False Christians

Signs of a false Christian…

  1. They depend on their own good works to get into heaven. Instead, they should trust in Christs finished work by faith, and depend on Christs righteousness.
  2. They twist scripture to suit their own agenda
  3. They don’t give Jesus EVERYTHING and don’t live their life for God
  4. They don’t persevere to the end
    1. They will typically fall away during a trial
  5. They are selfish
  6. They are not obedient
    1. They make a practice of sin
  7. They do not have a change of heart or a new nature
  8. They lack fruit
  9. They aren’t being sanctified

Characteristics of a True Convert

So what are the fruits of a new convert? Well, according Matthew 3:8, there is the fruit of repentance. If we are soundly saved, we will have evidence of repentance. Zacchaeus said, “Behold, Lord, I give half my goods to the poor; and if I have wronged anyone, I will pay back fourfold” (Luke 19:8).

Colossians 1:10The fruit of good works. If you read the book of Titus, Titus continually says things like, “Let those who have believed in God be careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8). Jesus Himself said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Hebrews 13:15The fruit of thanksgiving. Oh, once you’ve seen the cross, you will say, “O thanks be to God for the unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Galatians 5:22The fruit of the Spirit. If you are soundly saved, if you are a genuine convert, you will manifest the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

Philippians 1:11The fruit of righteousness. You will do that which is right. “He will lead you in the paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:3).

And then Matthew 3:10 warns that “every tree that brings not forth good fruit”—not ordinary fruit, but good fruit—“will be cut down and cast into the fire.” So as witnesses of Christ we should do everything we can, not just to get church members, not just to get decisions or youth group members; but with God’s help, we must make sure that those we bring to the Savior have the things that accompany salvation (Hebrews 6:9).

Characteristics of a False Convert

The Parable of the Sower is also in Matthew 13 and Luke 8, so we are going to use the harmony of the Gospels to look at six characteristics of a false conversion.

Mark 4:5There are immediate results with a false convert. That is, he hears the modern message of everlasting life and says, “I want that.” There is no weighing of the issues. And yet Jesus said, “What man goes to war without checking out what the enemy’s got? What man builds a tower without seeing if he’s got enough materials?” (Luke 14:28–31).

Luke 8:6There is a lack of moisture. There is no thirst for the living God.

Matthew 13:6There is no root. There is no depth of godly character.

Mark 4:16They received the word with gladness. And this is the key. You see, when the Law is not preached, sin is not seen as being exceedingly sinful. Paul said, “By the commandment, sin became exceedingly sinful” (Romans 7:13). And when sin is not seen in the light of what it is—being exceedingly sinful—there is no trembling before a holy God. There is no contrition, no sorrow for sin. So the false convert receives the word with gladness.

Matthew 13:20They receive the word with joy. Their laughter isn’t turned to mourning, and their joy isn’t turned to heaviness (James 4:9).

Luke 8:13For a while they do believe. They have a genuine “false conversion” experience.

From: https://www.livingwaters.com/true-and-false-conversion/

 

Why masturbation is a sin!

  1. I don’t believe people who say they can masturbate without lust in their heart, lust in the heart = adultery according to Jesus

  2. It’s a gateway to pornography, and pornography can be a gateway to physical adultery

  3. It’s selfish, you are releasing bonding chemicals to yourself. Sex is meant to be between male and female, not your hand and yourself.

  4. It shows a lack of self-control, and it may fall under sexual immorality. Christians aren’t even supposed to have a HINT of sexual immorality.

