All Those in The Body of Christ Are Christians, But Not All Christians Are in The Body of Christ
Anyone can claim to be a Christian and even go to church all their lives having been raised in the church, but if they do not have the Spirit, they are not true Christians.
People in the world, including spectators of Christianity, atheist, and those of other faiths must understand that there are two kinds of Christians; the true and the false. There are many more false than there are true Christians. One in four Christians are true, the rest are all false.
The parable of the Sower reveals this mystery in the gospels of Christ, Luke 8:11-15, and Matthew 13:19-23. It explains that out of four people who begin in Christ only one finishes and brings forth fruit to God as a true Christan. The rest fall away back into the world and never really understand the will of God. They may profess to know him, but they really do not, and cannot know Him without the Spirit.
The one who makes it into the church (or body of Christ), are those who have been born again by the empowering of the Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit. If a person does not have the Holy Ghost, they are not in the church or body of Christ, thus they are not a true Christian. Anyone can claim to be a Christian and even go to church all their lives having been raised in the church, but if they do not have the Spirit, they are not true Christians.
Jesus himself testifies to this truth when he says, “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.” Matthew 7:21. The will of His father is to be born again and to love others. Once a person is born again, they are adopted into the body of Christ and gifts and fruit of the Spirit manifest in them and they are changed on the inside.
False Christians are led by false prophets and preachers, true Christians are led by the Holy Ghost, the living Spirit of Christ. The way to tell who is true and who is not, comes through their heart and behavior. The Spirit deals with both. The outward appearance is deceiving, material goods or popularity are all things that can be gotten by striving in the world, but only God can give the Spirit and truly change the heart and behavior.
Do not be deceived, false Christians quote scriptures, give to charity, smile and encourage in the words of Christ, but their hearts are not in it. If there ever comes a time when they are faced with a situation that calls for the works of Christ from the heart, they fail the test, turn and run away, or make an excuse. Many times, instead of resorting to and using the powers and tools that God gives through the Spirit, they resort to using tools of the world, such as science, the law, politics, and even guns.
The scripture exposes false Christians and reads: “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8. Many people honor Christ by mouth but they are not serious about serving Him or doing His will. And there are millions of people like this led by men who are neither serious nor know God.
There are entire ministries and Christian organizations base on false doctrine led by false prophets and preachers who seem very Christian. Millions of people have grown up in false churches, never understanding the true will and person of Jesus Christ. And many fall by the way side when they discover they have been lied to or that this Christian thing is not working out for them.
Those who never receive the Spirit can never truly change and are always vulnerable to the works of the flesh, lust, and sins. Another way to tell a person is not a true Christian is they have no respect for God or His will. They talk and even preach them, but they themselves will not submit, which is why the world finds many hypocrites professing Christianity.
It is difficult to tell between the two sometimes and many true Christians are blinded themselves. They believe that some people who claim to be Christian are true, yet they are deceived. A mystery in the church is that those who are true can tell who is, and who is not true, if they are close to the Lord. But if they have fallen away or are taken captive of sin, they themselves become a stranger to those who are true.
But a false Christian cannot spot a true believer and they cannot hear the voice of God. Their prayers are not heard by God or answered and they worship in vain at church. Though they may think and truly believe they are in the true Church and are a Christian, they have only been told that by men who lead them in the wrong direction. The only way they can ever break free from false doctrine is to earnestly seek after God.
There have been many people who discover they are being led wrong and they soul search and then begin searching for God and the truth. Once they do, God takes notice and leads them to the truth eventually. They have a sincere change of heart and these are those who have been called into the church by God.
But there will always be a false Christian population in the world. They have no fruit of the Spirit and they take their orders from men instead of God. They study men and men’s teachings and never come to the knowledge of the truth. “…having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:5, 7.
One other way to tell the false Christians is some deny the powers and gifts of God. They resist tongues, healing, deliverance, and any of the prophetic powers and attribute them to emotional experiences and scientific phenomena. Likewise, there are those false Christians who do practice the gifts but do not have the power. They are the charlatans, sorcerers and money changers of the false Christian world.
If a person has found that they may have been lied to or deceived, they can always turn to God, separate themselves, and seek for the Holy Ghost. God will give it to them if they ask. The scripture reads, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13.