INSIGHT: Did God cause the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas? In fact, is it God that causes earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tidal waves, and storms? Why doesn’t God stop these terrible school shootings?
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST?
Unfortunately, the word Christian has been used in such a general way for so many centuries, that when it is used, one may not know for certain whether the people referred to are what the Bible calls new creations in Christ, that is, those who have experienced the literal presence of the Spirit of God coming into their beings, or, whether it is a term loosely applied to certain people who claim a particular religion as their own. The only individuals who experience what Jesus referred to as being born again, are those who have sincerely asked God to forgive their sins, and who believe that Christ is the Son of God who died as a sacrifice for their sins on the cross. Therefore, we can see at least two categories of people: Those who are Christians in name only, and those who are true Christians by experience and maintain a living fellowship with their Lord.
It is distressing and lamentable that over the years the media have frequently used the word Christian when reporting about various trouble spots around the world. For example: “Christians” fighting in Ireland, or “Christians” fighting in Lebanon, etc. Of course, most in the media are not true Christians themselves, and are therefore not sensitive to the distinction that true Christians would make between themselves and those who appear outwardly religious and use the name Christian, but have no real relationship with Christ. It is also hurtful to the cause of Christ that many Jewish people still mistakenly look upon the Second World War holocaust as persecution by “Christians”. No true follower of Christ walking in living fellowship with his or her Lord could have ever been involved in such an evil and horrible thing.
These are some of the reasons why I often prefer to tell people that I am simply a follower of Jesus Christ. A word of warning: If you make this statement to people, you can be sure that they will be watching you to see if your life gives any evidence of your claim!
If you claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, you will also accept the Bible as God’s authorative Word.
If you believe that your denomination has more truth than others, and you’re not sure that anyone else can be saved who doesn’t belong to your church, and you have difficulty in recognizing people from other churches as fellow members in the body of Christ.
Is the way we conduct our church services scriptural? What is the Bible’s description of a church service?
What is God’s true way of salvation?