Some of the most heartbreaking moments in a Christian’s life are watching other believers wander away from the truth.
In this lab, John Piper tackles a couple verses that help us understand a Christian’s identity and give us great hope in pursuing a wandering brother or sister in Christ.
Dating an unbeliever can hinder your relationship with Christ.I understand the dangers of being judgmental in a situation like this, but being in the Bible Belt, I feel like I am in this situation all the time.” What would you say to Jacob? He means take heed, because you might be faking it. You don’t know for sure, but awakening is what we all need anyway.Those who have “no love for the Lord,” he says at the end of 1 Corinthians, if you don’t love the Lord, then you are “accursed” (1 Corinthians ). So let me just throw out a few possible suggestions for how to relate to someone in whose life you don’t see — and you are not infallible here — you don’t see sufficient evidences of God’s grace to give you confidence that they have been born again or are truly Christian. If you are a coasting believer or you are an unbeliever who thinks you are a believer, you need to be awakened, stunned, brought awake, and brought to a vital love relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. 2) Fold these folks into your life as much as possible, and draw them into situations where you can set the agenda rather than they.A podcast listener named Jacob writes in to ask a really tricky pastoral question. And they went out and that is how you knew finally that they weren’t of us. And he is just talking in general to the whole church.“Pastor John, how do you approach people in your life who believe they are saved, but you have a feeling they are not? He is not saying: Oh, there are one or two unbelievers among you. It leaves open whether the person is saved or not saved.John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.