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THE UNSAVED LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SAVED

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(Subjects in this Section)

1-INTRODUCTION
2-FEW CAN CORRECTLY DISCERN
3-SCRIPTURES SHOWING HOW SOME UNSAVED LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SAVED: THEY DO
   THE SAME THINGS AS THOSE THAT ARE
4-MORE EXAMPLES FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF THOSE THAT APPEAR TO BE SAVED, BUT 
   ARE NOT
5-THE ONE WAY (BY GODíS WORD AND GODíS SPIRIT) TO DISCERN WHO IS SAVED AND
   WHO IS NOT

1-INTRODUCTION

    A person may say, "I am saved by grace. I believe in Jesus. I teach the Gospel." Yet, even though they say these things and even teach the Gospel:
  
IF THEY DO NOT LOVE THEIR BROTHER IN CHRIST, they will perish.
  
IF THEY ARE NOT BORN-AGAIN, they will perish.
  
IF THEY DO NOT FORGIVE THEIR BROTHER IN CHRIST, they will perish.
  
IF THEY ARE NOT CONVERTED AND DO NOT BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, they will perish.
   IF THEY DO NOT DENY THEMSELVES, AND PICK UP THEIR CROSS DAILY, AND FOLLOW JESUS
, they will perish.
  
The list goes on and on.
  
They may appear to have repented, been baptized, and be serving God; however, IF these and other things are not also in place, they will perish. True repentance includes all of these.
  
But understand this. If you are HOT in knowledge and wisdom for Jesus, but are continually around others that teach and believe a lukewarm message, they may cause you to cool down and compromise, rather than you causing them to get hot. It is written, DO NOT BE MISLED: BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD CHARACTER-1 Cor 15:33 NIV.
  
Remember, Jesus tells this church age, in Revelation 3:18-21-I COUNSEL THEE TO BUY OF ME GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE, THAT THOU MAYEST BE RICH; AND WHITE RAIMENT, THAT THOU MAYEST BE CLOTHED, AND THAT THE SHAME OF THY NAKEDNESS DO NOT APPEAR; AND ANOINT THINE EYES WITH EYESALVE, THAT THOU MAYEST SEE.
  
AS MANY AS I LOVE, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: BE ZEALOUS THEREFORE, AND REPENT.
  
BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, AND WILL SUP WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME.
  
TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I GRANT TO SIT WITH ME IN MY THRONE, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, AND AM SET DOWN WITH MY FATHER IN HIS THRONE. If the world overcomes you, you lose.
  
Are you busy wiping off the eyesalve, rather than humbling yourself in a childlike manner and anointing your eyes with eyesalve that you may see?
  
Consider the following message carefully.

2-FEW CAN CORRECTLY DISCERN

    The unsaved often look like they are saved. Very few people can discern most of them.
  
Jesus tells us, Lk 11:44-WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE ARE AS GRAVES WHICH APPEAR NOT, AND THE MEN THAT WALK OVER THEM ARE NOT AWARE OF THEM. Here ministers of the Word are illustrated. They are blind leaders of the blind. They are called "graves." They are leading people to hell. Yet, Jesus tells us, they are as graves which APPEAR NOT. They do not appear to be as graves. They do not appear to be deceivers. They do not appear to be leading people to eternal death. Jesus also tells us that men are not aware of them. Men do not understand these teachers are false ministers. Men do not understand these blind leaders are sending people to hell. These deceivers are so skillful, that they appear to be true. They appear to be real. They appear to be ministers of righteousness. It may be said, they appear to be true followers of Jesus.
  
Some of these teachers are on the radio and can be heard on short-wave around the world. Some are famous evangelists that hold crusades and have altar calls. Some are college professors, teaching in Bible universities. Some are people you would never expect.
  
Paul tells of these, in 2 Cor 11:13-15-FOR SUCH ARE FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST.
  
AND NO MARVEL; FOR SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
  
THEREFORE IT IS NO GREAT THING IF HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; WHOSE END SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. It may be put this wayóit is no great thing if Satanís ministers look like they are the ministers of righteousness. They often look like they are ministers of Jesus, but they are really wolves in sheepís clothing.
  
