“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24.
“Now you shall say to this people, thus says the Lord: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.” Jeremiah 21:8.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5.
It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner. They are professedly serving God, but they are more earnestly serving mammon. This half-and-half work is a constant denying of Christ, rather than a confessing of Christ. So many have brought into the church their own unsubdued spirit, unrefined; their spiritual taste is perverted by their own immoral, debasing corruptions, symbolizing the world in spirit, in heart, in purpose, confirming themselves in lustful practices, and are full of deception through and through in their professed Christian life. Living as sinners, claiming to be Christians! Those who claim to be Christians and will confess Christ should come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing, and be separate… –Christian Service, p. 41.
Questions to think about:
Am I satisfied to just be a registered member of God’s church, but continue living as a sinner and still claiming to be a Christian?
Do we understand that half-hearted work is a constant denial of Christ?
What should those who claim to be Christians do?