He has used the phrase several times since then and I have given it more thought. I now understand what he is talking about. In his experience he has run across a lot of people who attend church regularly and believe all that the church teaches but it has not brought them to the point of conversion. One of the ways I have heard it expressed it “head knowledge, not heart knowledge.”
My original reaction was not well thought out. We are not saved by faith, we are saved by grace through faith. There is a difference. In his discussion of the importance of works to support our faith, James makes this observance.
(James 2:19 KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.So it isn’t enough to accept the truth of the Bible.
The world is full of people who accept the Bible as a valid, historical document. They will concede that Jesus existed, that He was crucified and even that He rose from the dead. What they refuse to do is accept Him as their Lord.
So if you are critical of Christianity, understand that everyone who wears fatigues is not a soldier. To put it another way, just because your jersey says “23" doesn’t mean you are Michael Jordan.
If you are a Christian, examine your heart and make sure that you are one of the converted, not just a “believer.”
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