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May 26, 2022 8:00 am
Are you a true Christian through and through. Listen to Adrian Rogers, the worst of human. This is human goodness when vacuuming. Goodness becomes a substitute for the new birth. Jesus called I never knew no reality by cardboard Christian to find featuring powerful truth of the gospel founded the practical messages Adrian Rogers, the great hunger of every human heart is to know Jesus in a real way world is tired of hypocrisy and games.
The only way will reach the world with the gospel is if we are real. If we live out what we say we believe we need to be careful not to become cardboard Christians.
If you have your Bible turn to Proverbs chapter 21 begin in verse 22. As Adrian Rogers shares the sad reality of cardboard Christians. I will take your Bibles today. Proverbs chapter 21 verse malware minimum Proverbs for quite some time and the difficulty and joy of studying the book of Proverbs is that there is so much compacted in one verse to say that as we study this verse today. The more I looked at this verse the more remarkable. It became in my eyes when I first looked at it.
I said well that's an ordinary verse then you know the more I well.I've discovered that there are no ordinary versus everyone is extraordinary. Listen to this.
Proverbs chapter 21 verse 28 a false witness shall perish, but the man that hereafter speak it constantly, a false witness shall perish, but a man that hereafter speak constantly Art Linkletter had a tragedy in his life and literally drove him to his knees. Art Linkletter told that after this tragedy, he was with some young people in the lobby of a hotel in San Francisco, a dozen or so young people.
They said they got down on her knees praying and he got down on his knees with them to bring a set. I looked around and I hope no one would recognize me down on my knees but he said I was not. Now my knees, but just a second when I no longer care what anyone else fall because art Linkletter said in this discussion of his life. He set up until that time I was very self-sufficient. I didn't feel that I needed anybody here is a man that you own television and screen and stage and entertained millions is that I didn't think I needed a set I thought of myself as being a good person, but he said I was and I want to listen this phrase cardboard Christian. He says I was a cardboard Christian that is I was all sawed, there was nothing real man sign and then he said I found reality I want to speak to you today about reality, because if there's anything this world is hungering for is reality and the great hunger of every man's heart. Everyone is on every boy. Every girl is to know Jesus Christ not know about him, but to know him and have reality right. Not only that but the need of reaching. Not only is it the hunger, but it is the basic need of the church in order to evangelize we must have this bright shining living reality no longer cardboard Christians.txt today speaks to that subject. Proverbs chapter 21 verse 28 a false witness shall perish, but the man that hereafter speak it constantly deals with a false witness, and it deals with the faithful witness deals with the vitality of a false witness, deals with the reality of a faithful witness. Now look at the totality of all the fatality of a false witness, a false witness shall perish. That is its fatal not to have reality to be false to be a phony cardboard Christian, a false witness shall perish, but you bookmark. Bear in Proverbs chapter 20 want to go with me to Matthew chapter 7 in verse 21. These are the words of the Savior.
Not everyone is a thing to me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doing the will of my father which is in heaven.
That is everybody talking about heaven's not going, there's the old song says not everybody who says Lord Lord is saying not everybody is going and not everyone on the 70 Lord, Lord, to limited the kingdom of heaven. But even do the will of my father which is in heaven. And then notice these amazing versus many will say to me in that case talking about the Judgment Day. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, I would not prophesied in thy name and in my name, and cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works and then will I profess unto them, depart from me, ye that work iniquity. I never know you now look at this this praying. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, these are people who knew they didn't know how to pray with a new and they are seemingly Orthodox in the praying because they call him Lord. Many will say to me that day, Lord, Lord, but not only false, praying is compounded false preaching, many will say to me that day, Lord, Lord, I would not prophesied in my name. Now the word prophesy means to stand up and preach with authority, but the tragedy in our day in and our land is that many are standing behind the sacred.
This who have never been born again. Judas was a preacher we prophesied in thy name.
Judas was long but not only false, praying, and not only false preaching, but also how this verse goes on the site and in thy name cast out devils every time in the Bible you see the word devils plural means demons there's one devil.
