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Type of Christian

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by SaggyWoman, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

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    Your take on this, published at a Christianity Today Website:

    Active Christians 19%
    • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
    • Committed churchgoers
    • Bible readers
    • Accept leadership positions
    • Invest in personal faith development through the church
    • Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.
    Professing Christians 20%
    • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
    • Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
    • Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
    • Less involved in church, both attending and serving
    • Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith
    Liturgical Christians 16%
    • Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
    • Regular churchgoers <LI class=arttext>High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
    • Recognize authority of the church
    Private Christians 24%
    • Largest and youngest segment
    • Believe in God and doing good things
    • Own a Bible, but don't read it
    • Spiritual interest, but not within church context
    • Only about a third attend church at all
    • Almost none are church leaders
    Cultural Christians 21%
    • Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
    • God aware, but little personal involvement with God
    • Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
    • Affirm many ways to God
    • Favor universality theology
     
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    AAA New Member

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    This proves that there are a lot a false christians out there....

    Matt 7...
     
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    There shall be a great falling away.
     
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    That was more positive than I expected. Makes me wonder about the quality of the survey and analysis of the data. ;)
     
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    This is sad...how can so many consider themselves Christians without feeling a need for Christ? :praying:
     
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    So it looks like the US is NOT really a christian nation, merely a nation primarily composed of false christians.
     
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    webdog Active Member
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    Can they honestly be called "Christian"? Some of the titles seem like oxymorons to me. What I get from that is 39% of "christians" are true Christ followers.
     
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    Gold Dragon Well-Known Member

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    The numbers sound about right.

    I believe a role of the church is to encourage cultural and private Christians to take the step to become professing Christians or active Christians. In some cases that would take the form of evangelism of folks who are actually non-Christians. In others it is discipleship of folks who are Christians.
     
  9. The Scribe

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    Christians only in name.

    They believe God will just forgive them without asking for repentance or changing their ways.

    They not only deceive everyone around them, they deceive themselves.

    We all follow the same God and must follow the same rules.

    Luke 6:46 (KJV)
    And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

    Matthew 7:21 (KJV)
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
     
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    ...

    I've been in 3 of those Christian groups at various times in my life -- active, professing (always), private (college, one or two periods of bitterness). I don't think those designations are exclusive enough.

    skypair
     
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