Some of Satanís ministers call themselves APOSTLES of Christ. Some call themselves prophets. Some are ministers, teachers, preachers, and Bible school teachers. They appear to be true MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Again, most people are unable to discern or understand that they are really ministers of Satan. Many are fully persuaded they are followers of Jesus and follow them to "hell."
  
The Word of God clearly shows that it is extremely difficult to tell the false ministers, who say they follow Christ, from the real ones. In some cases, it seems nearly impossible.
  
To the best of my memory and understanding, not long ago, there was a very famous evangelist in the United States. He had a great gift of laying hands on people, and tremendous miracle healings would take place. He could tell people all about themselves and reveal things about someone that no one could know. He could even tell who would sit in certain seats at a crusade, before it ever happened. He had many followers. He could do many miracles. He appeared to be leading many to Jesus. His preaching seemed anointed, yet it was discovered that he was a drunkard and an adulterer. He might have a crusade and then afterwards, go to a hotel to be with another woman. He became an instrument of the devil to tempt another very well-known minister to commit adultery.
  
He was no longer walking with the Lord, yet he appeared to be saved. He was famous. He had been on television. Huge numbers of people would turn out for his evangelistic crusades, yet he was a grave which appeared not. Men were not aware that he had become a blind leader of the blind. People did not even consider that he was a deceitful worker. Multitudes did not even have a thought that this man was a minister of Satan, who was transformed as a minister of righteousness. Jesus warned that there was a time coming when there would arise those that would show great signs and wonders which could deceive even the elect, if it were possible-ref Mt 24:24.
  
The unsaved often look like they are saved. Very few people can discern them.
  
The Scriptures give us many examples of such people. They look and act as if they are truly saved. They look and act like they are followers of Jesus. Understand, these false ministers are positive they are of God. They are positive they are saved. Even Jesus Himself could not cause them to believe they were not saved. Often, Jesus would confront such blind teachers of the Law. He would tell them they were not of His Father; they were not of God. They were of the wicked one; their father was the devil; they would die in their sins, yet they did not believe Him and did not repent.

3-SCRIPTURES SHOWING HOW SOME
UNSAVED LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SAVED: THEY DO THE SAME THINGS AS THOSE THAT ARE

The following is a list of examples from the Scriptures of people that were unsaved, yet appeared to be:

    In view of these Scriptures, how then can we possibly discern some of these? How can we determine they are not saved, when even the Bible shows it is nearly impossible to discern some of them? Even some of these unsaved peopleís fruits appear to be good from man's perspectiveóbut God knows their heart.

4-MORE EXAMPLES FROM THE SCRIPTURES
OF THOSE THAT APPEAR TO BE SAVED, BUT ARE NOT:

    Ro 2:17-23-they boast of God
      they rely on the Law (or the Bible)
      they know His will
      they are instructed out of the Law
      they are confident they are a guide of the blind
      they are confident they are an instructor or teacher
      they boast of the Law

    Isa 1:11-15-they offer sacrifices
      they come before God
      they bring incense
      they keep the Sabbath and new moons
      they call solemn meetings
      they call assemblies
      they spread forth their hands
      they make many prayers

    Isa 29:13-they draw near to God with their mouth
      they honor God with their lips
      their fear toward God is taught by the precept of men

    Isa 58:2,3; 65:5; 66:5-they seek God daily
      they delight to know Godís ways, as one that did righteousness
      they ask ordinances of justice
      they delight in approaching to God
      they fast
      they afflict their soul
      they say they are holy
      they say, "let the Lord be glorified"; yet are not saved

    Isa 48:1,2-they swear by the name of the Lord
      they make mention of God
      they call themselves of the holy city
      they stay themselves upon God

    Ezek 33:31-they come unto God
      they sit before God as His people
      they hear Godís Word
      they show much love with their mouth

    Jere 12:1,2-they prosper
      they are happy
      they take root
      they grow and bring forth fruit
      Thou art near in their mouth

    Jere 37:3-they ask Godís people to pray for them (Ac 8:24)

