what is a christian

What is a Christian

So what is a Christian?

So you came here searching to understand what is a Christian. Some would simply say, “to believe in Jesus” makes you a Christian. But what does it mean “to believe?” And who, really, is “Jesus Christ?” According to the Bible, Jesus is the  promised Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. His Hebrew name is “Yeshua”, which means “Salvation”. He is the only begotten Son of God, God come in the flesh, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, who suffered, and was crucified for the sins of the world. He died and was buried, and on the third day, He rose again from the dead having the keys of hell and death. Soon afterward He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will soon return to judge both the living and the dead.

Those are the facts about Jesus, but how can you know they are really true so to really believe in Him? The kind of believing which the Bible speaks of means “complete trust”, so that you throw your entire existence upon Jesus in FAITH that He will save you. How can someone do that? And why do you need to be “saved”? The answers can only come from the highest authority, God Himself, by His REVELATION. Real FAITH only responds to real REVELATION from God… about Him AND about you. God communicates to a person through His Holy Spirit and His Word (Jesus Himself, and The Bible, Old and New Testaments). The Creator reveals His existence, His nature, His authority, and His will to people, in a way that makes them sure about Him. A true Christian is not someone who has chosen a particular “religion” because it appeals to him or because it seems reasonable. Rather, he comes to know his Creator by REVELATION, and comes to know Jesus personally as who He actually is: the only begotten Son of God and Savior of the world. REVELATION is also required to see yourself as you truly are in God’s eyes.

Reading the Bible does not automatically bring REVELATION, but when God’s Spirit brings conviction and certainty about His truth, then you can respond with true FAITH. Matthew’s gospel [Matthew 16:15-17] gives a powerful example: Jesus said to His disciples, “But what about you?” “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Peter’s answer about Jesus was revealed by God, Himself.

REVELATION from God also can come in other ways, such as visions, and there is general REVELATION from nature  which testifies to an intelligent Creator. However it comes, REVELATION is God’s part in the process of becoming a Christian. But REVELATION alone will not make someone a true Christian. Many people receive REVELATION from God in many ways but never become Christians. This is because they refuse to repent and believe; they do not respond with REPENTANCE and FAITH. REPENTANCE means turning around and away from one’s own understanding and way of life, which is sinful and self-centered; and turning to God. It means responding to REVELATION from God recognizing His existence, His perfect holiness and our hopeless sinfulness. When we truly repent, we really understand and agree that we are sinful unto death, that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]; that we desperately need forgiveness and a purification that we cannot accomplish ourselves, because by our very nature we have violated God’s law and His holiness. Only being deeply convinced of these things we can truly respond with a FAITH that trusts completely in Jesus, the Savior who died for sin, and reconciled us to God.

Sin leads to death….do you realize that the certainty of your death is intimately connected with the terrible reality of your sin? The Bible makes these clear statements;”Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—.” [Romans 5:12] And; “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Yes, the evidence of the reality of sin is everywhere around and within us because this world is filled with disease and death, which are the direct result of it. Anyone who says “Well, I’m not that sinful!” is simply not aware of his or her true inner condition.

Sin entered the world when our first parents were tested in that ancient Garden. Adam and Eve were made in the very image of God, their beauty, depth, and profound significance, beyond our comprehension. Because of their great significance to God, the test He allowed them to experience would have far-reaching consequences. Eating the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would change the very nature and fabric of Creation, bringing the death and decay we witness every day. This event was not a myth. The New Testament makes perfectly clear that, “.. since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead;” [1 Corinthians 15:21].

Are you sensing the truth in these words? Then the Holy Spirit is giving you REVELATION about God and yourself. He is gently calling you to respond with FAITH. Since you have come here seeking, this is His promise: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” [Jeremiah 29:13]. God desires for men and women to seek and to find Him. In His gentle way He calls us into His love without forcing us, even as He wakes us up to the reality of our true condition.

Since the day that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and sin and death entered the world, the Father of Creation, in love, has provided hope. Since death was not His highest will or intention for us, but rather Life, even Eternal Life, He made a way to cover and finally, erase, sin from the world. This way involved sacrifice; and the shedding of blood. Expressed with these words, in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, He said; “..the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” [Leviticus 17:11].” The first sacrifice was in the Garden, when the Lord God slew an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. The final, perfect sacrifice was Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Christ, or Messiah who, shedding His own blood, took away the sins of the world. The following passages of scripture prophesy and describe Him in detail: [Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-13; Daniel 9:23-27]. Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53 is very explicit about this “Suffering Servant Messiah”. The entire New Testament, especially the four Gospels, is the true history of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Again, if you find these words, these scriptures, ringing true deep within, then God really is speaking to you and convicting you of your true condition and spiritual need, and of His hope for you. Because after the final perfect sacrifice of the Messiah was accomplished on a Roman cross some 2000 years ago, His dead body was laid in a tomb; but three days later life was restored to Him, and He was raised bodily from the dead. This is described in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The resurrection was witnessed by over 500 people; [1 Corinthians 15:6]. And since that time, this true message has changed the lives and brought hope for eternity to many millions of people all over the world.

FAITH can also be your response to the conviction you may be feeling and receiving about these things. Today could be your day of salvation. A new, spiritual birth can occur inside you, as the simple truth of John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” And “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12]. But make sure that your repentance is deep and sincere and that you fully intend, with God’s help, to turn away from all your sins. God is not mocked. He looks at the heart, and fully knows your intentions. If they are real, He will enter you by His Spirit and give you new life. This means that you, also, will be resurrected from death and receive an eternal and perfect body as the resurrected Messiah did. The gift of eternal life is received by REPENTANCE and FAITH. You can express this response in your own words, based on your conviction of sin, and the death and resurrection of Jesus; or you might use a prayer such as this one:

Father in Heaven, I come to you realizing that I am truly a sinful person, that my sin separates me from you and leads me to judgment and eternal death.  I’m asking that you forgive me as I turn from my sins; rebellion, unbelief, sexual immorality, occultism, hatred, cursing, selfishness, and everything you call evil. I do believe that your Son Jesus, came, died, and rose again from the grave and that through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus, and write my name in your Book of Life. I gratefully receive this free gift of His righteousness, cleansing, and eternal life as I fully trust that He carried my sins away completely.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving your life for me. Help me to live a holy life worthy of your salvation. Amen.

If you have responded in real repentance and faith with this or other prayer, please let us here at Worthy Network know about it; we would love to encourage and help you in any way we can. And know this: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” [Romans 10:9-10]

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  • If you have a question about what is a Christian? Please go ahead and ask! God bless!

  • Roddy Alan says:

    This is another big step for me because I have accepted Jesus in 1982 , and have slide back into the old me..(a place I dont want to be).I truly believe that Jesus died for my sins …my problem is :I feel like Im taking advantage of GOD’s grace…when I sin it seems like its the same sins over and over I feel so bad and seem to run away from Jesus cause Im embarassed that I let him down and that I followed my desire other than his….I know in my heart that Im forgive but I also feel that I dont deserve his forgivness for my sins that I just comitted , AGAIN….Is there hope for me ? I cant seem to fight my temptations….I feel like Im missing something….

    • Peter says:

      Roddy, We all have the same problem. None of us are perfect, and we all tend to fall into a pattern of sin because we still have the Old Sin Nature fighting against us, and temptation pushing us to go back to our old way of life.

      A good father loves his children, and he will love them even if they make mistakes and do dumb things. No matter what they do, they are still family, they are still his children, and he is still their father. He loves them more then they know. That is how it if with God. His children may sin and do dumb things, but He is still their Father and He loves us more than we can understand.

      As a Christian you can know, that even if you turn your back on God, God won’t turn his back on you. He is always there for you.

