The wonderful truth about our life on Earth is that we have been given freewill.
You can give your life to Jesus and keep your bad habits and sinful lifestyle, the same as you can give a person an apple that looks lovely and red on the outside but on the inside is rotten. But what do you think will happen?
The person may accept the apple from you, and even lavish praise upon you so that those in attendance, or who are in earshot of the loud speakers, can hear. Even afterwards, the person might tell others that you gave him the best looking apple ever seen. But once the person takes a bite of that apple, disgust will cause that person to detest you for having been so deceptive. Your apple will be cast into the rubbish.
The process of becoming a Christian is not as simple as saying, “I give my life to Jesus.” Many people reject Jesus on the basis of what they see in other people, who claim they are Christians, and thereby representatives of the only One attested to in history to have risen from the dead; the light of the world enabling others to become lights bearing fruit of the Spirit of God.
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Do all things…that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. (Phillipians 2:14–16)
- For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2:24)
- “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15–20)
- “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ (Matthew 7:21–23)
The elementary doctrine of Christ requires repentance from dead works before a person can exercise faith in God (Hebrews 6:1). In fact, it is impossible to have genuine faith in God without repentance from dead works. For those who exercise faith in God desire to be transformed (Romans 12:2), so that they may enjoy the happiness that comes from experience love, joy and peace in their lives; rather than the self-hate, depression and anxiety that seems to permeate the nations of the world.
It is possible to give one’s life to Lord Jesus Christ, but not expect one’s lifestyle to be acceptable to Him; the same as you would not accept sewage being dumped in your place of residence.
Learn The Truth And You Will Understand How Easy It Is To Discern Foolishness