I grew up in a Christian home.  As far as I know, none of my forefathers called themselves anything other than Christian.  Other than a few agnostics here and there, most of the people I know would call themselves Christians. Still I have met people from other religions.
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There are about 20 different major religions in the world.  Even the religions at the bottom of that list have over ½ million followers.  This does not count many smaller religions that do not fit into the other 20 categories.  Surprisingly, Christianity is still the most popular religion in the world, but even amongst Christianity, there are many sects and a wide variety of beliefs.  That raises the question, “what does it even mean to be a Christian.”  In order to answer that we need to understand what the good news of the gospel message really is, because just calling oneself a Christian is not the same thing as believing the gospel of Christ.  In fact, we will learn from Paul that even 2000 years ago some were already departing from the truth.  Let us examine what the true gospel is and make sure we have a real Christian belief.
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The book of Galatians was a letter written by Paul to a group of churches in the region of Galatia. In that letter, Paul reminds us about what Christ did for us and the importance of the proper gospel.  “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” (Galatians 1:4).
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    Notice that Christ delivered us- HE took care of our sins, not we ourselves.  That is why He gets the glory, not us.  The next verse makes that very clear.  “To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:5)
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Though Christ will change lives, our salvation comes through what He did, not what we do.  Consider the following verses:
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    Romans 3:25-27 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”
   Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    II Timothy 1:9  “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
   Romans 11:6  “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
   Titus 3:5  “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
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  Salvation is by grace not works, but it is also important for us to understand that the grace comes only through Jesus Christ.  Paul makes it clear in Galatians that any other gospel message is not the real gospel but a perversion.  “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-8)
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So what does it mean to really be a Christian?  Believe on Christ, trusting Him alone and give all the glory to Him for your salvation.