Just because a man walks into a barn, it doesn’t make him a cow. Nor does going to church make you a Christian!
For many people, going to church or having grandparents who go to church, makes them Christians. Christianity is a tagline inherited from our family or through participating in a ritual. The Bible says that salvation is a gift of God, given by Him apart from anything in or from us (Ephesians 2:8-9). We don’t accept Him; He accepts us on the basis of His gift of faith.
An early cult that attached itself to Christianity taught that salvation was achieved and kept by following the Commandments in the Old Testament, especially the commandment for men to be circumcised. It was a salvation by works, favor with God by doing good things.
In his letter to the believers in the Greek city of Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote otherwise.
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