The Partially Evangelized

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God.  Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son,” II John 9

This morning I found myself challenged by a tough question:  “Is everyone a Christian who says they are a Christian?”  Certainly the answer to this question is not tough.  Here is what Jesus said, “Not everyone who says Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of God,” Matthew 7:21.  Our Lord makes it clear that not everyone who claims allegiance to Christ is really a Christian.

Now here is where the tough part comes in, “How do we apply this to our everyday relationships with others?”  Most all of us have friends who claim allegiance to Christ, but in their lives there is nothing that backs up their claim.  “According to U.S. Religious landscape Survey, over 132 million Americans claim allegiance to Christianity but over 99 million of these Americans have no commitment to Christ,” Cited from Gospel Coalition, September 26.”

John identified these people as, “Those who do not abide in the teaching of Christ.”  I truly believe it would do us well to once again, as the church, to focus on the teachings of Christ.  It seems that many in the main line church have all but forsaken the teaching of the word of God.  This strategy has plunged the church into a time of great apostasy and apathy.

This morning I was personally challenged to continue to stand behind the sacred desk and declare, “Thus saith the word of the Lord.”  This very day I want to challenge you to invest your life in the study  of the word of the Lord.  This very day I want to challenge you to invest your life in the communication of the word to people around you.  This very day I want to challenge you to pray for the partially evangelized.  Finally I want to challenge you to build relationships with the partially evangelized.  These steps will pay eternal dividends for those who faint not in the journey of faith.

I want to make one personal application before we close.  If you are a parent who is facing a tough season of life with one or maybe more than one of your children, “Stay the course.”  The word of sanctification is not an easy work.  It is not easy for you and it is not easy for those in your charge.  But stay the course because there will come a day when you will look back and you will say, “It was worth it all after all.”

One Response to “The Partially Evangelized”

  1. marc mullins Says:

    great post!

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