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How You Became A Christian

When you give your testimony, (just the basic, most important facts about being a sinner, needing a personal saviour and that Jesus IS that Saviour) and tell a brief story of HOW you became a Christian, have you met with antagonism from fellow church-goers afterwards?

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Always at the alter but never changed, I felt if I find the right man.
I couldn't be without a man.I felt God has to.know how lonely,my childhood,etc.

How wrong!we deny Christ when we live such nonsense! It took time.
thankfull for His mercy!
Jesus is so good to me.He's taken me through rough waters,been there my happy days to smile upon me hey, Bad times He seen me through they don't last forever.
Faith like love has to be tested.
Thankyou,Sis.Rita. very good topic!
---Elena9555 on 6/27/14

I come from a 'church-going' family not a Christian family. All would have said that they were Christians because they went to church.

I now attend where some are Christians but many are church-goers. The world has many church-goers who all believe (seriously) that they ARE Christians. Had I not been saved at the age of 18 I'd probably still be just a church-goer. My remaining family now attend church for weddings, Christenings and funerals and refer to me as 'being religious'.

It is easier to get through to someone who has never set foot in a church than to get through to a regular or occasional 'church-goer'. To the latter group their 'beliefs' are just a superstition which they hang on to 'just in case God really exists'.
---Rita_H on 6/1/14

On a similar question, how many of us here have come from a Christian family, and how many of us were brought into the Church from outside it.

While my family was 'nominally' Christian, I was not brought up Christian until I began to feel guilty, around the age of 13, but it was not till I was 18 that I actually met someone who explained how to know God

But the first thing was one of those Gideon's Bibles in a hotel, where I read the Sermon on the Mount, and knew I was 'not right with God'
---Peter on 5/31/14

You become a Christian when you realize you have been saved by God's grace before you even knew it. There is absolutely nothing you have to do to obtain it. It is already yours. Enjoy!
---love.jesus on 5/29/14

Dear Rita,
Thank you for the inside of what they do overseas. I did not know they celebrated Mothers day also. We should have a day where we do that. Mothers are special. In the Old days, mothers were not given any special day. Women have been treated very bad through the centuries. That has happened in most every country. I am glad they have a day for them. We all think of our moms so many times more then our dads. I guess because they bring us into the world, and we have that connection. Right now I miss my mom way more then my dad or sister. I don't know why, but I do. Agape
---Luke on 5/25/14

Our testamony is what our father did in our life. No judgment no condemn. Just the goodness of God manifesting in our life. Those are the testamony that bring people to Jesus. We all have those monents in our life's and they stay with us forever.
---Bryan on 5/24/14

Luke - your special day - Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May I understand and has been so since 1914 (or so I am told). Our Mothering Sunday originated a few centuries ago and is a church festival always celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Although celebrated on different dates there is little to be distinguished between the two these days as commercialization has hijacked both of them.

I think that mothers everywhere look forward to the day nevertheless and children enjoy being encouraged in school to make small gifts for their mothers.
---Rita_H on 5/16/14

Dear Rita,
I did not know you lived in Britain. Mothering Sunday you called it. That is great. So long as they have a day when people can give thanks to God for their mothers and all they go through bringing up the children. That is one job God knew only women could do best. I'm sure some husbands have brought up their children by themselves also, but it is not the norm.
Mothers have powers man do not have. Even more patience then man. Mothers are the best. Their work is ever ending. Man tend to worry more about themselves and their jobs, then to worry about the children as mothers do even when they work. Agape
---Luke on 5/13/14

Just to change the topic (temporarily I hope) I forgot to say thank you Luke for your Mother's Day wish. I am definitely a mother and gran, to quite a few, and received many cards and flowers a few weeks ago when we, in Britain, celebrated Mothering Sunday which many here call Mother's Day as you do in U.S. on your similar celebration.

Sadly the day has changed a lot from my childhood when we just made small posies of real small flowers (violets were popular) and wrapped them in a paper lace d'oyly. It is very commercial now.
---Rita_H on 5/12/14

Luke, only God and those present in the church know what I said when I gave my testimony. I said far more than just how I was saved - I spoke for 20 minutes. I know that God approved and I know that it affected several there.

God is the one who 'moves' people after/during hearing the gospel (by whatever means) and if we include the gospel in our testimony (which I think we should) then those who are being called will hear God's voice and wish to know more. That is exactly what happened.

To some it had a VERY different effect.
---Rita_H on 5/11/14

Dear Rita,
I was not suggesting that Christians not share their experiences, and what God has done in their lives with others. The fact is, that we as Christians cannot stop talking about the Lord. I do that all the time without knowing that suddenly He just comes out. That is the joy we have in Christ, we want to share it.
I was suggesting that only the word of God saves. The gospel truth. Not what I have experience. Experiences and testimonies do not save. The word of God does. If you hear the gospel that many preached in the bible you will know. Stephen preached it before he was stoned. Many hated to hear the gospel to the point of killing him. Happy Mothers Day to you, Agape
---Luke on 5/11/14

Luke, 'lost people don't seek God', correct but God uses PEOPLE to help other PEOPLE hear about Him and to desire to know Him as well as they can see that WE know Him.

