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Five Qualities of a True Christian

Updated on October 21, 2015
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Jordan is a youth pastor. He is also an avid blogger. He drums, eats, writes, reads, and judges hipsters.

So often in this day and age, determining who is and is not a Christian is a difficult task. In the United States, in 2014, Pew Research Center observed that seventy percent of the population claimed to belong to Jesus. However, when I look around at those who say they are Christians, I find that percentage to be far less. Now, as I wrote in "How to Become a Christian," Christians are people that have a personal relationship with Jesus and those who have given their life to Him. If Pew asked the same survey group, "How often do you defer judgment over a decision or temptation to Christ?" That number would decrease dramatically, as our culture vastly values pleasure over selflessness. Or if they had asked "How many times a week do you selflessly love others?" Once again, the number would decrease. While Christians are not perfect by any means, here are five qualities all true Christians will exhibit:

1. They honor God with their actions.

This may be a no-brainer, but if you are reading this, chances are you doubt the existence of God or think His followers are a bunch of hypocrites. A fallacy with modern Christianity is that God saves people because they are good. Believing this believes that God cares about all the things we do to try to be closer to Him. God cares not for such things. He saves us out of the selflessness of His heart, out of care and devotion to His creation. He created us to love Him and to serve Him and the Christian would do well to follow that dictate.

When Jesus saves us, He does so not because o anything we have done, but because of His immense and incredible love for all people. After we are saved, however, Jesus calls us to follow after Him, doing as He says. AS I said in my other article, when one becomes a Christian, they allow Jesus to become the boss - He now calls the shots. One thing He calls us to do is honor the Lord God with everything we are. This, in short, means we live our lives with integrity. What we say and what we do should match if we have given our hearts to God. While Christians can be some of the more prominent hypocrites on this earth, they strive to honor God through the relationships we make, the actions we take, and the words we say. Once Jesus calls us out and saves us, we must live with integrity, giving every decision to God as worship to Him.

2. They are honest.

Just as a Christian walks with integrity, taking care to honor God with every word uttered and every action spent, a Christian is also honest about the life they live. Someone who truly loves and serves Jesus makes sure people understand that the Christian life is not marked with accolades of perfection, but with humility of our position without God's matchless grace. When we were in our sin, God saved us by sending His son, Jesus to die, sharing grace with us, Romans 5:8 claims. Without the cross and Jesus' sacrifice upon it, we are nothing.

A true Christian will point everyone to the glory of God, not unto their own strength, for it is by Him and through Him all things have their existence, Colossians 1:16 states. A Christ-Follower will do well to tell everyone who questions their conversion that Jesus did not call them to an easy life - the Christian life is incredibly difficult and they are simply doing their best to honor God with everything they do. "Our lives are not for us," a faithful believer should also take care to say. Just as a Christian should honor God with their words, they should give glory to Whom it is due, being blatantly honest about the life they lead, sharing with others that Jesus is strong in their weaknesses and that He leads them, using them for His kingdom. Christians can be hypocritical, it is definitely understandable, but a true Christian will help dispel that by pointing to God and giving Him glory for their life, as they are honest about what He has done for them.

3. They are quick to forgive.

When Jesus went to the cross, He took part in one of the most brutal forms of torture known ever to man. It remains prominent because a man would die slowly upon the beams, as the life slowly dripped from their veins. Nothing put a criminal in their place an exposed their shame like crucifixion. This makes Jesus' humiliation all the more disgraceful. "But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed," Isaiah 53:5 proclaims. Jesus went through an incredibly abhorrent punishment that He might save those whom He loved.

A Christian should remember this. When we forget the suffering our Savior went through, we take the grace and forgiveness He showed us, and continually so, for granted. When this sacrifice is kept at the forefront of the mind, remembering its pure evil, and His utmost love for us, we are able to forgive others more capably. A true Christian will be easily forgiving because they are able to remember fully the extent to which Christ suffered to forgive us, so it is nothing to pass on that immense grace when others wrong us, in fact it is a pleasure! We are not the best at this, but what is important is that when you see a Christian forgive someone that would be nigh impossible if they truly did not follow and love Christ.

