(Original post by Nerd_101)
I just wanted to know if you can be Christian without going to church. I don't go because I have no way of getting there but I still believe in God, pray and read the Bible, so can I call myself a Christian?
Here's a short but highly important bible study for you:
A Christian is someone who has received the Holy Spirit because “Christ” or “Messiah” means “anointed one” and the anointing is the Holy Spirit (Acts 10v38). Romans 8v9 states:-
" . . . you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
In the new testament it is known precisely when people receive the Holy Spirit!
The apostles reported:-
" . . . they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance . . . having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now SEE and HEAR . . . For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to ALL that are afar off, even AS MANY AS the Lord our God shall call."
(Acts 2v4, 33, 39)
If you were told that what you could "see and hear" was the promised Holy Spirit, and that this was to you and all who God would call, wouldn’t you expect to speak in tongues, or be told if this was not the case ? With the gentiles:-
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”
How did he know ? . . .
(v46) "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."
Peter then stopped his explanation of Jesus to command water baptism.
There is only one gospel, so, it must be the same as her at the beginning!
I don't want to shock you but many "churches" offer a different, words-only "gospel" that saves no-one. You are right not to join them.
PM me if you are interested in a church that sticks to the original.