God does this through sermons, testimonies, discussions with fellow passengers, chats with family, work colleagues etc.

Once we are saved we are not to keep God a secret in our lives - we are to 'share Him' with others. Some will be receptive to what we tell them and others will reject it.

Only by obeying God's call on us to either preach, give testimony or chat with people we've just met will we be able to tell them of HIM.

God calls us all in various way. We are just to obey that call.
---Rita_H on 5/10/14

Dear Rita,
the person lost does not seek after God. Romans 3:10 says,
"...There is none who" seeks after God"
If some is seeking God, it is because God has already come into his heart. Now those persons who hear a testimony, will continue to seek God, until they make a commitment because faith has already being given to them, they will make a commitment to Christ with their mouths, because what does it say?
"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" Romans 10:9,10.
---Luke on 5/9/14

Dear Chria,
beautifully said concerning salvation. It is by grace, and only to those who already believe. Agape
---Luke on 5/8/14

Luke, when a person gives their testimony, either to an individual or to a whole congregation in a church, they should be doing so because they are CERTAIN that God had asked them to do so. If God is with the person giving the testimony those words will reach the heart of the individual (or the hearts of some in the group) and that person or those people will wish to know more and will seek 'follow up' to the words they heard.

God gives us opportunity to give our testimony now and again and, after praying that this truly is God's will, we should obey and then we will see results.
---Rita_H on 5/8/14

Dear Rita,
Thank you so much for discussing godly passage with me. Keep the good work you are doing for Christ, agape
---Luke on 5/7/14

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In response to other comments,

it is the Gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

No one can come to Christ, unless the Father which sent him (Christ) draw him: and he (Christ) will raise him up at the last day.

Rm 1:16, Eph 2:8, Jn 6:44

only one way to be saved. However how people drawn by the Father...
---Chria9396 on 5/6/14

Yes, there is nothing to do. God has forgiven you. Just believe it.
---john7788 on 5/5/14

I believe that the HOLY SPIRIT can use the Testimony of a person to bring another person to a knowledge of JESUS.

We are saved by Grace alone through faith alone. But we are lead to JESUS by many ways and in many manners.

---Samuelbb7 on 5/5/14

//..I agree that testimonies do not save anyone ...
GOD saves (only HE can do that) and He does so in many and varied ways and can do so by convicting a person AS they listen to the testimony of a believer.//

Dear Rita,
First, you say testimonies do not save anyone, then turn around and say God saves in many different ways even listening to testimonies.
1. God saves by grace through faith.
2. a sinner needs to hear the word of God, the gospel of their salvation.
3. The word has to come to them in power and in the Holy Spirit.
Testimonies can get very emotional. No one is save because they get emotional.
Believers get emotional and testimonies strengthens their faith. I could only address a few areas, Agape
---Luke on 5/5/14

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Luke, I agree that testimonies do not save anyone - that is not the main purpose in telling them.

GOD saves (only HE can do that) and He does so in many and varied ways and can do so by convicting a person AS they listen to the testimony of a believer.

I am certain that this happens a lot and that is why I am convinced that believers are supposed to share with others (in person and in services sometimes) just how they became Christians themselves.

It is sometimes the first time that some church goers are ever told that we are all sinners needing a Saviour. Many preachers fail to get that message across. Some sermons are far too academic (aimed at brains) and unable to reach a soul.
---Rita_H on 5/4/14

Luke, I am pleased that your meeting went so well. You also say "Testimonies are given to believers to edify them. Testimonies do not save anyone."

My church is not full of 'believers' and my testimony had a very different effect on some of those 'regular attendees' from the effect it had on others. Some were in tears and wanted to speak with me later but others were also affected by being offended.

Not liking what we hear is sometimes a good thing as it throws out a challenge. I pray for the offended as seriously as I pray for the interested who KNOW they have a need of God. The offended have the same need but, at present, are unable to humble themselves and admit it. I was once like them.
---Rita_H on 5/4/14

Wow like, that is a testimony and God can work one on one or the way He used you. Awesome
---shira4368 on 5/3/14

Dear Rita,
I do not believe you will get anything from fellow church members if your testimony is in person, but online it is different. Testimonies are given to believers to edify them. Testimonies do not save anyone.
I was asked to give my testimony with my wife in front of many cops, fireman, and individuals who came with their wives. I did not have anything written, words just came out, about the kind of person I was and how my wife and I separated and what Christ had done to both of us.
While speaking, I could see many were crying. I did not know it would have that big of an impact. After the testimonies, many husbands asked their wives for forgiveness, and everyone pray together. It was awesome what God was doing. Agape
---Luke on 5/3/14

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Thank you for the more recent replies.

