Are You Really A Christian? Your first response to that question is probably one of a defensive nature like, “How dare you infer I’m not a Christian; I’ve been a Christian all my life! Only God can judge!” But the Apostle Paul says, “Examine yourselves whether you are of the faith. Test yourself.
Do you not know that Christ Jesus is in you? Unless indeed you were disqualified.” 1 Cor 13:5 So I ask again, Are you a Christian?
We have so many people calling themselves Christians these days that it’s getting more and more difficult to understand what a Christian really is supposed to be. Are you as confused as many others are about who is a true Christian and who isn’t?
Christians came into existence when they began to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. To the people of their day, they preferred to be labeled more as disciples of Jesus Christ, though being a disciple (or follower) of Jesus Christ automatically classified one as being a Christian. Some 2,000 years later after Jesus Christ resurrected from the grave, confusion reigns about who are the true Christians and who aren’t.
Many well-intended people have a misconception of what a true Christian is, probably influenced by their upbringing, religious traditions and customs, and by their very own church clergy. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into ministers of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Cor 11:13-15 There are many who are deceiving you and putting your eternal security at risk.
So what then is a true Christian? The great Apostle Paul also wrote, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess 5:21 Since the Holy Scriptures of the Bible are our ultimate authority, we will prove all things, and hold fast to the inspired Word of God and its defining qualities and requirements of a true Christian.
What Is A Christian? This question first goes to you, so before you go any further in this article, pause and consider the question thoughtfully, and answer as thoroughly as the question provokes your spirit. When you are done, continue reading.
- Are you a Christian because you were born into a family of Christians, one or both parents strong in their faith in God?
- Are you a Christian because you were raised Christian, went to a Christian school, or attended weekly Christian classes?
- Are you a Christian because you were sprinkled with water when you were a baby, and dedicated to God?
- Are you a Christian because you were once saved?
- Are you a Christian because you fulfilled many of the holy sacraments of your church?
- Are you a Christian because you obey all the laws of men and the Ten Commandments?
- Are you a Christian because you do much charitable work and donate regularly to the poor?
- Are you a Christian because you are an active member of a specific church or congregation?
- Are you a Christian because you read the Bible occasionally, and sometimes attend Bible study groups?
- Are you a Christian because you try to go to church regularly and tithe when you do go?
- Are you a Christian because you are a good person?
- Are you a Christian because you believe in God?
When you paused and answered the question of What is a Christian?, how many of the above did you include in your answer? My guess is that you considered many as a requirement to being a true Christian. Would it shock you if I said that, though many of the above are admirable and may be evidence that you are a Christian, they in themselves do not make one a Christian? Many church organizations mislead their flock into false security and salvation. Jesus said, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. Making the Word of God no effect through your traditions you have handed down. Many such things you do.” Mark 7:9, 13
Jesus also said, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Matt 7:21-23
There is a lot going on in those two preceding passages, warnings that many things we may have been doing fall short of God’s plan of salvation or have little to do with gaining entry into God’s eternal kingdom of heaven. Let’s next go to the above questions and challenge each one.
- Are you a Christian because you were born into a family of Christians, one or both parents professing their faith in God? An individual’s Christianity is based solely on his/her own faith and compliance to God’s Word.
- Are you a Christian because you were raised Christian, went to a Christian school or attended weekly Christian classes? Education can be good, but it’s a person’s individual commitment to God that is essential to being a Christian. Also, and sadly, too many times education is responsible for your false perception that you are an “official” Christian.
- Are you a Christian because you were sprinkled with water (“baptized”) when you were a baby, and dedicated to God? Much is written about baptism, but as in the previous answer, it is up to each individual by his/her own choice to come to God. If someone baptized you when you were a child, or you were goaded into baptism later, unless you have first given yourself to serving God, that baptism is useless. It is each individual who must make the conscious choice to commit to God. Many go into their baptismal water a dry devil and come out a wet devil!
- Are you a Christian because you were once saved? When one is born again he/she is a new creation and should live in the Spirit of God. Many deceivers teach that once saved you cannot lose your salvation, but your salvation depends on a continuation of living in the Spirit, living as Jesus lived.
