20 Surprising Traits of a Self-Deceived "Believer"
In 1937 Arthur Pink wrote,
“The "Gospel" which is now being proclaimed is, in nine cases out of every ten—but a perversion of the Truth, and tens of thousands, assured they are bound for Heaven, are now hastening to Hell, as fast as time can take them!” 1And the beat goes on. Evangelicals en masse believe they will inherit eternal life because they have “asked Jesus into their heart”, even though many know nothing of what it means to test themselves to see if their faith is genuine.
In the past the practice of carefully examining ourselves was considered normal and necessary in order to expose self-deceived professors and hypocrites, rebuke worldly Christians, and assure genuine believers.