4. They do all they can to stay away from sin.

Have you ever found a Reese's Cup and tried to stay away from it? Maybe that sweet temptation for you is chocolate cake, a Dr. Pepper, or gummy bears. Whatever it is, you know what gigs you. If you have ever given up this sweet treat for a period of time, you realize, at first, how easy it is to surrender to that desire, let it flank you, and destroy your will power. Once you finally gain some stamina and have a few weeks under your belt, staying away from those things becomes at least marginally easier, even though that sweet delicacy calls to you every chance you get.

If you can relate to that, you can relate to the Christian's struggle to avoid sin. When something we struggle with presents an opportunity to lay with it, it is nigh impossible to negotiate ourselves out of engaging with it. Sin attacks the heart, the senses, and the mind, much like chocolate cake or a Reese's cup does. However, Christians are called to avoid that which will destroy us, these sins that appeal to us from all sides. Giving them up can be an ordeal. But, above all, Christians' priority should be to honor God in their actions, which includes giving up sin to follow Him, not indulging in selfish, destructive habits and desires. A true Christian and disciple will take up their cross, die to themselves, and follow Him daily, Luke 9:23 claims.

5. They profess Jesus is Lord of their lives.

When Jesus takes over the life of a Christian, He takes over so that He becomes a Lord over a person. In the Middle Ages, largely aside from royalty, there were two classes: peasants and lords. The lords owned the land and often the peasants and workers on it. They subsequently owned all of the crop yield, tools, and buildings on the property - everything belonged to them. When the peasants brought in the crops, the lords took the majority, leaving the destitute peasants little from which to provide for their families. n exchange, the lords "defended" the peasants when an attack mounted the lord and his army. This relationship left the lords owning the poor peasants, who could neither defend nor provide for themselves.

In much of the same sense, Jesus owns us when we surrender our lives to Him. While He gets to call the shots and make the decisions, He in turn protects us and provides for us, a facet this feudal relationship lacked. When a Christian becomes a Christian, they give Jesus the authority to lead and guide them into the life He has for them, which is far more abundant than a life lived alone, without Christ. They will also tell others about this arrangement. Those who truly follow Christ will let others know about it. How difficult it would be to know who is true and fake unless they spoke up with their actions and words, as a complete picture cannot be drawn from either in isolation. Allowing Jesus to be Lord does not mean one is a robot, mindlessly rendering one's existence to a leader who cares not for them, but giving the tim one has to someone who can do the most with it. A true Christian will share this fact with those they interact with and make this truth known.

Reflecting on this, a Christian will live a life trying to reflect Jesus, as He made all of these paramount in His life. He lived a life that honored God, was honest and forgiving, void of sin, and professed that God sent Him because of His lordship over His own life. Jesus is the example, and in Him all of these qualities, and the life of a true Christian and follower of Jesus, should be summed up.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Mr. Travis

      Continue to be encouraged some day you might see things differently. Thank you for allowing me to comment.

      Rich

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Rich- We tried. That's all we can do. We have to accept the fact that many embrace and most often enjoy their blindness.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      Mr. Kelley, I do address all three in one way or another. Going to church makes one a Christian no more than my carrying a football makes me a football player. Attending church and living life alongside other believers as a team helps me in my walk with Christ. They encourage me, I encourage them - God has always fostered conditions that necessitated community in order to complete the mission He gave them. Look at the Israelites. When particular people were alone, i.e. David, bad things tended to happen. The same concept happens with current believers. We need the company of other believers because it helps us stay away from sin and better together achieve the goals God gives us individually and as an entire community. Denominations themselves are not hypocritical. They are artificial, after all.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      The scriptures clearly show that there is right and wrong, there is no gray area that so often shows up in ALL the religions that are out there. We can be deceived into believing that maybe "this one" is different because.......... then you fill in the blank. When God wants something done He does it. God doesn't take something that man has made and then convert it to suit His needs. What God does is call the human to come to Him, To become a disciple of Christ, to become like Christ not the rest of the world. The journey in the narrow way doesn't include dragging all the things of this world along with you. That could be said dragging all of your sins along with you because it's ok, it is not, the first words out of the mouth of Christ when He started His ministry was REPENT.

