You Haven’t Changed a Bit!!!

 

I’m glad that being a Christian hasn’t changed you. You haven’t changed a bit”. These words were a comment to a picture a professing Christian had placed on their MySpace homepage. The person was obviously drunk and was pictured attempting to walk on a ledge with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The person in the picture took the comment as a compliment and replied “I’m still the same LOL”!

 

2Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

Paul tells us that it isn’t a compliment if someone hasn’t changed. Paul tells us the old passes away and all things are new. By using the word “if” he’s telling us a person that hasn’t changed probably doesn’t have Christ.

 

Modern Evangelicalism teaches something completely contrary to what Paul did. ME allows us to continue the way we were and that it’s perfectly fine to be who we were because God loves us just the way we are.

 

Eph 4:20-24 NKJV

But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 

There’s that word “if” again. If someone has Christ there will be a noticeable change. The old is put away and replaced with true righteousness and holiness. No one will be able to say “you haven’t changed a bit” if someone is truly regenerated.

 

Paul is a perfect example of a regenerated man. If you read Acts Chapter 9 you will see Saul depicted as persecutor of Christians but after an encounter with Christ Himself you see a completely different man. I doubt anyone that knew him before this encounter upon meeting him after could say to him “You haven’t changed a bit”

 

Modern Evangelicals tell you all that is required is to say a sinners prayer and you’ve joined the team. Sin and hell are replaced by words like health and wealth and living your best life now. Righteousness and holiness don’t seem to be in the ME lingo yet they all seem to have an eschatological belief system. Most ME’s don’t know the first thing about sin, forgiveness and repentance which most likely is the reason people can say “You haven’t changed a bit” to many of these professing Christians.

 

A true encounter with Christ will ABSOLUTELY bring about immediate change. You may not be preaching on the streets of Damascus like Paul but you will be a living breathing witness to the saving power of Christ. And EVERYONE will notice the change!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “You Haven’t Changed a Bit!!!

  1. Sad, sad, sad… worse that this person took it as a compliment. It would help very much if after that “Jesus into my heart prayer” pastors/evangelists would sit these folks down and teach them about holiness.

    I used to share a house with some folks after college. Two of my original roommates moved out before I did, so their replacements moved in a month or so before I could move out. The turnover came maybe 4 or 5 months apart. Anyway, the last girl to move in claims she’s a Christian. I mean, she even sets up her Bible in the main room on the coffee table…open to what passage I never checked.

    But then I learn that this girl does escort work. And drinks alcohol. And parties. I overheard one of her friends saying one night something like “I mean, Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.”

    To this day, I still think about that Bible sitting out for all to see… and wonder if this girl ever told her clients how much of a Christian she was.

    And I must correct — Sister Mary Magdalene was NOT a prostitute… the Holy Bible says only Jesus the Christ cast seven demons out of her. And neither was she the woman caught in adultery (more like set up)… her name was never given and there are no insinuations that this woman joined Jesus and HIS ministry.

  2. A regenerated person will always exhibit change and seek to do God’s will.

    A regenerated person will grieve over sin. It doesn’t mean they won’t sin, but their conscience will not allow them to reside in it. Remorse and repentance will win out.

    Nothing bothers me more than to meet a professing Christian who fails to exhibit this.

  3. Phil N
    It is the fruit of the Spirit that are the evidence of a changed life,in the Christian.Although we are never really ‘perfect’,we move towards what God wants us to be,by His grace.
    Salvation will necessarily be accompanied by changes in the Christian’s life.

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