What is a Christian? - Mistaken Ideas!


Mistaken Ideas!

It will be clear from this that a person does not become a Christian merely by living a good life as such, or being a good father or mother, an honest person in the community, or even making great sacrifices for others. It is possible to do all these things and still be rebellious toward Jesus. In fact, it is often true that the better people are, the more difficult it is for them to realize that they need to be forgiven. They tend to think that they are good enough. A Christian is not just a good person. A good person, no matter how good he or she is, needs to be born again and forgiven. Christians will try to be good and obey Jesus not so they can be forgiven but because they have been forgiven.
Neither should we fall into the snare of thinking that a regular churchgoer is necessarily a Christian. There's nothing wrong with going to church, in fact there's every reason why a person should go regularly, but this is not the thing which causes a person to be a Christian. It is possible to be baptized, confirmed and receive Holy Communion regularly, and still not submit to Jesus. However, when a person repents and hands control of his or her life over to Christ, that person will attend church every Sunday; not so he or she will become a Christian, but because they have become one. They will want to meet with other Christians to pray, to be taught and to praise God. There is nothing wrong with being good or going to church. They are just not the ways a person becomes a Christian.

"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.' "

Mark 16:15