The Bible speaks of two kinds of Christians: the Shams and the Sinceres (Matthew 7:15,21). The Shams profess Christ while the Sinceres possess Christ. The Shams know, by intellect and emotions, the facts of the gospel while the Sinceres live it out. The Shams talk about how they are Christians while the Sinceres walk the way Jesus did.
Both call themselves Christians but one of them is a hypocrite (Matthew 23).
Many people today claim and call themselves Christians because they either know Jesus, have been brought up to a religion or tradition that acknowledges Him, have been associated with or tenured in a church or simply because they sing worship songs, post Bible verses online and have prayed to God before.
Many people today claim and call themselves Christians but have never been sure of their eternal life, have never surrendered to the Lordship of Christ, and have never experienced transformations in their characters and lives.
This is not a Christian-condemning blog series. Instead, this aims to give room for a sincere heart-check amongst professing believers of Jesus.
This is also not a religious blog series that will convince you to convert to philosophies that teach righteousness by works or good morals. Can I Call Myself A Christian? shares the marks of a true believer of Jesus, and how it is aligned to a genuine and personal relationship with God.
I hope that the five short articles of this series will also encourage you in Christ.