10 Warnings About False Conversion

A lot of professing Christians today don’t even know that it is possible to claim to be a Christian, to look, talk and act like a Christian; and still go to hell when they die. The way of salvation is a simple one:

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, e]”>[e]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, f]”>[f]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, g]”>[g]resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not beh]”>[h]disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)

Believe, Call, Confess, Repent

Where it loses it’s simplicity some is in the believing and the repenting part. Calling on Jesus and confessing with your mouth that He is Lord are outward actions. Believing and repenting are inward actions of the heart. Living a good Christian lifestyle, attending church, serving, tithing, telling others you are a Christian. Those are all outward actions. But believing and repenting are something that take place in the heart and ultimately, only God knows if these things have truly happened in our heart. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

We can fool ourselves into thinking our actions are in line with our heart. But our hearts are so deceptive that the Christian life we’re living may not truly be in line with what we honestly believe to be true in our hearts. We could end up living the majority of our lives as professing Christians trying to convince ourselves we believe things about God, Jesus and the Bible that we really don’t. God doesn’t want this to happen to us. So He left us a lot of Scripture warning us that it is possible to be a “false convert” (someone who claims to believe but really doesn’t). Here are just a few of those Scriptures that prove it’s possible to be a “Christian” but not make it into heaven.

1. You can believe in God and not be saved.

You believe that a]”>[a]God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (James 2:19, NASB)

2. You can acknowledge Jesus as Lord and not be saved.

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21, NASB)

3. You can speak in the name of Jesus and not be saved. 

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many a]”>[a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23, NASB)

4. You can drive out demons in the name of Jesus and not be saved.

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many a]”>[a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23, NASB)

5. You can work miracles in the name of Jesus and not be saved.

“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many a]”>[a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23, NASB)

6. You can have a zeal for God and not be saved.

“For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:2-3, NASB)

7. You can evangelize the world for God and not be saved.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one a]”>[a]proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of b]”>[b]hell as yourselves.” (Mathew 23:15, NASB)

8. You can seek to have eternal life and not be saved.

And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man *said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be a]”>[a]complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. (Matthew 19:16-22, NASB)

9. You can profess to know God and not be saved.

“To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.” (Titus 1:15-16, NASB)

10. You can follow and serve Jesus Christ and not be saved.

Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” 71 Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, a]”>[a]was going to betray Him. (John 6:70-71, NASB)

(NOTE: List originally published on bereanwife.net as 10 “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven. Highly recommend checking out this blog. A lot of great content.)


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