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How Can You Identify True Christians?

The most outstanding mark is that they hav real love among themselves(john 13: 34,34)

They do not share in wars.They treat one another as brothers and sisters.(1 john 4:20, 21)

Another mark is that they hav deep respect for the bible.They accept it as d word of God and believe in whatever it says.(2 timothy 3:16, 17)

True christians must also honor God's Name.(Matthew 6:9)

Jesus made God's name known to others.True christians must do the same.(john 17:6, 26; Romans 10:13, 14)who are the people in your community that tell others about God's name?

True christians must preach about God's kingdom,Jesus did so.(Luke 8:1)he commanded his disciples to do the same in all the earth.(Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20)

True christians believe that only God's kingdom will bring true peace and security to this "earth" - (psalm 146:3-5)

Jesus disciples must be no part of this wicked world.(John 17:16)they do not get involved in the world's political affairs.They avoid d harmful conduct,practices,and attitudes that are common in the world.(James 1:27; 4:4),

Can u identify a religious group in your community that has these marks of true Christianity?

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The mark of a true Christian is that they turn from their sins and aknowlege Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior.

Good deeds don't get you into heaven, neither does a church or denomination or religion. You can only be Saved through what Jesus Christ (the Lord) already did for you on the cross to pay for your sins.

As far as Christians being involved in war, we certainly DO need to be engauged in war if it is for a just cause such as defending our country or another country or people are being oppressed.

There are no "mistakes" in the bible. There may be translation errors, but the original texts are perfect.

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It was not a flag, it was a god.

The flag is not a god.

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How about the whole idea that 'by their fruits ye shall know them'. Afterall this is the criteria that Jesus himself laid down for christians. Good tree can not bear evil fruit and vice versa. Judging by this criteria I maintain the opinion that I have yet to meet a christian in spite of the clamour of claims.

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Jesus Christ put it in one word, and that is love.  This is the agape type of love.  "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."  1John 4:7 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20jn%204:1-21;&version=9;

Walking is this type of love makes us to keep the commandments of Christ which covers the love of God (1-4); the love of our neighbours (6-10) of the 10 commandments. Exodus 20:1-17; Matt.5:17-48

Jesus gave the proper interpretation of this type of love and this includes the love of our perceived enemies (those who persecute us) Matt.5:44- 48;

That husbands love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Eph.5:25, and wives submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. Eph.5:22.

Fake preachers and their followers find it impossible to imitate or counterfeit this kind of love.  This is how we can identify true Christians "by their fruit you shall know them."

This is why we must accept the love of God that was revealed to us in that God the Father sent God the Son into the world that we might live through Him as He has paid for our sins 1John4:9-10; John 3:16.

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the only way to know a true christain is that they dont pretend to be holy

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To identify a true Christian you have to know what a Christian is not, what it is and how to become one if you are not one already.  I believe that welborn and kimba have done justice to this question but I will like to make some contributions that will complement what has been said.  Read the following submission from a well written track.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-57459.0.html

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you are somehow right. if i don't agree with churches and priests, how can i know what a christian is? sure. i'm not a christian. i don't know what a christian is supposed to be like. i just believe in god. what god? read your big book, maybe it will tell you how many gods there are. also i see no topic here. u wanna be a true christian, read the book. anything else is beleiving. you are good, you believe. by the way, i am 100 % original. i don't share other people ideas with you. that would be boring for me and for you. u were right anyway. i don't belong in this topic. don't have a clue what being a good christian means. thanks for sharing your opinion with me.

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dracosh,

First you attempted to define who a true christian is based on your fallible reckoning; now you're attempting to cook up an argument on 'a book full of mistakes.' My dear, just don't even try to confuse yourself any further. Did you read and understand the topic or you need some schooling about it? Anyone could believe in 'god' without necessarily being a Christian. As you can see, this is about identifying who a true Christian is. If you're seeking an argument based on that weathered and worn topic ferreted from skeptic/agnostic/atheistic websites, don't bother - kindly open a new thread and post all the trash you want and I'll meet you there. You could also state your own ideas about the 'god' you believe in.

