The Devil is a Christian
In today's culture, there are a plethora of people who claim to be Christians. Especially being in the Bible belt, it is hard to find anyone who will admit that they are not Christians. Just ask someone, " are you a Christian?" The most common response will be, "yes, I go to church" or "yes I believe in God." So many people claiming to be Christians seems to have given a bad name to those who are truly trying to follow Christ. If a person claims to be a Christian and is treating someone wrongly or dishonestly, others will think that all Christians are like this. The purpose of this article is to explain what being a Christian should be and what it is not.
Going to church does not make you a Christian. If this was true Jesus himself would not be a Christian, because there were no churches around during His time. At that time, synagogues and the temple were the only places of worship. One might say that the church replaced the synagogue, but this would be inaccurate because synagogues are still around today. In addition to this, as much strife and division as one can see in the church, it is a good conclusion that the devil goes to church every Sunday. Christians who are Christians because they go to church every Sunday are in the same category as the devil.
Believing in Jesus does not make you a Christian either. This is a good start, but as evidenced in the story of the demon-possessed man of Gerasenes, even the demons believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. The devil himself being a fallen angel would not be able to deny this claim. If believing in Jesus makes a person a Christian, the devil is a Christian.
In today's society, being a Christian is not defined accurately. As one can see in the world's definition, the devil himself would be classified as a Christian. The meaning of Christian was originally given at Antioch and literally means little Christ. This was given because the people around Antioch saw that they were acting just like Jesus. It might be more accurate to call yourself a follower of Christ in today's world than a Christian. But be careful Jesus said that to follow him one must take up his cross daily. Make sure that if you claim to be a Christian, you are not just saying it because you go to church or believe in Jesus. Make sure that you are following after Him and doing what He did, spending time with His Father and loving the people around Him in a practical way. A Christian becomes a new creature when they believe in Jesus, confess their evil, and have faith that Jesus' work on the cross will cleanse them. The Devil would never do this.