It seems to me that there are professing Christians who may be under the delusion that they are saved but are not because they adhere to their own righteousness and will for salvation. They may possess a cognitive acceptance of the gospel but are in reality unregenerate. They acknowledge Christ as Lord and are active in the body of Christ - but their works are unrighteous because they come from an unregenerate heart (ultimately they are self-serving and a form of self-righteousness). In this manner, it would be impossible for us to separate the wheat from the tares because by outward appearances the tares look like wheat (sometimes more so). This has absolutely NOTHING to do with Lordship Theology or "Easy Believeism" as both (as I see it) could fall into the category of tares. This is why I view the passage in such a manner (but am open to suggestions/correction): Matthew 7:15-20 speaks of being judged by one’s fruit. Verse 21 continues by stating that not everyone who calls Jesus Lord is saved as they do not do the will of the Father. Likewise, although they acknowledge Him as Lord and prophesy in His name and perform miracles, they are not saved. He never knew them (this is not a loss of salvation). Verse 21 indicates to me that acknowledging Jesus as Lord and being a part of the body of Christ is the mark of a believer - however verse 22-23 indicates that some who have these qualities are not saved. Verse 24-27 is linked to the previous verses. Here two houses are built on very different foundations. I view the house built on the rock as those who repent of their own salvation and believe in Christ. The house built upon the sand are those who build upon their own righteousness. Part of my reasoning is that I view “repent and believe in the gospel” to mean more than repenting of one’s sins and cognitively accepting the gospel message. Were this the case, the verse should read “repent and obey.” I believe it means to repent of our own righteousness (our nature) and putting our faith in Christ. The question, then, is can people believe that they are saved and manifest the outward acts of a believer without actually being saved (are there really tares among the wheat that grow together until harvest)? Disclaimer - I really don’t care about the Cal/non-Cal debate as much has been written over time and I sincerely do not believe that anyone here has something valuable to add that has not been previously stated (except perhaps in examining different views which is not the topic of this thread). I apologize if my question is so boring that it must devolve into such a debate.