      The Bible is God’s thinking. It is the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and you should study it to show yourself approved unto God a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed (2 Tim 2:15). And ask Him to give you the strength to follow Him. It will help you to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:2)

      • adaluz says:

        Roddy,
        Our problem is that we don’t see things from God’s perspective. He is not looking down on us in disgust when we mess up, If we see it that way, then we don’t truly understand grace. Timothy Keller describes the difference between Christianity and other faiths in this way:
        Other Faiths: you obey the law in order to be accepted by God=FEAR OF GOD
        Christianity: you are loved/accepted by God because of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross for you(Grace), which leads to obidience=LOVE OF GOD
        He does a better job explaining that than I do. Anyway, repentance doesn’t simply mean turning away from sin, it means turning away from sin and turning to Christ. Only he can save you. I have tried time and time again to break the patterns of sin in my life by my own strength which failed and left me in a state of despair. It sounds cliche, BUT “cry out to Jesus” for help. If you truly would like to live in the spirit and no longer want your life to be marked by sin…you’ve got to be on your knees constantly asking for help brother. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” What does he mean? Well, we are his children, and like any father, he wants us to come to him with childlike faith. We tend to want to do things on our own (self sufficiency is my biggest problem), but apart from him, we can do NOTHING! Begin praying for the holy spirit’s power, conviction and strength to fight sin. As Christians, we will constantly be fighting sin our whole lives, BUT sin will never conquor you. Why? because your Lord and Savior has conquered it and it is already defeated. How differently would you live if you lived understandin that sin has no power over you because “he that is in you, is greater than he that is in the world.” Your position in battle? “On your knees with lifted hands…” He doesn’t promise that it will be easy, but he does promise to be with you, to never leave or forsake you…and that is all you need to win the battle.

    • John says:

      The spirits that now reside in our present state of Christianity had their beginning in the day of the original apostles; they were yet in their beginning (infant) state.(Lk 23:31)
      They tried to bring about certain teachings into the Original, but were exposed and quickly dealt with.
      Such as they that tried to bring about a division (denominational-ism) in 1Cor.1:10.
      Verse 12 could be compared to our time saying, “I’m a Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist,…” Had they remained of one Mind, (the Mind of Christ), then they would not be in the state of confusion as they presently are in today. They would have the Leadership of the Holy Spirit to be the One to Guide them into ALL Truth. Therefore they would have been the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer in Jn. 17:21.

      The antichrist spirit was already at work then, how much greater is it now working after 2000 years of perverting the Gospel? (Gal.1:7)

      Why then does one struggle so much in trying to remain pleasing to God; have they not accepted the fundamental truths given to them of the followers of the Gospel?

      Our desire today should be like those that came to the 120 and to whom Peter preached to in order to give them directions to have their desire become reality. (Acts 2)

      Remember, Peter was given the keys unto the kingdom (Mt. 16:19). He was then exercising his authority in opening the door to the kingdom to the ones that would be saved, since he had just received power from on high (Acts 1:8) and the Guide (Jn. 16:13) was instructing him in the correct use of that power.
      Whatever he loosed on earth would be honored or loosed in heaven. He loosed Repentance, baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Ghost upon the acceptors of that truth. (Acts2:38)
      He said that that would need to continue on even to those that the Lord would be calling today.

      Why, in the history of the church, has the promise been nullified?

      It is because Jude 1:4 became the ones ruling the believers. They changed the Original Gospel to a perverted gospel, and accepted the Divine Titles of God over His earthly human Name (Acts 4:12), and even claimed that the days of miracles was past, as if God disassociated Himself with man and his suffering, even overriding His claim of being the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever.

      Ungodly is underscoring their true nature, they are demon possessed blind guides that lead the blind.

      You are a believer, but have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE you have believed? How then were you baptized? (Acts 19:5)

      A believer has need of the Holy Ghost (Which is the Same Spirit that was in Jesus, when here on earth) in order to be cleansed from ALL sin. (1Jn1:7)

      We on our own CANNOT meet the requirements of God, but once His Spirit takes residence IN us and LIVES through us, then He can keep us sanctified. Otherwise we are those that try to keep God’s Laws by our good works, when in His Sight our good works are but filthy rags unto Him. (Isa.64:6)

      The Grace of our Lord be upon you.

  • Isaiah says:

    Roddy I have good news!! We all have had trouble with sin, and all have fallen short! Even Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the new testament had problems with sin! So I am going to walk you through a bit of Romans ( the whole book is incredible, but to long to post here! I am going to break down a bit of Romans Chapters 5-8. If you have time I highly suggest reading those chapters, as they explain it more eloquently then I ever could. Here are some highlights!

    Its good to remember this, Jesus did not come to save Saints. He came to save sinners!

    “Romans 5:6-21(NKJV)

    6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

    As you see, it says while we were still sinners! If we struggle, what does Paul say…

    “Romans 5:20-21
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Where Grace abounds even more! Not that we are to continue sinning to have more grace as he continues in chapter 6.

    “Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)
    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? “

    But even this is hard to do, as Paul states later he even has a hard time…

    “Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)
    15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. “

    As you see, even Paul did sinful things. He struggled as well, lets see what he says the cure is…

    Romans 7:21-25 (NKJV)
    21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
    So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

    Romans 8 (NKJV)

    Free from Indwelling Sin

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
    Sonship Through the Spirit

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

    You see, as we walk in the spirit our sinful fleshly man, weakens and our spiritual man with strengthen.

    Also Notice in Romans 8:1 It says “There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus”

    Yes we fall but we are not condemned, We may feel the effects of sin, or his gentle conviction guiding us away from sin, but we are not condemned, He is not standing there trying to beat us up.

    Remember in Luke Chapter 14 it says

    “20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
    22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “

    He wants to revive you back with open arms and Party!

    One last note, I wrote the following many years ago. I had done some dumb stupid sinful stuff. Right after returning from a missions school called a Discipleship Training School. I had gone on a missions trip and seen god do so many things, and then I did a sin that I had done before, and struggled with for years. So as I came to my senses again, feeling horrible and stupid, and condemned. I wrote this.

    The True Meaning Of DTS

    DTS What does that really mean?
    Does it mean Discipleship Training School? Maybe
    But what does it really mean?
    There has to be something deeper

    Maybe it means Die To Self?
    I think that is what the true meaning is
    Die To Self what a simple statement
    Simple yes, but full of revelation
    Simple to understand? Yes
    But to follow through with? NO!

    Dying To Self
    Good Idea But how?
    I know what is right
    I know what is wrong
    I don’t do what is right
    But I do what is wrong.
    Why?

    I want to do right
    I want to please my Heavenly Father
    I want to do what he wants me to do
    In the end I want to hear
    “Well done, my good and faithful servant”

    But I do not do what is right
    I do what I know is wrong
    I hear His voice warning me
    I hear him pleading with me to stop
    I hear him crying as I ignore the voice
    I know I am hurting the one who Loves me
    I feel little or no remorse or regret
    Why? Because my spirit is weak, but my flesh is strong

    I say I will go to the ends of the world for you
    I say I will die for you
    I say I will do what ever you want me to
    No matter the cost

    But it is easier to go to the ends of the earth
    It is easy to be brave for God
    To stand up in the face of persecution
    Yes even to be a Martyr for Christ is easy
    But to Die To Self, that is the hard thing
    To Die To Self is a daily thing
    To die every day is hard
    To fast is hard to pray and read the Word is hard
    To spend time with God is hard
    This all goes against self

    How do die to self?
    Can you die to self?
    Yes you can!

    How?
    You need to starve self
    Do not exercise self
    Daily read the Word
    Daily spend one on one with the Father
    Fast and pray make your spirit strong
    Then you will Die To Self

    But do not stop feeding you spirit
    Because if you do not you will not die to self
    If you do keep your spirit strong,
    You will Die To Self
    -Isaiah- 1998
    http://www.worthychristianforums.com/index.php?/topic/141047-the-true-meaning-of-dts

  • Christine Siruelo says:

    Thank you for these encouraging and universal truths.. I am truly blessed. In Jesus mighty name. Amen….

