Pilgrim’s Keyboard

January 2, 2009

Three Kinds of Christians – Which are you?

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:14 am

“Broadly speaking there are three kinds of ‘Christians’ preacher-made, self-made, and God-made …” [A.W. Pink].

Those who are preacher-made Christians are the ones who follow their pastor around like a puppy follows its master: if the pastor moves on, his converts move on with him.

The Apostle addressed this very problem at Corinth when he wrote For when one says, I follow Paul, and another, I follow Apollos, are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth — 1 Corinthians 3:4-7. Whose disciple are you?

Those who are self-made Christians are like everything else that is of self importance, it is always about what they can get or what they have done. Salvation is not by man’s own effort it is completely of God.

The Apostle addressed this very problem when he wrote For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast — Ephesians 2:8-9. Whose disciple are you?

Those who are God-made Christians are the ones who follow Jesus Christ and only Jesus Christ for they know that w/o Him they have no eternal hope.

The Apostle addressed this truth when he wrote Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, an unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time — 1 Peter 1:3-5. Whose disciple are you?

Which type of Christian am I? – I am God-made, I am born-again in Jesus Christ, the Son of God! I invite you to go to Calvary’s cross and trust Jesus Christ today as your Savior.




  1. Did you write this? Incredibly clear and insightful! I wish every televangelist and mega-church preacher would read this. I could think of several more who need to understand this too including a preacher at a little out-of-the-way church not too far from us. Love you- The FSK 🙂

    Comment by Cindy — January 3, 2009 @ 11:42 am | Reply


    Comment by bobbi — January 3, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  3. Amen brother that is it! I follow the Lord Jesus Christ and him crucified. When you are at a church and they have an alter call, and people flock to the alter when the pastor has given a message without mentioning Christ, sin, repentance of sin or salvation once in the entire thing. You can’t help but wonder what are they responding to?

    Comment by Digital Publius — January 3, 2009 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  4. I’m more of a deist than a christian.

    Comment by Amy — January 3, 2009 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  5. Amy,

    Thanks for replying on my site. I always enjoy any comments on what I put on the blog. Epecially from my firends.

    Deism states that there is a creator. Deist state this creator is God who created the world and then stepped back and has let it run on its own. Thus this distinguishes the difference between an non-beliving evolutionist (big-bang) and a theistic-evolutionist (deity created and consequential development w/o hinderance or interference from a non-providential deity). Stating that you are more of a deist than a christian puts you with the company of at least two famous individuals – Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

    Familiar scriptures for you –

    Genesis 1:1

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

    John 1:1-3

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things wee made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    Colossians 1:15-17

    He [Jesus – God’s beloved Son – vss. 3-14] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation [this is not in the sense of being created – it is more in his preeminent existence before creation]. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rules or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    Later … Bruce
    Psalm 124:8

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — January 3, 2009 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks for the comment Bobbi.

    It is concerning that so many in this country claim to be Christians and yet fail to walk in a way that reflects that. They are as Jr. calls them, “Back pocket Christians” – for the only evidence they wish to display is their baptismal certificate. Such a claim of works is invalid when found in regards to James 2:14-18.

    Psalm 124:8

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — January 3, 2009 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks Hassan.

    I agree that too many want to preach and then seemingly do not want to preach the gospel message. Every biblical message from the pulpit should contain the gospel message of Jesus Christ. For that is the theme of all of holy-writ.

    Psalm 124:8

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — January 3, 2009 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks – my darlin’ fiery-side-kick.

    Luv Ya! Bruce
    Psalm 124:8

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — January 3, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

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