Distinctiveness

People who, through their obedience to the gospel of Christ [See John 20:31; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 8:35-39, 18:18], have entered the straight gate and are traveling the narrow way are people who are striving to be distinctive. In a world so filled with sin and indifference to godliness, it is refreshing and uplifting to notice the distinctiveness of a faithful Christian.
A true follower of Christ is:
Distinctive in SPEECH - The Christian's speech is "sound speech, that cannot be condemned." [Titus 2:8]. There is a noted void in profanity and vulgarities. He calls Bible things by Bible names [I Peter 4:11]. His language is the language of godliness, not worldliness
Distinctive in DOCTRINE - His consent is only to "the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the doctrine which is according to godliness. [I Timothy 6:3]. The first century church "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine..." [Acts 2:42]. The Christian is greatly concerned about abiding only in the doctrine of Christ [II John 9], and will teach no other doctrine than that which is authorized by the Lord [Galatians 1:6-9; Colossians 3:17].
Distinctive in WORSHIP - Historically, apostasy makes it's inroads by changing the way in which man worships God. A true follower of Christ avoids the vain worship of teaching man's doctrines [Matthew 15:9]. He also refuses will worship [Colossians 2:23], and he rejects the idea that man can worship God in ignorance [Acts 17:23]. The Christian distinctively worships God in spirit and in truth [John 4:24; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2, 14:15].
Distinctive in MANNER OF LIFE - A true follower of Christ always conducts himself in a manner which "becometh the gospel of Christ." [Philippians 1:27]. The Christian's modest apparel is distinctive from the world's dress [I Timothy 2:8-10; Galatians 5:19]. His entertainment is unlike that of the world's. His priorities in all matters place Christ first [Luke 9:23].
What this world needs is more distinctiveness! "...come ye out from among them, and be ye separate..." [II Corinthians 6:17].

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