. . .upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

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What is a Christian


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Writer: Franklin Graham | date unknown | bgea.org

No person, however, is born a Christian.

I find there is much confusion over the answer to that question today. The media often uses the term "Christian" simply as a category for a man or woman who belongs to a major world religion. Many people believe that someone is a Christian simply because that person attends church occasionally or was raised in a godly home. For some, it's no more than a box to check off on an application or survey. Some religions teach that you can be born into their faith.

To become a Christian, you must:

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NKJV)Bible quoteThat 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.Romans 10 (KJV) verse 9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

If you have never received Christ as your Savior, you may do so now by praying the following prayer, give me Jesus!

The 5 Fundamentals of the Faith

These are 5 things you need to believe in order to be a Christian.

Churches and preachers today are abandoning these necessary fundamentals. Anyone who throws out any one of these basics is following another religion.

What does the Bible say a Christian should be

Romans 12:9-21 tells us how to behave like a Christian.

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.