Take this short, 11 question quiz from the book of 1 John to find out if you are a true Christian.
In a little book called Is It Real? John MacArthur dissects 1 John into 11 questions that can determine whether a person is a Christian or not.
For me, this book was pivitol in my conversion.
After reading it, I clearly saw the stark contrast between my religious life and the authentic Christian life.
It was one of the first steps of moving from what amounted to pratical atheism–I participated in church but remained woefully detached and rebellious–to a recognition of my hypocrisy.
This is important.
A high degree of people who drift away from church probably fall into this category. They were practical atheists who simply shed the cloth of religion.
Now, this is just a hunch. But a hunch that’s been growing since talking to a number of people through this blog and elsewhere.
But here’s the deal: The true intention of this test is self-examination.
It’s not meant to size someone up and declare a verdict. That’s God’s job. He is truly the only qualified judge of any man’s obedience and faithfulness.
So, if you’re a Christian, take about two minutes to answer these 11 questions. And be honest.
1. Do you enjoy a close relationship with God and Christ? 1 John 1:2-3
2. Are you sensitive to sin in your life? 1 John 1:5-6
3. Do you obey God’s commands? 1 John 2:3
4. Do you reject this evil world? 1 John 2:15
5. Do you long for Jesus’ return? 1 John 3:2-3
6. Is the pattern of sin decreasing in your life? 1 John 3:8
7. Do you love other Christians? 1 John 3:14-15
8. Do you experience answered prayer? 1 John 3:21-22
9. Do you feel like the Holy Spirit is with you? 1 John 4:13
10. Can you tell the difference between spiritual truth and error? 1 John 4:1-3
11. Have you suffered rejection because of your faith? 1 John 3:13
So, how’d you do?
If you answered “yes” to most questions…you’ll have reason to enjoy your eternal salvation with great confidence.
If you answered “no” to most questions–which I did first time I took this test!–you’ll know where you stand…and what you need to do next: ask God’s forgiveness.
It’s also probably a good idea to explore J. I. Packer’s advice to new Christians. Take care and let me know what you think.
**Part of the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Sharing the Gospel series.**