What is a New Testament Christian? Put simply, a New Testament Christian is is a Christian that patterns his life after the New Testament. He, first of all, is a Christian. He is not just one who calls himself a Christian. Conservatives in Republican politics have coined the term, “Rino” (Republicans In Name Only) to describe members of the Republican Party who have wandered away from the traditional values of the Republican party. There are also people who are Christians in name only. There are many different definitions of Christian. To some it simply means a good person. To some it means one who has followed some “plan of salvation” or another. To others it is simply one who believes in Jesus Christ.
The New Testament defines a Christian as one who is a follower of Jesus Christ. It is the New Testament that tells us what one must do to be a follower of Jesus Christ. So, one who follows the teachings of the New Testament is a New Testament Christian. Any one else who calls himself a Christian is a Christian in name only. Jesus says, “”Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 7:21). And, Peter says, “But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God” (1 Peter 4:16 – NASB). Are you a New Testament Christian?