Dr. Vernon Grounds said,“I’m not a Christian because I happened to be born in a so-called Christian country. I’m not a Christian because my parents, when I was a child, may have carried me into a church where I was baptized. I’m not a Christian because now on occasion I will attend a religious service in some church that is supposedly, nominally, and maybe truly Christian. No, I’m a Christian because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.” How do people use the label “Christian” in regard to national identity, baptism status, and church attendance?

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      Merle
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      Yes, I do believe People use the label “Christian” in regards to national identity, for a person being born in a country where the Christian faith is hightly respected does not make them a Christian no more than being baptised because of their parent’s baptism status, neither will attending church daily will make one a Christian or even claiming to know Jesus Christ, because Christians are judged by their behaviour and not by their status.

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      Tiffany
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      I think people use the label “Christian” to give an overarching title to an unknown belief. I think it is a “safe” label sometimes, especially in a country where the predominant religion is Christianity. I also think that there are “rules” that someone follows in order to be called a Christian. They may believe that church attendance is what determines your beliefs, what you grew up in, if you’ve been baptized, etc. I think this label has been overused, and does not always mean that the person they are talking about (or even themselves) have actually accepted Jesus as their Savior.

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      Frank
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      Christianity is not based on religion names, attending the church service, but the a relationship with Jesus through his birth, death and resurrection by faith, Paul said we’re not saved by our deeds but his grace when we believed him,Christian foundation is grace and faith and not our deeds and religious matters.

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      Isabelle
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      I think many people would agree that they identify as “Christian”. This usually means that they believe there is a God, they attend church, and generally try to be a good person. I think we’ve lost the understanding that to truly be saved as a Christian those things alone are not enough if you do not repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

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      James
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      I think many times the label “Christian” is used as a flippant identifier out of habit and upbringing, without acknowledging there must be a relationship with Christ. Many Americans would call themselves Christian, and they are not. They simply grew up under Judeo-Christian values, or in a home with parents who claimed Christianity.

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      Kevin Menear
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      People often describe themselves as Christian because they are born in an area that is dominated by Christian culture, or if they were baptised, or if they attend church. Yet, the only true admittance to the body of Christ is through a personal relationship with the risen Christ.

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      Janelli
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      People label themselves as Christian based on their circumstances, not because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

    • #95279434
      Robert
      Participant

      People use the label “Christian” in a variety of ways. In the United States, it is used to identify a group of people, in particular, Evangelicals who in many instances are linked to the republican party. Some use the term “Christian” to make a distinction between themselves and others. Some may not have Christ in their hearts, but because they attend a church or are a part of a Christian organization, they automatically use the term “Christian.”

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      Cindy
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      I think that often the term Christian is used to indicate that I am a good person. It can be used in a derogatory way as well referring to someone who seems to be a “goody goody” type of person – one who perhaps doesn’t drink, smoke, cuss, or do drugs.

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      Our Daily Bread
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