The Pope appears to be doubting if Donald Trump is a Christian. In turn, Mr. Trump has some questions about the Pope. In the midst of the “craziness” as some people call it, there’s a bigger question we are missing: how does God define a Christian?
We have to examine ourselves for that answer. Interestingly enough when God defines a Christian, He doesn’t define it on the basis of what that particular person does or does not do but actually on the basis of who that person knows.
John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
According to Scripture, a person’s behavior does not make him a Christian. Building or not building a wall to refuse illegal immigrants, or even taking or not taking the sacraments has no eternal weight in regards to one’s salvation.
Titus 3:5 plainly says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”
God’s mercy was demonstrated on a cross 2000 years ago when God’s perfect Son, Jesus Christ paid for our sins by dying in our place. He was our substitute, and God punished Him where He should have punished us. Christ then arose again on the third day.
Therefore a person—any person—must simply come to God as a sinner, recognize Christ died for him, and put his trust in Christ alone as the only way to heaven. The moment we do this, God gives us the completely free gift of eternal life.
John 6:47 promises, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” It is not a matter of what we have done, but who we know.
When we argue over whether a person is or is not Christian based on what they do or don’t do, we miss the most important message of the Bible: we are forever accepted by God through what His Son did for us on a cross.