      If you turn to any "Christian" radio station and don't listen to the words it sounds just like any other radio station of the world. What is happening is the world liking Christian wants to hang onto the parts of the world they like and bring it to the Kingdom of God. It becomes a matter of how much of the world can I rationalize into the Kingdom of God. Sadly the answer is none.

      The running of religious institutions just like a business is a perfect example of there is no difference between the world and professing Christians. The only reason the word "Christian" is out there to be a bad example is in the New Testament the pagans called those that were following the ways of Jesus "followers of Christ" Christians. The term wasn't something they called themselves.

      The truth is you can claim any title you want but when you end up looking or sounding no different than the world He has called you out of you are not a disciple of Christ. We are called to be disciples and make disciples of Christ not carbon copies of the rest of the world. When there is no persecution one should wonder why Christ said in the world you WILL have persecution if you are a disciple.

      I don't recall any of the disciples of Christ told they could be hypocrites and still be considered a disciple. He has called us out of the world. He has called us out of sin. If you are no longer living in sin then you are righteous in the eyes of God. If you are righteous in God's eyes I doubt you are a hypocrite.

      The not forsaking of believers was taught by Paul and it didn't mean what most think. The forsaking Paul was speaking of were those that had heard the message and were hanging around with the believers yet were concerned also about those that were still Jews. So they began to drift away or not want to be seen with them so Paul told them not to forsake one another. He didn't say go to church, there wasn't any church then. Today it would be like a disciple, one not affiliated with any denomination or church/building trying to show a professing Christian what they were doing was wrong, yet they continued to hang with the man made institution. The message to them would be don't forsake those disciples you run into in the world, on forms etc.

      Because a institutional denomination wants us to not forsake the gathering of believers, they should consider why they are then a denomination, one of the 40,000 that are out there. Whom are they forsaking because of religious doctrinal beliefs? That by the way would be a good example of the hypocrites you mention. That would also not be what is going on in the Kingdom of God. One is called out by God if you don't feel like leaving the man made institutional religions then you should stay but to rationalize church as Christian or have anything to do with the Kingdom of God would be a deception of man.

      I would change three of your topics to 1) the actions of the Disciple of Christ Honor God, 2) they are no longer sinners, and 3)people know who their Lord is by watching their actions and life they need to proclaim nothing.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      Syntax and context is everything, Graceinus. I said "a" cornerstone. I am sorry you think I am carnal minded, and personal attacks are not a productive way to conduct an academic discussion. If one looked and read those accounts from Genesis to Revelation, one will know that the Bible is God's revelation to His entire people, as a group. I concur with you, God's purpose for us is bringing about HIs Kingdom; however, God uses us together to accomplish those means, and uses churches in that process. God uses churches, but largely uses HIs people, while individual churches largely accomplish His glorious ends. Together we serve Him, the church structure helps us serve Him much more efficiently and effectively than alone.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      1Co 13:2And if I have the gift of prophecy and understand all the sacred secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all the faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

      1Co 13:3 And if I give all my belongings to feed others, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I do not benefit at all.

      Love is a reflection of Jesus and the Father

      how we treat one another in language and conduct proves what love is.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Jorden Travis-The "conerstone" of the bible is NOT fellowshiping. The conerstone of the ENTIRE Bible is God and His Kingdom. The purpose of the entire bible is God's way of revealing His Kingdom to us. From the first chapter in Genesis to the last chapter in Revelation. Without the bible we would not have knowledge of nor could we seek the Kingdom of God.

      Your carnal mindedness is evident just like K&T.

