I have written a few posts describing what I believe a Christian is or should be. I guess I should have started with the topic of how a person becomes a Christian in the first place.
The first step can be difficult – recognizing and admitting that we are sinners and that we need to be forgiven and saved. But after that, and contrary to popular opinion, it is actually quite easy to become a Christian. I am not talking about some of the spiritual “hoops” that some would tell you that you have to jump through first. You don’t have to attend church or sign a membership card. You don’t need to be dunked in a tank of water. You don’t need to eat a special wafer or drink special wine. You don’t have to pray for so many hours a day. You don’t have to wear certain clothes or look a certain way. You don’t have to give up drinking alcohol, eating pork, playing cards, going to the movies or dancing. The only prerequisite that God requires of you is that you have a sincere, meek, and penitent heart that desires to seek out God and have a relationship with Him.
Php 1:9, 10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and in all perception; … that you may be sincere and without offense until the day of Jesus Christ,
Jas 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
When you get to that place in your heart, the next step to becoming a Christian is “saying” and “believing”.
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
The word “confess” means to acknowledge. You admit that you are a sinner who needed a saviour and that Saviour is Jesus Christ. (You don’t need anybody else around to verbally confess either – you could be alone on a desert island and God would hear you and accept your confession). Then you acknowledge that Jesus paid the price for your sins and He died in your place.
Then in your heart you believe that God resurrected Christ from the dead and that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God interceding for you.
Rom 8:34 … It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
To become a Christian 1) admit that you are a sinner and acknowledge that Jesus died for your sins 2) believe that God raised Jesus from the dead (which is also our hope of glory for us).
And as Porky the Pig said, “Th-th-th-that’s all folks”!