PHONY CHRISTIANS EXPOSED
In the first epistle of John, the author is careful to expose the counterfeit Christians. It is obvious that there were many who claimed to be "born of God" who were not, so John made certain that we would be able to test ourselves (and others) to know if we are children of God.
* How can we know who are the children of God and who are the children of the Devil?
"By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother." 1 John 3:10
*Are those who commit sin "children of the Devil"?
"He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning." 1 John 3:8
*Do those who are born of God commit sin?
"No one born of God commits sin; for God's nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9
"And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3
Many "Christians" think they have come to KNOW God because they believe in Christ (whatever that means) or because they speak in tongues or perhaps because they were baptized. Do they really KNOW God?
*How can we know that we have come to know God?
"And by >this< we may be sure that we KNOW him, if we keep his commandments." 1 John 2:3
*What about those who say they KNOW God and do not keep His commandments?
"He who says "I KNOW him" but disobeys his Commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him;" 1 John 2:4
According to these tests given to us by the apostle John, there are many people who are counterfeit Christians. However, if one accepts the testimony of John, one cannot be deceived. John's language is simple and easily understood even by "little children".
"No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
"Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil;" I John 3:6-8
Those Christian sinners who say that one can be a child of God and still commit sin are trying to deceive the reader. (...either knowingly or unknowingly!)
I hope and pray that those who think they are born of God even though they still commit sin will listen to the apostle John...
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. He that committeth sin **is of the devil;**
Whosoever is born of God **doth not commit sin;** In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever **doeth not righteousness** is not of God, We know that whosoever is born of God **sinneth not;**
The deceivers will howl "Grace!" and try to defend the sin in their lives with clever and skillful arguments about the "righteousness of Christ", but that is why the apostle John wrote in such a way that no one can misunderstand what it means to be righteous.
Listen to John...
"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that **doeth righteousness**is righteous, I John 3:7
Harold and Donna Kupp