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Guilty or Not?
written by Wanda Ritchie
Just suppose here in America there had risen a great persecution of the Christian people and you were arrested. Would there be enough evidence to convict you or would you be set free for lack of evidence to prove you are a Christian?
True, you confessed to being a Christian but is there evidence enough to sustain this claim or confession? First your family would be questioned as to whether your ways at home would give them any evidence. Next your neighbors would be questioned as to your conduct in the community. Romans 12:17,18,21 "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Would your life as a whole measure up to be producing the fruit or works of the spirit as Galatians 5:22,23 records? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law." This list gives us a true picture of what a Christians personality should be.
Next would your works convict you? Mark 16:17,18 "And these signs shall follow those who believe; In my name they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly think it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." 1Peter 2:12 "Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that, whereas they speak against you as evil doers they may behold your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."
Also even your clothes would be considered as evidence as to whether you even dress decent and look like a Christian. 1 Timothy 2:9 "In like manner also the women adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly array."
Another thing presented as evidence would be the places you go. Do you go to church and fellowship with other Christians? 2 Corinthians 6:17 "Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you." Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching."
Let us each consider the thought if I was on trial today for being a Christian would I be found guilty or set free?
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