  • Nathalie halliman says:

    thank you for these word and i am bless in Jesus name

  • Dino says:

    Awesome. One of the best and complete descriptions I’ve read. God bless you and your website.

  • Leslie Padilla says:

    i’ve recently have been saved and God showed me and my ex a revelation ( a quick picture sort of say) of his friends at our wedding..notice how I wrote ex ;( well. Since being saved God has talked to me through other people and has made a covenant with me –showing me he is for me, it is very hard as we are not together he is a good man /christian but has yet to be saved I’ve already asked God in prayer for his salvation and knowing God will deliver him…Its still pretty hard because the enemy peeps in and tries to overcome you but something happens–God does fight for you and what he created no one can take or tear apart…As much as I’m trying to convince myself to move on and date and try to prove he is not for me by laying out facts, it still doesnt work for God, God will make you do something to exercise your faith, he make you committ to a fast or just something you just decide to say ok Lord “I do this one last thing, ha and that one thing leads to another promist for God —and thats how he works..Before we are saved he lets us run around, make mistakes and take the journey on our own, and when your Saved he is in your life for ever ….so no matter how much we think we want to try to run around again, and do certain things..if its not in his will he just won’t let it happen!!!

    and Thank God for that!!! your always learning about him, yourself, your purpose, and you dont ask why things happen or turn out the way they do…your faith in him lets you keep moving so that he is the only one in control.

    God Bless!

    Leslie Padilla

  • Roy B says:

    Does the bible really teach “FAITH ALONE” doctrine? Which specific verse in the bible can we find justification by “Faith Alone”? How do you explain the following passages in the light of “Justification by Faith ALONE”?

    1. For he will repay according to each one’s DEEDS: to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (Rom 2:6-7)

    2. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the DOERS of the law who will be JUSTIFIED. (Rom 2:13)

    3. What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have WORKS? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also FAITH of itself, if it does not have WORKS, is dead. (James 2:14-17)

    4. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good WORKS, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.(Eph 2:10)

    5. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every GOOD WORK. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

    6. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good DEEDS and glorify your heavenly Father. (Mt 5:16)

    7. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my WORK for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and DEED. (Rom 15:17-18)

    8. The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good DEEDS; these are excellent and profitable to men. (Titus 3:8)

    9. See how a person is justified by WORKS and NOT BY FAITH ALONE. And in the same way, was not Rahab, the harlot, also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. (James 2:24-26)

  • We are Christians by believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. That he was both God and Man, and that he died on the cross taking the penalty of our sins upon himself. We cannot be saved by anything we do other than believing that God has redeemed us through His Son, repenting of our sins and following him.
    Great article!

  • Romeo angeles says:

    Thank you! and may GOD bless your ministry.

  • Mary Jeandoss says:

    This is an awesome response to those who need to know Jesus and why he had to die for us. When they have that knowledge they can received the good gifts that God has for them. Instead, we should not doubt who Jesus is and what he did for us. His blood is covering our sins. We should thank him and acknowledge that we are sinful even when we don’t realize that we are sinning.

    Thank you for these words.

  • Ronald Brooks says:

    The Lord only adds the saved to His church. Those added to it must be saved according to His requirements. Jesus says in Mark 16:16, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Men today say that all you have to do is “to accept Christ as your personal Saviour” and you will be saved. This is one of the reasons men say that everyone has the right to freedom of religion. In Romans 6:1-4, one first comes into contact with the cleansing blood of Christ which He shed in His death. Baptism is a burial. If you have never been buried by baptism, the blood of Christ cannot cleanse you of your sins. In John 1:5-10, God is light and darkness is sin.

    Baptism is the beginning of a new life. Those who have been baptized without first understanding the gospel must be baptized again. If you walk in darkness(sin), you cannot have fellowship with God. While walking in the light a Christian has unbroken fellowship with God because he is being cleansed of all his sins by the blood of Christ. The vast majority of people do not know what the will of the Lord is. They are not following the will of the Lord. If they were there would be only the church Christ established, the church of Christ, Matthew 16:18.

    Peter tells us also, in 1 Peter 3:21, “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” This will be the only standard of judgement on Judgement Day and not what we think or what men think. In John 1:48, Jesus says “The word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

    Since Jesus is both Lord and God, His commands must be obeyed, John 20:24-29.

  • Kimberbracken says:

    WHY DO WE NEED TO BE SAVED TO ESCAPE HELL A CHRISTIAN IS SOMETHING OR SOME ONE WHO ACKNOWLEDGES CHRIST TO BE THE ONLY TRUE WAY TO HEAVEN AND TURNS AWAY FROM THEIR SINS

  • Praise the Father for His love for us through His Son. “By grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no man may boast.”

  • Dana says:

    I would like to be saved and have prayed and do not really know if I am sincere as God wants. I know our hearts are deceitful and wicked and who can know it? There is a way that seems right unto a man but in the end it is death. I am praying all the time and I have forsaken sins in my life and am asking to be counted worthy to escape the wrath to come. I just don’t know what else to do.

    • Tom says:

      Dana, You must have “Saving Faith”.
      There are many types of faith and have faith in many things. Unfortunately
      there are lots of people claiming to be “Christian” that have faith
      in the fact that they have faith, “faith in their faith”. They may
      think to themselves, “If I only have enough faith then everything is
      ok.” Faith is a gift from God. We all get different levels of it. Some
      have great faith, some have little faith. According to scripture, God is the
      one that portions out faith Romans 12:3, Ephesians 6:3. So don’t feel lost if
      your faith is less than you think is “must” be to be saved.
      “HOWEVER”, not just any faith will do! Yours must be a saving faith!
      What is saving faith? Saving faith is the faith of Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham,
      Moses, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. What
      did all these people have in common? True faith, saving faith! They all had the
      kind of faith that caused them to do something, they had “action
      faith”. Noah’s faith caused him to build a giant boat, Moses’ faith caused
      him to stand in opposition the the most powerful man in the world and say
      “Let my people go!”, My favorite example of saving faith is Abraham.
      Because of his faith he left his homeland not knowing where he was going to end
      up. His faith caused him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. It is
      the faith of Abraham that saves. Why? Because Abraham’s faith caused him to
      act. He had “action faith”, “saving faith”. Saving faith
      will cause you to do and say anything that God wants. You will be obedient.
      Jesus said in John 8:31 “So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him,
      “If you continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers.”(ERV)
      John says in 1Jn 5:3 “Loving God means obeying his commands…”(ERV).
      Do these verses sound like “faith in faith” or “action
      faith/saving faith”? Of course they are saving faith.