- Are you a Christian because you fulfilled many of the holy sacraments of your church? No holy sacraments are mentioned in the Bible that may be critical to salvation.
- Are you a Christian because you obey all the laws of men and the Ten Commandments? These are admirable and are actually commands of God but they are only a part of being a Christian, little to do to being saved.
- Are you a Christian because you do much charitable work and donate regularly to the poor? Nothing scriptural that these things make you a Christian, but are evidence of being a Christian.
- Are you a Christian because you are an active member of a specific church or congregation? Though going to a church are important, attending a church and being a member of an organized church has nothing to do with salvation.
- Are you a Christian because you read the Bible occasionally, and sometimes attend Bible study groups? These are essential for continued growth of being a Christian and understanding the inspired Word of God, but does not make you a Christian.
- Are you a Christian because you try to go to church regularly and tithe when you do go? Again, church attendance does not save you and make you a Christian, and tithes are not an admission fee or a ticket into heaven.
- Are you a Christian because you are a good person? I am glad you are a nice person and God does care about such things but it does not make one a Christian.
- Are you a Christian because you believe in God? A good start, but only the beginning of becoming a Christian. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19 (KJV)
So then, What Is A Christian? For those of us committed members of the Body of Christ, we should be saddened and concerned of what being a supposed Christian is. The compromise in lifestyle, a refusal to accept scripture and a severe lack of holy living have completely distorted what it really means to be a Christian. The absolute rebellion to godly, scripture-based authority is nothing less than appalling. Attending a church service, singing worship songs and listening to a feel-good sermon has become the narcotic that sears and numbs the conscience of our new nature to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Granted, not all Christians have yielded to the voices of false prophets; but more and more seem to be deceived.
CHRISTIANITY: The word “Christianity” has as its root in the word “Christ.” The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos” which means “to anoint; anointed; anointed one.” In the Old Testament the word “Messiah” is used to mean the same thing. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Gr 5547 Xristós (from 5548 /xríō, “anoint with olive oil”) – properly, “the Anointed One,” the Christ (Hebrew, “Messiah“).
CHRISTIAN: The word “Christian” comes from the Greek word “Christianos.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Gr 5546 Χριστιανός The word “Christianos” is a term used in reference to those individuals who are followers of Christ. “Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:25-26 If you follow someone, that individual sets the course for your destination. To follow Christ means to follow the example He set in scripture. This eliminates all possibilities of Christians creating their own definition of what it means to be the Lord’s disciple. Jesus sets the course, not our own personal desires and not our own definition,
CHRISTIANITY AND THE NATURAL WORLD: Christianity can impact the natural world we know, but it is not dependent on the natural world. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:16 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence.” John 18:36
CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANITY: It is impossible to convert to Christianity as the world defines converting. The world defines converting as turning away from one form of religious practices to embrace another. It is impossible to convert to the practice of Christianity because Christianity is not a practiced set of religious behaviors. Christianity is a life born within an individual. True conversion to Christianity can only take place when a person is born again.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:3-7
CHRISTIANITY AND OUR SPIRIT: Christianity emphasizes that anyone who is a Christian has a totally new spirit, or inner man. This alone is one of the major truths that separates Christianity from all religions in the world. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
CHRISTIANITY’S STANDARD: Christianity, as previously stated, is a word used in reference to followers of Christ. This means that Christianity as a lifestyle can only be described, defined and revealed in the Bible. God has made no provision for any individual, church or religious organization to devise or develop any standard for Christianity other than what has already been recorded in the Bible. Anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian is declaring that he or she has admitted to having been a lost, sin-natured individual who has put faith in Jesus Christ alone for redemption and salvation, has committed to living according to the pattern established by Jesus and has chosen to accept what the Bible says as the final word on any subject. “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:48 (KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Phil 1:21 “And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
CHRISTIAN SALVATION: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” John 14:6 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Buddha, Allah, Mohammad, Hare Krishna, nor any other “god” or “higher power” can do anything for your salvation and can do nothing but mislead from the Truth and result in spiritual death. Being a lost, unbelieving agnostic, atheist, or practicing other New Age values are dangerous belief systems that, unless changed to faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, all are destined to eternal damnation in hell.
Now let’s take a look at some “Yes’s.”
