Many people or groups call themselves Christian. Some live on emotions void of any doctrine. Some say to just love others. Watch out for religious groups, including non-denominational ones, that call themselves Christian but have no written statement of beliefs. One should also not assume that people in a religious group not connected with any local church or denomination hold to a particular set of Christian beliefs, even those that refer to themselves as Christian. There are many misconceptions about what constitutes being a Christian. Some associate it with simply being religious or attending a church. Others think it is doing good works or living a moral life. Even some say they grew up in a Christian family so that makes them a Christian. There is also a lot of compromised belief giving sway to liberalism or political correctness. Being a true Christian all starts with biblical doctrine, which will carry over to how one lives his or her life. More importantly, it will ultimately determine one’s eternal destiny. Here are four basic teachings and beliefs, without which one is not a Christian. 1. The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God (II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20-21). 2. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from any works or keeping any form of law (Galatians 2:16 and 21). 3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God in human flesh who died on the cross for our sins and rose again bodily and physically (Matthew 16:16, Romans 10:9-10, and I Corinthians 15:14 and 17). 4. Jesus is the ONE and ONLY way of salvation (Acts 4:12).
If you question whether or not a person, church, or religious group of people are Christian just ask those four questions. That settles it!
The ABC’s of salvation are Accept that you are a sinner in need of God’s grace, Believe who Jesus is (point number 3 above), and Confess Jesus as your personal redeemer and Savior.