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Holding The Truth In Unrighteousness

Perhaps Christ's most stark warning to those who live a "Christian life" while ignoring what Christ actually taught:

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV).

"Ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness"

Humans have had a long history of claiming to be the LORD's people without actually doing what He commanded (see Christ The Creator, The 'God Of The Old Testament' and Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?; listen also to the Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page). It wasn't just something that applied to the ancient Israelites; His warning, as quoted above, was to those who claim to be Christian - everything that was stated long ago applies even more now.

The Ten Commandments

"1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie [see Satan's Language], and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections [see Sodomites]: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a Reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Romans 1:18-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Do you truly "know" Christ? (b) How can you truly be a Christian so that some day Christ won't say to you "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity"?
(a) See Do You Know Him?
(b) See The Process Of Conversion
Also:
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9
How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10
And:
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 1
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 2
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 3
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 4
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 5
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 6
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 7
The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 8


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