      Have a good day

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Yes, Judas who betrayed Jesus was at one time a disciple. And I will go so far as to say that for a short time Judas who betrayed Jesus was an apostle.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      I am sorry you have such a negative attitude towards churches. Fellowshipping with other believers is a cornerstone of the Bible and the Gospel. Forsaking that forsakes a key teaching and model Jesus left. We are not meant to be individual islands wary of every singly doctrine that is different than ours, but to live life alongside one another. I am not sure what "worm" in the "apple" you have spoken of, for there is no false doctrine in the church I attend, only Jesus. We discuss the Bible. And if "hypocrites" are enough to leave a church, then one should not live in the US, or even the world, as every person is a hypocrite in some way, shape, or form.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Jordan was Judas a diciple as people claim

      He followed Jesus, but turned wicked in his reasoning, anyone can become wicked , this is not based on a denomination of faith,

      Did people stop listening to Jesus because of Peter who denied Jesus 3 times, or Judas who kissed him with a betrayal, and others ran off when he was arrested.

      Jesus tells us this fact that is very clear

      King James Version

      Re 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

      Mt 24:13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved.

      Endure the same things Jesus experience because of the truth being spoken.

      Joh 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.

      The truth is it comes with hate. The thing is

      are we a vessel used to express such hate.

      Some are very obvious Jordan.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Jorden Travis- I'm not into music that false churches sing regardless of how it came about. Cleaning up a song with words does not change false doctrine within in churches.

      I will use the following analogy to make my point regarding churches.

      Let say you and your father are sitting down at a table in your kitchen. You offer your father an apple to eat. As you reach for the apple you realize there is a worm in the apple. So now you have a choice, you can give him the apple to eat and hope he will not notice there is a worm in the apple or you can offer another apple which has no worm. What would you do?

      Here is the rest of the analogy. Let say the apple are the churches. They look good on the outside. From the outside the apple (churches) it appear to be perfect. Those who look at the apple (church) are interested in the apple. But what they don't see is the worm which is false doctrines and traditions within the apple (church). The worm within the apple is still there but unseen by those who are interested in the apple. The false doctrines and traditions (worm) is buried deep within the churches (apple). So, would you expect the Father to accept this apple.

      JW' churches are like the apple with a worm. Catholic churches are like the apple with a worm. SDA churches are like the apple with a worm. Mormon churches are like an apple with a worm. Baptist Churches are like a apple with a worm. And I can continue on and on.

      You can change the words to music to worship God, but it doesn't remove the worm.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      Gracious, It was more to ask you to think differently about things. An example: A music leader I knew once took "Joy to the World" (not the Christmas Carol) and "Sweet Home Alabama" and rewrote them with lyrics about God, turning them into praise and worship songs. He also did so with Shaggy's "You're My Angel." I believe believers can and should take things the world finds valuable, turn them on their heads and make them something honorable to God, as an act of worship. It shows our creativity, a creativity He gave us to begin with.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Bye ! lol!

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Bye ! lol!

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- your right. it is funny. JW's are a joke. LOL.

      bye

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      lol! You are really funny because that is really all I can get from your post. Nothing serious.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- You enjoy your silly game don't you.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You are everybody can see that lol!

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- You can't be that stupid.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      So now you are calling scriptures garbage

      , you certainly could not be a deciple of christ calling the word of God Garbage.

      You prove by your words another.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Jorden Travis- I suggest you study the word of God for your answers you seek. And let the Holy Spirit guide you in your studies. As long as K& T keeps throwing her JW garbage into the mix, then there nothing I can do to help you. So study and search the answer. I hope you find what your asking.

      I have nothing further to comment. Have a good day.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Please give an example.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Mt 22:21They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”

      King James Version

      1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

      These two verses make it very clear Jordan.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      So is it bad and hypocritical to take evil things and turn them around to give glory to God?

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Gorden Travis- I guess this is where we begin to disagree. I believe Baptist, like many other denomination, will have Christmas this year. I do believe Christmas is pagan. How is this condusive with the teachings of God's word. What good is Grace and love based on the teachings in God's word and then turn around and celebrate a pagan holiday (christmas). Can that be called hypocritical. I think so. So I question even the Baptist faith. This is one of the ways where churches with false doctrine and traditions ( like Christmas) tries to trump God's word.

