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Christian Identity: An Introduction

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Van de Beek defined Christian identity as one who belongs to Christ and no longer to oneself. Free in Christ, Christians lose their fear of confrontations and expect God to save and renew the created world through death. Baptism is the first step of lifelong faith journey and it gives shape and direction to the whole journey. Faith in Jesus Christ and participation in his baptism, his own death and resurrection, are fundamental to Christian identity. Reformed confessionality includes orthodoxy, orthopathos, and orthopraxis. Religious pluralism has led to a reconsideration of the traditional church-state relations in many countries. There is an invitation to the church to read scripture in relationship to the actuality of the Living God -shifting from a past-bound to a God-bound identity. Christian identity is baptismal identity not only referring to Christ, but specific to the death on the cross and the resurrection.

Keywords: baptism; Christian identity; church; Jesus Christ; Van de Beek

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