....but all we know of them seems to indicate they are not a Christian at all.
I mean if they were to be brought up on charges in a court and there was absolutely no evidence to convict them except thier sort of vague "confession" to being a Christian and yet it seems there is plenty of evidence to convict them of not being a Christian....should we believe their words or actions?
This comes up in prison ministries as a question being asked by new Christians who soon see others who claim Christianity and show up at the meetings but when they are back out in the general prison population act just like the rest of the prisoners.
This scripture comes to mind...“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector."
Pagan: worshipper, follower or disciple of something other than God, a hedonist
Tax-Collector: a jew who has betrayed his kinsmen and serves thier enemies.
Exactly how did Jesus treat pagans? tax-collectors? Hmmm...