The Point

The Point: Identifying as Christian

Who’s a Christian? “Most Americans believe in a higher power, but not always in the God of the Bible.” That was a Washington Post headline the other day, referring to a new Pew study. It didn’t surprise me. But this stopped me cold: “Belief in God as described in the Bible is highest among Christians—80 percent, the survey found.” Wait… 20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible? This, friends, is the problem of self-identification. Many Christians are quick to point out that an individual with XY chromosomes and male genitalia is not a woman, no matter what he says. And I can call myself Mary Queen of Scots, but it doesn’t make me a 16th-century royal. Likewise, I can call myself a Christian, but if I don’t believe in the God of the Bible, the book through which God has chosen to reveal Himself, I am by definition not a Christian. No matter what I, they, or the latest polls say. For more on faith and culture, come to


John Stonestreet


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