What is a Christian?

We live in such a diverse society, where our public education system has been “dumbed down” because we don’t want anyone to feel bad. Yet we have elevated intelligence above truth and right. Scripture (the Authorized King James Bible, written centuries ago) says a lot about our society today. Imagine that! There is a book (actually a collection of 66 books in one volume: The Bible). It contains the true history of Asia Minor (the  Middle East) and how and why God gave the land of Israel to His chosen people, the Jews.

The Bible has a book of wisdom. It is called Proverbs, written by the wisest man who ever lived. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived because it was the one request he made of God when God chose him to be king over Israel. Proverbs 14:12, 16:25, and 30:12 show us how God feels about people who are so proud of their own intelligence, yet lack wisdom, that they reject morality and righteousness.

Isaiah 5:20, 21 says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21–Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

Being intelligent does not make one a Christian. Being born in the United States of America does not make one a Christian. Being born into a Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, etc. family, does not make anyone a Christian. We can not be born from the human womb into the family of God. That is a physical birth. In order to be a Christian, John 3:16 says we must be born again, by the power of the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost. Jesus explained this to one of the priests. His name was Nicodemus.

Being born again is a very simple process. All you have to do is believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16, and John 6:69), that He was crucified for our sins (yours and mine), thus paying our penalty for sin, that He was buried and rose again. You must acknowledge the fact that you are a sinner (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6) and that you cannot save yourself. All we deserve is eternity in hell. (Romans 6:23) We earn the torture, the suffering, and the crucifixion that Jesus went through because of our sin. Jesus never sinned, yet He took your penalty (and mine) because He loves you and me. He paid for your pardon so you don’t have to pay the penalty yourself. Ephesians 2:8, 9

All you have to do is admit that you are a sinner, thank Jesus for taking your penalty, and ask Him to save you. If you do that, and you mean it, you will be saved. You will have your free ticket (free to you, but it cost Him dearly) to heaven, to eternal life with Jesus. You will not go to hell, which was prepared for the devil and his angels anyway, not for man.

But God, in His great love and mercy, did not want us to be robots so He gave every human being a choice: to accept His sacrifice, His gift of love, eternal life, or to reject Him. All who reject Jesus will go to hell when they die. Romans 6:23 says so.

What to do after you’re saved? Get a copy of the Authorized King James Bible (some will say 1611). All of the other bibles are filled with heresy, changing the truth of God for a lie. The King James Bible tells us in three different places not to add to or take away from the word of God; yet all of the other translations have done exactly that. There has to be a standard. They can’t all be right if they are all different. There has to be a standard, one that you can trust and know that it is true. That Bible is the Authorized King James Version.

Once you have your Bible, ask God to help you understand it as you read it. I recommend starting with the gospel of John. It was written to prove the Kingship, Lordship, Godhood of Christ. Next, find a church that uses this Bible as its standard, believing it to be without error. These churches are hard to find but they do exist. Ask God to help you. If you can’t find one, send me a reply and I will do my best to help you find one.

It is important to get involved in a local church fellowship. It will help you grow in the knowledge of God, Jesus, and the Bible. You will learn how to apply its teachings to your own life and family. You will become a part of a new family–a family of people eager to help you and encourage you. They won’t be perfect. No one is. But you will find love and acceptance, and help when you need it. Most churches have Sunday school for all ages, a Sunday morning worship service, a Sunday evening service, and midweek service.

Feel free to  contact me with questions or concerns. I don’t have all the answers, but I know the One who does. God bless.