What is a true Christian?

 

 

What in your opinion makes a true Christian? Is it going to church every Sunday, having bible studies during the week do lots a good deeds, give to the poor and needy. You may say I donít steel I donít lie I do not swear and most of the time I do not behave bad.

I am a good person I should be a good Christian and the Lord Jesus Christ should let me in to heaven just because of who I am.

Ask your self what does God think about what is going on in the world today, do you think he is pleased with what he sees, what we do how we treat each other, how we treat our planet. There are lots of things going on today that werenít even thinkable 100 years ago. We live in the time of communication; everybody has at least 1 phone a computer TVs radios and so on. We get bombarded with information from every thinkable side.

The information we receive is not always good and uplifting to us. Many things we would be better of, if we never heard about them or saw them.

We have war in every corner of this earth, also famine, poverty, abuse, and many other terrible things. Every day there is news about murder or theft and every thinkable bad thing. Do you think the Lord is pleased with what He sees?

But most of all ďdo you think the Lord is pleased with his relationship with you?Ē

If you where to die today, can you say for sure you will be going to heaven?

If God were to ask youĒ why should I let you in to heaven?Ē what would you say?

Mth.7.22 says:

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 

The bottom line is, we are all sinners we all have sinned and we all will sin, and sin separates us from God.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

Romans 3; 10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 

 Isaiah 53   6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;

What is sin? Did you ever tell your kids little "so-called" white lies? Like driving down the road and the kids are fighting in the backseat, you turn around and sayĒ if you donít stop right know I am going to pull over and you can walk home.Ē Or things like that..., where you really going to pull over and set them on the road? Probably not unless youíre a few hundred feet from your house, so you where not saying the truth and that would mean you were lying so you are a liar.

Did you always report all your income on your taxes? Yes?? What about that old bike or car that you sold to your neighbor or that small job you did on the side? Did you report them as income? If not then youíre a cheater to.

And did you ever say anything bad about your neighbor or a guy you work with if you did then you are also a slanderer.

Now what about adultery, yes may be you never physically cheated on your wife (husband), but can you say for sure that you never had wrong thoughts about an other women (or Man).

What when somebody at work shows you one of them magazines that show more skin then everything else, can your mind stay clean then, or do you just walk away and donít take a second look? Or in summertime when some people think they have to walk around in almost nothing else then in their birth suit, wonít you be looking a second time? Or there is the internet, oh it is so easy to look at the wrong things on the net your are all by yourself you donít have to go in to a store and expose yourself to other people,

everything can be done from the comfort of your homeĒ as the advertisement says.   If you ever did any of these things then you would be an adulterer also.

I am sure that if a man tells you that he never looked twice or never had the wrong thoughts about an other women then he is a liar.

So look around you, you are looking at liars, cheaters, slanderers, adulterers and the list goes on. I know for my self that I fit all of the above. What can we do about it? Nothing, nothing at all, we are lost for eternity damned to go to hell, to burn in the fire for ever and no good deeds or kind words or self-inflicted suffering will safe you from this future.

Scary thought isnít it?

But God provided a solution. The finished work of Christ on the cross is Gods only provision for sin. The Bible (which is the word of God) says in Romans 5:8

But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Or in 2. Corinthians 5:21 it says: For he had made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Or 1.Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit.   

So what is mans responsibility then?

Trust in Christís work alone for forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

And Jesus himself said: ďVerily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

Ephesians 2:8+9 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of your selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So all we really can do is trust and believe, nothing else will save us; no good works, no good deeds, no preaching, or anything else you could think of.

Do the things Iíve been telling you really make sense?

Or does it confuse you more? I hope not.

In short again:

We are all sinners.

Sin separates us from God.

We are all in need of a savior. 

We cannot save our self; we are all destined to go to hell.

No good deeds or works will safe us.

The only solution to this dilemma is Jesus Christ.

And mans responsibility it is; to trust in Christís work alone for forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.

-Do you believe youíre guilty of sin and deserve to be separated from God forever?

-Do you believe thereís nothing you can do to save yourself, but that Christ died on

 the Cross; to pay the full penalty for your sins?

-Is there anything you can think of that would keep you from making that decision for yourself right now?

-Will you place your trust in Christ and receive Godís free gift of eternal life?                                                     

-The decision is up to you.

 

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