There are many opinions about who is a Christian, but what does God himself say about the issue?
When we are talking about becoming a Christian or being a Christian, we must not leave the Holy Spirit out of the discussion. In his gospel, the Apostle John speaks of the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation from the very beginning of the discussion.
In plain language, a profession of faith that is not supported by the practical application of that faith is not a profession of faith at all and is useless for purposes of salvation.
Just who is a Christian? Is there a litmus test we might use to determine whether a person is truly a child of God?
A Christian is a person who confesses Christ as Lord and believes in the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
One of the questions the evangelical church must be able to answer with strong conviction and with strong biblical support is “Who Is a Christian?”
Where there is no obedience to the commands of Christ – no life-application of the truths taught by the word of God – then there never was a salvation experience. This takes us to the very core of why there is a plan of redemption in the first place. God is perfect and complete in every way. He needs nothing from us. In fact, He doesn’t even need us.