“Real Christians”

I posted last Sunday that I was thankful for Piece_of_Mind and Aidacsw – because they were ‘real’ Christians.  This pricked LouAnne’s mind, and she wrote a blog about what a ‘real Christian’ is… and I have so much to add to the subject that my comment to her became a BOOK… and that’s why I’m writing this.  ((grins!!))

You see, I’d just gotten back from Bible Study (if you want to call it that – no one studies the Bible)… and they’d been talking about ‘authentic’ Christians.  And they came to the conclusion that they were authentic within the study.

Now you have to understand something.  This group of people put on fake happy faces at study.  Everyone gives pat answers, and nobody challenges (not even in love) anyone else – even when Anna’s practically biting thru her tongue yet again because what they said was NOT scriptural.

They sit there and proclaim that they want to be close to God, to walk with the Lord… but they cringe at the idea of talking to Him, don’t open their Bibles during the study, don’t learn their verses, don’t look into ANYTHING… and then sigh and proclaim that they wish they were closer to God.

Louanne is right – to be a ‘real’ Christian is to accept Christ as your Savior.  She gave some great verses about God having chosen us from the beginning and providing our salvation as a gift for us – His children.

And then she lists a fantastic stash of verses about how true Christianity is manifested… but that’s where I have to put on the breaks.  Because that’s where we hit the ‘real’ wall.  The issue of authenticity.

How do we know if someone is a believer?  “Ye shall know them by their fruits“, right?  Ah, but Mother Teresa did good – had good fruits… but believed Mary is part of the Godhead and claimed to be possessed by demons…  is the God she confessed the true God?  Are we sure – based on her deeds – that she was one of the redeemed?  Jerry Lewis does wonderful deeds for mankind… but do his ‘good fruits’ mean that he’s a ‘real Christian’?

Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven… Many will say to Me in that day ‘Lord, Lord, have we not preached in Your name?  And did great deeds and good works?’  And then I will say ‘I never knew you – depart from me.'”  Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone who preaches Christ is saved.  Not everyone who does good deeds is shewing fruit.  Now we are not to judge, but we are certainly instructed to discern, and to do so is to match their statements and actions up to scripture and see if it washes.

There are many unruly and vain talkers and decievers, especially those who are circumsised; whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not…” Titus 1:10-11

Now I warn you, beware of them who cause divisions and teach contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve no our Lord Jesus Christ… but by good works and fair speeches they deceive the hearts of the simple.”  Rom. 16:17-18

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness…”  II Cor. 11:13-15

I can give you a handful of blogs that put on a good show of being ministers of righteousness when their doctrine is FAR FAR from corresponding with scripture.  (Not to mention their actions, proven time and time again).  But the object isn’t to point fingers, it’s to prove that these verses (and a great deal more) seriously warn that there are ‘real’-looking phonies out there.  They got the whole shmazoli together, and it’s convincing.  And if you don’t know your scripture, you might very well think things that are fake are ‘authentic’.

What is a ‘real’ Christian?  One who lives out their faith.  I’m not saying they don’t make mistakes.  ((Lord knows I make enough of them myself!!))

But true believers teach. This is imperative for several reasons:  a) We were commanded to go and TEACH all nations, b) if you’re teaching, it’s easy for others to take what your teaching and compare it to scripture and discern if you uphold truth or not in your beliefs.

True believers fight.  There’s a world of untruth that wants to trample scripture under, and it’s hard to uphold it.  True, the Bible says ‘Blessed are the meek’, but meek doesn’t mean run-over-and-flattened.  Nor does the Bible ever endorse ‘passive’ Christianity.  Every statement in the NT involves an action we must do.  “gird”, “run”, “hold fast”, “stand firm”, “rebuke”, “exhort”… We are to ‘run the race’, ‘take up our crosses’, ‘fight the good fight’.  It’s frustrating to see Christians who want to hide under the name “Christian” but not emulate Christ.

True believers embellish their faith with works.  This is NOT a primary sign of a true believer – it’s garnish – nonnies do good things, too!  But it is a manifestation not to be taken lightly.  A bare tree puts up red-flags.  Well, I love the Lord, but it’s between me and Him.  I don’t like church, I don’t want to tick people off, so I just keep my beliefs to myself.  Or, I just don’t know enough, and it’s not my style.  Red flags.

True believers typically do not preach love 24/7.  Jesus said “I did not come to bring peace but a sword”.  Hippies preach love.  New Agers preach love.  Democrats and environmentalist whackos (as Rush calls them) preach love.  If a Christian is preaching love, it puts up a red-flag for me… because I’ve noticed that Satan likes to smear the Bible’s black-n-white with the paintbrush of ‘love’.  (Which is usually not love at all, but a tolerance Jesus never endorsed.)  True Christians don’t need to preach love – they show it in their hunger for God, in their desire to see truth taught,and in their work for the Lord.

What is an ‘authentic’ Christian?  Someone who is active – who stands for their beliefs, who gets in there with Truth and makes sure Christ is shown in their lives.  Which is why I so love P_o_M and Aidacsw.  Which is why I read AmazingMystery, AllisonKohn and WeAdopt2001 consistently.  Which is why I do what I do.

Dang, I sound so hell-fire-n-brimstoney, lately… must be hormones or something… ((blush!!))  Anyhoo, have a great day – I’m off to the doctors!

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