Porn Addict Strategies

  1. I’d recommend the first step an addict take is to have no access to internet for a period of time, I’d recommend for a period of 3 months or more if needed. That way, if there is a craving, they may get used to masturbating without the use of porn. Because this is less of a dopamine rush, it will happen less and less often. At this stage, it may be dangerous to tell the addict to stop masturbating completely, because they have to get used to the lesser dopamine rush, but ending masturbation completely is the ultimate goal. (If you need a phone, get a flip phone. For internet, use a public space like star bucks or a library.)
  2. After a month or two depending on the severity, the time is to add back the internet but have accountability partners and apps like Ever Accountable on all accessible private phones and computers. Accountability is like shining a light on sin, and this sort of sin can only thrive in darkness. The addict will get used to having access to the internet, but having accountability for their actions. This should dissuade and or completely stop porn usage on the accountable devices.
  3. If step #2 is working properly, then the third step requires a bit of imagination. Try to envision every possible scenario in which porn use or masturbation could occur. For me, for example, I’m more likely to do that in the morning, in almost a non-thinking like way. To prevent this, I have someone to call every morning to keep me accountable and from doing this. One scenario that I didn’t predict ended up costing me big: Amazon Echo devices can pull up pornographic sounds very easily. Because of this, it should be removed from the place of sleeping. At this point if you fall at all, it should only be in a scenario that you couldn’t predict and put a successful protocol (like calling someone) in place for or a control (like accountability apps) in place that was able to stop it.
  4. Any time you get tempted with lust, have an accountability partner to tell BEFORE it happens. If you even feel like you are going to begin to masturbate, call your partner or spouse and take a cold shower, you’d be amazed at how the temptation goes away. Masturbation is actually the gateway to pornography, and pornography is the gateway to physical adultery. However, if you never masturbate in the first place, then you nip the whole chain of sin in the bud.
  5. When you have been 8 months without porn, DON’T BECOME PROUD OR FEEL SUPERIOR ABOUT IT! While it is an amazing accomplishment for the addict, you are in NO WAY BETTER than someone who hasn’t figured out the strategies to stop it. IF YOU BECOME PROUD, YOU MAY FALL AGAIN BECAUSE GOD MIGHT RATHER YOU FALL AGAIN THEN BECOME PROUD! Also, don’t EVER think you have completely OVERCOME FLESHLY DESIRES! It should be a daily struggle until we get our glorified bodies! If you ever think, “The New Me would never do that!”, you ARE WRONG! Live everyday as if this is the DAY YOU COULD FALL! Just as we should live each day as if Jesus would come back that day, we should live each day on guard against the flesh! Otherwise, the enemy will come at a time when your guard is down and have more likelihood for success.
  6. The only thing that can really make you fall when you don’t want to is unexpected circumstances. Whether you are in a hotel room, friends house, parents house, the new circumstances and lack of controls can tempt you and cause you to fall. BE EXTRA VIGILENT WHEN IN NEW PLACES WHERE THERE ARE NO CONTROLS. In this case, you need a protocol of calling your spouse if you even have a hint of lust. In fact, I’d recommend you call your spouse/accountability partner EVERY DAY you are in an unusual circumstance where you could fall, or if you even begin to feel any lust, call your partner and jump in a cold shower.

Lastly, don’t give up or lose hope! This sin can not only send you to hell if you don’t repent, it will ruin any relationship you have with your partner or future spouse! It will ruin your relationship with God! From someone unknowingly addicted for 18 years, IT IS POSSIBLE TO STOP. NEVER GET COMPLACENT!

Recommended book: Every Young Man’s Battle

Recommended Movie: The Heart of Man

Overcoming the Sin of Pornography

When I became a new Christian baptized in June 2016, after Christ revealed himself to me in Oct 2015, I was at that point horribly addicted to porn. I used it to cope with my loneliness and depression, and shortly after I was baptized, I realized it began separating me from God. I tried to stop for a while but I just couldn’t do it in my own strength. Eventually, porn in the combination of thinking God was going to send my family and others to hell, separated me from God for a time. My own sin separated me from God. Then on Jan 1st, 2017 Christ appeared to me in a dream, and since then I have been back into the fold of Christianity. However, I still struggled for a few months. Finally, God gave me an ultimatum, to choose Him, or Porn. I choose Him. I still struggled for a bit, then I decided to get an accountability app and partner, Ever Accountable, put it on all my devices, and now I feel like I am finally freed from that sin! The accountability aspect gave me enough mental reasons to resist the urge, knowing that my sin would be instantly exposed to the light made me stop committing it. It has now been about 7-8 months since I last saw anything bad. I also was granted by Jesus a fiancé who hates pornography, giving me more incentive to avoid it. I’m just posting here to mention that it’s possible to overcome this sin by exposing it to the light! I pray you find this an encouragement to value God over pornography, get an accountability partner and expose this sin to the light! Never give up!