I recently gave my testimony in a church I have been attending for only 2 years. I came away with the impression that very few had heard one before. I used words like 'sin', 'our need of forgiveness', 'no sin will enter Heaven', 'Jesus died for each individual so it's PERSONAL and we must thank Him personally/individually.

Some thanked me whilst some picked up their bags and coats and, with backs turned, walked off as the service closed.

Some definitely did not like what I said. I just wondered if others had had this reaction.

Elena, people love to rake up another person's past life. They are the ones with the real problem because they don't understand what forgiveness means.
---Rita_H on 4/30/14

Mat 10:42

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

A Christian writer in commenting on this verse. Said Despise not the doing of little things. For little things can help many and more can be done then those who wait to do only big things.

Ecc 9:10

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Praise the LORD you are feeding some.

---Samuelbb7 on 4/29/14

To Bro.Samuelbb,thankyou, I realize how much God really change my way of thinking, my desire is to serve, if & when I get healed.I want to be on fire for God! Old things, pass away, I be even better, help where ever I can.My love for the Vets, the homeless, the people nobody cares for, those are the people I pray God bless me to be among, if at all possible.By faith I do keep holding on, I have nothing against no one, but I believe God heals me, I want to be usefull..not just cooking dinners at church, etc.
Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 4/26/14

My apologies rita.

Of course, taking a lesser traveled road from the beaten path where all the churches are leads to a certain amount of antagonism.

but the antagonism is nothing now compared to when I tried to walk down the main path.
---aka on 4/25/14

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Thank you Elena for your testimony here. Keep your eyes on JESUS so you will be with Him and all those who truly love for eternity.
---Samuelbb7 on 4/23/14

Hello, Sis.Rita, I thankyou, for explain-ing exactly, how/ what you wanted to know re: testimony given in church
there have been like one said "she wears pants!" another brought up my past! my past is forgotten, it'under the blood. The Lord, has given me complete deliverance areas ALL GLORY goes to Christ, and I expect he will work on me somemore.These people are still gossiping about me and few others, maybe it's they are bored, no life of their own..or who knows? I don't let them bother me.
I have been delivered of lots of things, God knows..thankyou, for your blogg.
God bless your eyes get better & your family, too. Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 4/22/14

Samuelbb7. Thank you, that is wonderful to hear.
---Rita_H on 4/21/14

Dear Rita

No. All those who talked with me talked about how great was GOD.

---Samuelbb7 on 4/21/14

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The moderator's heading to MY question has thrown you all. Not one answer actually answers what I asked which was:-

"After giving your testimony have you been met with antagonism from fellow church-goers?"

If you wish to answer that please do so but otherwise please pass over this question.
---Rita_H on 4/21/14

Rita, First you need to define "Christian" in order to determine if one actually fits your definition, then tell how this came about!
There are Catholic "Christians"
LDS Christians
SDA Christians
Baptist Christians
JW Christians
Anglican Christians
Presbyterian Christians
Independent Christians
Orthodox Christians.
Do any of these fit?
---1st_cliff on 4/20/14

\\Rita, we do have a personal relation with God when Christ comes inside our hearts. He is after all, our Savior and our father. what else do we need to make it personal?\\

That's not the same thing as "personal savior," or even needing one.

Besides, WE don't make anything about
our relationship with Christ on our own. HE is the one who makes it.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/18/14

YHWH gives his irresistible grace to those he has chosen to be in his divine family and be co siblings with Christ, you have nothing to do with the transaction what so ever. YHWH made his decisions billions of years ago prior to starting the creation process.
---Blogger9211 on 4/19/14

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Hello, Sis.Rita,thankyou!
Jesus touch my life,in a miracle way!I thought I knew him!
.I had the right clothes, knew "how to be church lady"

Jesus in New York, showed me what really is-serving him.

I had to go through something to appreciate what Christ did on that cross.

giving my time free-help nursing homes, then later veterans on the streets, food,clothes -then
homeless women on the streets, God has since then open my eyes, so much, he then delivered me from bad habits unbecoming anyone, much less a christian!
Jesus let me know & realize all
I needed was him! I don't have to worry about my past, he right there when I need a word of hope, love, forgiveness..
Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 4/19/14

I have 'become a Christian' using different men concocted formulas for a while.

Now I realize about 2 to 5 years ago, he might not have even though I was following the false notion that he would automatically.

Matt 7 21~23

Now I think if I died Jesus may recognize me.
---aka on 4/18/14

Rita, we do have a personal relation with God when Christ comes inside our hearts. He is after all, our Savior and our father. what else do we need to make it personal?
---shira4368 on 4/18/14

Where does the Bible say "personal savior," Rita?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/18/14

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