Being, Not Merely Calling

In Matthew 7:15, fake Christians are said to come “in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Hence, the warning of Jesus in verse 21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

God repeatedly warns every professing believer of Jesus to be very careful in making sure that their professed faith is authentic inside and out, objectively and personally. He even shares in verse 23 what He will say to fake Christians when He meets them face to face in judgment: “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”


Can I Call Myself A Christian But Not Make Disciples?

To go and make disciples of all nations, as told in Matthew 28:18-20, is not a Christian regulation we can either follow or neglect whenever we want to or feel like it. To go and make disciples of all nations is a non-negotiable duty given by the Lord Jesus Himself to those who profess to believe in Him.

But how come many professing believers of Jesus still do not make disciples? How come many Christians remain comfortable being churchgoers instead of disciple-makers? How come many Christians have heard about this but only a few respond to it? Why does it seem like Christ’s Great Commission is an optional mission for many?

Can I Call Myself A Christian But Not Go To Church?

Imagine that you are an eye. No matter how beautiful your shape is or how mesmerizing your color is, if you are not connected to the body, alone perhaps on the floor, you will look creepy. You will be of no use and eventually die a natural death.

This goes the same to a Christian. No matter how seemingly strong a faith of a Christian is, if he is not connected to the body, which is the church, alone perhaps on his own, he will look isolated. He will be of no use and eventually dry up (or worse, die) spiritually.

Can I Call Myself A Christian But Not Read The Bible Everyday?

Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Many Christians today are like Martha. They know what to do to please God (e.g., make an effort to show up for fellowship, serve others, rush to share the gospel to people, sing songs of praise and worship, etc.). But they neglect what truly matters above all the doing – that is, being with Jesus Himself.

Can I Call Myself A Christian But Not Be Sure of Eternal Life?

Imagine a man who just paid all his credit card debts. If you ask him, “How do you know for sure that your bills have been paid and that you have no remaining debts anymore?” He won’t respond to you with a “Because I feel so.” or “Because I think so.” Instead, he will take out the receipt and show it to you saying, “Here is the proof.”

The payment made, as stated in the official receipt, assures the man that his bills and debts have been paid.