Fake and spurious Christians PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:06

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATION: “… but to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, to them he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of human will or desire, but are born of God…” (John 1:12-13, the Holy Bible).

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ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD, BLOOD KIN OF THE CHRIST? Just exactly who are the children of God, blood kin of the Christ? According to the teachings of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (or AND KNK, Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, they have three overriding characteristics based on purely Biblical principles.

First, they must believe in, and receive, Jesus as God and Savior. Second, they must be united with Him in His Body, His Blood, and in His Spirit. Then, third, they must have been chosen by God Himself to become children of God, blood kin of the Christ, and are being sent by Jesus to fulfill His purpose.

The first characteristic is based principally on John 1:12 of the Bible, and also on John 1:1-14, Isaiah 7:14, 9:2 and 9:6, Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38. The second is based on Ephesians 5:30, Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 9:14-22, and 1 John 1:7. The third is based on John 15:16 and John 20:21.

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BELIEVING IN, AND ACCEPTING, JESUS AS GOD AND SAVIOR: Believing in, and accepting, Jesus as God and Savior, is the bedrock foundation of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo Church. While there is not one single verse that says a believer must accept Jesus as God and Savior, AND KNK believes that accepting Jesus as God and Savior is the one, single, requirement before a believer becomes a true child of God and blood kin of the Christ.

And this belief in, and acceptance of, Jesus as God and Savior is not simply a matter of the believer saying so. It would not be enough for a believer to say that he, too, has accepted Jesus as God and Savior. The believer must be able to explain, using God’s Word, why Jesus is God and Savior.

If one says he has accepted Jesus as God and Savior and yet is unable to prove that Jesus is indeed God and Savior, then his faith is half-baked, a faith without works and which is therefore dead, as it were. This is a useless faith for it does not yield any good, and, sadly, it is the kind of faith many people professing to be Christians have nowadays.

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FAKE AND SPURIOUS CHRISTIANS: Then, for a real child of God, blood kin of the Christ, he must also know how it is that he gets united with the body, blood and Spirit of Jesus. He must understand that being a part of the “body” of Jesus has its physical or literal meaning. He must know how he gets united with the “blood” of Jesus in such a way that he becomes His “blood kin”.

A child of God must thereafter realize, too, how his lowly and sinful spirit becomes united with the Holy Spirit of God, how he became chosen by God even before the foundations of the whole creation were laid down, and how he is being sent to the World to become a worker of Jesus who must carry on the work of preaching the Word and saving souls.

If a Christian does not know any of these, or is not even aware that he must know these things about his faith as a Christian, then his claim of being a Christian is spurious, fake, and is entirely useless. I challenge those who will read this column to gauge themselves as Christians, using these yardsticks or guidelines. God bless you!

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.