October 20, 2017

What Makes A Christian?

A story in this past Saturday’s Ramblings talked about President Barak Obama’s confession of faith in Jesus. He called himself a “Christian by choice.” Yet some of this community refuse to believe he is a true believer. Some think that he has not made a good, complete confession.

My point today is not decide if our president is a true believer or not. No—I want to know what you think makes anyone a believer. Just what makes one a Christian? Is it a specific group of words that must be confessed? A certain set of beliefs that must be embraced? Are there outward actions, such as baptism, that are requirements before one can be “saved.” What is the bottom line for one becoming a Christian?

Now, here are the rules. You may share your thoughts freely. But you may not put anyone else down for their thoughts. Let me clue you in on something, ok? You are not God. And because you are not God, you don’t have all the answers. It is a good thing for you to listen to what others have to say, even if you don’t agree with them. You may ask questions to clarify what others say. You may respond that they are causing you to rethink your position. But if you try to argue against someone’s else’s ideas in this post, your comment will get deleted. My finger is hovering over the “moderate” key. Don’t make me use it.

What makes one a Christian? Your comment should be short enough to fit on the back of a Chick tract. Anything longer than that, and you are probably thinking too hard. Ok, iMonks, have at it. The floor is yours.

Comments

  1. Total dependence on Jesus Christ. Amen.

  2. Do you want me to give the evangelical Christian pat answer I was taught? 😀 😀 That would exclude 98% of the people here.

  3. Anonymous Apostolic says:

    From the Early Church Fathers, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus:

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.iii.ii.v.html

  4. I am not God, I recognize this. However, my understanding is that anyone who truly seeks to follow Jesus Christ, is a Christian. I’m not a theological relativist, i believe in several truths, and I disagree with my brothers on several issues. But as far as I can see in the Gospels, Jesus says to follow him.

    I know myself to be an imperfect follower trying his best. As such, I can’t deny the faith another imperfect follower trying his best.

    Perhaps this is not God’s standard, but its not my job to be His enforcer. Jesus said His followers will be saved and commune with him, I can only go so far as to look at whoever is trying to follow him, and say “there is my brother”.