He says he’s a Christian, but …


How can we know if someone is a true follower of Christ?

  • Is it right to try to discern the authenticity of another person’s faith?
  • Isn’t this a private matter between the person and God? 

I can think of a few important reasons why we sometimes have to do our best to discern the authenticity of someones faith.

  1. Most importantly because we love the person and want what is eternally best for her. 
  2. Sometimes we must know about their faith because we don’t want to violate II Corinthians 6:14-15 – by being unequally yoked together with an unbeliever.
  3. We especially need to know when deciding whether or not to marry another person (see: I Corinthians 7:39). 
  4. There is also a great danger of self-deception on this matter (Matthew 7:21-23).

When evaluating the genuineness of another’s faith, always be sure to search your own heart first. Jesus said, “You…

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