I have some family members who believe they are Christians. They think this because they were born in America, they are good people and they have some belief in God and Jesus. This is why they are not Christians.
1.Being born in America does not make you a Christian no more than being born in a garage makes you a car.
2.Being good does not make you any religion, it just means, according to your standards, you are a good person. (But are your standards good enough?)
3.Believing in a God and having a relationship with God are two different things. The same goes with Jesus being God’s Son. Knowing this as a fact and basing your life around it are also two different things.
Christians in the Bible were called such because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ Jesus. The actual definition of Christian is a follower of Christ. The Bible says that good works do not make us acceptable to God. In other words, a person can live to a high moral standard, give money to feed the poor, go to church, and serve their neighbors, and yet not be a Christ follower or “Christian.” (Titus 3:3-6, Ephesians 2:8-9) If you read these verses, they clearly share that salvation (being born again) is a gift of God. Nothing we do can earn us salvation. A true Christian is a person who has accepted God’s gift of salvation and put their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes accepting Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins and His resurrection as proof of His power over death. This faith changes how they think, act and speak and the Bible is our “go to” on how to live or life. We believe it in its entirety. No picking and choosing what works and what doesn’t work for us. This is what a Christian is.
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