Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Different Kinds of Christians

There are very real Christians in all Christian denominations. By "real Christians," I mean that they believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and have the character that is the result of such belief.

However, whenever there is a real, there are counterfeits of the real. They are called hypocrites. The Church is not full of hypocrites, but certainly there are some. In these churches, there are also “seekers.” They seek and don’t find. After a few years, they hang it up.

There are other kinds of people in these same churches. They are sleepers, spiritually blind, or ignorant. They may be agnostic and don’t want to know God. They enjoy being religious and sinful at the same time. None of this will fool God.

Which of the two lists below describes you the best?

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:19-21)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal. 5:22-24)

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