What is a Biblical Christian? Part 1

 

 

What_is_a_Biblical_Christian.jpgEver since the late 1970's when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter informed our nation that he was a “born-again Christian,” national religious surveys (most notably, the Gallup Poll) have continued to report that close to three-quarters of the American population identifies themselves as “Christian.”

Nowhere else is this outward identification with Christendom more prevalent than in the Bible-belt. Yet, with all of this seemingly fine and encouraging news about our nation’s religious convictions, America remains spiritually unaffected by this supposed army of believers (whose size makes up approximately 75% of our nation’s 320 million people). But how is this possible? I believe it’s so because the Bible teaches us that they’ll be many professing Christians who are not actual possessors of saving faith in Christ. In fact, our Lord Jesus Christ Himself taught this Scriptural truth when He said to the professing Christians of His own day, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord’, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS’” (Matthew 7:21-23). In essence, our Lord told these professing followers of His that the reason for His rejection of them on the Judgment Day was that they had lived their lives on earth as if God had never spoken a Word to man. In other words, they had learned the “black art” of habitually living their lives as if the Bible did not exist, while at the same time, claiming the Bible was their “daily bread.” They may have learned how to fake out a lot of people while here on earth, but the Judge of the entire universe wouldn't be fooled. Merely professing to be a “Christian” will never be enough!  We must be sure that we are “Biblical Christians!” What is a “Biblical Christian?” I will seek to answer this crucial question in four parts, beginning with part one today:  According to the Bible, a “Biblical Christian” is first and foremost a person who has faced realistically the problem of his own sin.  He or she is one who has come to realize that he (1) was conceived in, as well as was born in, sin (Psalm 51:5; 58:3), (2) is fully responsible for his sin (Romans 3:23; 5:12), (3) continually sins because he is a sinner (and not just any sinner, but the chief of sinners -- 1 Timothy 1:15; cf. Ecclesiastes 7:20; Matthew 5:22,28), (4) is awaiting eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46), and (5) needs the divine remedy for his terminal condition (Romans 5:8; 6:23; Matthew 1:21).  And in this desperate state, he did not delay in seeking the only remedy (Acts 16:30-31; Isaiah 55:6-7; 2 Corinthians 6:2)! O dear readers, a “Biblical Christian” is a person who has taken to heart his own problem of personal sin.  Remember the words of Jesus Christ the great Physician:  “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:13). My friend, are you a "Biblical Christian?”

 

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