Authentic Christianity

Is your Christianity authentic? Is the expression of Christianity we see in America authentic? Is TV Christianity authentic? What is authentic Christianity? What do you think?

I would love to hear your thoughts as to what constitutes authentic Christianity. What do you see as the essential beliefs and practices? Where have we gone wrong? (If we have gone wrong.) Let me know what you think. We will deal with this topic in EXP throughout February and March.

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5 Responses to Authentic Christianity

  1. Joni Jones says:

    Authentic Christianity is not fire insurance. So many people here in the Panhandle claim to be Christians and say they are going to Heaven when they die because they prayed a prayer to receive Christ. Sadly, their lives are no different than their unsaved neighbors who make no claim to be Christian.
    I recently heard a pastor say that Jesus didn’t come to save us from hell. He came to save us from the power of sin. Christianity is not about death; it is about abundant eternal life.
    Christianity is about being a disciple of our rabbi Jesus Christ – following Him in obedience wherever He takes us and becoming more like Him every day. Since He is not here physically on earth, we must be students of the written Word of God which teaches us about Jesus, the Word in flesh. How else will we know what He wants us to do and what He wants us to become? We also have to learn to follow the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit.
    The word “Christian” means “little Christ”. So, if my life doesn’t look anything like Jesus’ life, can I truly say I am a Christian? Hmmm…

  2. Well…I think Joni covered it pretty well! Knowing Christ, personally, and merely professing ‘christianity’ are two very different things. True Christ-likeness bears fruits from the heart of God. Mere ‘christianity’ continues to be fruitless. And I am the worst of the worst. But, at least I know it…and I am loosing more of ‘me’ daily.

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  3. uccoalition says:

    Sadly I would say that we are far from Authentic Christianity. Of course to say this you would have to be comparing it to something, and I would say that compared to the early church and what God reveals through his Word we are lacking. It is one thing to say your a Christian and another to be one. Please see my Post I talk about these issues more deeply and would love to hear your feedback. http://unitedchristiancoalition.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/1st-installment-is-why-the-lost-series/

  4. Tony says:

    Great blog, and great comments on this important discussion. Couldn’t agree more that professing to be a Christian has nothing to do with actually being a Christian. If we truly accept Christ in our hearts, with complete sincerity, then our fruit will resemble it. If we don’t do that, we are merely paying lip service. Many will say “Lord, Lord,” but, as Christ said, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

    In Christ,
    TJB

  5. hisfool says:

    You want to be a Christian? Easy, follow Christ and do His will. How do we do that? Simple, follow the law of Love. That easy, and yeah, that hard. When asked the greatest commandment, Jesus said: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'” John tells us that God is Love, that Love is of God, and that if we abide in love we will abide in God and He will abide in us.

    Yes, we need to confess Jesus is Lord, Yes, we need to rely upon His Grace, and the salvation He purchased with His Blood, but then we need to follow Him, working out our sanctification with fear and trembling was we walk with Him on the way of love.

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