"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." Psalms 119:18 (KJV)
There are many that claim to be Christian, but are not! They are heathen. Heathen are the unsaved, and those bound for Hell. Calling themselves Christians will not make them saved. Examine what the Bible says about heathen cloaked under the name “Christian”:
Heathens are sometimes called Christians or God’s people.
“… That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this." Amos 9:11-12 This verse is speaking of a time not yet come, but the principle applies to these latter days. Not all that claim to be children of God are children of God
“… But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matthew 6:6-7 It is ironic that the outline for prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) that follows these verses is what many so-called “Christian” faiths vainly (without thought or meaning, empty of feeling) pray over and over again.
Heathens have religion also!
“… This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:7-9 There have always been those that believe themselves to be children of God, but were not. It was the religious that had killed Jesus and persecuted His followers.
Heathens can think God is using them. (But many times, Satan the deceiver is blinding them, and deceiving them with false miracles from “God”)
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me , Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:20-23
Heathens can go through religious routines and rituals.
“Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth … and you thrust out.” Luke 13:26-28 They went to the house of God, but that didn't make them His.
Many are religious, but lost. There is only one way to be a child of God — God’s way.
“… Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.
November 11, 2000, Updated Novemeber 15, 2011
This lesson was featured in The Bible View #328.