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The Devil is a Christian


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.

For more info: What must I do to be saved, Christian beliefs on the devil and demons, Job, Jesus, the devil and me.

Comments

  • Julia Tidd (FW Christian Living) 4 years ago

    Thank you for stating that! My mom has always told me that you will find the devil in church every Sunday because that is who he's after. He's looking for the doubters and those with faltering faith.

  • Réne Girard (Ft. Worth Christianity & Culture 4 years ago

    good article, but the Devil is not a Christian as you explain, therefore the title is a lie, and since the devil is the author of lies, does that mean your title is the work of the devil? It is deceptive. hmmmmmmm

  • Julia Tidd 4 years ago

    Okay. My first thought is to say yes, he is but I guess to really analyze it, the question to ask becomes has the devil accepted that Jesus died for his sins. Yes, the devil believes in Jesus and, obviously, his creator, God. Yes, the devil believes that Jesus is the son of God and that He came to die for our sins. These things I wholeheartedly believe. But, I will have to put more thought into whether or not the devil is a Christian by definition. Something to ponder.

  • Julia Tidd 4 years ago

    Of course, the author is also stating that by the standards of many people today who call themselves Christians (but don’t really follow the doctrines or truly believe Jesus is the way) the devil falls into the same category. His purpose seems to be more in line with making sure you are being truthful when you say you are a Christian and not necessarily that the Devil is truly a Christian.

  • Civilla Morgan 4 years ago

    Great article. Not enough "Christians" are willing to do what it takes to really get into and stay in relationship with Christ. It takes work and faith and unfortunately it is just too much work for most.

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