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To hear and learn more about the topic of false profession discussed today, consider listening to the following sermons by Dr. Richard Caldwell:

The Purpose For Parables

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Gospel Reception - Parts 1, 2, & 3

A Warning Against Worldliness

Proving Our Profession: Love

The Myth Of Lying Fruit

The Nature Of Genuine Faith

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Evangelizing Professing Christians

Evangelizing Professing Christians

A podcast listener writes in to ask about the difficulties of dealing with family members who believe they are saved. The listener shares that the lifestyles of these family members do not, in their opinion, bear the fruit of salvation. The listener doubts the conversion of these family members. How should they go about evangelizing them? What is one to do when we suspect that new birth(regeneration/salvation) has not taken place in the life of someone professing Christ?

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot discuss these concerns regarding professions of Christ and false conversions. False profession of faith can and does exist among our physical family members, just as they do within our spiritual family, in our churches. What are believers to do when our lives regularly connect or intertwine with those who claim to belong to Christ, yet, their lives do not appear to reflect the fruit that salvation brings? These questions and more are discussed and answered as Dr. Caldwell seeks to guide us with biblical wisdom and a heart of a loving under-shepherd.

Dr. Caldwell tells us that there are some important ways we need to think through this. Before having a conversation with those we love and are concerned for, we would want to ascertain that they have a clear view of the gospel. Doing this will help in how to evaluate them further. If it is not clear, then this is where we would need to begin our conversation.

If we are convinced they know the gospel but see evidence of unfruitful life choices, our discussion will need to be different. We would want to try to talk with them about things that Christians should be able to agree on. Consider the Bible and Jesus; these are often things that those who profess Christ often, don’t even want to talk about. These are things New Testament believers do want to do. If they are unwilling to do this, it is an indicator of a problem.

We want to be wise in how we go about this. We want to pray and ask the Lord to help us enter discussions and conversations with genuine Christlike love. Sometimes our relatives are unwilling to talk because we are so zealous. We want to remember that conversion is the work of the Lord. We want to be good evangelists and winsome in the process. We want to be able to talk about the things of the Lord and be able to press a bit on their claims to love Christ. So if they are open and willing to talk more, we would want to talk about how the Bible, in the New Testament, describes the fruit of genuine conversion. Would they agree with this, will they be willing to examine the Biblical evidence(s)?

But what about those persons who can articulate the gospel clearly? What about those who regularly attend church, quote scriptures, make bold claims, etc.? In our culture today, this is a real issue, especially here in America. There are many who do these things religiously. However, their lives often do not manifest spiritual growth. An appetite for solid biblical truth and spiritual things seems not to exist. Or, if one does exist, it does not appear to be rooted and grounded in Christ.

Dr. Caldwell says this is why he mentioned evidence(s). Evidence is important. The biblical evidence(s) of life in Jesus Christ is what should be reflected in the lives of those professing Christ. Making a verbal declaration and having the ability to say true aspects of the gospel, does not make one a regenerate person. The New Testament gives warnings about those who use the name of the Lord but do not know Him. Therefore, this is why we must be able to discuss biblical evidence with those for whom we are concerned. A great place to start this discussion is from the book of First John. Dr. Caldwell gives a few examples of the evidence(s) found in this short but powerful book.

Lastly, Dr. Caldwell mentions that it might also be helpful for those we genuinely love and are concerned about to know that this door of concern goes both ways. We want them to know that if we love them enough to have this kind of concern for their soul, that we are comfortable with them loving us so much to care about ours as well. So we will want to show and express this well. We want them to know if they see concerns in our life, that we want them, and invite them to share those with us, not just concern that surrounding our salvation, but of obedience to Christ as well.

This issue of professing Christ and not possessing Him is not a new problem. It existed during the time that Jesus was on the earth. It continued after the ascension of Christ during the time of the Apostles, and it will go on until the day Jesus returns. The parable of the wheat and tares confirms this (Matt. 13:24-30). Navigating discussions and conversations with professing Christians can be daunting, arduous, and overwhelming. How we approach those with whom we are concerned matters. It can mean the difference between open doors and closed ones for further conversations. We want to come humbly, having prayed and praying. We want to make sure our spirit is good in the way that we present the truth. We want to try to guide our discussions toward some common ground that all believers should be able to agree on.

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