Tuesday, January 4, 2011

01/04/11 - Nominal Christians

I watched most of Passion 2011 via the live stream. On facebook I posted one of John Piper's quotes and this was a question I received. How would you respond?

Piper: Millions of nominal Christians have never experienced the fundamental alteration of the foundation of their happiness Passion 2011
16 hours ago · · ·
    • Will DeHaan What's a nominal Christian?
      10 hours ago ·
    • Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude Someone who has not experienced the fundamental alteration of the foundation of their happiness from self to God.
      4 hours ago ·
    • Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude Nominal Christians give Christians a bad reputation. They haven't humbled themselves to see what their true position before God is, so they sit in pride and judgement of others while they claim to have the love of Christ. Christ came to seek the poor, sinners, scum of the earth, not country club goers!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude
      Nominal Christians haven't fully embraced a release of themselves. They still want to protect their reputation, their money, their homes, their children, their ego, their pride...they've not realized that being a Christian is total death toself, to expectations.
      Again they give Christianity a bad rap and it drives me batty! I may just have to blog this ;-) You got me thinking!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude Nominal Christians don't filter their actions, thoughts, behavior, attitudes through a biblical world view. They still operate under the secular, postmodern world view that permeates our culture.
      3 hours ago ·
    • Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude Nominal Christians think that if you do the things above..you know question every movie you watch, what books you read, what TV you watch, what you say, what you think, how you act all through a biblical world view...well you'd be a bit too extreme ;-)
      3 hours ago ·

4 comments:

David said...

I would start by answering the question on the simplest, definition level first.

That is, the word nominal means "in name only." So, a nominal Christian is a person who is one in name only rather than a genuine one. They are perhaps only culturally Christians, or think they are one because they grew up going to church, or they go to church now, etc., but have not been truly converted and been born again by the Holy Spirit.

Evelyn said...

I agree with David! I was raised as a traditional Catholic, now I`m born again by the Holy Spirit.

Heather "Paulsen" Patenaude said...

I also appreciate and agree with David's comment!

Anonymous said...

I agree with David. I dated a man briefly and thought he was a born again Christian. Very quickly I began to see that a nominal Christian can talk the talk but not walk the walk. Look for fruit in a man's life. Look at his friends--like attracts like. If the Holy Spirit is at work in him, the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in his character. I ended the relationship...why marry a nominal Christian-a pretender-when the real thing is out there!