Monday, July 27, 2009

What is a Christian?

Lately I have been thinking about the enormous amount of people who call themselves Christians when in fact they are not. It seems to be the hip thing to be, especially if your a politician. People are always quick to say they are Christians, but then when you get down to asking the important questions, such as "What do you know to be the only way to heaven?" they can't answer with "because of the blood of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice! Because of his resurrection! I'm talking about this because Saturday my son told me a movie star that we all know said he was a Christian, but that he respects others views. I told Jeremiah that if a person professes to be a Christian they cannot claim to accept other peoples views on different ways to heaven. If they do they are accepting these people right into hell. If you claim to be a Christian there are a few things that you need to believe WITHOUT EXCEPTION:
  • The Bible is the infallible word of God. It cannot be changed or ignored because a portion of it makes you uncomfortable, or convicts you.
  • God is who He says He is.
  • Christ is who He says He is, and who God says He is.
  • THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO HEAVEN EXCEPT THROUGH CHRIST! (Acts 4:12)
  • Christ died for you! Christ was raised by to life by God the Father for you, and he is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you!
These things cannot be challenged. Challenging them does not change the truth. We as followers of Christ need to understand that and preach that boldly to a world that is increasingly hostile to that very message. The very word CHRISTIAN points to Christ. We are followers of Christ, we are disciples of Christ, we claim Christ PERIOD! If someone you know claims to be a Christian, ask them what they based that statement on. . I know that will point out the truth right there. The god of this age is blinding so many minds! I wanted to type up a definition of Christian, but when I went to "Gotquestions.org" I thought they said it better then I could so I posted the link below.

1 Peter 4: 15-17

If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?


Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel of CHRIST!

What is a Christian?

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3 comments:

Mari said...

Amen!

Carol said...

Hi Kim,
Thank you for both this post and A Bible Study help post.
It's true that unfortunately there are many who say with their mouth they are Christian, but their further beliefs and sometimes their actions show otherwise.
There seems to be quite alot of 'seeker friendly' churches out there now and I truly believe the Lord is starting to separate the 'wheat from the chaff'. Times are serious.
Bless you.
Carol

e-Mom said...

Amen, sister. You love to preach! I'm so glad you're involved in ministry, and spreading God's Word abroad. His truth is powerful, and you know that. :~D