“Guilty As Charged?”

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Christian Life, Christianity, Crowns, Decision Making, Salvation

Suppose you were on trial for being a Christian. Would there be enough evidence to convict you? Did you know that “all [Christians] who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12)? Many Christians around the world are dying because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Did you know that there is a martyr’s crown that God will give out to believers who resist temptations and die for their faith (Revelation 2:10)? Christians don’t have to actually die to earn this crown but we do have to endure temptations up to the point of death, if necessary, to earn it (James 1:12). We can show our love for God by resisting and overcoming temptations from our three spiritual enemies: the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

Phone Calls. Let’s assume that the N.S.A. records all of our conversations and stores them in their archives and can bring them up at any time as evidence to try to prove their case that we are indeed Christians. Would the recordings of our conversations with others give any indication that we are true Christians? Would the language we use on the phone make others wonder if we were true Christians or not? Do we use profanity and foul language and yell at others while we’re talking with them? Do we ever talk about God and spiritual matters on the phone? Would the jury think that we are hypocrites or genuine Christians as they listen to all the recordings of our conversations? Even though such a situation may never actually arise and go to court, it’s something to think about.

E-mails. Many of us communicate with others by e-mail. We know that our server’s store our emails somewhere “in the cloud” or some other place. Apparently our other important documents are out there too and can be hacked by those who are good in computer science. If this evidence were made available to the government to use against us, would there be any evidence in all our e-mails with others that might suggest to the jury that we are actually Christians? Is God’s name ever used?

Check Book. Yes, the government can secure access to our bank accounts too. Suppose they looked at all your bank records and your credit card purchases. Would they get any indication that you were actually a Christian? What Christian agencies do you support? How much is given?

Medical Records. Suppose the government tapped into our medical records in an effort to determine if we were Christians or not. What kind of diseases did they discover we have? Were our ailments brought on by our consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol? Did they find out that we have a S.T.D. that may have been contracted by an illicit relationship that would be inconsistent with the Christian life style?

P.I. Suppose a private investigator secretly followed you around for six months or a year with a camera and tape recorder. What evidence would he collect on you? Where would he say you hang out? With whom would he notice you talking often or attending events? Would he ever see you attending church? If he watched you and listened to you in church, would he get the impression that you were actually involved and interested in the sermon? Would he see you come in to church at the last minute and slip out quickly after the sermon was over or would he notice that you talk to others and seem to be concerned about the needs of others?

Judge. A human court or jury may not be able to convict us correctly of being a true Christian based on the information that is presented to them, but there is One who is the all knowing, righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) who will make the ultimate decision as to whether we are a Christian or not. His decision will be accurate and final and there will be no appeals. He knows those who are true Christians and those who are impostors (2 Timothy 2:19). In the future, Judge Jesus will say to some people who “profess” to be believers, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I [Jesus] will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).”

Today. If you’re not a true Christian, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of this day (James 4:14). So, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). We’re not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). To be saved, we must believe that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Only a resurrected, glorified Savior can help us (Hebrews 7:25).

Help! If you’re not sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, we’re here to share truth from God’s Word to help you make the most important decision of your life before it’s too late. There are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead. So make the right decision today! We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more information: www.kelseypeach.com.

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