Frequently Asked Questions
Millions today profess to be "Christians." How can we know who is a Real Christian and who is not?
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ defined real Christianity. He pointed out certain characteristics that would identify His true followers. He said a Real Christian would be hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). That righteousness is defined as the keeping of God's commandments and the True Word of His Gospels. (Psalm 119:172).
One who hungers and thirsts for righteousness is deeply motivated to keep God's laws, which He gave us in loving concern for our own good. Those who are truly hungering and thirsting for righteousness will be studying God's Word for true understanding. They will be willing to change when and where they see they have been wrong-admitting their false beliefs, their mistakes and their sins.
The Apostle Paul explained that the doers of God's Laws and the True Word of His Gospels - and not those who only hear-are justified before God (Romans 2:13). Paul showed that faith in Christ's sacrifice brings unmerited pardon of sins, by God's grace, and that those receiving His grace will keep His laws and the Word of His Gospels (Romans 3:31) through Christ in them (Romans 6:1-23).
Jesus said that not all who acknowledge Him as "Lord" would enter the Kingdom of God, but only those intent on doing the will of His Father (Matthew 7:21). Paul said obedience to God is of utmost importance (1 Corinthians 7:19).
In order to enter God's Kingdom, doing is required-not just professing that Christ is our Savior. God is also concerned about our spiritual "works" after baptism. Christ has not "done it all for us," as so many professing Christians falsely assume.
We must understand that no amount of commandment-keeping can "earn" us eternal life in God's Kingdom! This is a free gift of God. Yet the One who created us has a right to lay down certain conditions (Matthew 19:16-20; Acts 2:38; 5:32) for receiving that supreme gift. God wants to see if we are willing to abide by His conditions throughout our lives. He does not want any rebels in His family!
A Real Christian strives to follow Christ by conforming to and committing to His example and walking with Him (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:5-6). To "walk with God" means to "keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight" (1 John 3:22).
But notice what the Apostle John calls the person who claims to "know" Christ, but will not walk in His ways-who lives in rebellion and disobedience, who refuses to keep His commandments, who refuses to keep the Word of His Gospels. "He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4). The Real Christian will be keeping God's commandments and following the True Word of God's Gospels!
True Christians are to be examples to those they meet (Matthew 5:14-16). Men and women of the True God, who have the True Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God's truth and a Spiritually abundant way of life, have a responsibility to be "lights" in the world. God's true people will be exhibiting the "fruit"-the characteristics-of God's Holy Spirit in their daily lives (Galatians 5:22-23).
A Real Christian has been conquered by God. His carnal, materialistic, self gratifying, antagonistic, rebellious, disobedient attitude toward God (Romans 8:6-8) has been broken. He has come to realize that he has sinned against God, having broken His holy law (1 John 3:4). He has cried out to God and asked His forgiveness of those sins through the sacrifice of Christ, and for a lifting of the death penalty which every sin incurs (Romans 6:23). Then he has obeyed the command to be baptized with a Biblical, Adult, Full immersion water Baptism (Acts 2:38), indicating to God his deep desire to live by every word of God for the rest of his life.
As a result of his repentance, baptism (Acts 2:38) (completely immersed in water) and the laying on of hands of one of God's True Ministers (Acts 8:17; 19:6), he has received the True Holy Spirit of the Father and become a True Holy Spirit-begotten child of God.
One who has not received the True Holy Spirit is not a Real Christian (Romans 8:9-10; Galatians 2:20).
A Real Christian is striving, with the help of God's True Holy Spirit, to live by his Savior's teachings. He is seeking to do God's will in every aspect of his life. He has seperated himself from the World and the World's business. He has turned his life over to God and is now diligently being about God's Business, taking God's End Time message to the Lost of The World and he is experiencing the happiness and receiving the Spiritual blessings and Eternal Life that comes as a result of obeying our Creator!
Mt:24:14: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Jesus' Final Instructions to all the True Born Again Spirit filled Christians:
Mt:28:19-20: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Will there be very many people saved?
"Many are called, but FEW are chosen" (Mt:22:14)
In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 13:23-28), one of the Apostles asked Jesus this very same question "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved?" , Jesus Christ defined those that would be saved and those that would not.. He pointed out certain characteristics of the "Very Few" the "Little Flock" that would be saved and the "Great Multitiude" or "The Many, The Majority" who would NOT BE SAVED or enter into The Kingdom of God:
"Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." (Luke 13:23-28)
For the "Very Few" that "Little Flock" that would be saved, Jesus Said, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate" Here Jesus echos the reply he gave in Matthew Chapter 7:13-14: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and VERY FEW there be that find it."
"Fear not, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Lk:12:32)
"Very Few" would actually " Strive to enter in at the strait gate"
"VERY FEW" would:
Have a True and Genuine Faith.
Have a True and Genuine Repentance.
Have a True and Genuine Biblical Baptism.
Have a Genuine infilling of the True Holy Spirit.
Have a True and Genuine Walk with The Lord.
Walk in the Spirit and Obey the Prompting of The Holy Spirit
"Very Few" would actually " Strive to enter in at the strait gate" by genuinely repenting of their sins, by having a true and genuine faith, by having a true and genuine Biblical full immersion water Baptism, as to be able to receive the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Gift Of the True Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-39) "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and VERY FEW there be that find it."
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!