What About the Unholy Lifestyle of Christians?

Without doubt, the unholy lifestyle of some has caused much confusion. It certainly has caused a great deal of pain for the true follower of Jesus Christ.

Part of the problem arises as many people call themselves “Christians” because they occasionally attend church, but have never had a transformation in their lives. They have never allowed Jesus Christ to forgive their sins and make them a new person (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore they keep on sinning and doing detestable things even though they call themselves Christians. This is a great shame and causes many Muslims to question Christianity. This also is an embarrassment to those who are true followers of Jesus Christ.

However, it should be pointed out that all people of all religious persuasions are under the bondage of sin. There are some who, under the cloak of religion, seem to be pious and righteous. The Pharisees were like that. Jesus said that while on the outside they looked good, on the inside they were full of hypocrisy and wickedness (Matthew 23:27,28).

To become a follower of Jesus Christ is a personal matter. It is not a decision of a community or nation. There is no such thing as a “Christian nation.” There are individuals inside every nation who have made personal commitments to Christ. These are the true Christians or “followers.”

We encourage our Muslim friends to study the lifestyle and spirit of those who are committed followers of Christ. God said we are to be holy and live righteously among humankind.

In conclusion, we appeal to our Christian and Muslim friends to listen to each other. Yes, dare to come close and truly examine each other’s beliefs. Answer each other’s questions in a spirit of love and understanding.

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