Originally by Ryanp5555
Okay, I'm gonna give this one more shot.
So, making a distinction between Christians and TRUE Christians must be stressed.
Jesus does not want Christians, non-christians, and antichristians to think that anyone CLAIMING to be a Christian is a Christian just because they
say they are a Christian.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND JESUS MOVES ME AND DESIRES FOR ME TO MAKE THE DISTINCTION!
Lukewarm "Christians" are NOT Christians to Jesus Christ!
It is clear we are talking about two different things, however, what we are really talking about is the definition of the word, which is unrelated to
what Jesus wants. Our source would not be the bible, but Websters dictionary. The fact that you admit that there is a distinction means that you
concede that you can be a christian, whether or not your a true christian.
You've admitted earlier that the word Christian was a term not developed by Christ but by people who wanted to label those who believed in Christ, so
on and so forth, and thus we have the label Christian for those who follow Christ. Do you think they would have called someone Christian who blindly
went to church and listened to their minister only, and claimed to believe in Christ? I do. And that isn't even the modern day perception. Again, the
label Christian is defined as anyone who follows Christ and his teachings. Whether or not they be true followers is immaterial. It matters to Christ,
but not to websters, which is what we are talking about. So just by thinking you are following Christs teachings you are Christian in the broadest
sense. No one is saying that you are going to heaven, but you are Christian. I agree that a true Christian is far different from a luke warm
christian, or even one who just applies the name liberally. However, that is irrelevant for our conversation.
Therefore, the word TRUE or TRUTH is irrelevant and we shouldn't waste our time defining for the arguments in this thread.
It was not me who brought up the definition of the word Christian and its meaning.
That was you in response to another post someone else had previously posted.
You confronted me that I should "put to rest" saying "TRUE Christian" rather than simply saying "Christian" because it is YOUR BELIEF that
anyone who calls themselves a Christian is still a Christian.
That may be what YOU believe, but it is not accurate.
Just because someone surnames themselves a Christian does NOT mean they are truly a real Christian.
For example: (and I do not like to do this...)
1. Jehovah Witnesses call themselves Christian, but they in the same breath deny that Jesus Christ is Jehovah. They changed John 1:1 in such a way
that they call Jesus "a god" rather than "God". The fact that they did this is evidence that they are not TRUE Christians.
2. Mormons also call themselves Christian, yet they too deny that Jesus is God Almighty. They, in fact, say Jesus is brother to satan, and that Jesus
is a type of angel. In so doing this they say Jesus is not God. By denying Jesus from being God Almighty they have mistakenly and wrongly called
themselves Christian. They therefore are not TRUE Christians.
There are many more examples, but there are just two of them.
I do not like to point out other denominations like that, but Christ moved me to do so because you think that anyone calling themselves a Christian is
still a Christian.
Many people say to Jesus, "LORD, LORD" or "lord, lord" and yet they deny that Jesus is God Almighty.
Instead, they make Jesus Christ out to be something and someone He is not.
By doing so they are showing that they are not a Christian at all.
Therefore, your definition of one calling oneself a Christian is not accurate.
Just because someone calls themselves a Christian does NOT make them a Christian in TRUTH.
You are either a TRUE Christian or not a Christian at all.
The antichrist will hate those who are TRUE Christians!