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03 February, 2008 / theexpositor

The Almost Christian….discerning the state of your soul

from Steve Camp 

The altogether Christian makes God the chief end of all his performances.
Now the almost Christian fails in this. For he that was never truly cast out of himself, can have no higher end than himself. It is dangerous to be almost a Christian, in that it stills and serves to quiet conscience. Now it is very dangerous to quiet conscience with anything but the blood of Christ. It is bad being at peace till Christ speaks peace. Nothing can truly pacify conscience less than that which pacifies God, and that is the blood of Christ (Heb 9:14). Now the almost Christian quiets conscience but not with the blood of Christ; it is not a peace flowing from Christ’s propitiation, but a peace rising from a formal profession; not a peace of Christ’s giving, but a peace of his own making. He silences and bridles conscience with a form of godli­ness and so makes it give way to an undoing soul-destroying peace. He rocks it asleep in the cradle of duties, and probably never wakes more till death or judgment. Ah, my brethren, it is better to have a con science never quiet than quieted any way but by the blood of sprinkling. A good conscience is the greatest affliction to the saints, and an evil conscience, quiet, is the greatest judgment to sinners.

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One Comment

  1. Brett S / Feb 4 2008 16 16

    Great article,

    I’m constantly amazed by people that memorize John 3:16, and think they’ve got the bible all figured out. Just 20 verses later in John 3:36, “He who (believes) in the Son has eternal life; he who does not (obey) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him”. (Belief in Christ) is connected to (Obedience to Christ). Or in Hebrews 10:26-27 “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment.” The writer to the Hebrew uses [WE] when writing to his fellow saved, faith-filled, church members.

    I’ve learned a lot recently from Reformed theologians (quoted on this website and others) who do an excellent job of teaching that God chooses us and saves us from the eternal punishment of hell that we completely deserve. God offers us salvation as a totally undeserved gift, and we can not earn, choose, or decide on salvation. It is God who saves us [FROM] hell and the damnation that our sin deserves.
    But what are we saved [FOR]?

    I believe that we are saved [FOR] heaven and union with Christ. Salvation is not just a legal event where the guilty prisoner is set free (hallelujah!), but a covenant (nuptial) event – the two become one. God desires a personal relationship with us not just as judge to criminal, but a living covenant relationship (like husband and wife). The Holy Trinity is a family and God saves us to make us one with that family.

    I suppose it would be easy to just say prayer and ask Jesus into my heart and I’m saved, but it ain’t true is it?

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