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is a Christian?
Anyone can call themselves
a Christian. But calling yourself a Christian does not mean you
are a Christian.
why do you call me 'Lord,' when you won't obey me?"
(NLT) - Luke 6:46
is someone who has repented their sins and accepted Christ as their
Lord and savior.
What does this
sins: To change your thoughts and actions. To turn away from sin, and believe in Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Christ as your savior: Even though we desire to avoid sin,
we are all sinners*. However, through the death and resurection
of Jesus we have been saved and have eternal life. A Christian is
a person who has accepted this as true.
is God (our LORD): Christians want to learn more about
what the Bible teaches, so they can better follow Christ and do
That's it! Pretty
simple, isn't it?
you need to perfectly follow the Ten Commandments (or any of the
other Biblical laws) in order to be saved?
(In any case, that's impossible for us to do.)
is justified by faith apart from observing the law."
(NIV) Romans 3:28
None of us can
perfectly follow the law.
So, it is a good thing that we can be saved without having to be
you need to do good deeds in order to be saved?
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not
from yourselves, it is a gift of God--not by works, so no one can
(NIV) Ephesians 2:8-10
In other words,
there is NOTHING you can do on your own. God freely gives you eternal
life. All you have to do is accept it.
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
(NIV) Romans 3:22