The False Believer
Read Matthew Chapter 23
Mt 22:8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Thus is another look at our topic of January 20. I hope you don’t mind, but there is a purpose for it. When we covered this passage earlier, someone may have been caused to doubt their salvation. I would never wish that upon anyone. So today, this one is to show that you can know that you are one of God’s children and you will not be cast out of Heaven.
Does this parable intimate that there will be some who truly believed they were saved, only to discover too late that they were not saved? Did that mean that I could somehow wind up in or near Heaven, only to be thrown out because my faith or my belief in Christ was somehow insufficient? Is there an uncertainty that cannot be discovered in this life? I am aware that these questions are a twisted way of thinking. There are way too many scriptures which allow a man to know, without any doubt, that he is a child of God, a brother of Christ.
Over time, it slowly dawned on me (and not that long ago, either); there are pretend Christians. I’ve always known that, but for some reason, I never thought of them in context with this passage. They look just like Christians, they act like Christians, and they ‘worship’ just like Christians. Who might they be? We don’t have to look very far in into scriptures to see the answer. Think about Judas Iscariot. He walked and talked with Jesus. He dined and prayed with Jesus. He was sent out with the other disciples to witness to the Jewish people. He saw mighty miracles, performed not only by Jesus, but also by the disciples as they went out two by two blessed by the power of Christ. Judas saw it all, and lived among it all.
What was different about Judas which distinguished him from the other disciples? It’s a simple answer; all the time he was with Christ and the disciples, he was faking it. He was never a true believer at any time in his walk with Christ. How can we apply this lesson to our same-sex attractions and the world in which we live? Among us today are many who are walking with other believers for wrong reasons.
There are those who are walking among us, pretending to be part of us, pretending to walk with our Lord. Why are they among us? Why are they not out there in the gay world, living the gay life to the fullest like most SSA men and women? There may be many reasons they walk among us. They may be wishing to please their family, or they may just be enjoying the company of the saved SSA crowd (after all, we are more pleasant to be with than the unsaved world). They may simply have not felt free to be completely ‘out of the closet’ at this time. Only God knows the hearts of those men and women.
But one thing we can know; if a man’s heart sincerely knows that same-sex acts are against God’s will, and he sincerely wants to be counted among the followers of Christ, he is a true believer. We who truly belong to Christ may occasionally sin, but our hearts will hurt over our failures. We will make mistakes but the Holy Spirit will convict and convince us of the error of our ways. Our Lord will discipline us and bring us back onto the right track.
If Judas had truly been one of God’s children, Christ would have halted him in his tracks somewhere along the way and he could never have betrayed Christ. It didn’t happen. Christ allowed Judas to walk alongside Him and all the other disciples, yet never confronted him about his wayward heart. Jesus knew his thoughts, and He knew that there was no remedy for his unbelieving heart.
Dear friend, please know that if you were this ‘one’ who did not have wedding clothes, you would not be suffering over your sins. You would be perfectly happy to continue in your sins. You would not sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Don’t allow our enemy to confuse you on this issue. If you are afraid that you might be someone who does not have wedding clothes, that’s a sure indication that you ARE wearing wedding clothes. The unsaved do not worry about such things. The Judases of this world have no concern about such things.
Prayer: Lord, once again, we ask You to reveal Yourself to those who are pretending to follow You.