FAQs Video - What’s the difference between a religious person and a real Christian?

post date: August 13, 2010


This question originally came from an unsigned slip of paper turned in during a congregational survey when I served as pastor in Oak Park, Illinois.

This question originally came from an unsigned slip of paper turned in during a congregational survey when I served as pastor in Oak Park, Illinois.

Whoever wrote this question deserves an A+ for creativity and for getting right to the point.

The wording suggests that there is a fundamental difference between being religious and being a “real Christian.” Many people have trouble with that concept because they think that if you are religious, then you must be a “real Christian.” If you asked such people, “Are you a Christian?” they would reply, “I’m a church member” or “I’ve been baptized” or “I go to Sunday School” or “I go to Mass every week.” But those answers raise another important question. Is being a Christian simply a matter of outward activity?

Watch the video of the rest of my answer to this important question in our FAQs section.

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