it just means that someone who finds Christ as precious and truly fears the Lord will be broken over their sin. The Christian life is a life of continual repentance. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the gate, and narrow is the way (John 7:14). Test yourself. Are you bearing good fruit or will your lifestyle condemn you on judgement day?
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Your goodness and mercy. Help me to honor Your law. I pray that You would make Christ a living, walking reality in my life and that He would be most precious to me. Give me the power to forsake carnal Christianity and live a life that reflects the Gospel, bearing fruit for You. Help me to always be reminded that I must do Your will, and move my heart to stay committed to Your Word. Amen.
Does your life bear the good fruit of the Gospel or bad fruit of the flesh? Are you trusting in yourself for assurance of salvation or Jesus Christ? Reflect on John 7:13-27 and really think about if you are living a life in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel.