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Christian Definition

Discussion in 'Christian Denominations' started by CoreIssue, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. CoreIssue

    CoreIssue Administrator Staff Member

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    Since there are so many different definitions of Christian around, the operative meaning follows.

    The word Christian means:
    It was a name given to followers of Christ. So, to understand what it means you must understand what the Bible is, what it says it means to follow Christ and who Christ is:
    1. The Bible is the infallible, inspired and inerrant word of God.
    2. God is Trinity. That means he is eternally 3 totally co-equal, all powerful and all knowing personages who are, together, God. To speak of one is to speak of all. To speak of all is to speak of each.
    3. God, the Father and Holy Spirit, are spirits. They have no flesh.
    4. Christ is the Eternal Second Person of the Trinity who, at the incarnation, took on human flesh to become Jesus Christ, the eternal promise made reality through Mary. He is the Eternal Second Person of the Trinity in his spirit, thus fully God, the human Jesus in his flesh, thus fully a man and fully both in his mind, where his spirit and flesh merge as one.
    5. Man, born of sex from a man and woman, have a sin nature that, upon reaching accountability, will condemn every individual to Hell and then Eternity in the Lake of Fire. We are totally lost, helpless and hopeless, without Christ.
    6. Christ, being human via his mother but having God the Father, not a man, as his father, did not inherent the sin nature. Sin came from Adam.
    7. Salvation is by grace alone through repentance by faith. Nothing we can do will earn us or contribute, in the slightest way, to our salvation.
    8. All our sins, past, present and future, were forgiven when we repented. We are dead to the law, thus while we will sin, in the flesh, we are never again condemned by the Law to Hell.
    9. Our spirits are cleansed instantly upon repentance. We are sinless, in the spirit, but not in the flesh.
    10. Upon repentance, we instantly experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This cleanses us from all our sins, changes our very spiritual natures, gives us new minds by changing the spiritual side of the input equation and have the Holy Spirit eternally dwelling within our spirits, as our Guide, Counsel and direct connection to God. But we continue to struggle with our flesh.
    11. Coming to God is by freewill. We seek him because we want him, he guides us to find him and ensures we come to repentance. We will never depart him.
    The fundamental issues of the nature of God, Christ and salvation are not negotiable. If we reject anyone one aspect, the others always are perverted as we, this not Christian.
     
  2. clark thompson

    clark thompson Advanced Poster

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    Many claim being Christian but their lives show they do not follow Christ or have a relationship with Him, to many it is viewed just as a religion but to me it is a way of life, it is who I am because of His grace.
     
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