Many demon and this may be translated demon in my name. We have exercised demons we have cast out demons in your name will did they cast out demons know they said they did. They said the baby. You know demons are so clever demons are so diabolical demons are so scheming that they will allow you to think that you have cast them out when you're not remember reading in the Bible the story of a man who had an unclean house in the Bible says that he swept and cleaned and garnished his house and it was a demon, an unclean spirit, and that unclean spirit went out of the house. The house, of course, was the temple of the body and this demon this man was demonized and the demon went out and then the Bible says that that demon went out and got seven more. Other deadly demons themselves and came back in and Jesus in the last state of that man was worse than the state that many times a demon will appear to cooperate. Many times he will let someone have some semblance of power that he might get a false following and deceive many. How many people are to see by Paul's power not everything you see coming through television and not everything you see, that seems to be miraculous is miraculous, and pay attention to.
Not everyone who seems to have power over the devil has power over them. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, will praying not prophesied in my name.
False preaching my name cast out demons. Our my name done many wonderful works false performance by saying the choir they were in the orchestra. They took up the offering. They worked in the nursery.
They ran the television. They were on the church that we do all these things we try we were there the church doors will false witness shall perish. Jesus said, and then will I profess of the depart from me, ye that work iniquity. I never knew you, not that I knew you and then you lost. They never had, they would never say is what Jesus said, depart from me, ye that work iniquity that are important you understand that because there was a Lord. Look at all these things we've done what Jesus called all of those things. Iniquity in a man say we rob banks.
We rate reviews will children know they said we were preaching, praying, working Jesus at iniquity see the Bible teaches that even your righteousness is as filthy rags in his sight. I said what I will say again you pay for the worst form of human badness is human goodness without human goodness becomes a substitute for the new birth. Jesus called iniquity, ye that work iniquity witness for me that work iniquity. I never knew I never knew you. I never knew you know reality by cardboard Christian cardboard Christian piloting false witness malice.
Look at the other side of that text go back again if you will look at our text Proverbs 2128 a false witness shall perish, but the man that here with speaketh constantly. The reality of a faithful witness. One of the three marks of a faithful witness. One of the three marks of reality in this thing call religion to know it's really first of all, there must be a listening worship. A listening worship.
He that here no man knows God.
No man is real. No man is prepared to serve the Lord into lease first heard the Lord is one of the marks of all true Christians all reality in spiritual matters is that you have heard the Lord, he said.
He died. He that hears and sees putting he that here. If an opposition to the ones for false witnesses. Lord Jesus said in John 10 verse 27. My she hear my voice and I know them. Lord doesn't know anyone unless they heard his voice my sheep hear my voice and I know you cannot be a Christian without hearing the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ idling audibly which it was here God or not they hear God in just a moment, but you must hear him. Jesus stood before that rascal pilot and finally tried to engage Jesus in a conversation and in a banter and argument. He wanted Jesus Christ to defend himself in Jesus Christ would not defend himself. The pilot, but here's what Jesus said the pilot is very interesting in John chapter 18 verse 37 Pilate therefore said to him about a king then Jesus answered Val say is that I'm a king. To this end was I born and for this cause came I into the world, malice, and pay attention that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone on that is the true hear my voice as one of the greatest statements and all of the Bible. Everyone that is the truth. My voice a great witness in his shoes and what is it that you hear his voice and what is his voice using word.
These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. This whole book from Genesis to Revelation is the son of God, and you must hear him. You must hear him great cometh by hearing and hearing by the God you want to hear God. This book is where you want to hear God's power is were powerful conversion being born again, not by corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God.
Powerful completion as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow thereby power for cleansing wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to thy word power proclaiming if you abide in me and my word abides in you, then you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you power for conquest. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God power in this blue powerful counseling is profitable for doctrine, for review, for reproof, for correction. You want to know what's right what's wrong how to get right now to stay right there is power in the word of God counsel in the word of God power for communion. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, then you shall ask what you will. It shall be done unto you. If you see the market reality is that your hearing that you hearing God you cannot be a real Christian.
After you hear from God. You must hear God speak they may speak to a preacher, but will not be the preacher speaking is God speaking. And because there is listening worship there is a living witness malice verse again. He that.
Speaking did you hear that he that here it speaking now. We dare not speak for God, until we heard God.
But if we've heard God we dare not be silent. We need not speak for God until we forgot that if we've heard God we dare not be silent, he said. Speaketh we are to speak for the Lord because we heard the Lord but when not to speak the Lord until we heard the Lord and again that's what's wrong with so many preachers today.
