When I think of a loveless, heartless Christianity I think of men and women living in sin, who donâ€™t care about truth, compromising, indifferent, and lazy in their behavior. And yet religious pretense can co-exist with diligence, faithfulness, and purity in one's walk with the Lord. The Ephesiansâ€™ were fighting the good fight of faith. They were standing firm in the truth of Godâ€™s word. They didnâ€™t compromise. And they labored night and day for fidelity all for the sake of the Lord!
Yet, evidently, the seeds of sham Christianity were sprouting. They were trying to impress God by their actions. The roots of religious pretense had taken root because Christ exhorts them to return to their first love.
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