AND NOW, LITTLE CHILDREN, ABIDE IN HIM; THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE MAY HAVE CONFIDENCE, AND NOT BE ASHAMED BEFORE HIM AT HIS COMING.
1 JOHN 2:28
Confidence is a wonderful state of mind if the foundation upon which one builds his confidence is sure and steadfast. However, a confidence which is built upon a false foundation will be the source of the greatest sorrow a man can know. The LORD JESUS said, “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matt 7:26-
For every truth that is laid down in GOD’s word Satan has produced many counterfeits which appear on the surface to be sound but like termite eaten wood these fakes cannot support any weight or endure testing. Woe be to those who sleep on the enchanted ground of false confidence. The sobering thing is that there are many well meaning “teachers” who have gone out into the world spreading false hope by repeating a counterfeit message they have been taught by others who were either deluded themselves or devilish deceivers whose intent is the destruction of men. (see Mat.7:15; Phil.3:2; Col.2:8)
Those who call themselves “Christians” are not immune to these deceptions, yea I tell you they are the very ones for whom these deceptions and false hopes are designed. There are many totally false religions in the world today who outright deny that JESUS CHRIST is the LAMB of GOD which taketh away the sin of the world. They are easy to identify and therefore pose no threat to the would be followers of CHRIST. No it is the more subtle deceptions that bring destruction among many who would identify themselves as “believers”. These are the false hopes we wish to identify for the sake of the LORD’s people, for it does not matter how right a man is on many subjects nor how confident he may be in what he believes, if the basis upon which he stands is anything other than JESUS CHRIST and HIM crucified then that mans religion is false and his hope is in vain. Some of the grounds for false hope and confidence are:
It is very important that we be instructed by sound teaching that we may have a strong foundation on which to stand. (see Eph.4:11-
Profession of faith or decision for CHRIST.
We are admonished in the scriptures to confess CHRIST before men (see Romans 10:9). This concept has been turned into a cottage industry by multitudes of well meaning “soul winners” who are convinced themselves and then go about convincing others that they can be “saved” by repeating a prayer or stating that they believe in CHRIST. Thus unconvicted and non-
Faith without works.
Nothing raises the eyebrows of those who believe in salvation by grace alone (which we do) more than when one mentions works. Actually it is redundant to speak of faith and works as though they are separate entities. Good works are simply the result of true faith. “I will shew thee my faith by my works.-
Our confidence must rest in CHRIST and CHRIST alone, not our faith, not our profession, not our doctrine, not our church connection. Flee from those who encourage men to have confidence in anything else. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that HE is able to keep that which I have committed unto HIM against that day.” (2 Tim 1:12)