Yes it is! The name “Christian” is just a title. In a non-religious sense, “Club Member” is just a title but not every Club Member fully participates in the Club. The same could be said with the title “Believer”, in that the level of belief can vary from person to person.
However, it is only the Lord Jesus Christ who truly knows which person will enter heaven.
All Mike Hill can do is observe a persons behaviour and offer helpful advice and teaching according to the Holy Spirit’s directing.
One BIG problem today is the title “Church”. In the early days it was a “Spiritual” description. A group of people who were born again into the kingdom of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today it’s the description of a group of people who are part of a Christian Denomination. Spiritual conversion is not required, just knowledge and belief in that knowledge. Thus we find some of the most evilest people calling themselves “Christian”.
Here we have the Apostle Paul writing to a group of spiritually converted people who were acting “Worldly”. Paul would not be saying these things to a modern church of unsaved people. He would be teaching the Gospel of Jesus to them.
1 Corinthians 3: 1-23 (NIV Bible)
The Church and Its Leaders
3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” [Job 5:13]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” [Psalm 94:11] 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas [That is, Peter] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
If you are not born again of the spirit of God then you will probably not understand what Paul was saying. So who is a born again person?
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
Verse 23 describes “Disciples of Jesus”, those who are born again of the Spirit of God and are living proof that the Lord Jesus Christ is true.
That is why they are hated so much by the “Christians” who are not born again of the Spirit of God, but are as described in verse 24. Those people who though taking the religious title of “Christian” do not love the Lord Jesus and show it by disobeying his teachings. Thus they do not have the Lord Jesus and his Father making their home with them. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, but are worldly (concerned with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence).
Bible knowledge is not enough you have to be spiritually reborn
When you look at the crimes of certain Christians, now and back through history, they all had one thing in common…. They claimed to believe in the Holy Bible.
I published my Testimony of living with the Lord Jesus, John 14:23, in 1998 and have updated it up till 2013. Not one “Christian” has sat with me to discuss it. Not one! I spoke my Testimony from 1977 till the published version and after I spoke it, the Christians stopped talking to me.
So why is that?
My testimony says, born again in 1977. Yet I saw the Lord Jesus in 1948 and was guided by the Holy Spirit in 1957 and at other times. Experience! I had spiritual experience.
I have been teaching Christians for 38 years that if they don’t have Jesus and his Father living with them, John 14:23, they are not saved. It would appear that Christian Church Leaders don’t want me to teach that in their churches. At least they never ask me to.
Christians are glad you have Bible knowledge and belong to a church. Far less glad if you have proven spiritual experience. Brain before Spirituality?
Saul, who after being born again of the spirit of God became known as Paul because true believers were scared of Saul, was a Pharisee of Pharisees (Religious Jews). He knew all the Scriptures off by heart. YET, he persecuted the Lord Jesus Christ.
The true test of salvation is how you treat God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, True Disciples, your Neighbour & the Devil.
The Holy Spirit shows me I am wrong and I break down and apologise then put it right. I don’t run and hide inside a Religious Christian Denomination.
Far too many Christians do not act or speak according to the Lord’s teaching in John 14:23. They act worldly.
Before you believe a Christian, check that what they are saying is in accordance with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. To be able to do that, you need to learn them yourself, remembering that you have the Holy Spirit’s help – that is if you are born again your self.
I went to Bible College after I started doing signs and wonders and was facing homelessness. I was rescued by Brash Bonsall then founder and principle of Birmingham Bible Institute.
Since 1977 the Lord Jesus has been using me in spiritual ways to do good and witness for him. I didn’t have to study how to do it, I studied to understand why I was doing it.
The Lord Jesus Christ gives me a command. I respond by saying, “Sure, but let me study up on the subject first.” I don’t think so! If he thinks I can do it, I do it. Though it’s quite possible that his command is to study and prepare yourself.
Many Christians are glad you have Bible knowledge. But are far less glad if you have proven spiritual experience. Brain before Spirituality?
It’s important to know that I have not only been saved by my Lord Jesus, I have also been bought by him. He has 1st claim on me and my time. John 14.
Here is an extract from my testimony.
God Knows the Future
The Rev. Ken Newton from Australia was to be a blessing to me for a second time with an unexpected message. In the years since, I have seen how marvellously God has worked through him!
His help this time came during a lesson when he called me and my wife out to the front and gave us a message that is hard to believe: God had given him a picture of my wife and I bound together with elastic bands. These were because we would become separated, but the bands would stretch and not allow us to be parted. Then the bands would bring us back together again. I was to give God first claim on my time – to be obedient – to allow Jesus complete ownership of me – to widen my vision of ourselves, which was too narrow – I was to use my Gifts – Then God would raise us up nearer to Him. He placed his hand on my shoulder and I fell to the floor.
As I made my way back to my seat, I was staggering as if drunk.
Today we are near to seeing this prophecy fulfilled and we certainly need to pray for those who encouraged her to divorce herself from the family, for in many cases they did not know what they were doing, not that that excuses them. She once shared with me her regret at taking their advice. If only those Charismatic Evangelical Counsellors and others could realise the damage they have done and the financial cost to us as an innocent family through their gossip and false ministry. Still, we all have to learn and often by our mistakes.
Here is some useful material to help you.
Webpage The Lords Commands
Webpage The Lords Promises
Webpage The Lords Judgement
Audio for those who don’t use Podcasts My Thoughts
Audio My Latest Podcast