As a Christian I should be . . .
A good citizen q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) A good employee q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) Christ's disciple q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) A loving person q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) Born again q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) A "church goer" q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) A believer q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) A peculiar person q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) "saved" q Yes q Depends q No (too fanatical) Now look inside [below] and compare your answers
with what the Bible says . . .
Should a Christian be a good citizen? The Bible says YES. "Submit
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:
whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto
them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise
of them that do well." 1 Pet. 2:13-14
Should a Christian be a good employee? The Bible says YES. "Servants
[employees], obey in all things your masters [employers] according to
the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart,
fearing God:" Col. 3:22.
Should a Christian be Christ's disciple? The Bible says YES. In fact, the
words "Christian" and "disciple" are interchangeable: "the disciples were called
Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:26) A disciple is an apprentice, a student
of Christ, while Christian means "Christlike" or "follower of Christ." A Christian
therefore does as Christ instructs them. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which
believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my
disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free." (John 8:31-32) You can't be a Christian if you're not a disciple.
Should a Christian be a loving person? The Bible says YES! Jesus
taught: "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the
first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater
than these." (Mark 12:30-31) You can't be a Christian if you love the things of
this present world more than you love God.
Should a Christian be Born again? The Bible says YES! Jesus warned:
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) Mankind is born
spiritually dead but, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) That is why man gropes in
spiritual darkness, trying to worship God through religion, while never really sure
if he has found God. He needs a spiritual birth, a "regeneration, and renewing
of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). Jesus explained: "That which is born of the
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3:6-7) You
can't be a Christian if you're not born again.
Should a Christian be "a church goer?" The Bible says YES! The Bible
commands: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Heb.
10:25). God wants Christians in Church because they grow spiritually by
hearing the preaching of God's Word (Rom. 10:17). Incidently, Jesus had
something to say about churches that did not preach directly from the Bible. Jesus
warned: "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of
God, ye hold the tradition of men," Mark 7:7-8.
Should a Christian be a believer? The Bible says YES! God expects a
Christian to take Him at His word. That means believing God when He says: "As
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (Rom. 3:10). "For
all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3:23). It
means agreeing with God that you are a lost, hell-deserving, hell-bound sinner who
can't save yourself from Hell no matter how good you behave.   "For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9
Jesus warned: "repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15) Being
a believer means believing that Christ is the only one who can save you, because
Jesus said: "for if ye believe not that I am he [your Lord and Saviour],
ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:24) "But the fearful, and
unbelieving, ...and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
(Rev. 21:8) Jesus Christ, "is the Saviour of all men, specially of those
that believe." (1 Tim. 4:10) You can't be a Christian and not believe.
Should a Christian be a peculiar person? The Bible says YES! Considering
everything we've read so far, how can a Christian not be "peculiar" in a world
that, for the most part, rejects God, and acts as if He doesn't even exist?! The
Bible even uses the term "peculiar people" when describing the fact that Christ died
on the cross for you and me. Jesus Christ, "gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity [sin], and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works." Titus 2:14
Should a Christian be saved? The Bible says YES! "For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:3-4) Unless
a person has seen themselves lost, on the road to Hell, and called upon Christ to
SAVE them, they are not a Christian. Getting saved is what makes one a Christian.
This quiz was designed to help separate truth
from error. How did you score? If the
answers seemed strange or unfamiliar to you,
the Bible gives the following advice:
"Examine yourselves, whether ye
be in the faith;" (2 Cor. 13:5).
A.) Have you truly had a point in time when
you saw yourself as a lost, Hell deserving
sinner that needed a Saviour? The Bible
says: "For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3:23). "For the
wages of sin is death [Hell];" (Rom. 6:23).
B.) Did you REPENT of what you were
trusting in to get you to Heaven? (Baptism,
reciting a sinner's prayer, good deeds, self-
righteousness, etc.) The Bible says: "For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)
To insist on trying to get to Heaven on your
own merit is to rebel against the payment for
sins that Christ has already done on your
behalf when He died for you on the cross.
That's why God says, REPENT, change
your mind, and make Christ your LORD and
SAVIOUR. Jesus warned, "except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)
C.) Did you call upon the Lord IN FAITH,
trusting that He alone could save you from
your sins? The Bible says: "That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved." (Rom. 10:9)
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