Good Morning June 23

I am concerned about using terms too casually, especially when it comes to our faith. Two that come to mind are “Christian”, and “Child of God”. I’ve mentioned before that a large percentage of people in the U.S. identify themselves as Christian. We are hearing that particularly in this current election cycle. To be Christian is not simply holding up a Bible or being a member of a particular denomination. It is believing in the divinity of Jesus Christ and confessing Him as Lord and Saviour of one’s life. From what I’ve heard about the expressions people make about their faith, this definition seems to decrease the number of Christians substantially. I am not, nor should I, judge anyone’s particular faith, but we must be clear, and hold to what being a Christian really means. The other one is Child of God. Many will say that we are all children of God, but this is not what Scripture teaches. We are certainly all ones created by God and made in His image. We are all loved equally by God, and ones for whom Christ died. But the Apostle John said, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name:”(John 1:12) There is a condition on being a child of God, believing on his name. I don’t mean to be exclusive in anything I write. God does not exclude anyone who wants to come to Him. He desires “all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”(I Tim.2:4) But we do need to be clear about the faith we profess. We do not live in an “all roads lead to the same God” world.