Saved or Lost? #16

Friday, September 16, 2022

“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you” (Galatians 4:19,20 KJV).

Are these people really saved—or really lost?

Here is a prevailing myth: “No one will deceive me because I use the Bible.” Actually, we can utilize the Scriptures and still wind up confused. (Dear friend, you do remember all the so-called “Bible-believing” churches who quote Scripture verses to show how they disagree with every other group, do you not? People of world religions, having taken notice of these abysmal divisions, answer, “If that is what it means to be a Christian, we rather die without ‘Jesus!’”) This is a real shame—especially since it happens more often than we care to think.

It is frequently assumed that, as long as “the Bible” is preached or read at a local church, we would not be harmed if we attended services there. This is a shallow, immature assessment. Even Satan himself does not mind reading and quoting Scripture if it means fooling someone into thinking he (Satan) is God’s messenger (Matthew 4:5,6; Luke 4:9-11)! Recall 2 Corinthians 11:3,4: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”

Just because someone talks about “Jesus” does not necessarily mean they are serving the Lord Jesus Christ today. Not everyone who speaks about “the spirit” is automatically referring to the Holy Spirit’s current work. Just because someone talks about “the gospel” does not inevitably mean they are preaching the Gospel message in effect right now. Those who speak against Jesus Christ and reject the Bible entirely, we know they are wrong. Whom we have to be especially careful around is Bible quoters. Unless it is the Bible “rightly divided” (2 Timothy 2:15), quoting verses will bring more darkness….