ARE YOU A CULTURAL CHRISTIAN OR A BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN?
Are you a cultural Christian or a biblical Christian? (Lightstock)
Cultural Christianity means pursuing the God we want instead of the God who is. It is the tendency to be shallow in our understanding of God, wanting Him to be more of a gentle-grandfather type who spoils us and lets us have our own way. It is sensing a need for God, but on our own terms. It is wanting the God we have underlined in our Bibles without wanting the rest of Him too. It is God relative instead of God absolute.
A biblical Christian is a person who trusts in Christ, and Christ alone, for his salvation. As a result of his saving faith he desires to be obedient to God’s principles out of the overflow of a grateful heart (see Rom. 1:5). Obedience doesn’t save us; faith does. This explains why some men can be cultural Christians—they have a saving faith, but they have not obediently made Christ Lord over all their lives. They have not allowed the Holy Spirit to empower them.
The man in the mirror will never change until he is willing to see himself as he really is, and to commit to know God as He really is. This objectivity anchors a man; it gives him the clarity of thought he needs to be a biblical Christian.
Is the man looking back at you in the mirror a cultural Christian or a biblical Christian?