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Do I have to be saved to be a Christian??
'Being saved' is pretty much the same as 'being born again' in Christian jargon, I think. Both of them sound a bit like religious gobbledy-gook and can get over-used, but both of them have a genuine Biblical meaning which is important.
Both of them refer to a person making a genuine, personal choice to follow Jesus, and what He does for us when we make this choice.
When we say sorry to Jesus for the things we've done wrong, and ask for His forgiveness, and accept Him as our Saviour and our Lord, then we become Christians. Through Jesus' death on the cross for us, God is able to forgive us and we are 'saved', meaning, I suppose, that we are saved from the punishment for those sins I.e. Hell. We are also 'born again' as children of God, filled with the Holy Spirit so that we now live in His strength rather than our own.
So my answer to the question is that everyone who has repented and accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord is both 'saved' and 'born again'.
It's perfectly possible to go along to church and believe in a lot of Christian-type stuff without having made this personal committment to Jesus. I guess that's why some peple make being 'saved' as the marker for actually being a 'Christian' - the people who like the social life and the morality of church aren't necessarily truly following, or saved by, Jesus.
I went to church for the first 18 years of my life before I was 'saved', although that's not usually the phrase I would use.
The problem with using these phrases is that although they represent the truth of our relationship with God in Jesus, sometimes they can be used to divide us in very human ways. Churches can sometimes fall into the trap of saying 'you're only 'saved' if you believe what we believe, or worship the way we worship'.
I believe that the truth is in Jesus and the Bible, not in one particular church. Each person needs to come to Jesus for themeselves - turning to Jesus is what being 'saved' is.
Thank you floss.. great answer !!! I would like to add just a bit to that, if I may. Some of the confusion that exists is due to the fact that some people walk by faith, and some thru a personal experience. Both are more than acceptable to God. Why are there two ways to follow him... I don't know. But, I see it all around. And floss explains it perfectly. It is wonderful to see her explanation... and her honesty... She says that she went to church for 18 years...before becoming a Christian... This is awesome... this is why preachers preach the way they do.. ... they know that this is real... this is also what brings division... because some do not understand...what she is saying...and that is ok... perhaps your time has just not yet come... just keep doing what you are doing, and include the prayer... Father God... if there is more than I have experienced...please lead me into it. I want everything that you have to give to me. I do not want to settle for less that you would have me to have. I desire a personal relationship with you... and I am willing to pay the cost to receive it... what ever it takes ... I want it... Amen. and then be continually open to the spirit to bring it or to lead you into it. to open your understanding more... A must for a deeper relationship with God... is to dig into his word. And since it is spirit inspired.. .. the same spirit has to interpret it back to us. Go to it prayfully ... asking with an humble heart;... for the understanding... this book is Gods book... it came from he... he is the author... he knows how he wants it to be understood... continually ask him for the correct understanding... of his word... also, that you receive it in the right spirit, and then, walk in the right spirit... this eliminates a lot of error...
I clicked on this post to try to give a logical and loving answer, but when I read Flossheal's answer I thought "there's no way I can touch that" and I don't think anyone else can or needs to. YOU GO GIRL!!! Grace and Peace to you all from God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a pretty good explaination of it. . . http://christianresources.i8.com/save/how.html
is that the same as asking if you have to be christian to be saved?
Yep that's all part of the plan.
What does that mean?