Are you re­li­gious or a Chris­tian?

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Are you a re­li­gious per­son or a Chris­tian?

You may ask, “Is there a dif­fer­ence?” And the an­swer is YES!

For ex­am­ple, a re­li­gious per­son gives more at­ten­tion to church than grow­ing in Christ. A re­li­gious per­son fo­cuses more on per­for­mance (good works), whereas a Chris­tian fo­cuses more on God’s grace.

A re­li­gious per­son speaks more from the mouth, while a Chris­tian re­al­izes what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart.

A re­li­gious per­son con­fuses good works as spir­i­tual fruit (while not ac­knowl­edg­ing the Holy Spirit), and the Chris­tian un­der­stands their des­per­ate need for a fresh and con­tin­ual fill­ing of the Holy Spirit to pro­duce spir­i­tual fruit. A re­li­gious per­son seeks to live a good and moral life.

A Chris­tian seeks to let Christ live through him and spread the gospel and God’s love to oth­ers. A re­li­gious per­son will quit the church when things don’t go his way.

The Chris­tian will run to Christ in times of dif­fi­culty. The re­li­gious per­son can be eas­ily up­rooted when the winds of life howl.

The Chris­tian is deeply rooted in Christ, trad­ing his own frail­ties and weak­ness for the strength and sta­bil­ity of Christ’s. The re­li­gious per­son is un­sta­ble and in­se­cure.

The Chris­tian has a sal­va­tion that is per­ma­nent and se­cure.

Is there a dif­fer­ence? I would say yes.

Which one are you? Which one do you want to be?

“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? (Ps 15:1) ff. “He who does th­ese things will never be shaken.” (Ps 15:5b)

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