I’m sure we all know folks from each category, especially in these days, that’s pretty much a given. It’s fairly easy to look around and see “the other guy”, isn’t it? The problem there is that God requires that we look at ourselves first and foremost. Come the moment after death it’s not gonna be “the other guy” we will account for. Each shall give an account of himself to God. So, with that fact in mind, let me ask you…where are you in these scriptural descriptions? One or more? Only one? And more to the point, the right one?
Saved – a person who has submitted fully to our Lord Jesus Christ and trusts Him as their personal savior.
C.I.N.Os – This is a phrase I coined about 5 – 6 years ago. Simply put, a Christian In Name Only
Reprobate – The reprobate wants no real knowledge of God.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Instead of living a holy and acceptable life unto the Father which in turn brings about good works, their lifestyle manifests the following.
Romans 1:29-31 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Think about this for a moment. Could a saved person, washed in the blood of Christ, be a hater of God? Do the saints invent evil things? Do their lives manifest the above which Paul describe?
Here are the traits of saved people.
Saved people are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
They have repented of their sinful life (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
They bring forth the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 )
They desire to do good works (Ephesians 2:10)
They love the brethren (1 John 3:14)
They keep themselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27)
AND… saved people fall short, but they will confess their sins to maintain a relationship / fellowship with God. (1 John 1:9)
Reprobates are without understanding. In Romans we see that the reprobate knows full well the judgment of God is upon those who do these things, (see above – Romans 1:29-31 ) yet they continue to do them.
BUT, not only do they blatantly sin against God, but “they have pleasure in them that do them.”
Romans 1:32 who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
In fact this idea is also spoken about in Isaiah 5.
Isaiah 5:18 – 19 – Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
19 that say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
Here we see the reprobate pulling their sins into the streets and proudly parading them around. They shout at God saying “HEY GOD – let’s see your judgment against us so that we know it.”
Think of those Sodomite / “Gay” parades flaunting their disgusting behavior in public.
The reprobate is knowledgeable of God and of their judgment. They have chosen to distance themselves and knowing all this, they still reject God.
Can a Christian Be Turned Over To a Reprobate Mind?
I get asked this a lot and I have to say that it is a good question. We all probably know someone who seemed to have fallen away from God and never desire to go back.
One thing that seems to trouble many believers is… “ Can they fall into sin so badly that they fall away from God and be “turned over to a reprobate mind”?
The potential seems to great when someone who once professed to be saved falls away from the faith.
Those of us who are truly saved realize how weak and sinful we are. Sitting here right now I know that I have sinned and I hate that.
BUT, we also need to realize how great the grace of God is.
Let’s look at the word reprobate for just a second.
The primary meaning of the word reprobate means to be “rejected.”
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines it as “not enduring proof or trial; not of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected.”
This is also a Bible definition found in the verse you quoted:
Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.
Silver that was unable to be refined was considered worthless, i.e., reprobate, and was naturally rejected.
But rejection is only part of the definition.
We read in Romans 1:28 that “God gave …over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
Here we can see that the meaning is not that of rejection but worse, abandonment.
These people had gone so far in sin, “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” and so God gave them what they wanted. They did not want God, His righteousness, His holiness, His cleanness, or His purity, so God “gave them over.”
These people are reprobate because of their hatred toward God. Because of their freewill choice to hate God so much they are rejected by God and abandoned.
There is a HUGE chasm between the reprobate and the truly saved child of God.
Saved, C.I.N.Os and Reprobates
Christians In Name Only, these are people that I truly pity. These are the people that I hope that my work and ministry reach and break through those “scales upon their eyes.”
See C.I.N.Os are people who have been “inoculated.” They believe that because they go to church, raised their hand, do good works, so forth and so on that they are going to heaven. They base their salvation more on what they do vs what God has done for them. They honestly think they are saved and that is the danger. It is also very hard to tell these people that they are not saved.
Matthew 7 : 21-23 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.
22 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?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The more I read the Bible, the more I see the distinction between true believers and those who only profess to be.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Paul says these people, who professed they knew God, were reprobate. How can this be? We get the answer in prior verse 15
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
We can see that the “they” of verse 16 are described in this verse 15 as “unbelieving.”