      Here is my question to you, Dana. What kind of faith do you have? If you have
      faith in God that causes you to do nothing, then your faith is in vain. If you
      have faith that changes who you are and causes you to act then you have the
      right kind of faith. The question that you should be asking yourself now is,
      ” What will saving faith cause me to do?” Good question. Saving faith
      will cause you to call on God to save you through being baptized for the
      remission of you sins. Peter says in 1 Peter 3:21 “And that water (the
      flood in Noah’s time) is like baptism, which now saves you. Baptism is not the
      washing of dirt from the body. It is asking God for a clean conscience. It
      saves you because Jesus Christ was raised from death.”(ERV). You see Dana,
      many people today think that one calls on God with their mouths. However
      scripture says we confess with our mouth, Romans 10:9. According to New
      Testament scripture we call on God to save us through baptism. Notice in 1
      Peter 3:21 baptism in asking God to cleanse us. Notice what Paul is told to do
      in Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash
      away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. ” Baptism is calling on
      God. If you read the entire chapter you will see that Paul Believed in Jesus
      for 3 days, fasted for 3 days, had been praying (presumably for 3 days) and he
      still had sins to be washed away at his baptism. His sins were not cleansed
      when he believed. His sins were not cleansed through fasting. His sins were not
      cleansed through his prayers. His sins were cleansed when he called on God
      through his baptism. You may ask yourself if 1 Peter 3:21 is right and baptism
      has something to do with salvation then what does it actually do? Is it a work
      done by man or by God? Colossians 2:11-13 explains exactly what baptism does,
      “In Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, one that was not done
      by human hands(work done by God). That is, you were made free from the power of
      your sinful self. That is the kind of circumcision Christ does when you were
      baptized. You were buried with Christ, and you were raised up with him because
      of your faith in God’s power. God’s power was shown when he raised Christ from
      death. You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not
      free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together
      with Christ. He forgave all our sins.” Notice how faith and baptism are
      almost synoptic? God cuts away(circumcised) our old self when we submit to Him
      through being immersed in water(baptism). Notice the words “new life in
      verse 13, then look at Romans 6:3-4 “Did you forget that all of us became
      part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his
      death. So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in
      his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of
      the Father, so we can now live a new life.” We get our new life in
      baptism. The scriptures say we are raised with him, not like him. That’s
      because something really happens in baptism. It is not symbolic as some would
      say. God really works, he really has power! It is our action/saving faith that
      leads us to obey Christ’s command to be baptized in Mark 16:16. He set the
      example in Mark 1:9. Notice he began his ministry with baptism and ended it
      with baptism. Action/saving faith not only causes you to be baptized it causes
      you to live this new life and endure till the end. Baptism alone doesn’t save
      you but it will when coupled with being Christ like, living “the way”
      and enduring to the end. Some say “What about the thief on the cross?”
      Well, what about him? “They say, “He wasn’t baptized!” Well, I
      say prove it! Just because his baptism wasn’t recorded in scripture doesn’t
      mean it never happened. The Thief certainly knew who Jesus was when he defended
      him while hanging on the cross in Luke 23:39-42 “One of the criminals
      hanging there began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah?
      Then save yourself, and save us too!” But the other criminal stopped him.
      He said, “You should fear God. All of us will die soon. You and I are
      guilty. We deserve to die because we did wrong. But this man has done nothing
      wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you begin ruling as
      king!” This man definitely knew who Jesus was, understood about his
      kingdom that was coming soon, he knew that he was an innocent man and even
      called him by name. A man with this much knowledge of Jesus would more likely
      have been baptized than not. So, what about the thief on the cross? Why do
      people look for ways out instead of simply obeying Jesus? I will never Know!
      People will come up with many reasons to do things their way but It is God’s
      way that counts!

      Dana, you asked what else you can do. That’s ironic because that very question
      was asked on the 1st day of Pentecost after Jesus was raised from the dead.
      Peter preached Jesus to a crowd and they asked the same question. Here, read it
      for yourself, Acts 2:36-38 ” So, all the people of Israel should know this
      for certain: God has made Jesus to be Lord and Messiah. He is the man you
      nailed to the cross!” When the people heard this, they felt very, very
      sorry. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we
      do?” (there is your question) Peter said to them, “Change your hearts
      and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then
      God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy
      Spirit.” (ERV).

      Dana, I am sorry it took this many words to say what it was that I wanted to
      say but people have made this subject divisive and complicated and it takes a
      lot of words to undo the damage that has been done through the heretical
      teachings of well meaning preachers. I’m sure I haven’t scratched the surface
      and raised more questions than I answered. I have prayed that God will lead you
      to His saving truth. Please guard your soul against false teachers. Trust only
      the scriptures, they have the power to save! May God bless you and keep you.
      Amen

    • No where in the Bible does it tell us to pray for salvation. Acts 2-38 tells us how to become a Christian. Problem is most people treat the Bible as a list of unrelated sayings that you can pick and choose from. Not so the Bible is a book with a plot. The first Gospel sermon was preached by Peter He said repent and be Baptized. No where else in the Bible is this contridicted.

      • Wayne says:

        Likewise, no where in the Bible do you find the word “trinity.” That, however does not mean that the Holy Trinity is not found in Scripture. It is, of course.

        So is prayer for salvation found in Scripture. Christ, Himself, told of the tax collector who lifted up his eyes to heaven and cried, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Though the word “pray” or “prayer” was not used, nonetheless it was a prayer. Christ went on to state that his “prayer” brought justification/salvation to this sinner (Luke 18:13, 14). In light of this, Peter’s admonition to “repent” in Acts 2:38, carries with it the implication that, at least part of this action, included praying to God. This was then to be followed by water baptism.

        The Apostle Peter encouraged Simon the sorcerer to “PRAY” to God to forgive him (Acts 8:22).

        One of the reasons one does not find admonition to sinners to “pray” for salvation in the rest of the NT is because it was written to those who had already been converted. It is interesting to note, however, that when we, as Christians, sin we are exhorted to “confess our sins [to God] He is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It is difficult to imagine one can confess to God without it being considered prayer.

    • Wayne says:

      DANA, I can empathize with your concerns.

      I would encourage you to be persistent in calling upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us that if we seek Him with all our hearts, He will reveal Himself. Likewise Christ also encouraged in Matthew 7:7-8 (AMP) – “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”

      If you will diligently seek Him and cry out to Him, He will bring salvation to your heart, soul, spirit, and body. You will know this has occurred when, “The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16 AMP).

      I would also encourage you to read “Grace Abounding,” written by John Bunyan (author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”). It can be downloaded and read free at this site: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/grace . It can be a little heavy reading but I encourage you to force yourself to read it through. He, too, wrestled with coming to faith and salvation in Christ. This book details his spiritual struggles. (I also recommend you read, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” at a later date).
      I will pray for you as you continue to press into Christ. God bless.

  • @ttechsan says:

    This is good and reminds me of how I answer Mormons etc when they claim to be Christian. I ask if I don’t believe in … I list and mention various Mormon beliefs. So If I don’t believe in those things can I claim to be Mormon? Well of course not. Therefore due to our completely and historical definition of Christian you can’t claim to be a Christian as you are no more Christian than I am Mormon

  • dreiher2 says:

    This is completely confusing. The only verse here that even uses the word “believe” as clearly resulting in eternal life is John 3:16. I believe George Washington was the first president of the United States, but I am simply persuaded of the truth of that proposition. I don’t “cast myself completely on George Washington” in order to believe he was the first president. I don’t know of any translation of the NT which translates John 3:16 as “Whosoever turns from sin, rebellion, unbelief, sexual immorality, occultism, hatred, cursing selfishness and everything as evil shall not perish but has everlasting life.” You are not teaching the salvation of the Bible. You are extrapolating out from what the Bible says, and reading things that are repeated over and over again by people everywhere there that are not really there. That is called “False Doctrine.” BTW, Paul is not talking about justification salvation in Rom 10. There is justification salvation in Romans 4-5, but there are two different things talked about in Rom 10:9-10. The first is believing for justification salvation, and after a person does that, they CAN (not will) experience the 2nd kind of deliverance, that is a believer is no longer the slave of sin, although they still live that way. They CAN (not will) be delivered if they “confess,” (they don’t HAVE to for justification salvation). A person can be a “Christian” and not be a believer, that is in the Biblical sense. I know many people who are “Christians” but they are headed for the lake of fire because they don’t have the slightest idea what “believe” means in John 3:16. They redefine belief to include something more than simple belief. If you do that, you HAVE to go to the lake of fire for eternity! It is not the biblical way to get eternal life.