- If I say “the sinners’ prayer,” asking Jesus Christ to forgive me of all my sins, asking Him to be my Lord and Savior, does that make me a Christian? Very possibly YES, but that’s not the end of the matter.
- If I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and that He was raised back to life and ascended into glory on the third day and now sits on the right hand of the Father, does that make me a Christian? Very possibly YES, but that’s not the end of the matter.
- If I truly believe that Jesus Christ paid full penalty for all my sins by dying on the cross, and I’m willing to give my life if need be for believing it, and I fully believe that Jesus Christ was fully God before He came to earth as a mere man, and is now fully God and will forever be fully God, along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, does that make me a true Christian? Very possibly YES, but that’s not the end of the matter.
- If I truly believe that Jesus Christ paid full penalty for all my sins by dying on the cross (Past sins; present sins; sins I’ll commit in the future) and I’m willing to give my life if need be for believing it, and I fully believe that Jesus Christ was and is and forever will be NONE LESS than God, being fully God, and I understand that now I have an obligation to show God my sincere desire to obey ALL the commands given to me in the New Testament Bible (not just picking and choosing those I like and those I don’t), and demonstrate to God just how sincere I am in obeying them, by diligently PRACTICING them, DOING them, OBEYING them, (though I may fall short at just how well I DO them at times, and thank God for His promise that there’s mercy, forgiveness and complete restoration for), does that make me a true Christian? Yes!
And here’s how I believe we can confidently come to that conclusion. There’s a Bible passage I referred to earlier, found in Matthew 7:21-24 that strongly indicates just how important it is for people to know the difference between true Christians (born again Christians) and those who think they are but aren’t. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Lawlessness: Continue to practice sin without any degree of guilt that moves one to repentance [Repentance meaning CHANGE, a 180 degree turnaround from where one was headed]; continue to practice engaging in teaching spiritual deception as though it is truth but isn’t!). “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock …”
This above Bible passage, Matthew 7:21-24, clearly addresses three important areas obviously very important to Jesus Christ:
- Doing the will of God the Father.
- Obeying the commands of Jesus Christ.
- Not being guilty of “practicing lawlessness (sin; rebellion against truth).”
The question may then arise, “What constitutes doing the will of God the Father?” From Matthew 7:24, the logical answer to this question would be, “By obeying the commands of Jesus Christ?” Other Bible passages would support this conclusion, it would so seem: “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says ‘I know Him’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk as He walked.” 1 John 1:3-6 Yet, let us wisely balance out all this by realizing that “doing” cannot save us, nor keep us saved. Believing is what saves us, and keeps us saved. Believing what? Believing that Jesus paid full penalty for our sins, past, present, and future sins, and that God’s pure, holy righteousness was imputed to us at the cross fully justified (fully qualified for eternal salvation.)
We are not saved by our attempted religious good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph 2:8,9 “Good works” means we are not saved by trying to obtain forgiveness of sins and/or to attain to sinless perfection (righteousness; holiness) in this life, nor by any “religious activities.” We are saved solely by the grace and mercy of God by our believing what God accomplished for us on the cross, believing that Jesus paid full penalty for all our sins, and that God’s righteousness was freely GIVEN to us, without us trying to somehow EARN that righteousness.
Thus we are not saved by our good works, but saved to do good works. What would be at the top of “good works” God wants us doing? It comes full-circle. To obey His New Covenant commandments, and I believe at the top of the very top of that list of “good works” is to make certain I am not deceived about spiritual truth, and passing it along indefinitely to others as though it is spiritual truth. If you haven’t done so lately, read Matthew chapter 23, and be honest in the conclusions you come up with. Was it not the “religious” folks that Jesus was speaking of in Chapter 23, many of the very same “religious” bunch that were responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion?
