TEXT: Matthew 15:1-9
It is sad to say, but you have to watch out for some people who call themselves Christians. Yes, there are some people who act Christian, look Christian, and talk Christian, but are not truly committed to the teachings and the spirit of Jesus Christ. In fact, our Lord told us to "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Throughout your journey as a Christian, you are bound to meet some of these wolves in sheep's clothing. It was not too long after he had been saved that Christian, the main character of Pilgrim's Progress, met two of these types of individuals -- Formalist and Hypocrisy.
Formalist and Hypocrisy are representative of people who want to receive all of the benefits of being a Christian, but they do not always want to live the Christian life the way the Lord Jesus Christ has prescribed. I want to share with you three problems with these types of believers in hopes that you would not have these traits yourself and that you would be able to spot these traits in others and avoid them at all costs.
1. These types of believers value form and function over faith.
2. These types of believers are not sold out for Jesus Christ.
3. These types of believers are in it for their own glory.
MUSICAL SELECTION: "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" by Maurette Brown Clark and "Pass Me Not" by Ann Nesby
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