by Chris Walls

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The Behavior of the Believing (5 of 5)
Chris Walls
James 1:19-21

The majority of Americans claim that they are Christian or Evangelical. The problem is that most Americans have no clue what those two words mean. For that matter, I am convinced that most Americans that say they are Christian, if confronted with what it truly means to be Christian would no longer call themselves Christian.

Sure they may know certain parts of the bible and read it every now and then, but the truth of the matter is that people that say they are Christians don't practice what they preach. For example, if Christians really knew the bible, then why does 80% of professing evangelical Christians in the United States today believe that the phrase, "God helps those who help themselves," is in the Bible.

But that is not what is upsetting to me as a Christian and preacher of God's word. The fact of the matter is the bible is to be practiced in our daily lives and it is obvious that the lack of morality among people who call themselves Christians is very lacking. I think the greatest problem is the fact that people don't receive the word the way they are suppose to receive it.

Today we are going to talk about something that is very important for Christians. If you are here this morning and you know that you cannot call yourself a Christian, then I am not talking to you here this morning. I am talking to those who say, I have received Christ as my Savior and Lord and I want and need to live my life by the word of God.

For us Christians the word of God is very important. You cannot in anyway live the Christian life without it. Listen to some of the passages about the bible found in the bible. David wrote, "How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. . . . With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. . . . I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches." Jesus sai ...

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