This article discusses the language we use to describe our Christian identity. More often we call ourselves sinners rather than saints. But the letters of the New Testament have by far the reverse emphasis. While there is of course still a place for Christians to refer to themselves as sinners, there is even more a place for them to think of themselves as saints.
Are you are you a saint? This article looks at the Roman Catholic answer and what the Bible teaches.
Sometimes people speak about there being two types of Christians - those who show their faith by holy lives and those who do not. This is not biblical, since true faith transforms lives to be holy. There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. This thinking robs Christians of assurance and fills the church with unbelievers.
The idea of a carnal Christian is foreign to scripture. This idea misrepresents the teaching of scripture. It denies the new covenant by speaking of two groups of Christians, fails to distinguish true saving faith, does not give assurance, and undermines the Lordship of Christ. A carnal Christian does not exist.
Looking at the epistle of John, this article identifies four indicators that provide assurance that one is a Christian: accepting God's remedy against sin, devotion to God and His glory, pursuing holiness, and being part of God's people, the church. These four things are signs that one is a Christian.
The priesthood of all believers is a biblical teaching that can liberate African Christians from the hold of prosperity preachers, in the same way this teaaching liberated the church from the Roman Catholic Church.