"Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren." Acts 14:1-2
Our churches today have people who also say they believe but truly speaking they are not sincere; deep down their hearts they know that they are unbelievers. I hear someone say, "with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief" Mark 9:24. Jude describes how these people 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; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever" Jude 1:12 - 13. I call these unbelieving Jews!
Luke said, "the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren" Acts 14:2. While your whole effort is to make people believe, these unbelieving Jews would be busy causing havoc in church, busy sowing mistrust and suspicion in the minds of new believers. One thing about unbelieving Jews is they never backslide themselves, but what they do is poison the minds of other believers. This also is true of them as we have seen above that;
- they are clouds without water, carried about of winds;
- trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
- raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
- wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
- They plot evil and attack innocent souls.
That’s the reason why Jesus said concerning these unbelieving Jews,
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
Beware of unbelieving saints!
The bible says, Paul and Barnabas, "They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel" Acts 14:6
I don’t understand believers who when you tell them your life is danger they still linger around. Here the apostles fled, and where they went they preached the gospel also. Don’t surrender your soul to vultures, instead run with your life my friend.
Beware of unbelieving saints the same way you would beware of false prophets also. They’re dangerous creatures. 2 Peter 2:1-3 says, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
True saints, unbelieving saints or false prophets are all men of like passions with you. The difference is seen in our fruit only.
Stop wasting your life if you’re an unbelieving believer. Paul said we "preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." Acts 14:15-17.
Unbelieving saints have no good fruit, but you who believe, you have fruitful seasons. Always God feels your heart with food and gladness.
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