Hey I just read a post by someone by the name of Daniel Florien: a gentleman whose site you can find at www.unreasonablefaith.com. He seems to think that he was a Christian at one time or another but now is a self styled skeptic. Let me tell you something Daniel: you can call yourself what you want, give yourself any title you desire…but one title is not open to you and that is the title of Christian. God has been clear in His word which also you seem to think is worthless… but be that as it may…a Christian is someone who has been interfered with by God. A Christian is someone who has heard the call of God in His Holy Word and through His Holy Spirit. The effectual call of God always results in a sinner being saved, transformed and sealed for eternity. Christian is a title that God bestows upon a sinner when He calls them to Himself in saving faith. The name Christian literally means “Little Christ” or “Like Christ.”
It is very interesting that you use the same excuses all sinners use: other people. “They act like that and call themselves Christians. Hah!” Or, “if thats what a Christian is, I don’t want anything to do with it. It doesn’t matter what others are doing. The point you must focus on is this; what have you done? Where do you stand as far as Jesus Christ is concerned? It is clear from your writings that you were never a Christian, merely a hypocrite. Now before you turn me off, let me define that term. A hypocrite is someone who wears a mask. You merely wore the mask of Christianity for a time until you grew tired of it or the cares of this world choked out your seeming desire to serve God, or because of the fact that you had no root. If you ever read the bible before you will recognize the word pictures of the Parable of the Sower. There is only one type of ground that bears fruit and that is good soil, soil that has been prepared by the Holy Spirit. The seed which falls into good soil always bears good fruit. The rest is only temporary.
You must understand that the general call of the gospel goes out in pulpits throughout our land and many people hear it. Some even respond to this general call in a general way. They are coerced into saying a prayer or being baptized or joining a church or all of these things. But because they were not first dealt with by the Holy Spirit they will fall away. God never called them and they merely responded to a series of outward stimuli.
But the effectual call of the gospel is the result of the Holy Spirit speaking through the word of God calling the people of God to rest in the Son of God. These seeds bear fruit and this fruit remains. There is no falling away for the truly God called sinner. This is the difference between you and say Kurt Warner who truly loves his teammates and desires with all of his heart to see them born again. He wants them to find what he found in Jesus. I am writing this to you because I want you to find what I have found, or rather Who found me!
I would ask you to do me a favor if you are willing: and click on the catagory titled “Are You A Good Person?” Humor me please.
I truly pray that God will bless you with the knowledge of Himself.