They are speaking when I'm not been listening and so what you have is that they're giving things out of their own heart rather than what the Holy Spirit is saying. Again, I'm a try to hold myself up a sonogram example but I do not want to stand before you and simply be dredging from my own well what the apostle Paul said in first grade. This chapter 15 verse three tremendous statement for I have delivered him to you that which first of all I receive. I have delivered him to you that which first of all, I have received the Lord Jesus Christ himself is the example of this lesson.
What Jesus said in John chapter 8 and verse 26 I have many things to say and to judge of you but he that sent me is true, and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him, Jesus, and what I hear I speak.
Paul said what I hear I speak is a this is the difference between a lawyer witness Jesus and so you shall be my lawyers. Jesus said ye shall be witnesses unto me a lot a lawyer does a lawyer argues a case be a lot of witness does details what he seen and heard it not right. How can you be a witness. If you haven't seen anything if you haven't read anything God is not cogently allow you please call me at witness and you can't make witness unless you've heard he that speaketh, I went on my reality.
Let me tell you why I know so many people if only Christians because they never sleep. They never sleep.
You know what RA Torrey had to say. Listen to this. He said I would like to know what right any man has to call himself a follower of Jesus Christ. If he is not a soul winner. Did you hear that, I would like to know what right anybody has to call himself a follower of Jesus Christ. If he is not a soul winner. How can we claim to follow his purpose is not our purpose. Jesus said, follow me, I'll make you become fishers of men. If you're not fishing not following rails.
I don't know how to read.
Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men. How can any man claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
If the purpose of Christ is not his purpose. A false witness shall perish but he that speaketh date here is to speak know him is to say, I cannot be silent Lee Scarborough, who was one time present Southwestern seminary said to refuse to witness the saving Gospel to a lost world, day by day is nothing short of high treason, high treason is not just simply that you missing a blessing. It's a clenched fist in the face of God. It is rebellion against heaven's commander-in-chief, the Lord Jesus Christ, who told us to go in all the world and bear witness to him a false witness shall perish, but be bad. Speaketh you cannot speak until you hear you cannot be silent when you hear my sweet, you must share the Lord Jesus Christ is the hallmark of a born-again person years ago and First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.Debbie Pruitt was passed before the illustrious Dr. Criswell came was a little girl came forward in the services tender little girl just very wanting to be a Christian, wanting to be baptized to be part of the church. The counselors dealt with her and because she was so young they really felt a little girl was sincere, but I recommend that she not be baptized right away, but they wait a little while because they want to be certain, so they explained to her in a honey.
We're glad that you come to give your heart to Jesus. Once you wait a little while before you baptize and I watched her little chin began to quiver. Tears were coming down her cheeks.
They said that our don't cry so right after a while you can be baptized and be a member of the church. She said that's not why I'm crying because I can't be baptized. She said I was thinking about my brother. I want him to be saved to quality can set I believe we better receiver today? That's the mark of a Christian. That's the market reality what you say so right. Does any body had a call himself a follower of Jesus Christ is not a solar one right, a false witness shall perish but he that here speaketh he that here it's because he that Eric speak, you must hear him. And when you hear him, you cannot keep silent, very time I knew I was safe at this time is been a burning desire in my heart to share Jesus Christ. What ways.
I know it is real to me because I want you to know what's in my heart. Very good.
Not only a listening worship as one market reality not only a living witness.
That's another market reality. What a lasting wall a lasting wall.
He that here speaketh constantly that if he stays with you as a starting given up. There is a consistency as the hallmark of reality summarizes why somebody was once a Christian and lost her salvation know you go different if you got reality is going to last. And these people that go away no more say we have little say around here who was original with the faith that fizzles before the finish on the floor from the first day when I promise they were not others rather than others. They would no doubt have continued with us, but they went out that it might be made manifest.
They were not others was a man named Cox he was a church member but he did not have the assurance of the salvation he got tired of playing church got saved. I made sure enough, say, born-again wrote a song I've heard you another saying, oh, how well do I remember how I doubt it day by day. For I did not know for certain that my sins were washed away when the spirit tried to tell. I would not the truth, receive. I endeavored to be happy and I make myself believe that I prayed to God in earnest, not caring what folks I was a blessing so that at last, by faith I touched him and like sparks from Smith and Steve just so quick salvation reach me will bless God. I know it's radio which read this read. I know it's real. Praise God settled and I know I know this really you know it's really that reality!? We should your cardboard Christian mingle perish.
And Jesus will say to me that work iniquity.
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