Every command Jesus and the Father has given us in the New Covenant (New Testament) to keep is GOOD for us to try to keep. What about the Old Covenant Ten commandments? Trying to keep the Old Covenant Ten Commandments is also beneficial, BUT BE FULLY AWARE! Trying to keep the Ten Commandments will NOT save you, nor KEEP you saved. And the truth is no human being ever has kept the Ten Commandments, (other than Jesus Christ, of course). If it had been possible to secure one’s salvation (forgiveness, righteousness, Justification) by keeping of the Ten Commandments (or Laws, the same thing), there would have been no reason for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Note: There are actually over 600 commandments God gave the Jews to try to keep. “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Gal 2:21 For the Word clearly tells us, “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” Rom 3:20 “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Gal 3:24
Incidentally, since I am speaking of Old Testament and New Covenant laws, what is the greatest commandment? Jesus answered that very question when asked by a Pharisee, a lawyer: Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matt 22:37-40 Keeping these two commands alone should keep us in compliance with all the rest of God’s commandments!
Salvation (forgiveness) and justification are not obtained by faith and grace plus keeping the law (In other words, the Ten Commandments; nor for that matter observance of Old Covenant Jewish feasts, as some Christians are beginning to deceptively teach. A time is coming when the Jewish daily sacrifice will most likely be re-instituted –an altar is already prepared in Israel, and if so, THIS will not grant forgiveness of sins nor provide justification either). One more time, salvation and justification are obtained ONLY by believing that by the grace of God, Jesus Christ paid full penalty for our past, present and future sins and that God’s forgiveness and imputed righteousness that justifies us was given freely to us because it’s impossible for a human to earn his/her forgiveness and righteousness and justification that meets God’s demand that we be holy and righteous and justified in His sight. (1 Peter 1:15-16 addresses sanctification; not justification)
Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say about attaining a degree of righteousness pleasing enough to God to be saved (“Saved” meaning: forgiven of sins and justified) and stay saved (stay forgiven of sins and stay justified) by obeying law/laws/10 commandments: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.“But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” Phil 3:7-9
Paul goes on to tell us how he, and we Christians, obtain God’s imputed righteousness: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would ever dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Rom 5:6-9
So is it futile to strive to walk in holiness and righteousness by obeying New Covenant commands? ABSOLUTELY NOT! God expects us to strive to walk in holiness and righteousness (obedience to New Covenant commands). Nevertheless, the TRUTH of the matter is this, that the commands we must keep in the Bible that saves us from our sins and justifies us (justify/justification, meaning just as though I never sinned in God’s eyes) are to confess our sins, REPENT, to be born again (John 3:3, 6) and to believe and continuing to believe that Jesus Christ paid full penalty for ALL of our sins (past, present and future), and that the moment we become saved we are immediately as Holy and Righteous (100% fully justified) in God’s sight as we need to be to meet His demands on us to make it to heaven and remain with Him for eternity. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Forgive me for being repetitious, but it bears repeating for some to grasp these crucially important truths. Rather, we are saved to DO good works (keeping laws; keeping commandments ONCE we are saved, otherwise known as Sanctification. BUT AGAIN BE AWARE! We are not saved nor justified by doing, nor do we STAY saved and justified by our doing. We are saved and justified alone by TRUSTING, by FAITH. If we are truly saved … we’ll begin DOING what is pleasing to God in our daily walk with Him, though we’ll often fall short in the process at times, which there is always mercy and forgiveness for (See: 1 John 1:9 and Romans 8:1).
Let us conclude, then, that those who claim they are Christians but are distorting the Truth of the Word of God may find themselves being told on the Judgment Day that though they thought they were Christians acceptable to Jesus Christ and God the Father, they weren’t truly Christians at all!
Sobering, isn’t it? Even more sobering is the real possibility that those who Jesus labels as deceived Christians who were nothing more than “workers of spiritual lawlessness” while they lived on earth, spiritually deceived, and passing their spiritual deception on indefinitely to others. Many popular TV preachers and televangelists are leading the way on this deception. The New Testament Bible speaks a great deal about “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” If you consider yourself to be a “Christian,” could it be possible that you are a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” “being engaged in practicing spiritual lawlessness,” and haven’t yet figured it out?
Many have told me that it is easy being a Christian. Hmmm. This is a bit troubling, especially knowing their lifestyles, and these are likely the kinds of so-called Christians, hypocrites, who present Christianity in a wrong way. It is difficult to be focused on being a true Christian in this broken world we live in with all the distractions and things we lust. I struggle daily not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. After all, it seems so essential to fulfill lustful needs to sustain a “happy” life. Jesus said we are not to be of this world and Paul taught that we must die to sin and live in the Spirit. “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh,” Gal 5:16 It would appear that the great Apostle Paul himself struggled with the lusts of the flesh. “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” 1 Cor 15:31 We sustain our spiritual life by living in the spirit; God will provide all we need.
