Friday, June 17, 2016

Really, What does being a Christian Mean?

     I'd say, without question, that over 90% of "Church Members" have no earthly idea of what being a Christian actually means. Add to that that the Bible teaches that less than 50% of the organized "Church" is born again possessing the Holy Spirit. Where does it say that you say? Jesus said it:

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Matt 25:1-13 (KJV)
     All ten were members of the Church (virgins) yet 5 had no Oil (Holy Spirit) in their lamps. They had never accepted Jesus as their Personal Savior, and when He, the Bridegroom, came for His Bride (the Church) they were locked out of Heaven. It is in fact a picture of Jesus' Second Coming and the Rapture.
     Let's look at what kinds of things DON'T make you a Christian:

  1. Being a member of any denomination or church.
  2. Being born and raised in a Christian Home.
  3. Being Baptized
  5. Being Baptized or sprinkled as a child.
  6. Being a Preacher, Bishop, Deacon, Sunday
      School Teacher, Seminary Professor, or Pope.
  7. Thinking you know who Jesus/God is.
  8. Believing God is good.
  9. Simply believing there is a god.
 10. Being good or living a good life. You don't go to
       Heaven for being good.
 11. Reading or even believing the Bible.
 12. Taking Holy Communion
 13. Praying a Rosary, (actually prayer beads are
       Muslim and Catholics didn't use them till after
       the Crusades when Knights brought them back)
 14. Carrying a cross around your neck.
 15. Having loving Christian Parents.
 16. Praying any prayer but The Sinner's Prayer.
 17. Donating time, money or volunteering anywhere.
 18. Tithing or sending money to an Evangelist.
 19. Prayer cloths or relics.
 20. any or all of the above in any combination.

     No becoming a Christian is much easier than any of these things would indicate. Salvation is a Free Gift and simply a matter of accepting who Jesus was and Is (I Am), believing He is who He says He is (I AM), and asking Him to come into your Heart as Personal Savior. Jesus is not a Little Baby who was born in a Manger (feed trough). Jesus is your Creator, and the Savior who died for your sins at the Cross. He came to Earth just to save you, and He would have died if you were the ONLY one lost in sin.
     Church isn't a building like one Catholic Deacon told me. He said God lived there and Catholics lit candles so He wouldn't be alone at night. Yes professing Christians are quite often that dumb. Many churches like the Catholic church don't even bother to Evangelize (preach the Gospel), they don't teach a Personal Relationship with God. They waste time looking for an intercessor (Mary, some imaginary saint, or a priest) when all they have to do is speak directly to God in the Name of Jesus. There actually is no OFFICE of Priest in the Local New Testament Church, (only pastor [or Bishop],and deacon or elder). No Nuns either, and while we are at it no Purgatory.
     So what does being a Christian mean? It means literally "Little Christ". It means that after Giving yourself to Jesus, and accepting Him as your only Hope of Salvation, you are living for Him daily, reading His Word daily, Preaching the Gospel to others daily, Praying for God's will in your life daily, and working to help others in whatever way they need daily. Christian used to be a derogatory term used to make fun of Jesus' Followers. Not much has changed it seems in the modern world. Christian are still made fun of.
     Being a Christian is NOT sitting on a pew once a week. Being a Christian is Living, breathing, voting, and Sharing the Christian Faith. Voting the Bible. You CANNOT call yourself a Christian and vote for anyone in the Democrat Party who's platform calls for the Murder of Babies by Planned Parenthood. You can't support Gambling, Drugs, Pot, etc. or vote for anyone who might. If you are not outraged by Planned Parenthood, Homosexual Marriage, Transgender Bathrooms, Islamic Terrorism, and the Obama Administration in general; You probably ain't no Christian Bubba.
     Jesus still Saves though. Even ex-Democrats.

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