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Based on your last comment, what would you consider a Genuine Christian? Would you say it is one that strives day in and day out to go deeper in God and live a lifestyle around the sermon on the mount? Or one that goes to church on suday mornings but does not open the Word or pray throughout the week?
You can come at that answer from a variety of directions. For me, it’s got to involve recognizing who Creator God is and wanting to live my life in a way that gives him the respect he deserves. It includes realizing that I’m broken and life doesn’t work apart from the healing God offers in Christ. It involves trusting him enough to take the risk of living life his way instead of my own. It involves obeying and enduring — swimming upstream when all the other fish are going with the flow.
I am not looking to challenge you or even enter into an argument over the issue of salvation. I am just kind of musing and wanting to know your thoughts as you read mine.
Yeah. Good thoughts. I do think that loss of salvation could better be defined as someone that has rejected God and His ways after saying Yes to Him. The falling away at he end of the age defines this well (2 thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1). I believe there will always be a partnership element here on earth. This does not save us, but if we will not continually say yes to Him, then how, and more importantly why, would He give us Grace, and salvation when we are choosing darkness over the light. There is s difference between inmaturity and compromise. If we say no to growth, then is that following and knowing our shepherd? I think a “Genuine Christian” matures and becomes mighter in the Lord over the years. “A tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matt. 7:15-20). It is not that the Cross is not good enough. He offers His blood to those who not only accept it, but to those who say yes to carry their own cross (i.e. be like Him). It is not a one time acceptence, it is a lifeling journey. Jesus is not an insurance policy.
That, in a nutshell, is kind of my mentanlity on salvation. I am interested to hear your thouhts on it. I enjoyed reading your post on it and think you have a lot to add to my thoughts and ideas. So I am look forward to hear what you have to say.
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