    • Jeff Ludwig says:

      Interesting comment. However, what do you make of Jesus proclaiming “Repent ye for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Then in the Great Commission He tells his disciples “to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” It seems to me that these communications suggest that after one is saved, he or she can and will no longer be a “slave to sin” as you put it. If one says “repent” there must be some things to repent of. Jesus names a few in the Sermon on the Mount. Then too, if baptism symbolizes dying with Christ in order to be resurrected as a new creation, that dying is not only dying to unbelief, but to the sin nature (or original sin) as well as to sinful day-to-day activities. However many of these sinful behaviors and thoughts are overcome gradually through sanctification. There is no statement about what sin or sins are overcome at the “time of justification” (except original sin which afflicts all persons), but the non-specificity does not mean that the overcoming of sins is not implied. Since the overcoming of sins is implied, the Word of God is there to reveal to us what some of those sins are, i.e., what can be and/or will be overcome. I agree with you that there is a sense in which putting our trust in the Lord and being born again is simple, but on the other hand, if it were as simple as you seem to think, why would we need the Holy Bible? Was it not written under the direct inspiration of Almighty God? I don’t think from what you have written that you would say that. So, I would plead with you not to throw out the baby with the bath water. Some people who are doing too much finger pointing about sin in the Church may sometimes be mean-spirited, but in counteracting that mean spiritedness we don’t want to fall into false doctrine. Blessings to you and to your family and friends, Jeff Ludwig

    • Bryan James says:

      Words mean something. People must agree on definitions. Making an absolute statement and believing you are correct, doesn’t make you correct. A golfer isn’t a golfer just because he says he loves golf, or believes golf is a game that exists, or watches golf on TV. Common sense, in our culture is that you are a golfer if you play golf with clubs on a golf course. You practice on a driving range. You even own your very own Golf clubs. I thought I was a Christian in my youth because I went to Sunday school. I believed Jesus was who the bible says he is, God and the Holy Spirit too. I was baptized as a baby. But guess what, that is not what a Christian is. And the 66 books that make up what we call the bible does explain what a christian is. To understand any book, writings, beliefs etc., there is a way to always understand what an author is trying to convey. The school, University systems are set up to do just that. In biblical theology Hermeneutics or biblical exegesis. Understand the depth and breadth of study, especially in context, well, you seem to want to sound like you have superior knowledge. A Christian is a follower of Christ. If they are, then they are saved, have repented, and are picking up their cross and following him. Being a Christian is not saying a bunch of words. Every parable discusses those who many think are believers but are not. The sewer, the 10 virgins, all these people knew who Christ was, they are people today who attend services in church buildings, but the majority Jesus will say, “depart from me, I never knew you” The people who thought they were Christians but were not will say, “didn’t we cast out demons in your name, didn’t we prophesy in your name” again, Jesus will say, “depart from me, I never knew you”. 80% of America thinks they are Christian, probably only 10% of that number is. The rich young ruler knew Jesus, kept the law. But wasn’t willing to follow Christ and give up what was most important to him, his wealth. What is most important to you?

      The Lord Bless you and keep you, may the lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

  • david says:

    If we understood that Jesus was NOT called Christ, until AFTER His baptism with The Holy Spirit, and that it was in fact His baptism with The Holy Spirit, that identified Jesus as The Christ, meaning The Anointed One – as the baptism with The Holy Spirit is the ANOITING Itself, The Promise of The Father. ACTS 1 v 4 to 8. JOHN 16 v 6 to 8. JOHN 14 v 15 to 24.

    And if we remember John said “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit and fire.” MATTHEW 3 all.

    And if we understood that LUKE 12 v 50, is Jesus talking about the very same baptism for us, as is MATTHEW 3 v 11. and ACTS 1 v 4 to 8. JOHN 14 v 20.

    And if we understood, that Paul used the phrase “in Christ Jesus,” and “Christ in us,” ROMANS 8. as a result of Jesus saying such as JOHN 14 v 20. JOHN 17 v 22 to 23.
    1 CORINTHIANS 3 v 16.

    JOHN 3 v 16 is the MOST MISUSED, MISQUOTED piece of Scripture I know of. Because of JOHN 3 v 16 being used in isolation, it has been used to lead people to believe that all we have to do is ‘believe in Jesus,’ rather than to believe, and obey, His testimony, and as long as we keep ignoring the rest of this conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus, in which Jesus tried to teach Nicodems, and rebucked Nicodemus, as a teacher of Israel, for his lack of belief, and undersranding, hence verse 16, telling us that those who would believe the testimony of Jesus, would be saved – meaning, resurrected to life.
    “If that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells IN YOU…………..” ROMANS 8 v 11.
    But if not? ROMANS 8 v 1 to 17.
    “I have a baptism with which to be baptized,” for us to be baptized with – Jesus had already been baptized when He said this.
    LUKE 12 v 49 to 53. – MATTHEW 12 v 46 to 50.
    Baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the wedding garment.
    “You must be born again.”
    Baptism with The Holy Spirit, is still given via the laying on of hands, and is still attested to with the GOD GIVEN GIFT OF TONGUES, for all.
    Christ – means Anointed or Anointed One – which is Jesus, Jesus The Christ.
    Christ – ian – means an anointed one – me or you. The word has never meant ‘follower,’ disciple – means follower.
    Jesus was The Firstborn of many, that is to say, The First baptized with The Holy Spirit, of many – Christians are the many.
    Baptism with water, not christening, and baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the narrow gate by which we enter the Kingdom of God, it is the point at which we are born-again, baptism with The Holy Spirit, being that very point of new birth, becoming a new creation, returning back into that close relationship with God, that we lost through Adam’s fall, TITUS 3 v 5 to 7. ROMANS 8. v 1 to 17.
    Our baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the very point of our new birth – we must then remain faithful, and obedient to God, and His commandments.
    “He who endures to the end shall be saved.”
    Beware of the ‘toronto blessing,’ I sincerely believe it to be the “powerful deception sent (permitted) by God.” 2 THESSALONIANS 2. I was involved with it for five years myself.
    “You must be born again, born of the water (water baptism), and of The Spirit (baptism with The Holy Spirit).”
    “I have a baptism to be baptized with…….” For us to be baptized with.

  • zion says:

    that really hit the spot.I feel better.I love Jesus!!!

  • 21stcenturyconfusion says:

    Everything found in the Bible that points to what a true Christian is points towards who Christ is. God is love, true unbounded love that prepared redemption for all mankind through Christ Jesus. True, Godly, righteous can only be lived out in Christ by the sinner who repents through genuine faith granted through the Holy Spirit and trusts What Jesus did for him/her on the cross.

    The genuinely saved will demonstrate God’s love to the world more and more as they mature in the word and become disciplined Christians — who are called disciples. Maturity in Christ is a process, not an event.

    God bless you all! :)

  • James says:

    I could only read the first paragraph because it alone left more questions ie. problems than answers. First please explain what “begotten” means. Also I thought that Christ meant saviour but I could be wrong about that. For some reason I also thought that Yeshua was normal name similar to David and a predecessor to Josh or something (and I know that Jesus was descended form the line of David [through his mother I think]). I don’t know what to say about that phrase “keys of hell and death” except that it is confusing and metaphorical. I guess that you believe in interpreting the bible as they say- literally- so you should be careful about the metaphors you use.

    Finally, how can Jesus judge both the living and the dead? Something is wrong with what we think about the afterlife.

    I am confused about what this afterlife is supposed to consist of because I can’t trust scriptural evidence(???) and my sincere overtures to God lead me to extreme and justified doubt about what you are preaching.

    Nonetheless and with something like love,

    Bless Peter, challenge Paul and learn from Thomas

    Sincerely,
    James

  • Mathew Sammie says:

    Question: “What is Christianity and what do Christians believe?”

    Answer: The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1
    Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was
    resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who
    will receive Him in faith. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity
    is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of
    adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to
    cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is made possible
    because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

    Beyond these core beliefs, there are many other items that are, or at
    least should be, indicative of what Christianity is and what
    Christianity believes. Christians believe that the Bible is the
    inspired, “God-breathed” Word of God and that its teaching is the final
    authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter
    1:20-21). Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons—the
    Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.

