Christians In Name Only

Matthew 13:1-8

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

A few years ago when my family and I joined another church, I came across an unfortunate encounter with an older member of the new church.

The incident continues to be fresh in my mind.

What had occurred was the matter of one of the pastors asking for help with a summer outreach ministry and the church needed able-bodied and willing members to help in any way possible.

I was excited about the prospects of the work that had to be done and also because as a new member of the church I had a personal obligation and responsibility to carry out God’s will and not my own.

Well, with my enthusiasm of becoming part of this ministry outreach, I just assumed that others at the church would feel the same way. But how wrong was I.

One of the first things I did was go ask a long-time member of the church if they would also be volunteering in the ministry. And before I could get another sentence out of my mouth, this member shut me down quickly.

“I’m retired!”

That’s all she said. And she walked away leaving the residue of a funky attitude that stunk up the church lobby.

After that encounter and many more like this, I had resigned myself to be aware that there are Christians who are Christians in name only.

These Christians in name only will shout, quote scripture and run the pastor down for a leadership position in the church. But when the work of the Lord needs to take place, count them out!

Christians in name only are also the first to ask the pastor, deacon and even the trustee to pray for them. Yet, they will not show up for Bible study, volunteer in any ministries and will cheat God out of tithes.

Yep. These are the Christians I fear the most.

Christians in name only.

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