Are you a player or a pretender?

Many people in Australia identify themselves as Christians.

Many people in Australia also like to follow football.

If you are going to call yourself a footballer, BUT

  • you don’t know the rules of football
  • you don’t sacrifice your own time to do the things footballers do
  • you don’t go to weekly training sessions
  • you don’t have the boots and gear for playing football
  • you don’t turn up to play football each weekend with the team
  • you don’t work as a team on the field
  • you don’t listen to your coach and captain

then you are not a footballer.

 

If you are going to call yourself a Christian BUT

  • you don’t read the Bible
  • you don’t know what Jesus Christ actually taught in the Bible
  • you don’t sacrifice your own time to do the things Christ wants you to do
  • you don’t try to live by the teachings of Jesus Christ
  • you don’t meet regularly with Christians to encourage each other in your faith
  • you don’t talk to God or listen to him when he tells you how to play the “Christian’ game
  • more importantly, if you have not actually and specifically decided to stop living a life that is not pleasing to God
  • and if you have not accepted God’s offer of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • and if you do not have the Holy Spirit living in you (Romans 8:9)

then you are not a Christian.

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