Are you a real Christian or just a church-goer?

Brethren i am not trying to be judgemental but only showing us what we should know about God true salvation and making Heaven when christ will come back to take his worthy bride.God bless you as you read and put it in practise over the life you may be living now.

Are you a real Christian or just a church-goer? Please don't think they are the same. Remember this eternal truth from the Lord:

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Mt. 7:21).
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a Christian is one who gets dressed up, goes inside a building commonly called a "church" and sits through a sermon! Many that will go to Hell do this every week, but don't possess an obedient faith in Christ needed to enter God's Kingdom.

So how does the Bible describe the real Christian between initial and final salvation? Is his life now, because of grace, one in which he can sit back, relax, pursue the pleasures of this world and even start to live again according to the sinful nature with no possible hindrance to his personal entrance into the kingdom of God? According to the Bible, the Christian in this life now is:

  • a soldier in a battle (2 Tim. 2:3,4),
  • a runner in a long distance race (Acts 20:24; 1 Cor. 9:24; etc.),
  • a worker in a vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16),
  • a fruit tree required to bear good fruit (John 15:5,6),
  • a self-denying Jesus follower (Lk. 9:23),
  • a manager or steward (Mt. 25:14-30),
  • a witness of Jesus (Acts 1:8, 22; 2 Tim. 2:2; Rev. 2:13),
  • a wrestler against the forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12),
  • in a struggle against sin (Heb. 12:4),
  • an alien-stranger in this world (1 Pet. 1:1, 17; 2:11),
  • and a servant (or slave) of God (Acts 4:29; 1 Thess. 1:9).
Instead of striving to please God and live holy lives, many people who once believed are now lukewarm, drunkards and sexually immoral with some of them thinking they are guaranteed an entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven because of the false teaching of eternal security. Sadly, that "sin gospel" is embraced by most popular teachers of our apostate day and has adversely affected the church worldwide. It is also one of the greatest threats to holiness, which has lead to untold broken homes, criminal acts and many suicides!

Then there is the rampant problem of divorce and remarriage which has resulted with multitudes of illegitimate marriages, with both parties being adulterous (Mt. 5:32; 19:9; Lk. 16:18; Rom. 7:2,3; etc.). Even many pastors, elders and worship leaders in local congregations are adulterous, according to those Scriptures, with no fear of going to an eternal Hell, in spite of the clarity of Scripture (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc.)

What the world needs today are spiritual leaders who, like John the Baptist, will fearlessly declare God's truths without concern of repercussions. Rather than thinking of their own ministries they are to be guards over the eternal souls entrusted to them. But very few seem to be this God fearing. Folks, this is serious! We, our loved ones and friends will be affected throughout all eternity by what we are doing now in this short life. Paul shed his blood at least nine different times and spent years in prison in his battle for eternity. In our day, professing "Christians" spend years of their lives in front of TV as they view things that can spiritually defile them and their loved ones!

In closing remember the following, as you assess yourself spiritually:

He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice" (Lk. 8:21).
The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:4).
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned (John 5:28,29).
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life (Rom 2:7).
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Gal 6:8,9).

               The Christian walk ...We Should Know

Real Christian life is challenging though interesting. From history, we all know that those that have met the real Jesus Christ have not lived a life of regrets. In this passing world, there are a lot people  calling themselves Christians, though some of them don’t understand what they imply. Many have fallen into this trap of religion, confusing Christianity for religion. God said that the ONLY way to Him is Christ Jesus and NOTHING else. A set of good rules, good morals, charity and the like can not lead you to God (John 14:6).What I am trying to say is that we are saved by grace through faith and nothing additional, no-one works for salvation it is a free gift from God. In fact the two basic heresies that emanate from the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9) in the name of Christianity were apparent before the end of the second century. These heresies are, first; a false doctrine of Christ which confuses the personal deity of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, and second; mixing law and grace.
   Well someone out there might be saying that he’s ok (well done) whereas the above mentioned is concerned, but the devil is not that silly as you might suppose, he will bring something which will even be tough for you to notice. The thing is this, in every part of a human’s heart, there is an emptiness for God and the truth is that that voidness is filled when one accepts Jesus Christ or either falsely filled by the devil(yes, it might sound crude but truth remains truth) i.e. atheism, Satanism, religion etc. Blessed is he who finds Jesus Christ. One writer said that no religion at all is better than religion coz if one is not involved in any religion, there remains that hunger and search for the true God, but in the case of religion, one is convinced of having found the true way of life when they are actually perishing. So the devil will first trap you with religion but if you are really saved he brings in something else. Nonetheless, God loves us all no matter our state (1John 4:9) and reaches out to us wherever we are. When you become saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, that is when the real battle begins. The devil knows that he has lost you from his kingdom and will do anything possible to distract you from God. But thank God that He is forever more powerful than the devil and He protects us but we must be careful so as to live according to the Word of God. The devil will try to keep you away from praying and reading the Word of God, almost all Christians know this but we understand little of the true  reality of it. In such as case we start living a life of compromise due to the fact that we tend to "be" far from God. We end up being disobedient, unproductive etc.One thing we ought to know is that the act of placing one’s trust in Jesus Christ and also receiving His salvation does not guarantee consistent obedience to the Holy Spirit. Steadfast obedience is a result of a day-by-day submission to the will of God and for us to know His will, we need to read His Word and talk with Him (pray). We end up preaching other peoples’ messages and our Christianity starts depending on others Christians’ words, NO, Christianity is a personal life experience with God, I mean working out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Tim LaHaye in his book entitled “Revelation” says “One of the reasons for so much sterility and stagnation in the Church of Jesus Christ today is that in spite of all the translations and vernacular writings available, God’s people are not ”digesting the word of God “. If they read, they have a tendency to read more about what men have said concerning the Word of God than to read the Word of God itself”.Yah, I agree and that is the reason why we just want to read the most common scriptures instead of asking God to lead us in absolute truth.
  I would love to encourage someone there to examine what people say using the Word and not just accept all what is said from the pulpit or wherever. Read the Word of God yourself if you rarely or don’t read at all. God won’t deny you if you really want to be closer to Him (Psalms 51:17).
  Keep smiling and may the light and the glory of Jesus Christ shine on you always.