Winning Decisions Instead Of Souls

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How rushing the Gospel causes people to trip before the finish line.

This message is all about people who have made a profession of faith in Christ, but also claim to have “backslidden” for whatever reason. This is a great continuation from our previous podcast since it was about sharing the Gospel with people who clearly don’t want it and allowing it to be trampled underfoot. Well, this is the other consequence of sharing the Gospel with someone who doesn’t want it.

In today’s message we’ll be discussing:

  • What is a false convert?

  • How do we identify one?

  • What causes such a thing?

  • False motives within the sinner for salvation.

  • False motives behind the preaching.

  • Sincere, but poorly delivered Gospel message.

  • How to handle the situation of sharing the Gospel with them.

  • What sort of damage is caused by false converts?

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Here are the show notes for your reading enjoyment and future reference:

The story goes that Charles Spurgeon, the great pastor in nineteenth-century London, was walking down the street one day when a man who was drunk and leaning on a lamppost yelled out to him: “Hey, Mr. Spurgeon, do you remember me?” “No, why should I?” “Because I’m one of your converts!” Spurgeon’s response? “Well, you must be one of mine; you’re certainly not one of the Lord’s.”

  • What is a false convert? (John 1:11-12) A false convert is someone who has assurance of salvation, but their name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life. (Mat 7:23-25) Whereas a born again Christian is one who has their name written in the Lamb’s Book of life, who has the right to be called “Son’s of God.”

  • How do we identify one?

  • Has a story of how they “invited Jesus into their heart”

  • 95% fall away rate. Does not show fruits worthy of repentance

  • Refers to God in ways such as, “The Man Upstairs.”

  • Just look at their Facebook timeline, that will show you enough about them.

  • Has a million and one objections to taking their faith seriously.

  • Will gossip about Christians.