    Mic 3:11-they lean upon the Lord
      they say, "is not the Lord among us?"
      they say, "none evil can come upon us"

    Jn 8:41-they say, "God is our Father"

    Jn 8:4-they call Jesus, "Master"

    Jn 8:5-they can quote Godís Word (showing some of them study Godís Word diligently)
      they are experts in the Law (or in Godís Word)

5-THE ONE WAY
(BY GODíS WORD AND GODíS SPIRIT)
TO DISCERN WHO IS SAVED
AND WHO IS NOT

    Again, in view of these Scriptures, how can we possibly discern some of these? How can we tell they are not saved, when even the Bible shows it is nearly impossible to discern some of them? Even some of these unsaved peopleís fruits appear to be good from man's perspectiveóbut God knows their heart.
  
There is just one key thing that clearly reveals that they are not walking with God. This one key thing is, they would not receive correction from Godís Word, as a little child, AND REPENT. This is the one way that a person which has a good knowledge of the Scriptures, by Godís mercy and Godís Spirit, can discern who is saved and who is not.
  
We may be able to tell that some people (who appear to be righteous) are not saved, because they are not walking by faith. They make excuses, when the journey gets difficult. This may be a determining factor in recognizing some but not others.
  
We can recognize those that appear to be righteous, but are not saved, by their fruits. Jesus said, "WHEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM"-Mt 7:20. Their fruits can include both their attitude and their works. However, in this Laodicean church age, there are few spiritual Christians, who by reason of use, have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (ref Heb 5:14).
  
We can tell that some people who appear to be righteous are not saved, by their lack of thirst or hunger for Godís Word. If a person is not hungry for the milk of Godís Word that he may grow, then something is wrong. However, many unsaved also hunger to study Godís Word, yet they are not saved, such as the scribes and Pharisees. Remember, John the Baptistís words, THE FRIEND OF THE BRIDEGROOM (Jesus), WHICH STANDETH AND HEARETH HIM, REJOICETH GREATLY BECAUSE OF THE BRIDEGROOMíS VOICE (or the voice and words of Jesus)?-Jn 3 A friend of Jesus should rejoice, as the words of God come forth. A friend of Jesus should greatly crave Godís Word, so he can grow. He should want to study and meditate in Godís Word. Godís Word should excite him and bring him joy. A lack of enthusiasm to learn more of Jesus is a very bad indication, as we can see from Godís Word.
  
We can tell that some people who appear to be righteous are not saved, because of their lack of hunger and thirst for righteousness. Again, this applies to some, but not to all.
  
Many wrongly believe they are saved, because of emotions, false teachings, being told they are saved by the blind or lukewarm; because of traditions; because they go to a certain church; or many other reasons. It is Godís Word that will judge us.
  
Again, the one key thing that can reveal a person is not walking with God is, they will not receive correction from Godís Word, as a little child, and repent. They may disagree with the correction, or make excuses, or believe it is wrong; even when it is clearly right. They may justify themselves. They may be sure they are right and the correction does not fit their situation. They might say, "You do not understand my situation." This is a much used saying among deceived people, which Satan puts in their thoughts. The darkness they are in makes it difficult (perhaps, impossible) for them to see the truth. They may say, over and over, they want correction; however, when correction comes in a certain area, they cannot receive it as truth and repent.
  
They may pray. They may preach the Gospel. They may show much love. They may help the poor. They may praise and worship God. They may sing to God. They may do many great miracles in the name of Jesus. They may fast and give tithes and offerings. They may cast out devils. They may do everything in this huge list of Scriptures, but they will still perish.
  
The one thing (or common denominator) among all who perish is, they would not humble themselves and receive correction from Jesus as He gave them the Word.
  
They would not (or could not) humble themselves, as a little child before their Father and repent of certain things.

MEEKNESS
HUMBLENESS,
CHILDLIKENESS TO CORRECTION FROM GOD'S WORD (key sign of walking with God)
AND HOW MUCH YOU WANT AND OBEY CORRECTION,
BROKENNESS
GODLY SORROW,
LOVE FOR YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST WHEN HE CORRECTS YOU IN TRUTH,
FRUITS

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