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Fascinating. Then what is the meaning of these scriptures:

The Church:

Matt. 16:18 - "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (This is Jesus speaking).

Act 2:47 - "Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

Eph 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it"

Priesthood of Believers:

1 Pet. 2:5 - "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."

1 Pet. 2:9 - "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light"

Rev. 1:6 - "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

You may not believe in the church or the priesthood of believers. As long as these matters are in the Bible, I will not let anyone's unbelief cheat me out of them. God called believers into the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ - and that fellowship is expressed when we meet in Jesus' name: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt.18:20).

The mark of true discipleship is obedience to ALL that Jesus taught, and that includes matters of the church and the priesthood of believers: "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matt. 28:20).

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why do u believe that jesus established the church? men and priests did. i do not believe in churches and priests, but i do believe in god.

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dracosh, could you please reference your statements with the Scriptures. If the church is not necessary, why did Jesus establish it?

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a true christian is the christian who believes in god only within himself. u don't have to go to church or pray to be a christian. if u believe in god within yourself i reckon you are a true christian.

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one who speaks the truth in love at all times.

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omoge02863, wait a minute: does it mean you can't tell whether or not you're a Christian? And if you can't tell who you are, does that apply to everyone else? What scriptures back up your 'option'? It doesn't matter how YOU interpret the Bible; just give us your own verses as others have done and then we'll be able to locate you.

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Is it that difficult for you to understand or you're now asking for an endless argument? Let me remind you of what I said:

". . . what I'd like you to see is that the word of God settles a question for me - does it settle questions for you as well?"

You tell me what you're basing your salvation on, and then I could make out just what your problem is.

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omoge02863,

I didn't use the word 'argument' to mean that you're looking for a quarrel. It's simple: as long as you keep feeling this way or that, having this, that or the other option or opinion, there'll be no end in sight to all the hoo-ha anyone posts here. It's true that people interpret certain texts of the Bible differently from others; but what I'd like you to see is that the word of God settles a question for me - does it settle questions for you as well?

The point is, the clear statements of the Bible show me that it IS possible to identify a true Christian - and I've given some references to back up my reasoning. If you disagree, wouldn't it be just nice for you to quote me at least two or three scriptures for your arguments (options/opinions) in fair exchange? I respect your options/opinions; but is that what you desire me to base my contributions on - your opinions, rather than the solid word of God?

It's alright to stay with your answer; and so it is for everyone who sees something to share from the Bible.

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A true Christan dose not draw attention to himself and stouts out loud "see me am a christan.

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omoge02863,

Being a Christian and identifying as one has very little to do with feelings - it does not matter how you feel about people. The Word of God shows how to know true Christians from false professors, and if you can't agree with what the Bible says, your argument will be endless. One thing I know is that Jesus said a person is known by his/her fruits. Fact is, it is possible to tell a true Christian from a fake.

kimba, thank you for your simple and straight forward answers - I couldn't have put it any simpler.

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how I can identify true Christians?

the truth is there are a whole lot of "fake Christians", but there are a whole lot of "True ones" too. And i disagree with

@omoge02863

Sorry, a True Christian can be identified. Just as I can identify a sinner, an unbeliever, a mad man, and a sane person, I can identify a CHristian. If only God can Identify True Christians? then i bet you think all the people in the world are Christians, or rather of another religion.

Remember, CHrists disciples were called Christians, first at Antioch. This is because people who had seen Jesus, and now seeing His disciples, they observed that these disciples lived(behaved, talked, thought, taught, walked, reasoned, did everything) just like Jesus would have done it. This is the reason why they were called Christians.