    Christians believe that mankind was created specifically to have a
    relationship with God, but sin separates all men from God (Romans 3:23;
    5:12). Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ walked this earth, fully
    God, and yet fully man (Philippians 2:6-11), and died on the cross.
    Christians believe that after His death, Christ was buried, He rose
    again, and now lives at the right hand of the Father, making
    intercession for the believers forever (Hebrews 7:25). Christianity
    proclaims that Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to completely
    pay the sin debt owed by all men and this is what restores the broken
    relationship between God and man (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:10; Romans 5:8;
    6:23).

    Christianity teaches that in order to be saved and be
    granted entrance into heaven after death, one must place one’s faith
    entirely in the finished work of Christ on the cross. If we believe that
    Christ died in our place and paid the price of our own sins, and rose
    again, then we are saved. There is nothing that anyone can do to earn
    salvation. We cannot be “good enough” to please God on our own, because
    we are all sinners (Isaiah 53:6; 64:6-7). There is nothing more to be
    done, because Christ has done all the work! When He was on the cross,
    Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meaning that the work of
    redemption was completed.

    According to Christianity, salvation
    is freedom from the old sin nature and freedom to pursue a right
    relationship with God. Where we were once slaves to sin, we are now
    slaves to Christ (Romans 6:15-22). As long as believers live on this
    earth in their sinful bodies, they will engage in a constant struggle
    with sin. However, Christians can have victory in the struggle with sin
    by studying and applying God’s Word in their lives and being controlled
    by the Holy Spirit—that is, submitting to the Spirit’s leading in
    everyday circumstances.

    So, while many religious systems
    require that a person do or not do certain things, Christianity is about
    believing that Christ died on the cross as payment for our own sins and
    rose again. Our sin debt is paid and we can have fellowship with God.
    We can have victory over our sin nature and walk in fellowship and
    obedience with God. That is true biblical Christianity.

  • David Camden says:

    Well said….thank you. Hopefully everyone that reads it will respond with heartfelt conviction. Praise to you Lord God, King of Heaven & Earth!

  • ZADIK says:

    I agree with most of what you have written with the exception of one part. I don’t say that YAHShUA is “EYLOHIYM in the flesh”. I know that He is the Son of YHWH. I know that He is the sent MAShIACh of YHWH. I know that we are redeemed back to YHWH through His death on the cross. I accept all these things without wavering just as I accept YAHShUA as the master (ADONIY) of my life and accept YHWH as the progenitor of all things.

    So my question is does that make me a “non-believer” or “un-believer” in the eyes of most that say they are “Christians”?
    I don’t call myself such simply because YHWH nor YAHShUA never said or mandated that one be called anything. I am simply a follow of YHWH, HIS sent MAShIACh and the precepts they have set forth.

    • Jeff Ludwig says:

      What you believe is called the Arian heresy. In 325 it was determined the Father and the Son are of one substance, homoousia, and that has many ramifications. One of the ramifications is that we believe in the Trinity. Prof. Ludwig

  • DrDjjl says:

    “through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So
    I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus”

    Why cant you ask forgiveness directly from god ! isnt he the all knowing the all seeing ? The first part of your prayer makes sense, but once it has to go through someone – a person, flesh, who dies, then i think it becomes idolatry and you start worshiping the man and not God (The father as you put it)

  • Sam says:

    “through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So
    I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus”

    Why
    cant you ask forgiveness directly from god ! isnt he the all knowing
    the all seeing ? The first part of your prayer makes sense, but once it
    has to go through someone – a person, flesh, who dies, then i think it
    becomes idolatry and you start worshiping the man and not God (The
    father as you put it)

  • A Christian says:

    Man has a fallen nature that needs to be restored to its former godlike nature that it formerly possessed in Eden.
    The Law of God requires redemption through a kinsman or a near kinsman. But that kinsman must be undefiled, even by the means of coming into the world by the natural mean of conception, therefore God provided a means by which He could become the Redeemer of mankind. He prepared for Himself a Body, through which He could impart His God Nature back into mankind.
    Therefore a New Birth (In the Soul) of man was provided for. Through faith in the finished work of the Redeemer of man, namely Jesus Christ. “Except a man (person) be ‘Born Again’ he CANNOT see the Kingdom of Heaven.
    In order to be imparted with the ‘New Birth’ one must do as the first ones did to receive the ‘New Birth’, that is to carry out the instructions of Acts 2:38. Then God is obligated to perform the ‘New Nature’ into the repentant believer.

    What He began, He continues to carry out to the rest of the following generations.

    Joining a Christian religious movement DOES NOT impart eternal life to the joiner, it is the person’s willingness to submit to the Word of God that does it, then He preforms the deed of the ‘New Birth’ to the doer of the Word, who is not just a hearer.

  • So all I have to do is believe? …”the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19

    • John says:

      You could believe a lie and accept it as truth, but your believing does not make it true.2 Thess.2:11,12

      • Sadly, brother that’s a normal fact of life with many who profess to be Christians. Their own Bibles (assuming that its not a modern perverted version) testifies against them. Many believe in secret rapture, 7 year trib, physical Israel is still God’s chosen people, Allah is the Christian God, immediate life after death…when if one just opens up a Bible and stop trusting in these wordly preachers preaching smooth things and ear tickling sermons, then they would see that these things are all lies…

        • John says:

          Strong Delusion

          The most powerful delusion that I have witnessed in this
          world, under the cloak of religious is that of God.

          Either that of His Existence, Who He Is, or whether there are other gods besides Him.
          People depend on the teachings of other people, either
          through literature or otherwise, to try to get their points across to others.In order to get followers unto themselves.

          They may have a good motive, but their motive and objective may or may not have its roots anchored in the Truth.

          Prophets of old did not depend upon literature from which
          they got their learning from in order to pass on their message to others. They instead relied upon the Inspiration that was given to them from God, in order to pass on His Message to those that would either hear (observe) or not (ignore or oppose).

          The Source, from which everything that was brought into
          existence, is that of an Invisible, Living Spirit.

          This Living Invisible Spirit is The True and Living God,
          as we of human origin have come to call Him as.

          From Him comes the existence of all things that we have come to know as being. Be it spirits, natures, or whatever else that we humans have come to know of or have learned about.

          The breakdown is that He is the ONLY Source, and He has
          not another being needful for Him to complete His Plan that He has had for mankind.

          Simply this! One God, and One Only. None Else aside from Him.

          When it comes to dealing with man, He chose to deal with
          man through another man.
          Therefore He had to make for Himself a Body in the
          likeness of sinful flesh, that He might become their Super Hero. Their Champion. Their Deliverer. Their Saviour. Their God.

          Through their acceptance of His Deeds done for them, they then
          can they become Like Him. (1Jn.3:2) In his Image, Nature, Godlikeness, Divinity.

          How did He do all this?
          He, first and foremost is a Spirit. He, being the Most High, could only condescend (become lower in rank) in order to become more elevated to the extent of becoming praise worthy.(Lk.14:11)

          Being All Powerful, (could control and manipulate to His Own Will) He could call into existence forms and beings of lesser rank than that of Himself.
          Thus His Own Place that He would dwell in would also be lesser in rank than that His Very Essence. But His Presence within the Dwelling Place would make the Place Holy, even as He is Holy. Thereby making it to be identified with that also of Him.

          Therefore His House would be known to others as being Him.

          The Word that He used to express His Thoughts through was
          He Himself, not a second being, or another divine being like Him, but it was He Himself Speaking out His Thoughts in Expression of the Word.

          The Lie is that there are more persons in the Godhead,
          than that of the One Being. (1Tim.3:16)
          And that each god has a role to play in part, for the salvation of humanity.

          That Lie (the trinity of beings in one God) is the strong delusion that the perverted ‘Christianized’ gospel (Gal.1:17) that the modern age has come to accept.

