It’s doesn’t seem like its enough any more to just say, “I’m a Christian”
Aspects of our daily living nowadays are filled with options, variables, generics, knock-offs, substitutes, copies, clones, and hybrids. No wonder it is no longer good enough to just say that you are a Christian. Everyone thinks they are a Christian. You know what I mean. And, unfortunately, for them, nothing could be further from the truth. The definition of Christianity is simple. It’s the individual, or group subjective interpretation that usually fails miserably. The problem with that, for many if not most people, is that they are thinking one thing, that they are Christians, and they are another thing, not a Christian. The Bible, being the reference to make the determination, is the only source to identify what a Christian truly is.
But here is where we run into problem number one. What if the person in question, a professing Christian bases his salvation on the correct scriptures and understanding of who Jesus the Messiah truly is?
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved and your household.” –Acts 16:30-31 (GFS)
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. –2 Corinthians 5:17 (GFS)