This is from the Jesus is Not a Flu Shot series….
Jesus Christ is not a flu shot.
When you get a vaccine you get a false or weakened version of the real thing. This means when you get exposed to the actual version, your immune system is automatically trained to recognize and fight off the real thing. You are hence inoculated to the real virus.
The gospel works the same way. If someone “receives Jesus” and has some sort of emotional experience, but has never been born again through saving faith and Biblical repentance, they have received “Jesus the flu shot”. This is a false gospel that comes in different versions, but it all produces the same effect. The false convert is lulled to sleep thinking he is ok with God, gives an “I’ve already done that” when given the true gospel, and produces not a changed life that walks with God, but a walking contradiction.
Every one of God’s creatures have defining characteristics that are very unique to that creature. Pigs love the mud, sheep have wool, lions roar, rabbits hop, koalas like eucalyptus trees, bees make honey, and so on. If you saw a lion eating a salad, an octopus in a creek, a monkey in an igloo, a penguin in the desert, a camel in the ocean, or a llama feasting on a zebra, you’d know something was gravely wrong.
The bible says in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Before we were saved we were creatures of our habits and creatures of the devil. We loved sin, and acted like the world. When we are born again, saved for the Glory of GOD, we are NEW Creatures, and there are characteristics of these Christian Creatures. 1stJohn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Note! These things in 1st John Chapter 5 are THINGS DESCRIBED in 1st John chapters 1-5! Modern evangelism will use 1st John 5:13 to describe someone who intellectually agrees or emotionally responds to the Romans Road for example. 1st John describes a born again child of God. Today, modern evangelism turns Jesus into a flu shot and ushers them into the kingdom if they ever one time received the shot.
It asks, Did you pray the prayer? Did you believe the prayer? Did you ask Jesus into your heart? Did you really mean it? Yet, it is completely oblivious to the person who exhibits absolutely not one characteristic describing a Christian in the book John wrote to know for sure we are really God’s children.
The Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 13:5 to Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?1st John provides the questions to examine! Don’t miss that. Many say that calling on the Lord is the same as repentance. I believe the Bible says that is not true because one can call on the Lord in their sin, stay in their sin, and refuse to move from their sin. You can’t pull a bible verse out of context PAST where it contradicts another verse.
The Bible says in Romans 10:13 that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, yet it also warns in Matthew 7:21 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. If you received the false Jesus the flu shot in the form of the false vaccines of false religion. false doctrine. false assurance. or false Christs you may be one of those false converts. Eternally damned for hell because you were almost completely inoculated to the real gospel. Friend, examine yourself with 1st John and really ask yourself if your receiving Jesus created a permanent life changing ongoing walk with God where you know that you know that you know the creator of heaven and earth. Or if it was merely a one time flu shot you took just in case you ever were threatened with the hell bug.