American, and I will venture to say in other
cultures as well, there are souls who attend church
to seek the Lord, to search for truth and find their
purpose. On the other hand, there are those who go
to church just to get out of the house; some who
“joined the church” for the music or the sermons,
some for fellowship, and others to look for a spouse
or casual relationship. Still others because they
were told it’s the right thing to do.
course there are also some “church members,” who
having proved faithful to “church leadership” – by
supporting the church in tithes and offerings, and
working tirelessly in various “church ministries” –
are elevated to coveted positions like deacon,
elder, or a seat on the board of trustees. Others
continue to forge ahead as Sunday school teachers,
ushers, or singers in the church choir.
There are families who have attended the same
church, week after week, for multiple generations.
They have been sitting in the same pews for years
and everyone knows them. In contrast, there are the
Easter/Christmas church goers - that’s the only time
they attend. There are also those whose morals and
ethics match lockstep with our society’s decaying
values – however they faithfully attend church
There are folks who turn to the church for refuge
and others who found they need refuge from the
church. The latter group leaves, crushed and
dismayed, and are often soon forgotten.
There are individuals whose only affiliation with a
church was on the day they were “christened” as an
infant or baptized as a young child. There are also
those who came up during altar call, “joined the
church” and were never heard from again. Still
others who have never set foot in a church but have
said the sinner’s prayer or asked Jesus into their
hearts. Many of them have never opened a Bible and
really have no desire to do so.
Oh, and let us not forget the multitude of church
leaders who range from those who sincerely believe
they have been called to their vocation to those who
are just in it for the money.
Chances are, some of the above mentioned
individuals may not really believe in the God of the
Holy Bible, but they hedge their bet just in case He
exists and the Holy Bible proves to be true -
especially the scary stuff like the lake of fire.
By ever changing church standards, all of the above
are considered “Christians” – but are they? From the
above descriptions, can we easily define what it
means to be a “Christian”? Can we honestly conclude
that someone is a “Christian” based on church
titles, positions, contributions and attendance? If
not, what standard should we use?
believe there are extremely troubling and perilous
days ahead for those in western cultures who say
they are “Christians.” Many Middle Eastern followers
of Christ have already laid down their lives for
their beliefs. And now in the United States of
America – the land of the free and the home of the
brave – persecution against Christians is starting
to intensify. If we are to stand as Christians, in
this hour, it is important that we understand what
it truly means to be a Christian. Of course, there
are some who do. However, it is important for each
of us to prayerfully and honestly gauge our
allegiance and commitment to our Heavenly Father and
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ based on the
standard proclaimed in the Word of God and by the
Word of God – the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ.
Everything, and everyone else, may prove to be
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