Ok, so let me first start off by saying that my blog posts are not design to rant but if it does come off that way, I apologize in advance.
I confess that it does tick me off to know end when God’s word has been compromised in some way or taken completely out of context. I’m still a growing Christian myself, as we all are, so reading stuff out here in the world that is supposedly from “Christians” regarding what a Christian is, what a Christian is not, how a Christian should believe and how they should live with their own spin on it, really annoys me. It’s like people are doing what the bible says not to do which is not to add or take away from the words written in the bible and do not add or subtract what we are commanded to do (Rev 22:19 and Deuteronomy 4:2). It’s common sense for all of us that are apart of the body of Christ. Which leads me to today’s discussion:
What is a Christian?
Gotquestions.org describes it perfectly in a biblical way:
A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4, 10). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that the good works we do cannot make us acceptable to God. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” So, a Christian is someone who has been born again by God (John 3:3; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23) and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
The way they described it is what I was taught. We’re also taught via the bible that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. (Romans 1:16). So when you see blogs, preachers, forums, articles of anyone that adds to “what is a Christian”, question deeply what they are saying, because if you feel a twinge of contemplation of what they are saying, listen to it. That is probably the Holy Spirit saying that isn’t right. One thing God is not going to do is force anyone to come to him. Another thing, is he’s not going to contradict or compromise his word for anyone. So, don’t think that God’s word is suppose to bend to our blessed will, no we aint got it like that and when we stand before him and give an account of what we did or have done, we deserve to gets got (called out, put in our place, etc) for doing what we’re not suppose to do.
One thing that I’ve noticed and I honestly can’t remember if I’ve touched on this before but I’ll say it again nevertheless, Christianity does not equal automatically being a Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative…nothing to do with worldly political issues. Christianity is all about having a relationship with Christ, because we decided to believe and trust in him by faith. If you are a Christian and I mean a true born again Christian, then you know this to be true. You know that we believe by faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We believe by faith it’s the blood of Christ that was shed on Calvary’s cross that cleanses us from our sins and from all unrighteousness. We believe by faith that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one can cometh unto the father but by him. We believe by faith that Jesus is God, the 2nd member of the trinity, came to earth, took on human flesh, and became sin for us who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God in him. We believe by faith that upon the confession of our faith in Christ, in that instant, we received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is the comforter that Jesus promised in John 14. We believe by faith that in Christ and in Christ alone that man can be saved according to the word of God. It’s says right there in the bible what man must do to be saved, to go to heaven, to be a Christian.
Let me tell you something that has always stuck with me 11 years ago when I first came to know Christ. My pastor at that time explained being born again in this way; he said in so many words (I don’t remember exactly verbatim) that there is no way something supernatural and powerful as God come in contact with the person who believes and a change not happen. Believing by faith that when you have entered into the family of God, that it’s eternal. You’re no longer destined for hell. He called you (meaning that some way, some how, you were introduced to the gospel of Christ) and you answered the call (meaning by faith you believed in what was taught and you decided to trust God sincerely and completely to make you a new creature in him).
So, when someone says to me that “no you’re not a true Christian” or “how can you be a Christian” but do x, y, z; you stop them and with love, ask them to tell you their testimony. Ask them how they came to a saving knowledge of knowing Christ as their Lord and Savior. It’s a historical fact that Jesus died on the cross, yeah it was in some of my history books throughout college, in fact Western Civilization 101. The point is to believe in the gospel of Christ by faith according to what the word of God says.
So, if you have questions about what it truly means to be a Christian or what is a Christian? There are plenty of sites out there with the truth but the bible itself is the most trusted word. Trust and believe that if you truly want to get to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God will make a way so that you can learn. Sites like mine and other Christian blogs and sites don’t exist for no reason. We are about the Lord’s business spreading the gospel of Christ just as we have been commanded in his word to do.
Question: If you died the hour or the next day, we’re will you spend eternity?