What Kind of Christian are You?

There is an interesting article over on Christianity Today called “Five Kinds of Christians” http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2007/004/1.19.html .

Here is the table they use to summarize their findings:

Active Christians 19%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Committed churchgoers
  • Bible readers
  • Accept leadership positions
  • Invest in personal faith development through the church
  • Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.

Professing Christians 20%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
  • Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
  • Less involved in church, both attending and serving
  • Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith

Liturgical Christians 16%

  • Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
  • Regular churchgoers
  • High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
  • Recognize authority of the church

Private Christians 24%

  • Largest and youngest segment
  • Believe in God and doing good things
  • Own a Bible, but don’t read it
  • Spiritual interest, but not within church context
  • Only about a third attend church at all
  • Almost none are church leaders

Cultural Christians 21%

  • Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
  • God aware, but little personal involvement with God
  • Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
  • Affirm many ways to God
  • Favor universality theology

Copyright © 2007 by the author or Christianity Today International/Leadership Journal.
Fall 2007, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Page 19

What do you think? Which of these five kinds of Christians do you see yourself as? Or is it just more drivel?



  1. #1 by 1godsgal on November 8, 2007 - 1:27 pm

    Rocky mountain oysters anyone???

  2. #2 by Christian on November 8, 2007 - 1:31 pm

    But, I contest that this does not mean there is a specific way or pattern that is THE correct one

    Amen to that.


    Brent has successfully guessed the correct foods….well, almost, but close enought.

    The platter is not sheep but Huevos Toros sauteed butterflied bull testicles. Yummy! And the cocka roaches are really canned ‘water bugs’ – right! If it looks like a roach….Doesn’t that bowl of curried Thai beetles look scrumptious?

  3. #3 by Christian on November 8, 2007 - 1:35 pm

    Ohhhh…Sorry GG – it’s the Prairie variety! But that was so close that you’ll be receiving the all new 2008 Speigel Catalogue!!!!

  4. #4 by inWorship on November 8, 2007 - 2:01 pm

    Butterflied always adds that extra…something.

    And why don’t I get the Speigel catalog 🙂

  5. #5 by brightshinyobject on November 8, 2007 - 3:23 pm

    Hiya C,

    “A preacher in the pulpit (same guy week after week)”

    This actually desribes much of Judaism, pre-Christ. Other people could get up and talk in the synagogue but whatever creedence was given to it was based upon what people knew about the speaker.

    It also indicates in the NT often enough that a small group of people were the leaders, must have had sufficient understanding of scripture to teach it.

    I posted something about this on Rev22. I just pasted what applies below.

    I just don’t think that the solution is abandoning it. Denominational structures are a miserable bureaucratic mess, and are democratic to the point of ochlocracy, but as far as how the gospel was spread and maintained within communities prior to Constantine, it seems fairly clear that there were groups of people who voted on stuff, including whether or not people could remain in their community, worked together, ate together, depended on each other as the ear does the eye and the hand does the foot, and congregated to hear the reading of the word and exposition of it in the fashion that Ezra did.

  6. #6 by 1godsgal on November 8, 2007 - 3:55 pm

    Thanks C, it was worth it not knowing my testicles as well as B…..I think that came out wrong……:)

  7. #7 by Christian on November 8, 2007 - 4:16 pm

    Yeah, Jay. Agreed. (Although the Jews are still much more tolerant of disagreement among their congregations) That’s why I think the church will continue to evolve, not just stop dead. But heck, I’m just guessing.

    GG- what are you trying to say? Uh, never mind.

  8. #8 by lovewillbringustogether on November 8, 2007 - 6:50 pm

    I know what that plate bottom Right is NOT… it ain’t Kosher’ – Oi Vey! 🙂


  9. #9 by lovewillbringustogether on November 8, 2007 - 6:52 pm

    well the one in the bottom middle LOOKS like… Oh No!?

    Not more Nuts??? – Poor Kangaroo! 🙂


  10. #10 by lovewillbringustogether on November 8, 2007 - 7:00 pm

    Finally reads the Answer… and ‘beyond’..

    If i’m all out of butterfly can i use Motherine inthtead?

    ‘I can’t believe it’s not Butterfly’ !

    What would Siegal say?


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