What makes someone a Christian?

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    Saying they are, or does behavior factor into determining if someone is a Christian?

    Seems to me many (too many) who post on the USMB fail to demonstrate even the most fundamental tenets of Christianity.
     
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    shall we change your user name to jonathan edwards?
     
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    Faith, without 'works' (deeds), is dead.

    James 2:14-26 (New International Version)

    Faith and Deeds
    14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds(works)? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

    18But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
    Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

    19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

    20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

    25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds (works) is dea
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    What are the fundamental tenets of Christianity? My guess is you do not even know, which makes your criticism of anyone else laughable.
     
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    Don't confuse Christians with Saints. We're all imperfect sinners, and only God knows what is in our hearts.
     
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    Ye are judged by your actions.
    In other words walk the talk or hang it up.
     
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    Christians aren't perfect people. Just forgiven.:eusa_pray:
     
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    forgiving others goes along with being forgiven.
    It is not a one way street for Christians.
    Most on the right seem to have lost that .
     
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    A belief that Jesus was the Son of God, that he sacrificed himself so we could be saved. Believing in the Bible and the word of God. Believing in Jehovah as God the Father. Following the bible and the word of God. Teaching others of the word. Teaching others of the end. Believing in God's Kingdom and that it will be here on Earth after the end times.
     
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    You only forgive someone when they repent and vow to try and stop doing the sinful things. Remind us when you have repented?
     

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