        • dgc says:

          allah is not the Christian God…Yeshua & Yahweh are…get your facts straight.

          • No where in my comment did I say Allah was the Christian God. I said there are churches today that preach he is. BTW Yeshua & Yahweh is not the Christian God either. Yahweh is a pagan inspired name :-)

            If we are only to use the name Yahweh for the Lord, why was the following passage
            penned?

            Exodus 3:13-15, “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: THIS IS MY NAME FOR EVER, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”

            Or what of this passage?

            Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is JEALOUS, is a jealous God:

            Plenty of facts here: http://www.remnantofgod.org/yahcult.htm#YHWH

          • Jeff Ludwig says:

            Dear John, The term “I AM WHO AM” in Hebrew is derived from the juxtaposition of the four Hebrew letters: Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey. These four letters have been transliterated into English as Yahweh. They are translated as I AM WHO AM, or as Jehovah.
            This “name” does not disallow other names such as Lord (“adonai” in Hebrew), God (“elohim” in Hebrew), or Great King (“melech hagadol” in Hebrew). Also Holy Spirit (“ruach kadosh” in Hebrew), Jehovah Jirah (God the Provider)and Almighty or All-Powerful God (“El Shaddai” in Hebrew).
            I hope you find this post useful.
            Prof. Ludwig

          • But here lies the problem…

            Consider the following historic facts regarding the use and origin of the name “Yahweh.”

            “Pagan leaders used the name Yahweh. The
            name was inscribed on the Moabite Stone in Jordan about 830 B.C. exactly as it appeared in the Old Testament. The Lachish Letters, written between 589-587 B.C. and discovered in 1935 in the ancient town of Lachish near Jerusalem, frequently used the name Yahweh. ” (Source: http://www.plim.org/Sacred%20Names%20Article.html)

            ” Yw, Yawu, Yah, Iahu, IeuoYw or Yawu is given as the original name of Yam in the Myth of Ba`al from Ugarit, and is probably the same as Ieuo in Philo of Byblos’ Phoenician History. He is possibly to be identified with Yahweh. Coincidentally, a likely pronunciation of
            Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh really is Yahuh (Yahoo!).” (Source: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/2938/mindei.html)

            “Originally, these four consonants [in YHWH] represented the four members of the Heavenly Family:

            Y represented El the Father;
            H was Asherah the Mother;
            W corresponded to He the Son; and
            H was the Daughter Anath.
            – Laurence Gardner, Bloodline of the Holy Grail, p. 18

          • Jeff Ludwig says:

            Dear John,
            I don’t see how the appearance of Yahweh in 830 BC or 589 BC shows it was “pagan inspired.” Those dates are long after Moses encountered “Yahweh” at the burning bush. The fact that a pagan group had the name Yahweh on some tablets does not mean that the “name” originated with those pagan groups, especially when the dates supplied came so many years after Moses.
            Further, looking at the matter logically, all kinds of non-Christian groups (including Islam) use the name of Jesus Christ for various purposes, but that does not mean that Jesus does not “belong” to Christianity or did not originate when he originated. So I also have to question the logic of your conclusion about those two references. No offense. We all make mistakes.
            Also I went to the linkages you provided. At the geocities.com link, it says geocities.com went out of existence in 2009. The Plim.org link is non-productive as well.
            I really hope you will reconsider your view about the origin of the name Yahweh.
            Take care. J.L.

          • dgc says:

            …read the reply from Jeff below…Yahweh or YHVH is His name!

  • Free.To.Be. says:

    Wonder what they done before the sinners prayer was introduced 100 years ago?

  • Free.To.Be. says:

    THe short version is what must I do to be saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ , you and your household will be saved.

  • Kenneth Paul Gagnon says:

    A Christian is one who believes in the existence of Jesus and invites Jesus in his heart. A true Christian is not one who thinks “Just because Jesus is in my heart I can do what I want and be saved.” No! A true Christian is one who seeks Jesus wholeheartedly.

  • Bryan James says:

    You should also make it clear that Jesus is also God come in the flesh. John 1 – 14, second person of the Trinity. One God, 3 persons.

    • John says:

      Concerning Trinity (of 3 persons)

      God, (The ONLY True and Living Being) is a Spirit and a
      spirit has not any flesh and bone. He is Invisible. The only way anyone could
      know of His Existence is by the way He makes Himself Manifest unto them.

      The Invisible Being’s most powerful manifestation is that He
      is Life as well as a Giver of life.

      Without life, there is no awareness of existence.

      There is no awareness of Light, or anything else for that
      matter.

      Unto life, The Life Giver makes Himself Known to them of His
      Existence.

      Since He is the Source of Life, other life that becomes
      aware of living (life) identifies Him as Father. Since they are but an offshoot
      or offspring come from His Source.

      The offshoots of That Life were brought forth (created) for
      the purpose of making manifest the True Attribute or Nature of the Invisible
      Life Being.

      As for Himself, The Invisible descended or stepped into a
      Form that would become identified with His Invisible Existence. That Form that
      became identified with Him was none other than He Himself, expressing Himself
      through the use of That Form.

      Through that Form, The Invisible (Father) performed (Created
      by Speech) those matters that were formed in His Own Invisible Thoughts.

      The Form that He expressed His Invisible Thoughts through to
      make them become visible was identified as being The Word (A means used to
      express a thought). Therefore the Word is credited as being the Creator all
      things, even though it is the Invisible (Father) Being’s Thought’s getting
      expressed through the Word Form that brought about the creation of all things.

      The coming FORTH of the Word out of the Father could
      identify him as being a Son of God as well; even though it is God who is All in
      all.

      The Son would not be a second god, but would be the Same God
      in a Form other than that of an invisible Life Source.

      The Son could not do anything of itself; otherwise it would
      be another being than that of God. God does not share His Glory with another. The visible is but a condescended form of the
      Invisible God. That would make the Father and the Son the Self-same Person.

      As happened in the in the Spiritual so happened it also in
      the natural. The Word was made flesh and became human as we are.

      Any idea of more than ONE God is to make to the one that has
      that idea as being an enemy of God; since God makes a statement that He does
      not know of any other God other than that of He Himself.

      Who is this then that would make such a claim as to say that
      God is a liar, in stating that He Alone is God? How is it that this belief is
      become the standard in the so-called ‘Christian’ churches to the point of
      calling anyone else that does not believe as they do as being in the spirit of
      an antichrist? To the point of being willing to unite to combat any other that would
      not adhere to their concept of God? Is not this but a strong delusion given to
      them by God since they would rather believe a lie over Truth?

      The Trinitarian belief is just that, a strong delusion.

  • Little Fish says:

    I find many here posting to prove their own “Christianity” a false position by their own lack of “Christ like” remarks to each other. What is with the name calling and rudeness to others opinions. I find it might just be a true and deeper knowledge that you aren’t a “Christian” by the biblical promises promoted by men in the bible. Remember the new testament wasn’t the bible to those who wrote it. Only the old testament and those books removed from our current bible were. The new testament was written to include those people not included by God in the old testament. Now be nice and put on your pretend christianity and accept the facts there ARE differing opinions on this subject. Only Christ can make you a christian.

  • Tiffiny Vasquez says:

    What’s up mates, its enormous post on the topic of teachingand entirely defined, keep it up all the time.

  • Brian Smith says:

    And Jesus said to the Jews that others (speaking of the gentiles) would come from the east and the west and sit down in the kingdom and they (speaking of the Jews) would be outside. Jesus also said that the kingdom of God would be taken from them
    (speaking of the Jews) and given to another Nation (speaking of the gentiles)
    and produce fruits. So the idea that Jesus only died for the Hebrews is silly.

    The Bible says that who so ever believe in Him (that means anyone) would not
    perish but have everlasting life. Jesus said He was sent only to the lost House
    of Israel, He did not say He only came to save the lost House of Israel. Jesus responsibility was to preached the gospel to the lost House of Israel before it would be preached to the gentiles…..that is what is means. Jesus commissioned Paul to preach the gospel to the gentiles…and he did.

