You Say You Want To Be A Christian...
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To The Best Of My Knowledge...

Nobody simply awakes one morning and decides to be a Christian.

There are those who are born into a Christian home/family and are raised in their respective belief, doctrine or denomination. That's not the situation to which I am referring. However, that doctrine into which you are born may or may not be truly scriptural and based in truth. As you grow in years and understanding you should examine your doctrine/denomination. Just because a cannibal is born into that accepted lifestyle does not make it right. Get the point?

An adult or mature thinking individual who realizes that there is more to us than this physical body and material world, will possibly look for a belief system that satisfies their quest for truth and what is in store for us after death.

There are plenty of options. They come in the form of the Occult, Mysticism, Christianity, etc.

This Page Only Deals With Christianity
(Those other two are of Satan)

The options typically used to find a church...

1. You may choose to go church surfing. That is to say you begin attending different denominations until you find one that appeals to you. You probably don't know much about the criteria that a doctrine must meet to be classified as "biblically correct." Therefore, you simply base your decision on how you are made to feel. This can be dangerous! Cults and false doctrines may be presented by very charismatic preachers. The followers may be friendly and warm. They make you feel like you belong. You can't rely on the fact that the doctrine presented may be highly regarded by prominent, respectable people who are in attendance.

2. Perhaps a friend or relative invites you into their fold. You trust and love that person, therefore you trust their judgment. It may not be wise to completely trust your soul/spirit to any person, friend or relative. The stakes are too high. Many good, well meaning people are victims of false doctrine. Approach with caution as you learn.

3. You watch the TV Evangelists work their magic! They are very charismatic and great salesmen! First class actors! Many times their doctrine is based on a 'feel good' presentation that can be very attractive as they offer many returns in the form of prosperity, happiness and understanding of the "word." You get the idea that you belong. Based on what? Based on the way you are made to feel by the preacher or representative. Remember, at this point you may not have enough (if any) knowledge about the truth pertaining to the teachings of Jesus.

You Ask Yourself, "What Should I Do?"

The point here is to be careful as you learn the scriptures, pray for guidance and test their doctrine against the true word of God. This took me years of study, prayer and attending a few different churches to finally arrive at my comfort level. In my case I never found a doctrine or church that I felt I could call home. I pray, I love God. I have been healed of cancer and other health problems, all without any affiliations with a church. I have seen HIS power and grace and I have grown in faith and my wife is a truly Born of God Christian. Over the years I have had a few close friends and relatives that I prayed with and talked with about our Lord that helped me to learn and grow in knowledge. However, the Holy Spirit and our Lord has been with me through it all. I never felt it necessary to commit to a belief system to grow in Christ. I am not recommending this for any person, you may need a support group to confirm your beliefs and grow in Christ. However, in some cases a doctrine or church may prevent you from growing... I believe this depends on your level of faith, prayer and whether or not you host the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us to lead us into truth and relationship with Father God and HIS Son, Jesus. Pray, study the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and help you.

REMEMBER...

To become a Christian is to become "Christ-Like" or "Like Christ"

After careful examination, you may be afraid that you are not strong enough to be a Christian! (with God all things are possible) The Holy Spirit is the great enabler!

You may suffer persecution or tests brought on by Satan. Unlike the "feel good" doctrines that the rich TV Preachers present... The truth is, you may be subjected to some pretty tough problems to overcome in order to prove your faith and worthiness (to Father-God) to be counted in the Kingdom.

Fear not,! The reward of eternity in the Kingdom is worth the testing. I can tell you that I had to endure unexplained problems and persecution from unseen powers and forces. It can be hard to accept it because it is unseen and it is almost unbelievable to think that bad things happen to us, such as falling tree limbs (which may destroy property) and strange problems which are from the spiritual realm! It will be hard to confess these things to another person because very few people have really been through it! I mean to say that very few people have truly received The Holy Spirit and must endure persecution. People simply do not believe these things that may happen to an individual who is being persecuted. I've experienced strange happenings first handed and I had a hard time truly believing that the source was spirutual. (See the Book of Job)

I know that the government and churches will tell you that there are many millions of Christians in this world but it is not true! People may write on an application that they are of the Christian faith but that doesn't make them true Spirit filled Christians... I called myself a Christian for years before I was finally filled with the Holy Spirit. I have written about this experience with the Holy Spirit on several pages on this site such as www.john33.com/miracles.htm (Miracle 1). It is an experience that you will never forget.

Look at the way Jesus' disciples died! They suffered greatly! That's not to say that you will but you may have to. As a matter of fact, the end times will REALLY test the true Christians. The scriptures tell us that many Christians will be beheaded! You don't hear that kind of truth from the popular TV Preachers who fly around in their multi-million dollar jets and live like kings off of the hard earned wages of their followers.

Now don't shoot the messenger if you don't like the message! I speak truth and I base it on my experiences as well as the scriptures, not some man-made, feel-good doctrine that brings a lot of unsuspecting weaklings into the fold. I'm talking about being worthy enough to spend eternity with the creator of the universe and His Son Jesus! I pray for strength to remain faithful to the end.

If you are ready for the truth, carry on! Here are links to the pages that will take you through this topic.

1. Home Page You Are Here Now. The links below deal with some of the major and typical beliefs that are unique to certain denominations and a few of them are practiced by most all churches, such as tithing and prosperity doctrines... (it takes money to support churches, salaries and facilities)
2. Does The Doctrine Or Message Key On Getting Money Or Material Things?
3. Do They Say That You Must Tithe Or You Are Stealing From God?
4. Do They Insist That You Must Speak In An Unknown Tongue (tongues)?
5. Do They Teach That "Once Saved, Always Saved" Or "Once You Are Saved You Cannot Fall From Grace?"
6. Do They Teach That Christians Will Be Raptured Before The Great Tribulation?

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