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TEMPORARY FAITH

Temporary faith is a stronger persuasion of the truth than historical faith; it penetrates not only the person's mind but also his emotions. Temporary faith is accompanied by deep feelings of conscience and strong stirrings of emotion. Temporary faith can produce feelings of conviction of sin, adoration of God, the sorrows of the wicked, and the happiness of the saved. These feelings, however, are neither heart-renewing nor permanent. They are temporary.

    Explain how the following are scriptural examples of temporary faith.

    Matthew 13:5-6; 20-21

    Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

    And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

    But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by he is offended.

    II Peter 2:20-22

    For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

    For it had been better for them not to have known the. way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

    Colossians 4:14; Philemon:24; II Timothy 4:10a

    Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlaborers.

    For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.

 

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

- Luke 8:13

 




Why can people mistake temporary faith for saving faith? Why will God never mistake these two? How can I Samuel 16:7 apply to these questions?

I Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.


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