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Post-Christian Culture and False Conversion

April 3, 2009

There are things that can be mistaken that have little to no consequence, but conversion is not one of them.  You can be mistaken by the color of your socks while getting ready in the morning.  You can be mistaken by how well your digestive system can process “authentic” Chinese and Mexican food.  You be mistaken by the person you saw across the department store that looks exactly like an old friend but turns out to be a total stranger.  We make mistakes all the time, don’t we?

Yet, the greatest mistake carrying the greatest consequence comes down to our (1) understanding of the gospel and (2) knowing how sinners are to respond to the gospel call.  The most haunting words in all of the Bible come from the mouth of Jesus near the conclusion of the greatest sermon ever preached.  He said this:

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.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)