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Aren’t people basically good?

From a human standpoint, we think of ourselves as basically good people who occasionally do some bad things. But what does God think?

Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Romans 3:10-13 “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Luke 18:19 “…No one is good except God alone.”

God’s Word is clear: all people are bad who therefore do bad things.

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I’ve got my own truth

Mans truth is irrelevant in light of God’s truth.

Proverbs 14:12  “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

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What is an ex-Christian?

Romans 8:16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

According to this verse, true Christians not only believe in God, but know Him.  Not all who claim to know God actually do.

 James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

If false prophets are rejected by Jesus, how much more will those who outright deny Him.

Matthew 10:13  “but whoever denies me [Jesus] before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

People who abandon their faith prove they never knew and loved Jesus.  According to the evangelical pastors I’ve polled, about 40% of evangelical church members are only Christians in profession, but not in possession.

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