By Pam Sheppard
WAS YOUR CONVERSION REALLY OF YOUR OWN DOING? Was the Holy Ghost involved in leading you to the cross and to repentance? Did the Holy Ghost plant faith into your spirit to believe that Jesus is alive in His physical body? Did you feel cleansed, forgiven and assured? Or did YOU make the choice, repeat “I accept Jesus into my heart,” and then joined a church?The church age that we live in is the church at Laodicea. Everyone has been contaminated by false and mixed doctrine and practices for at least 100 years or more. Everyone has been deceived, across the board. That includes me, that includes YOU!
Imagine if you would, the horrific shock of faithful, religious people who after they died, heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ somberly say to them, “I never knew YOU!” Wow. Consider that more than 75% of their entire lives was spent either on a church pew or even behind a pulpit. It blows my mind. I can’t even speak any further on it. Yet, these very words are recorded in the book of Matthew as said to people who have claimed to cast out devils in His name. How were they able to do that if He never knew them? Well, they didn’t. Demons merely used games and tricks to deceive people into believing that demons were cast out from people, when they were not. Demons are skilled at playing possum.
Bringing this right down home into your own personal backyard, where do YOU stand in the midst of a spiritual conspiracy theory that is mind boggling, to say the least?
The first thing you must do is to “examine your faith.” Jesus advised the church at Laodicea to “buy gold from Him that has been tried in the fire. ” In other words, examine the root of the tree and its fruit and simply go back to the day that you believe you got saved and thoroughly scrutinize it from top to bottom. In other words, shake that tree and see if your salvation can withstand the shaking.
This is a hard thing that I enter into on the first counseling session with each of my clients. What I have found is that there are some developmental stages most go through: :denial, defensiveness, anger at me but mostly at God, and worst of all, fear of going to hell.
- A FALSE CONVERSION MUST BE OVERTURNED.
My dilemma is that I can’t spoon feed them. I try to be as gentle and as supportive as I can be but I can’t hide the truth. Never sure whether or not a client is going to continue with me, when it is obvious to me that they are not saved, I am compelled to warn them for their sakes. If they are among the elect, He will quicken my words to them at the appointed time for them to “be shaken.”
At least if I never hear from them again, I have planted a seed that they can’t throw away very lightly. Jesus said that you can’t put new wine into old wine skins or else the wine skins would break. I can’t confront demons in a person if that person is defenseless. You see, the weapons of their warfare are carnal and therefore will not work against the enemy because they are not saved. To avoid this most crucial “shaking,” would be like trying to mend an old garment with a new piece of cloth. It will rip and be torn.
So, I waste no time starting that fire that will bring about the shaking. My ears have become accustomed to familiar cries of complaint, like— “I gave up the sin of fornication, packed my bags and stopped living in sin, I went to church regularly, and so on and so forth.” They come back at me with yet another defense, like ”Well, I had a distinct change in lifestyle and personality. All things became new. So why is it that I am still not a new creature?”
Surely, its complicated because Satan has put his hand on the doctrine of salvation and as would be expected, he has brought about much confusion and religiosity. However, salvation is very simple. It is completely in God’s hands.
The biggest mistake is how people relate to Jesus. Most don’t realize that they have by-passed Him and gone directly to the Father. Other’s ignore Him yet seek the Holy Ghost. Both ways open the door wide to religious devils. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Demons know that better than anybody!
With those who believe that they repented of sin, I find that they really have no understanding of the cross. They simply looked through their portfolio of sins, picked one, convicted themselves of it and said “I’m saved.” Like the Galatians, those who created their own born again experience depended upon their own works. Then like the Colossians, others have been drawn away from Christ through philosophy and the traditions of men.
To both the Galatians and the Colossians, Paul had the same message—the cross of Calvary.
Your understanding of the cross will determine whether or not He says “I never knew You!”
Here is a clue. If you are not separated from the world not only in your deeds but in your mind, if you still seek the approval and the acceptance of the world and the church world, then you do not understand the cross.You may have simply convicted yourself of sin and brought about your own change and lifestyle, yet gladly giving the credit to the Holy Ghost when “it was really ALL your own doing.”
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