It seems to me that we had better settle this matter before we stand before Jesus Christ and have to give an account of what we did while living here on earth, wouldn’t you think? I for one do not want to risk finding out that though I thought I was okay with Jesus Christ and God the Father, yet find out that They found nothing worth redeeming, after all is said and done.
Thank you, heavenly Father; thank you Jesus that you have unfathomable grace and mercy and pardon for sinners. Only YOU know what is deep in the heart of every person!
Some reading this may be so steeped in sin, and/or so doubtful about what they are to believe about Christianity and the Bible that they are left with the conclusion that all hope may be gone for them to ever be in right standing with God so they can have peace about where they will be spending eternity. I personally believe there is hope for everyone to be accepted and forgiven by Jesus as long as they are still alive on this planet no matter what they have done in the past.
After all, if God had sufficient mercy to forgive the CHIEF of sinners, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1Tim 1:15 (Paul said he was the chief, but I think I supplanted him in that title!) He can save anyone! (forgive and justify and keep on forgiving my future sins and justifying me, because if He doesn’t or won’t, I’m personally in deep trouble with God, and so are multitudes of other Christians around the world).
In pushing forward in conquering areas of besetting sin in our lives, let us never listen to the subtle thoughts of Satan trying to convince us that we are unworthy any longer to be redeemed (restored to right standing – JUSTIFIED) by God. God wants no one perishing, though the Bible clearly states that out of the masses of humanity, most will perish, because they had no love for the truth of all of God’s Word wisely interpreted and wisely applied, that they might be saved and stay fully saved.
CONCLUSION: There is so much more that could be shared on this subject. God has warned us in scripture that the closer we get to the return of Jesus, false doctrine will increase and many will be severely deceived. I urge you to deeply meditate on 1 John 2:18-29 in light of what Jesus explained in John 14:26, 16:13 and what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:1-15 and in 1 Timothy 2:15. The Christianity demonstrated and taught by lukewarm Believers and preachers is a deadly trap. All of us must keep in mind that God alone is the judge of who will spend eternity with Him and who won’t. Two criminals were crucified with Jesus. One of them was promised that he would be with Jesus in Paradise that very day. The other wasn’t given that promise. The fortunate criminal was pardoned by Jesus at the very end of his life, because Jesus was able to see deep into this person’s heart, and saw something very redeemable. (See: Luke 23:39-43). The criminal didn’t have time to “follow all of Jesus’ commands.” Time had run out for this criminal, in this life. Yet the man was found totally acceptable by Jesus.
Friends, family and those in our pulpits are not to be the final example or have the final word on what it means to be born again and live as Christ. Man has consistently demonstrated a propensity for misinterpreting scripture and creating religious systems which deviate from the narrow path of truth and in doing so, he establishes himself as the authority on what it means to live as a self-righteous Christian. But there are only two resources which will always be right and never lead us astray, the Bible and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The power of being a Christian is reflected in your relationship with Jesus Christ. You can go directly to Him in prayer, petitions, and worship and praise. Eventually, through this relationship, you will recognize His voice through the Holy Spirit and be guided accordingly. Now that, my friends, is power, to have God speaking directly to you. I emphasize again, you go directly to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Your personal relationship with Jesus takes you beyond praying to any saint or other entity; you can go directly to the boss, the King of all kings, Lord of all lords! That deserves a big hallelujah!
Join me; make reliance on the Holy Bible and ministry of the Holy Spirit a priority and you will guard yourself against deception and “Put on the whole armor pf God….” 1 Thess 6:11
Now answer the question again: Are you a true Christian? If you have doubts after reading this article, take these steps: Confess your sins, repent, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and believe that Jesus our Lord and Savior alone saves as only He is “The Way the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” John 14:6 Develop a relationship with Jesus Christ, through prayer and fasting, and let the Holy Spirit guide you in your daily walk. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:17
May the God of all grace, mercy, and peace bless you and your family abundantly. Amen.