Are Any of Us "As Christian as We Would Like to Believe?"

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  1. righteousdude2

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    On another subject on this forum, the OP asked the question: "Is Governor Perry as good a Christian as he thinks he is?"

    The truth is, as poorly worded as this question may seem to be, the context of the question is excellent. In fact, maybe each of us should take this moment to honestly examine yourself; your witness; your walk; your talk; and your commitment to Him, while freely allowing the Holy Ghost to search your heart, spirit and soul to see: "If you are as good a Christian as you think and want others to believe (perceive)?"

    I would have to ask anyone on this board who thinks their witness, walk, or spiritual life is better than Perry's, or mine, or for that matter, any other brother or sister, to post their belief in the comment section below? :wavey:

    Personally, I cannot even come close to telling you that I'm a better Christian than Perry, or any of you on this forum. The reason is, only God knows the depth of my heart; my love; my commitment; my faith; my witness; my testimony; or my moral and spiritual balance and well being.

    The answer to this highly controversial question can only come from God! And truthfully, that is the way it was meant to be and should remain.

    I can say this because I honestly do not believe that any of us have been called to be anything more that a witness. None of us have been called to do anything beyond giving an honest and candid account (testimony) of what Jesus means to us and what He's done for us when we are called to the witness stand in the court of public opinion!

    So, the gauntlet stands: are you a better Christian than you think you are? :saint:

    My answer is: "That while I'm not where I want, or believe I should be (yet), I thank God, that I'm not where I was when Jesus came into my heart!" I am honestly a work in progress. A special project of the Holy Ghost. :godisgood:

    Shalom,

    Pastor Paul :type:
     
  2. Crabtownboy

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    Paul, I thought of he same question and the phrase that came to my mind was, "I'm not what I ought to be, but thank God I am not what I used to be."

    I heard this phrase years ago. I do not know where the thought originated, but I think it is a good one.

    Thanks for starting this thread.
     
  3. HAMel

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    To one, I am not much more than a common criminal robbing a bank at gun point.

    However, I do believe. I think the fact that I've accepted the Lord and believe in Him makes me a Christian. Not the Christian I should be perhaps but a Christian never-the-less. Hopefully the Lord hasn't quit working on me yet.
     
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    After thinking about the phrase in my earlier post I believe there was one more idea that I had forgotten. It is:

    "and with God's help I am not what I am going to be."
     
  5. Jon-Marc

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    I've known people who weren't as Christian as they pretended to be--if at all. I know that I am not what I should be and don't try to pretend to be. I KNOW I'm born again and have been since May 18, 1963, but I'm not active in a church and don't go around giving the gospel to others. People who know us personally can see through the pretense, although we might be able to fool ourselves and those who don't know us.
     
  6. righteousdude2

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    You are Welcome...

    I appreciate your candidness, and hope this thread reaches a multitude of members. We all need to check our inner self once in a while, so let this be one of those times to inner inspect!
     
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    So we're looking for that "real" Christian president?
     
  8. Alive in Christ

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    The scriptures tell us this...

    Positionally, at the moment of our new birth, we instantly become as "christian" as we will ever be. We have the rightiuousness of Christ forever imputed to us.

    Experientially however, we may, and surely will, have ups and downs, times of great faith, times of weak faith and failure, etc etc etc.
     
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