What Is Essential to Being a Christian?

Being a Christian doesn’t only mean that you assent to a certain set of doctrines. There are other equally important things that must be true. Jonathan Edwards explains.

It is essential to Christianity

  • that we repent of our sins,
  • that we be convinced of our own sinfulness,
  • that we are sensible we have justly exposed ourselves to God’s wrath,
  • that our hearts do renounce all sin,
  • that we do with our whole hearts embrace Christ as our only Saviour;
  • that we love him above all, and
  • are willing for his sake to forsake all, and
  • that we do give up ourselves to be entirely and forever his.

Religious Affections, 334; bullets added.

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Tyler Kenney (@tylerkenney) is a former content strategist at Desiring God. He and his wife, Kristen, live in the Twin Cities.