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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Jun 27, 2013.
Are you follower or fan of Jesus Christ?
I'd say I'm more of a follower. Not that I always follow Him as closely as I should.
To say that I'm merely a fan of Jesus, IMHO, sort of "cheapens" the relationship that we have with one another.
IOW, it's like saying, "I'm a fan of ..... [insert any sports team]." That doesn't mean you have a personal relationship with them.
"Fan" is abbreviation of "fanatic". I see myself as a follower of Christ, but guaranteed that the world around me thinks I'm a "freak".
Christianity is not a spectator sport for sure.
No its not Bob...no its not!:thumbs:
part II, can we be a partial follower? or is it all or nothing.
I remember a song - 99 1/2% wont do,....
Of course, God's grace is what make me His child. His eternal love lavished on me.
My physical body, desires, mind, will, et al are not regenerated (YET!!). My eternal soul is. So if/when I fail and do not follow His Word or sin or such, I guess I would be a 99%. Does that make me LESS saved or UN saved? Of course not.
Does that give me an excuse/cop out to sin more? God forbid.
The Greek translated "follower" is Μιμηταί from which we get "mimic"
Read Kyle Idleman's book about about 2 years ago or so... Great read! If you haven't read "Not A Fan"... I would encourage you to do so. There was an accompanying movie and study guide IIRC.
In light of the question posed... I am NOT a fan, I am a follower. I would add, as Dr. Bob did, that I am a "freak" as well. And I fully embrace the DC Talk origins of that nomenclature.
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Nor any other secular activity that draws crowds of "fans" in worship of what that activity entails. Whether the lastest electronic gadget going on sale at 12:01 AM, political candidates/leaders, or the next media "superstar", for example.
See myself as a follower, too.
Sadly, are certainly more "fans" than "followers" in most local churches.