The Lord of Hosts has very strident words for those who portray themselves as His own when in fact they are tares planted by His enemy the devil. These counterfeit Christians live and work alongside true Christians. They attend services, fill pews, preach from the pulpits, and chair the deacon and the elder boards.
A common trait among these shameless charlatans is their tendency to gravitate toward and espouse a feel-good gospel designed to tickle men’s ears and boost their self-esteem, “Gawd luuuuuuuuvs yew an’ has a wunnerful plan fer yer life!” they say. Their plastic, sinless, bloodless, gospel and Nerf theology are market tested and focus-group certified not to offend any man, but oh how they offend the Infinite Creator and Judge of the universe!
Oh how these sinful snake-oil salesmen, these peddlers of spiritual pornography, would tremble if they had any inkling of the coals they’re heaping upon their own heads! Oh that the Lord of Glory might show them the error of their ways before the meet with Him one fateful day and hear those terrible words, “…depart from me…”!!
Another characteristic trait of these boastful lovers of themselves is their predeliction for continuing in lifestyles and patterns of unbroken, unrepentent sin. Friends, don’t be deceived, those that continue in sin have no part in the Lord, nor will they be partakers in His kingdom.
(2 Timothy 2:19)
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
(1 John 3:4)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
(1 John 3:6-10)
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.