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Because I wish it was not true, but it is. Very.

One may hold to Christian beliefs, that does not make one a follower of Christ.
The term Christian was applied to disciples (followers) of Christ by Grecian/gentile/pagans.
One is either a disciple/follower of Christ, or they aren’t. The church is full of posers, not hypocrites (although there are some of those too) but mostly posers. Satan loves nothing better than to have ‘inside people” who will do his bidding.

….We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. I John 2:3-6

….For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

no fruit Washer

Even though the unconverted mind is highly educated and talented, yet it is utterly unable to receive and understand spiritually those things needful for its eternal salvation.

It will not respond to the preaching of the gospel until renewed, enlightened and enabled to do so by the Holy Spirit: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned’ (1 Cor 2:14).

The subject of this verse is the natural man. The natural man is quite opposite of the spiritual man (1 Cor 15:44; Jude 19).~ John Owen

The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

 

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