Three Types of Christians (15 Sep 2019)

Time and again, we received sms, chat messages, greetings in the morning of the days, short encouragement stories, debate over bigger issues in life, etc, etc. Some attract no attention at all, others a glance perhaps and a few will be caught by our eyes for some attention. Below is one which caught my attention. May this be an attention for you too. Read on later!

Three Types of Christians in our churches
Notes:
*All three types of Christians exist in our churches, and all believe that they are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus.
*All three types believe that they are faithful to God and His Word.
*All three types try to live a good life that befits a Christian.

Type 1 – Biblical Christian
a.  Believed that he is saved by grace through faith – Eph 2:8,9
b.  By God’s grace, he lives out the obedient Christian life to be like Jesus.
c.  Understand the ‘flesh’ and depravity of man, when he sins, he repents, receives forgiveness from God, and lives the obedient life again.
d.  Continues to grow in Christian character through the inner transformation by the Holy Spirit.
e.  By God’s grace, he is faithful in personal discipleship as he walks with God.
f.  Is involved in the Great Commission to make disciples.
g.  Live a life of humility and good works to bring honor and glory to God.
h.  Live a life in accordance to the Word of God; no compromise-has ‘high view’ of Scriptures.

Type 2 – Liberal Christian
a.  Believed that he is saved by grace through faith-Eph 2:8,9
b.  By God’s grace, he lives out the obedient Christian life to be like Jesus.
c.  Understand the ‘flesh’ and sinfulness of man, sometimes when he sins, he blames the Enemy and his flesh without repenting and not seeking God’s forgiveness and cleansing.
d.  Continues to attain Christian character traits.
e.  By God’s grace, he may be faithful in personal discipleship as he walks with God.
f.  Involved in the Great Commission to make disciples.
g.  Proud of his good works to bring honor and glory to God – but enjoys the recognition.
h.  Live a life in accordance to the Word of God but make excuses for certain portions of Scriptures – has ‘low view’ of Scriptures.

Type 3 – Nominal Christian
a.  Believed that he is saved by grace through faith – Eph 2:8,9
b.  By God’s grace, he tries to live out the obedient Christian life in his own way.
c.  Don’t understand the ‘flesh’ and depravity of man, when he sins, he blames the Enemy and his flesh without repenting and do not see the need to seek God’s forgiveness and cleansing.
d.  Does not care too much about his character traits.
e.  By God’s grace, he is living out his Christian life as he knows how.
f.  Is NOT involved in the Great Commission to make disciples.
g.  Proud of his good works to bring honor and glory to God – self-seeking righteousness.
h.  Live his life independent of God’s Word and make excuses for certain portions of Scriptures – has ‘very low view’ of Scriptures.

 

Elder Andrew Lim