I believe in creation. . . Am I a Christian?

I believe I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for me. I believe Jesus is the Son of God. I accept Jesus as my Savior.  Therefore, I am a Christian.

Today's Christianity has "evolved" to a set of essential beliefs, or doctrines. If you acknowledge those doctrines and receive Christ by an act of faith, you are told that you become a Christian and now have eternal life. You are also told by some that you can never lose this eternal life. It is a gift that will never be taken away from you. This sounds wonderful and millions believe this. But it is not true.

In arguing with evolutionists the lines are quite clear between the two sides. When arguing with a Day-Ager, those lines are blurred a bit more. When arguing with 6 day creationists about the truth of the gospel, the confusion is profound. Consider the trouble the Lord Jesus faced with those known as Pharisees. They were the rulers of Israel: of their religion and their local government. They believed in God. They believed in scripture. They believed in the promises. They believed in the Messiah. But they did not believe Jesus of Nazareth was that Messiah. They believed him to be a Sabbath breaker, a false prophet, a blasphemer.

In a similar fashion, there are orthodox Christians who believe in the literal 6-day creation, the promises of God, the Bible, the fulfillment of prophesy, that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Son of God, his death and resurrection, his promise of eternal life, and many more orthodox doctrines. But they are not part of the kingdom of God. How is that possible?

In this blog I will attempt to show why this is true, while others of you may attempt to prove me wrong.

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Comment by Douglas Roy on September 25, 2014 at 8:13pm

Are there Biblical referenced to imply this statement of mind could be true? Here are some:

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt 7:21-23 (KJV)

Then there is the parable of the ten virgins:

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matt 25:1-13 (KJV)

The first reference refers to the coming judgment day when all stand before Christ to give account. There will be "many" who will call Jesus "Lord," as if they were his servants, and even profess their supposed Christian deeds. But the Lord will judge them according to how they treated his true brethren: exposing their lack of love or hatred toward the "least" of the Lord's people. To understand who are the least, we need to know who were considered the least in this world. It was not the poor, weak Christians as some suppose. The apostles and prophets and true men and women of God, those that stood strong for the Lord Jesus, that the world despised and hated and tried to destroy (I Cor 4:13); they are "the least."

In the second reference, we have 10 virgins: 5 wise and 5 foolish. The wise are the true believers, the foolish are those who called themselves believers, but had not the oil of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God, and therefore, "were none of his."

Some warnings Jesus gave to his people are full of insight into this phenomena. "Beware of false prophets..."
"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees..."  Both show how there will be false brethren who will not truly follow Jesus, but join with his people, pretending to be true believers.

Today, the denominations and their churches are led by such people.

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