Proverbs 11:1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
What is a discernment point of one who has been born-again by God and one who is masquerading as a Christian? That would be honesty in your sins and who you are, and the reaction to that type of honest witness.
Before one is born-again, dishonesty and concealment REIGNS throughout our entire being. We don’t like admitting our faults, our sins, or shotcomings. And if there is any doubt in what I said, social media exposed this clearly!
Upon my rebirth, God showed me my sins, and just how dark, evil, and decrepit I truly was. Before that point, I tended to hide that shame and the external “goodness” was all that one saw. So I wrote a tell all portion in a book called “The Roman Catholic Problem” which disclosed the final days leading up to my rebirth and the debauchery I was involved in. There would be NO WAY I would have admitted to these things before God changed my heart! Not for a second!
But discernment came in when I listened to some of the reactions from that honest witness. Roman Catholics who are dead in their sins and trespasses, scoffed and mocked me. “How could you be so stupid” and “sorry you were so sinful” is what I heard, as IF they were perfect. But this is how one is before a rebirth, we look down our noses at the honest witness very well knowing we are equally if not more degenerate in our behavior.
The honest witness KNOWS what Jesus paid on their behalf, so it is beyond reasoning to hide that reason of His sacrifice if born again. The humility is engrained with this realization of who Jesus is, what He did, and what YOU did to CAUSE it all. There is no more hiding your sins from others! It would be like someone paying all your credit card bills off in one full swoop without any help from you, and you denying that you had any debt? Again, that would BEYOND reasoning!
So one way to KNOW you are dealing with a Christian and not a poser, examine their witness. How do they react to honest witnesses, and what if anything are they hiding. We know one thing for certain! Every human being is FALLEN in nature, and has sinned! Failure to disclose this would demonstrate one is not born-again, but still concealing themselves as Adam and Eve tried to conceal themselves from God after their sin.
And remember this if anything! You might be able to FOOL your fellow mankind, but you NEVER fool God! He knows! So don’t be a fool!