Friday, March 13, 2009

How can you tell if someone is a REAL Christian?

(also read:  'How can you tell if someone is a real Christian, according to Jesus' and 'Why do we need to know who is and isn't' for more complete explanations.)

I struggled with that for a while. I knew and still know a bunch of people who tell everyone they are Christian, some even as they are far from sober. Who say they believe Christ died for them and that they "need to go to church" but again, how can you tell if someone means it and TRULY believes in their Heart? Its actually pretty simple when i researched it in the Bible.

A lot of people say all kinds of things but most of them don't mean it (Luke 10:3). Its all talk. Thats why I love the phrase 'actions speak louder than words' (Act 10:38). Thats pretty much what the Bible says as well (Matt 5:16). 'faith without deeds is not true faith'.

See heres the deal. If you truly believe, than you WANT and LONG and DO serve God. Your faith in words becomes actions of faith as well. Being Christian would also mean you are Born Again. You have changed from your old ways and now live for Christ (2 Cor 5:14-15) and not your self, materialistic things, or the world.


If a friend walks around and says 'I love Christ, I'm a Christian' then instead of going to fellowship, bible study, church or do service for God they go out and get drunk, and/or act just like non-Christians (Rev 18:4, 2 Th 3:6, 2 Cor 6:14, 1 Cor 5:9, Rom 16:17)... than guess what... they obviously don't really believe in Christ (2 Tim 3:2-4, Prov 29:24, 12:11). If they did they would, number 1, fear his judgment on them for their actions, and number 2, choosing to go to a bar or go to a fellowship would be an easy choice (1 Cor 2:2). A Christian would choose fellowship. Why because of true love for Christ they would rather do something for God instead of themselves.

Of course Real Christians screw up but guess what, they repent (Rev 2:16), and do what they can not to make the same mistake again (1 Thess 3:4). And as friends we are to help them to keep from sinning (Matt 18:16-17, Psa 119:115, Jer 15:17, Eph 5:11, 4:12).

Its as simple as this:

1) Are they BORN AGAIN? Do they act like unbelievers or Christ-like?
2) Do they show their faith by their service to God?

If they do their best to live in line with God's Word and use their gifts and talents for God and not themselves... Its pretty clear that they DO BELIEVE. Anything less than that, either they don't or are confused and need guidance.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Justin,

    Just googled this and yours was the first. I appreciate your answer. I would like to add something else to sharpen your definition. I believe there are plenty of professing Christians that do have 'fellowship' with other Christians and partake in all sorts of Christian activities, but are still not really Christians. These people may be doing these things to be part of a community, having grown up in the church, they know this is their comfort zone and have a circle of friends within the church. I personally think this is a much bigger and difficult problem to address within the church.

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  2. A true Christian is not just someone who regularly goes to church and attends many Christian events.
    A true christian is not someone who shows love to others and gives continually.
    A true christian is someone who's heart is right with God, who at moments of despair chooses to give God praise, who when life deals him a heavy hand, sees Jesus as his source; one who speaks the word of life to people, whose conversions are filled with godly words. One who blesses and refuses to curse. This is a Christian. Anyone who claims to be a Chritian is not the above is not a christian, as there's nothing like a "true christian" and a "false christian. you are either one or not!. God help us all!
    God bless you :)

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