Originally posted by dj2becker
There are plenty of nominal Christians that go to Church, but have never experienced the power of God in their lives, convicting them of sin, righteousness and judgment. They have never turned their backs on sin and their old lives. A true child of God is one who has been cleansed and justified.(in spiritual terms) They are very easy to recognize. The outward appearance will tell the whole story.
Couple of personal experiences:
At a company seminar in Florida I was sitting in class the first day & noticed a guy sitting in the back of the room & thought he was a Christian. That night when all of us were walking down the street to a restaurant, he said you’re a Christian aren’t you. He was a deacon in his church.
I was standing in front of a hotel in St. Louis & saw a well-dressed man walking down the street & the thought crossed my mind he was a preacher. Not an ordinary one, but an old-fashioned Gospel preacher. As he approached the hotel entrance, he said “Hello” to a couple of people standing around. When he passed me to enter the hotel, he laid a hand on my shoulder & said “Praise the Lord. How you doing?” That’s when I noticed he was wearing a name tag that identified him as “Reverend -------“
The Holy Spirit recognizes Himself in others, Iguess.