Today, the name 'Chrisitian' has descended down the lines, however, every tom, dick and harry today is a Christian, which makes the story worse. The armed robber on the street claims to be a Christian, and is it not so easy, to say Halleluyah isnt so difficult. Even the pastor that is committing fornication and adultery, and is having extra marital affairs is a Christian, is He not. Who are you to tell Him he is not a Christian?The mistake most people make is that once someone begins to use Christian terminology, such a person is living in the highest heavens, no thats not the case.

Let me give you an example of myself:

I am a Christian, a genuine Child of God! I praise God I can make such a confession. I have read,and still read my Bible. I know what God expects from me as His CHild, as a believer, and as a Christian, and these are clearly outlined in My B-I-B-L-E. Now, regardless of how many Bibles i see someone carrying, even if he/she carries such on the head, regardless of what he/she says, if and when I begin to observe things about/in such a one's life/attitude that do not conform to what I read in the Bible, and what ive been taught as a Child of God, i would begin to have second thoughts about such persons profession of the Christian Faith.

See, Its so easy to say "i am a christian, and to put it down on paper", but what many people forget is living the life of Christ itself, this is the most important, yet thats where many miss it.

Also, the Bible also tells us, that the Spirit bears witness within us that we are Children of God. You know what, if you are a True CHild of God, if you come across someone(a total stranger you never knew before) and such a person happens to be a true Child of God too, a genuine Christian in the heart, just like you are, you will feel something steering within you, the Spirit of God witnessing to you as a person, that the person you are beholding(looking at, talking to, or just an aquaintance for example) is a Child of God too, and O what joy, when Gods children meet.

So what i suggest, work on yourself, your faith, your belief in God, your trust, your obedience to His Word, your consecration, and when you meet the next True Christian, you will know. There'll be the Spirit's witness within you, and you wont miss it.

On the other hand, if you as a CHild of God meets someone inhabited by the devil, a hard-core sinner, a lying saint, there will be also a Spirit's witness within you that regardless of what such a person confesses(that he/she loves you, is a Child of God, is a Pastor etc.,) something will ring deep within your heart, "this one is not a Christian".

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Character. Action, they say speaks louder than words.

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sorry Seun 4 the double post , my computer messed up

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Thats the dirty mind.Why should it have someting to do with sex to make a member go and why is a going member a sinner.

Its clear to me no one will knock on the door of the "sex immoral man.

not because he left but because he got kicked out.

If one ones to go because thy are fed up i pity the person because you will be sending people there.

and they are spys when they knock on your door and you talk to them they write down everything you said.

If they go to party and someone sees them , they will run and report.

just likethe stasis

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Any member that leaves or wants to,its for a reason.May be because of sexual immorality or something of its kind.No body will come and terrorise him or her.No body will force u to worship God.

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Don't mix up the old testament with the new one.

Did Jesus not come with a new preaching a preaching of god a loving God.

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Well,thats ur opinion. Hav u tried askin any of them about these allegetions? D point is this. They are not spys,.Wen shedrak,meshak and Abednigo refused to bow down to Nebudcadnizer's "flag" was God angry or happy wit them?

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By their FRUIT you shall know them.

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I mean they are spys, a sect,that go terrorizing people.

A member that wants to leave them runs into problems, they come bombading his house and threaten him. The also terrorize small children telling them God will punish them badly.

God is a loving god and not a god that is on the look out for kids that misbehave.

Jesus said give the state what belongs to the state and to god what belongs to god.

So when your country is playing football and they sing the national anthem stand up and support your country and give your state its dues.

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Intolerant? U must hav an xplanation

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The only people that ring my bell are Jehovah witness

and i don't like them.

They are very intolerant.

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2 my definition of true christians

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To what Christians? or so called Christians?

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Do u have an objection?

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Only hypocrites.

They shout god, god the loudest.

They carry their bible for every one to see and think they are Good

You will know a true Christin when you see one . alone from what he dose how he speaks . and not what he says.

Those people that ring my bell Early in the morning are not true Christians, they are pretenders that are afraid to go to hell.

And only think of what to do so that they can go to heaven.

They should just think good . And not how can one think good.

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