      I'm sure this coming Christmas the "Catholic" pope will enjoy giving Mass in celebration of a pagan holiday that will be watched by millions around the world. And it's so sad how blind these so called "christians" are.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      Graceinus, I have been a part of churches that have the honest goal of reaching out to people to share God's grace and love with their communities. It was a genuine love they shared for their community, not a hypocritical one. This church was a Southern Baptist Church, not that that fact matters. I think there are plenty of churches that expound truth and simultaneously show love and grace. But yes, there are some churches that do not do as God intended.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Say and use what you wish but Jesus Knows the truth , and the fruit tree you come from speaks from your mouth as written.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- I'll even use the New World Translation just for you. Revelation 21:8 But as for the"COWARDS" and those without faith and those who are disgusting in filth and murders and fornicaters and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulpher. This means the second death.

      Like I said; you're a coward.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      I do not have to prove anything to you or feel I have to. your conduct and statements proves what you are .

      And for sure it does not reflect Christ.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Jorden Travis- I believe I should make it very clear so there is NO misunderstanding. It's the Disciples who are in Christ that make up the Body of Christ. In other words the Ecclesia. Not churches with false doctrine. The churches we see today are a joke. And the JW are just part of the false doctrine. I place NO TRUST in any churches of today.

      The different denominations believe "they" are the body of Christ. When in fact they are all part of the Harlot church system. And they're too blind to notice. The churches we see today are nothing but a business. They try to obtain as much money as possible. Nothing else really matters to them.

      Allow me to give you some insight to these false churches. For example, the SDA have what is called Baptismal Vows which consist of 14 points. If you what to be baptized "into" their church then you must AGREE to these 14 points. My question to this would be, Since when are there 14 point we must agree to before a "believer can be baptized. If you don't believe what I'm saying here then research " Baptismal Vows SDA." And you'll see what I'm talking about. The founder of the SDA is Ellen White back in 1844 who cames up with most of the SDA garbage teachings. She wrote a number of books thet members of the SDA accept as gospel. For example in one of her books she (Ellen White) claims that eating ANY meat dishonors God. Clearly Ellen White never read Genesis 9:3.

      The Catholic Church members pray to Mary and worship her. That in unbiblical. Nothing in the bible teaches that Mary should be worshiped. Yet their clergy have twisted scripture and have taught that Mary is the mother of God and therefore she is worthy of worship and prayed too. They even pray to Saints. Now what kind of garbage is that.

      Mormons believe the Jesus Christ and Satan are brothers. Now what kind of garbage is that. If you don't believe me research it your self. They (Mormons) believe that the Book of Mormon was initially two gold tablets given to Joseph Smith through an angel from God. They consider the Book of Mormons more reliable than the Holy Bible. They also teach that Jesus was born in Jerusalem. And that's just one of their teaching that is a flat out lie. I could list a number of other false teaching by the Mormons.

      There are many more denominations out there with false teaching I could list but I don't have all day to set around and write all of this. But if you have question of me I will be happy to answer them the best I can.

      Have a good day.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- You're not getting off that easy. PROVE TO ME I'M WRONG. Coward.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      I think it is to late for that , you change your first statement. Of pews to seats,

      The other errors I will not spell out because

      You do not want to know the truth but condemn, you did this not knowing truth.

      Like a teacher who puts an F on your test

      And you say tell me why I got an F.

      She may not tell you because she wants you

      To figure out how you got it wrong.

      And I agree .So again you made the statement you figure why it is false.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      K&T- So spell it out to me. Show me EXACTLY where I'm wrong. Don't just glide over it . Spell it out , prove to me exactly where I'm wrong.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You just proved yourself wrong when you posted wrong infomation from the start, and your last post also has listed the wrong infomation of source, that is like water iether it is good to drink or it is contaminated

      That makes it not pure, your story is contaminated , and that makes it unreliable.

      Key words in a test would make you fail a. Exam if used the wrong way , you have done this with certain words not true.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Kiss and Tell- Then prove to me I'm wrong.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You still do not speak truth, even now your speech is corrupted ,

      Speak all truth not what you have judged, because it is all wrong.