  • Galatians 3-24 tells us the old law, that was a school master,has been done away with.

  • What is irrelevant. Appears that is what the Biblle says. Faith is necessary to be sure, but you can not be saved by faith alone.

  • Wayne says:

    RUTH, I would urge you to procure books by Christian apologists which examine Mormonism in the light of the Bible. You will discover that the “Christ” in which the Mormons believe is NOT the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Their “Christ” is NOT a member of the triune Jehovah God. Rather, the “christ” of the Mormons is a created being on equal footing to Satan [i.e. one of the false christs which Christ spoke of in Matthew 24:24].

    Additionally, there are eposes which demonstrate that Mormonism is tied to the secret society of Masons. Albert Pike, one of the authors who delineated Masonry in various writings [the best known is his book, entitled Dogmas and Morals]. He revealed the true nature of their religion when he claimed, “The god which we serve is not the Adonai of the Christian but is Lucifer.” [an approximate facsimile of his quote as I do not have it readily available]. Similar information is found at http://www.zimbio.com/Freemasonry/articles/61/Famous+Freemason+Albert+Pike+Wrote+Lucifer

    As the original article above, “What is A Christian,” states, mere intellectual belief in Christ – and even “following his example,” as you wrote, does not make one a Christian.

    Only the work of the Hoy Spirit convicting one of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8-11), and leading one to true repentance and faith (total dependance upon and complete commitment to Christ for this life and the next in Biblical truth), can bring about a spiritual rebirth or regeneration (read John 3).

  • Wayne says:

    And, I repeat, you constantly proclaim your ignorance of the Scriptures – both in the English translations and in the languages they were originally written in. Seek God in humility, my friend, and may He lead you to repentance and obedience to the Truth of the Gospel.

  • Susan Jeni Cagle says:

    He can’t do scripture because its not in there. We should pray for his confusion.

  • Meng says:

    Sorry bud your are wrong, Peter sees a vison 3 times in a row to paratake of unclean flesh that God has made clean, so he told everyone after his vison that the Spirit had told for him to take everyone as clean even non jews and partake with them.

  • Jeff Ludwig says:

    I agree. Jerry needs a lot of prayer. This is the first time in 26 years that I have heard his view expressed.

  • dgc says:

    …you haven’t got a clue what your talking about!!!

  • Jeff Ludwig says:

    By placing your faith in Jesus Christ you will be pleasing Almighty God and will be eternally blessed.

  • John says:

    What other source have you got that would replace the present nature to that of one that would be pleasing to God than that of a new heart and a new spirit wherein God replaces that old fallen nature with that of His Divine Nature?

    Eze 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
    Eze 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

  • John says:

    What matters with God is whether or not your name is written in the Book of Life (and remains) from the foundation of the world.
    The Omniscience of God makes Him Omnipresent thereby making Him Omnipotent.

    The warfare is not with the flesh, (DNA, etc.) but with the spirit(s). Therefore the old Adamic (natural) unregenerate man must be replace with that of the Second Adamic (Spiritual) Nature of God Himself, otherwise it is not acceptable before Him; with Whom we have to do.

    Intellectual learning is what caused the woman to take into her womb the seed of the serpent thereby perverting the pure human race with a hybrid creature.(Gen.3:15)
    Years later (Gen.6:2,3), the sons of Adam (sons of God) mixed with that of the serpent (Cain) seed. From that mixture is what makes up the present human race.

    Adam, being a son of God, went after her instead of divorcing her, thereby willfully breaking the Commandments (Nature) of God (Psa.119:89), and became sinful before Him. From that time forth, every person brought forth into the world was brought forth by a woman; born in sin, come to the world speaking lies. No one is taught from a child to be a liar. That lying nature is inbred and needs to be replaced with that of the Nature of the God of Truth.
    Otherwise He, being pure, would pollute Himself with the impure.(Job 14:4)

    God’s enemy perverted the human race. God had to bring back His children that were known to Him from before the foundation of the world. But He had to purify them first in order to present them to Himself as spotless, blameless, and undefiled. He had to become one of them in order to carry out the work of redemption, since his Law requires a kinsman to be one that could be a redeemer.
    His Holy Blood, (life is in the blood) was the only thing powerful enough to cleanse them of all sin. His only requirement of them was to accept the Work of God as being a finished work for them, in accepting it by faith.
    For His Human Body became the scape goat that was judged and condemned for becoming sin for us, and sent to hell in our place, so that we could bypass the judgement of God due unto us. He then sent His Spirit the dwelt in Him (The Spirit of God) upon the ones willing to accept the Work of God for mankind.
    Therefore, it is not of works, but that of Grace through faith that brings about a sanctified, purified, spotless, sons of God back to the Holy God that foreknew those of His Own Children. Cleansed by the Pure Blood of God.

  • dgc says:

    Jesus is referred to in the old testament as Adonai…during the transfiguration the voice from the cloud declared “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. Your argument has a million holes in it!

  • dgc says:

    …you sound more ridiculous all the time…go back and read your bible…it’s difficult to ignore facts and justify a position based on a time line of when the NT was written.

  • Jeff Ludwig says:

    So what’s the point of Jesus coming or dying on the Cross or being resurrected? If it’s only the “ethnee” going into heaven, then, if I understand you correctly, Christianity from beginning to end is all hype. That’s a hard sell. Even most Jews would have a problem with that I think. I have never heard your view expressed by anyone else during my entire long life. Doesn’t that in itself bother you? I wish you well though, and pray that Jesus will manifest Himself to you in a unique and credible way.

  • John says:

    Thought you didn’t believe in the New Testament! Why are you referring to it or even reading it to promote your reference to this fleshly house of clay that will die and become rotten in the grave?

    For dust you are and to dust you will return.

    But you have a soul, which resides within your DNA-ed body that will have to stand before the The True and Living God and answer for the things that you have done when you were in that body, that (soul) is the real you, not your corruptible house you now dwell in. That is the part that needs salvation, because the nature is corrupt from youth onward, unless there is a Greater Power to intervene and transform it from its corruptible to that of an Incorruptible.

    There is a God, Whose desire is that not any should perish but that all should come to repentance; and repentance is what it takes to escape the wrath due unto us from a Holy and Righteous God for our desire to remaining in our sinful state, when a way has been made for us to escape from such Wrath.

    There is a way (of living, of thinking, of believing) that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of DEATH.
    Separation from LIFE, which is that of GOD.

    Individually is the way God deals with the soul of man, not to that which pertains unto a group.
    You will answer for yourself and not for a group.

  • John says:

    All life comes from God, whether it be Satan or anyone else for that matter.

    God, (not being a tyrant), gave every living soul an ability to choose for themselves the path that they may wish to take in their allotted time of existence. (i.e. their knowledge of being alive.) Satan chose his path of life as well as Adam, who (Adam) willfully stepped out of the perfect will if God to take on His permissive will and became corrupt in the Sight of God, and lost his position as god of this Earth.

    But God does not lose any of His, else He would have lost to Satan if he even lost one of His foreordained Children. Therefore He had to make a way back for them; and since they could not return back to Him in their fallen state, He chose to become one of them for the sake of becoming their Redeemer.

    The evil attributes of Satan were used to display the Good Attributes of the Redeemer of mankind.

    They having been given the knowledge between good and evil, were now able to genuinely appreciate their Heavenly Father for His True Divine Attributes. Namely Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Meekness, Gentleness, Faith; they also witnessed His Power, and His Truth. In contrast to what Satan had to offer for them, hatred, depression, sickness, death, and all that man has come to know as being evil.
    Therefore instead of trying to degrade man, let us try to elevate him to a position that God intended for him to be, by the provide way that God had so graciously given unto him.

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