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By Alan Yusko

In these last days there are many religious, but lost, people. Many profess to be Christians or 'religious' in some way but they are still lost and on their way to hell! Why is this a problem in these last days? Why don't these religious but lost people simply get saved? Why just be religious?

I think the answer lies in the fact that the religious but lost folks want God on their own terms. They have rejected the God of the Bible and instead choose a god more designed to fit in with their lifestyle. The religious but lost people want to say they believe in God and are good Christians. But in reality they just do not wish to have the Lord Jesus as the Lord of their lives. Sin has strong bonds and the religious but lost want to hang on to the evils of this world and be considered Christians at the same time. The religious but lost want to be assured of heaven while enjoying their sin and rebellion and life of sin.

I have heard it said that a man's morality dictates his theology. This certainly is food for thought. I know of people who are sexually immoral people who would get greatly offended if they were not considered a 'Christian' or a 'believer' in God. The fact is they do believe and they are religious. However, their god has been designed to allow them to enjoy the immoral sins of the world in a loving and accepting manner. Their morality dictates the type of god they choose to believe in. Of course their god certainly is not the God of the Bible! I have even gotten emails from homosexual sodomites who write in anger and tell me that they are 'Christian' too! They too have created a god that allows their abomination while giving them a false hope of some form of religion.

The list doesn't stop here. Just look at all the religious people addicted to Satan's rock and roll. These people bring this trash into their churches and lead astray many. Others follow these slick dressed charismatic preacher-wolves. These wolves have the best clothes, homes, and cars. They smile as they dispense false doctrine to multitudes of gullible followers. All kinds of religious but lost people like that type of stuff! They are not interested in the God of the Bible or in the narrow way of salvation. But these lost people are religious and even enjoy going to church! Others have no heart at all for doctrine. They are busy uniting with the Roman Catholic church totally oblivious to all the false doctrines and the false works-based plan of salvation. Even big leaders in the Evangelical church have had an audience with Mr Pope. To them it was an honor - to God an abomination. But these religious but lost people cannot be corrected. They will follow their religion to there eternal perdition. Other religious but lost people have joined the Masons. This is a Satanic religion with Lucifer at the head. Will the religious Mason listen to sound doctrine? No, unfortunately not. I have talked with religious but lost Masons before and have asked them about the horrible oaths they take at each level. These religious and lost Masons have looked me in the eye and lied saying: I've taken no such oaths!

Again why is this so? Why would a person be religious and lost but have a false sense of security? We can see the answer in the below Scriptures:

2 Thess 2
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The answer is that they have been given a delusion so they will believe a lie. These people had no heart or interest in the truth of the Bible. Instead, they wanted to be religious and to enjoy their sin at the same time. As a result God has given them over to their sin and part of that allows them to be deceived by a great delusion. These religious people are blinded as they believe the lies of the devil. When confronted with the truth the religious but lost get very angry. They are the first to cry: legalist, unloving, judgmental etc. The reason they do this is they have been given a strong delusion.

But God warned that all this would happen. We are now in the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus. The religious but lost are everywhere! The Bible warns that they will 'creep' into church assemblies spreading their rebellion and heresies. See below:

Jude 1
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

The end result of the religious but lost is hell. They may enjoy their religion now but the days are coming when they will stand before God in judgment. An eternity in hell is quite a price to pay for being rebellious with no heart for the Bible or sound doctrine. Just be warned! These religious tares will work from inside the professing Christian church. Even solid Bible based churches can have some of these tares mixed in the congregation.

Rom 16
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

I have found that there is not much that can be done with the religious but lost person. You try to give them sound Biblical doctrine and they get angry. They are mad because they have no heart for Biblical truth! The best thing to do is to simply stay away from them. The religious but lost are unteacheable. They have made up their minds and God has given them a great delusion which will last until they die and perish.

There are severe warnings about the religious but lost preacher. These men look like they are Christian on the outside. However, out of their mouths comes doctrines that deny the foundations of Biblical Christianity. This is not a light sin for a person to commit! Below is a warning against those religious tares.

Gal 1
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

That is a pretty strong warning! God takes the soundness of His Word to be an important matter. But we live in days were wolves abound and unfortunately for them, the above warning applies.

It is pretty amazing to me that the religious tares would take a few years down here living in sin and then an eternity in hell. It makes more sense for a person to be saved and commit oneself to the Lord Jesus. Our time here on earth is short and eternity is forever. Why the religious but lost would sacrifice their eternity is a mystery to me.

What about you reader? Are you religious but lost? or are you saved?

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