What is a True Christian Like?

img_4596Being a Christian is more than going to church, more than signing in the choir or band, more than being part of the popular crowd at church, more than fist bumping the pastor, more than wearing cool tee-shirts about Jesus and more than reading the Bible. Being a Christian means obeying everything God and Jesus told us to do. It means that we love the commands they have given us. It means we agree with the commands they have given us with all our minds, hearts and souls. It means that nothing in us balks at their beliefs. Their beliefs are our beliefs. It doesn’t mean we will never sin. We will, without a doubt, sin, as Paul so clearly and eloquently describes in Romans. But we will hate our sin because it goes against everything we wish we we could be. Not because we are afraid of losing our salvation, but because we wish we could please God and even ourselves better because God’s commands are pleasurable to us.

That is how a true Christian feels about God’s commands.

A person who claims to love God and Jesus, yet balks or argues against their commands (or any basic principle) set forth in the Bible is in danger. Remember, I don’t mean a person who sins, because that would be all of us. I mean a person who balks in their minds and hearts. They don’t agree with it and wish to argue against it. These people must examine their souls. That is my true belief. One who has given themselves to Christ has died to the world. They aren’t perfect, but they wish they were. With all their hearts.  This is the transformation that happened when they accepted the Holy Spirit into themselves.  Not perfection, but the wish for it.

true_christianity_title_500x375@2xI have met too many church goers who say they love Christ but continue to argue against what the Bible clearly says about how we are to live. They do this because they wish to live in a way that is clearly unbiblical. It is open rebellion.  They are sexually immoral, agree with homosexuality, abuse drugs and alcohol, refuse to work,  refuse to discipline their children, refuse correction, abuse their parents, abuse their teachers, abuse their elders, abuse their children, gossip, live selfishly, shirk responsibility and cheat their neighbors by demanding government money that they don’t deserve.  They surround themselves with likeminded ‘Christians’ and defend one another. Sadly, they seek out pastors who are too afraid to lose their tithes to correct them.

And so, they move forward happily in their sin, believing they are Christians.

When one reads the Bible, it is absolutely clear that to God, Obedience = Love and Love = Obedience. They are almost one and the same to God. As a parent, I can see how closely these relate. Everyone falls down, but that’s not the point, is it? It’s about wanting to do what is right. It’s about our beliefs. Without loving God’s commands, we are nothing and our supposed ‘love’ is nothing. It is less than dirt.  Nowhere in the Bible is love defined as a ‘feeling’.  It isn’t defined as a sort of glowing kindness or softness of heart.  Neither is it defined as a wishy washy forgiveness when others brutally break God’s commands.  Nowhere does it say that ‘love’ means that we put our arms around others that damn God, abuse his name or brazenly flaunt their bodies in gay pride parades.

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How many ‘Christians’ here?
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How many ‘Christians’ are in these parades?

Indeed, I am beginning to suspect that Christians who fight to defend these very people are actually fighting for themselves and their own sins.  I am coming to believe that if they agree that these are sins, then their own sins might also come under scrutiny.  After all, how many divorces do we now have in churches that didn’t stem from adultery?  How many affairs took place that went unknown?  How many drugs are still being consumed?  How many secrets are hidden?  I wonder if this is not at the base of these Christians’  love, not the true of love self sacrifice.  True love would cause a true Christian to help these people turn from their ways so that they can find Christ and live.  Those who continue blindly in their sins can’t find Christ- which will cause them to die.  Who, exactly, is showing true love?

No, the Bible is clear that Love = Obedience to God’s commands (a deep desire to obey them).  Ask yourself what kind of person you are. Do you or don’t you agree with God’s commands? Do you or don’t you love Jesus’ commands? Do you wish to follow them? Do you try your best to follow them? Is the Bible your standard for living? Do you repent when the Holy Spirit convicts you of wrong doing or do you continue to do whatever you want? Be what you say you are and you will have value to God. Otherwise, you are worthless as a Christian- if you are one at all.

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  1. I ageee with the article stated. Imagine it like this: you tell your parents you love them. The next morning, they ask you to do the dishes. You refuse and talk back to them. This happens for a while. You say you love someone, but refuse to do what they ask you to do for them. It seems like you only want to go to that person because they do what you want and then as soon as they ask something of you, you throw it back in their face. God, the almighty God and Creator of the world, comes to this world as Jesus when He clearly did not have to just to show us how much He loves us and How much He deserves to be worshipped. Our lives given as true sacrifices shows Him how much we love Him. We are not robots. We have the choice to love or walk away, just like Adam and Eve chose the forbidden fruit instead of God. That’s partly why the tree was there in the first place: so they were not robots programmed to love God. How else do you show your love to someone? By keeping their commands. John 14:23 “Anyone who loves me WILL OBEY MY TEACHING. My Father will love them and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Also Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on it day and night.

    Everyone, brothers and sisters, Jesus is the word who became flesh. The book is not a book of exceptions. Yes we will fall short of God, everyone does. But God wrote the law in this book for a reason, and Jesus fulfilled it. Isn’t one of the reasons God draws us near to Him is so we are made more like His Son who fulfilled the law? God knows our hearts and what is best for us…the best way for us to live so we won’t be destroyed. Praying for everyone on here. Thanks again for the article!❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Thanks for the article…great to point out that we can’t say we love Christ and then not agree with what he says. Let’s pray that many in the pictures you posted will come to truly know Jesus and his saving Grace as Paul points out in 1 Corinthians 6:11. God Bless

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  3. That’s the definition of Religion, a true Christian is simple, one that has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and is led by the same, the rest, though helpful to the Christians walk, is NOT the definition.

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    • Have to go with Michael. It sounds like the definition of religiosity. I am trying to put it all in the context of Yeshua time frame. Perhaps condemnation of his eating with sinners and tax collectors are our equivalent of our gay brothers and sisters. I am not advocating a sinning lifestyle but to harshly condemn and not love the sinner thru their sins does not speak to the 2nd commandment. Of which along with the first hang all the law. As Yeshua himself said. Love is not obedience. That is religion. Love God and your neighbor. That is the commands.

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      • I agree with you about loving, but I wonder if you aren’t trying to use that idea of loving our homosexual friends equals lying to them concerning God and his commandments. I am in agreement that we need to be kind, comforting, helpful and as gentle as we can with homosexuals or with anyone we meet. But to me, that doesn’t mean we don’t tell the truth about God. IF we love someone and that someone is committing a sin that separates them from God, we must at least notify them of it. You can’t be an active, unrepentant homosexual and saved. Just as you can’t be an active, unrepentant adulterer, murderer, liar and be saved. By ‘unrepentant’, I mean, you don’t agree that what you are doing is morally wrong- you stand in rejection of God’s words in the Bible and snub them out of arrogance and pride. If we tell people lies because we view this as the ‘kinder’ version of Christianity, then I can’t agree with that. Truth, told in love, is what we must do. It’s not love if we lie and they go to hell, is it?

        True love means we will take a chance with our own life for the sake of others. We will lay down our own life for someone else. If we love our fellow man, we will speak the truth because only the truth, which comes from God, can save them. Jesus is the truth. All his words are the truth. And he said that God created us male and female and FOR THIS REASON, we marry. So, he made it clear: biology dictates marriage- because this is how God made us. Our sex drives sexuality and marriage. All contained in one event, one meaning, blessed & sanctified in heaven by God and something that NO MAN CAN PUT ASUNDER. Two literally become ONE, inseparable.

        Hate to preach, but I just wanted to make sure to address this idea of ‘loving’ and being kind to homosexuals.

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