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Is temporary faith motivated by a love for God or for self? Explain. Study the verses in the scroll below and explain why this question is a crucial one.



 

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul?

- Deuteronomy 10:12

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

- Mark 12:30-31

 


Why do times of self-sacrifice and persecution separate the temporary-faith, from the saving-faith believers?

Temporary faith can be distinguished from true saving faith by studying the seven differences noted in the following chart:

SEVEN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TEMPORARY AND TRUE SAVING FAITH
Temporary Faith
True Saving Faith

1. Is seated in a person's emotions; lacks true regeneration of the heart (includes the person's emotions, thoughts, and actions, but not his heart)

Is deeply seated in a person's heart. It includes true regeneration of the heart and conversion of the will (includes the total person -heart, emotions, thoughts and actions)

2. Is motivated by the fear of the consequences of sin and the joy of Christ's benefits

Is motivated by the fear of sin itself and the joy of knowing Christ Himself

3. Grows in self-exaltation due to a lack of a thorough, personal conviction of sin

Grows in self-humiliation due to a thorough, personal conviction of sin

4. Produces fruits of trusting in self (believing in his own zeal, desires, works) trusting in that which he does for Christ

Produces fruits of distrust in self, but trust in Christ (believing in Christ's, not his own works) trusting in that which Christ does for him

5. Generally appears to grow up quickly and sporadically and to be free from doubts

Generally appears to grow more slowly and steadily and to be burdened with doubts

6.Tends to decrease and wither in times of persecution and self-denial

Tends to increase and prosper in times of persecution and self-denial

7. Is temporary

Is eternal


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