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Q:

I have a cousin who says he believes in Jesus and claims he's going to go to heaven when he dies, but he sure doesn't act like a Christian. How bad can you be and still be a Christian?


A:

Christians aren’t perfect. Every Christian sins, and every day those of us who are Christians need God’s forgiveness and grace. I often think of the Bible’s words: “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him (God) out to be a liar” (1 John 1:10).

But when someone claims to be a follower of Jesus and yet makes no effort to obey God and shows no evidence of a changed life, they may be deceiving themselves. The Bible is clear: When we know God, our lives will be different. Yes, our old sinful nature still lives within us, but God also lives within us by His Holy Spirit, and we won’t be content to live the way we once did. Jesus said, “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:20).

Only God knows your cousin’s heart, of course, and whether or not he has sincerely trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. But one of Satan’s most dangerous tricks is to deceive us into thinking we belong to Christ and are saved, when in reality we aren’t. Judas claimed to be one of Jesus’ followers, but he turned against Him and was lost, because he didn’t truly believe.

Pray for your cousin, that he will face his need for Christ’s forgiveness and new life. Ask God also to give you an opportunity to confront him with the spiritual danger he’s facing. And pray also for yourself, that you will stay close to Christ and be faithful to Him the rest of your life.

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7 Comments

  1. samantha says:

    I would love to go back to church services on Sundays,but my husband doesn't want to go…I feel,if I attend I would like for my better half to share with me.His parents put him threw churchofchrist.how do I get him2join me?

  2. Joan says:

    keep drawing closer and closer to God. until you develop a hunger and thirst for him. this happens by praying, studying the word of God, because his word gives healing, and life to us. The more you study the word the stronger and more joy u will feel

  3. Marqueen says:

    Christians need to understand just how much God loves us. Living a saved life is a constant process not an immediate achievement. Thus, as Christians we should seek to grow together, spiritually. In turn, encouraging others through our testimonies.

  4. Thabelang says:

    I am thirsty. I long for a change in my life,i want to attend church services and be a child of God. How am i suppose to do to serve my God??? I need Him in my life

  5. Okoye says:

    True sir, i am living life exerctly as you said but i really need God's help for a gloreus living in Jesus Name! Amen

  6. Athai says:

    May god bless bgea.