What is a “nominal” Christian? It means that you profess to be a Christian, but it really has no impact on your life. Are you a nominal Christian? You might be offended that I even suggest such a thing. However, Scripture tells us to examine and test ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). How can you test? Here are some good questions to ask yourself:
Do you love God? In your heart, do you desire to follow Him, worship Him, and obey Him? Does your professed love for God stretch into action?
Do you love the Bible? Do you believe that it is true? Do you want to follow the One whom it reveals, Jesus Christ, and follow His commandments? Do you enjoy reading the Bible and take nourishment from it? Does it shape your ethics and morals, or do you just go with what you feel at a gut level?
Do you love Christians, or are they like any other group of people to you? Do you desire to serve other Christians?
These are just a few questions that are helpful to us as we examine our own hearts. (You can find more here.) As we study through the book of 1 John, it will help you to dig deeper into this subject. John (one of Jesus’s disciples) gives us some tests in this little book to see whether or not we are true Christians or just wearing the name.