      Quit stoning what you know nothing about

      What you have already said is false.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Kiss and Tell-So your only arguement is JW's don't have pews. Your right, they are chairs with arm rest and the seats fold and set up in long rows. Big deal.

      Did you know that as long as the JW "church" retain their 501 c3tax status they are controlled by the governmént. Which means the JW "CHURCH" IS LIMITED to what they can and can not say. The WatchTower and Track Society will not speak out against government officals who support immoral policies. Because they fear losing their 501 c3 Tax status. Just like the rest of the churches out there. Huummmmmm.

      Does "DISFELLOWSHIP" mean anything to you. I'm sure it does. I have relatives who where "disfellowshiped" from the JW's because of JW Elders who lied through their teeth. And I know the garbage JW teach and how corrupted they are which goes as far up as the WatchTower and Track Society. Not to mention the fact they "SELL" their own version of the bible that is corrupted. Which you know is the New World Translation that you quoted from earlier.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Graceinus you see that is not what I agree with you about I agree that these exist, but so do fake diciples, Judas proved that, next you do not know anything about Jw or you are certainly misinformed because we do not have pews, where did you get that from,

      You judge by wrong information.

      I of all people should know.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      I am now understanding. IT makes sense, as I was not aware of the meaning of "New World Translation."

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Jordan Travis- I did not say you where or are a JW. My comment was directed at Kiss and Tale. True Disciple of Christ DO take up the cross and follow Jesus. And I'm referring to "DISCIPLES" not fake christians who follow the anti-Christ church system.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      I must have grossly misunderstood what you said, which I apologize. I understood "Disciples of Christ" to be those that take up their cross and follow after Jesus, regardless of denomination. I am not Jehova's Witness, and I did not describe them here. What I described are practices and qualities of Christians in my life who truly serve and love Jesus. I apologize for being unclear. I hope that clarifies my point.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Kiss and tell- I don't know why you are agreeing with me when the JW, which you are a part of, are the vary kind of people I'm talking about. You sit on of pews and swallow everything fed to you by the JW. By agreeing with me makes you sound like a hypocrate. The WatchTower and Track Society are one of the most greedy Churches out there. They have their 501 3C tax status which to me reflects part of their greed. You will claim the the Kingdom Hall is not a church. And yet they operate just EXACTLY like a church. JW are no different than any other church system out there. The JW Elders are no different than the greedy Elders of any other church out there.

      Not to mention the fact that the JW's limited teachings on God's Kingdom is clearly off track. And the fact the Jesus Christ was not and is not an Angel, as the JW teach, along with manyof their other false doctrine.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      I am interested in what you both think. What are more you two would add?

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Graceinus has made some very true points ,

      Just as their is counterfeit in money, designer products, movies bootlegged, Jewelry, hair, nails,

      Art, and many more , their is counterfeit christians

      Jesus knew this to be a problem and so he gave a distinguishing clue. Notice

      New World Translation

      Mt 7:17 Likewise, every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit.

      Mt 7:18 A good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce fine fruit.

      Mt 7:20 Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.

      Mt 12:33“ Either you make the tree fine and its fruit fine or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten, for by its fruit the tree is known.

      Certainly their are many religions with rotten practices , hypocritical, unloving, greedy, flesh chasers, thieves.

      Rotten fruit.

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      Jordan Travis 2 years ago

      Definitely, graceinus! There could be added to the list more qualities, but these seemed to be some core ones of solid true Christians (non-posers). I do indeed describe Disciples and the way we should refer to Christians, not Moral Therapeutic Deists.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Those who are disciples of Christ and those who call themselves christians are two different things. Disciples of Christ are discribed in this article. But those who "think" they are "christians" are those sitting on pews and are spoon fed false doctrine by those clergy standing behind a putpit who are just waiting to see how much they got in tithes as soon as the service is over.

      One other point, true disciple make it a point to "study" the word of God for themselves, which is a life long effort. Which is also part of the personal relationship with our Father in heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ. And having the understanding of seeking the Kingdom of God "FIRST" and sharing this Kingdom message with others.

      Have a good day.

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