The Five Adjectives of a Noun Christian

Sunday, November 12, 1995
| 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

In a world of rapid change, the elementary becomes the elemental. What exactly is a "Christian?" What does that word really mean? It is time to make Christianity Christian again.

Bruce Larson tells of the guide who was hired by some hunters to take them into the backwoods of Maine. After some days, they became hopelessly lost and quite naturally began to doubt the competence of their guide. "You said you were the best guide in Maine," they reminded him. "I am," he said, "but I think we're in Canada now."

You are no longer a "guide" when you yourself are lost. You are no longer a Christian when you cannot recall what it is that makes you a Christian in the first place.

For those of us who would be followers of Christ, the most basic question we need to ask ourselves is "What is a Christian?"

We are living in a world where there is now virtually a "Christian" everything. Look around you. There are now Christian Counseling Centers, Christian Comedy Clubs, Christian Dance Clubs, Christian Athletes, Christian Coalitions, Christian Bookstores (where you can find sections on Christian Aerobics and buy videos entitled Firm Believers). In the Christian Yellow...

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