Yes, they professed to know God, but they were reprobate. Why were they reprobated? Because they did not believe and put their trust in Him. They did not submit their lives to Christ as their personal savior. They believe that it is their good works that gain them heaven.
As hard as this may sound, this is a form of rejecting Christ and His work on the cross.
These people (C.I.N.Os) were never saved.
We can see another example of this in 1 John 2
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Those who left and were “not of us” like it or not, they were never saved. Now this teaching lines up with the words of our Lord himself.
Consider the following
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Notice what Christ himself states, that those who continue in the word of Christ (i.e., those who are truly converted to God through repentance and faith) are Christ’s disciples indeed.
So logic dictates that those who do not continue in His Word are not his disciples.
Just to clarify, what is being stated here is not describing the person who reads the bible everyday. There are people who are not saved that read the bible every day.
What scripture is describing is living the life according to God’s Word. Just because a person reads the bible everyday does not mean that they understand.
Scripture tells us the following…
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Even though the C.I.N.O reads their bible daily, they do not fully grasp what God’s Word is teaching them because they do not have the Holy Spirit “illuminating” or teaching them God’s Word.
To the natural man it is just “Blah blah… blah blah blah”
Sure they read words, but they cannot comprehend that The Word is saying because they do not have the ability to spiritually discern His Word.
This means that a HUGE number of people who have made an intellectual or emotional “decision” and eventually these people will fall away. Why? They were never truly born again in the first place.
Since Christians continue in God’s word, they could never be turned over to a reprobate mind. A believer may get to the point where his faith is weak or fall into sin and, consequently, go so far as to forget “that he was purged from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:9), but he or she could never be rejected or abandoned by God.
Here is a great promise that is given to us and also does away with the whole idea of “losing ones salvation.”
God’s Word states…
2 Timothy 2:13 if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
That means that even those of us who question our faith and possibly fall into a prodigal son life, God is faithful and HE will not lose us. Why? Because He gave that PROMISE and gift of salvation, He abideth faithful because God can not lie nor deny Himself or the promises He has given to us in God’s Word.
In John 6:37 we read these comforting words…
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
The Lord Jesus has PROMISED that he will not cast out – not reject – anyone who comes to him.
This blessed assurance from the lips of the Savior himself leaves out any possibility of reprobation.
Here are the lyrics to that great song reminding us of His Blessed Assurance…
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Here is another promise, Christ says to those who are saved “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
It should be a great blessing to know that those of us who have truly submitted our lives to Christ and trust Him for our eternal salvation will never be rejected or abandoned by God.
In Nahum there is we are told The Lord “knoweth them that trust in him,”
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
You can be assured they will never be reprobated.
Pity and Try To Reach The C.I.N.O – The Reprobate Is An Enemy of God
I pity the C.I.N.O and I hope that if one is reading this article that the Holy Spirit will prick their heart and open their eyes to their error. They are on the path of the reprobate, if they are not there already. But as for the true reprobate, another things happens, they are no longer cherished, in fact they become the enemy of God and as hard as it seems, we need to look at them in that manner.
The reprobate would do everything in their power to destroy God. We clearly see this taking place today.
This is why we need to stand up and say no more to these enemies of God. They are winning the war because so many have become complacent.
Just this past week I was sickened by our so called president when he basically equated our savior Jesus Christ to Mohammed the pedophile and murderer.
We need to stand up and challenge those lies.
Here is a GREAT video that is totally worth the time to watch and educate yourself. Because the president pulled the ignorant “crusade” card, we need to understand history so that we can now refute all the other ignorant people who will pull that same card as well.
Thank God for His wonderful salvation in Christ and His blessed assurance. We are His and we are held tightly in the palm of His hand. He will never leave us or forsake us. God knows us because we trust Him.
Yes we will blow it and we will fall. Some of us will venture upon the path of prodigal son. I personally spent 10 years of my life on that path. I look back seeing how much time I wasted, but I also see how much I learned about God’s Grace and His blessed assurance. Even though I strayed, He never let me get to far away.
No matter how bad we may get, we have His promise …
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Dawn your armor and get onto the battlefield. The reprobates are winning right now and we have a job to do.