The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian

This quote from Mark Dever, given at a recent pastors conference on the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian:

The difference between a Christian and non-Christian: When a non-Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with his sin. When a Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with God, against himself.”

Do you agree?  Is this a good definition?

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HT:  DesiringGod


  • Kim April 15, 2011 Reply

    Hmmmmmm…..I guess none of us would fit the bill then…..

  • John Salvesen July 1, 2013 Reply

    Absolutely wrong. The struggle of Romans 7 attests to that. If that statement were true, none of us would be Christians!

  • craigg July 1, 2013 Reply

    This is not how the Bible defines the Christin!

    • craigg July 1, 2013 Reply

      Not how the Bible spells Christian either:-)

  • Richard July 1, 2013 Reply

    Context is missing. If his point is to define a Christian then it is an inadequate and misleading statement. However, if he is developing a point on conviction of sin, then it becomes a more plausible statement whether completely accurate or not. As it stands here, it is a statement out of context and even a scripture verse out of context can be misconstrued.

  • Jeff Ruble July 1, 2013 Reply

    Jesus died for all. This was Gods gift to man.It is for anyone who has been drawn by the Holy Spirit.For the saved ALL Sin has been forgiven but we have to acknowledge our sin and ask the Lord to forgive us. Romans 8:1 settels that. For the lost if they never ask for that then for them there is condemnation.

  • Kim Zweygardt July 4, 2013 Reply

    He didn’t call it a definition. He said “the difference is….” You are asking if it is a good definition. It doesn’t define a Christian but it does highlight a difference between those who follow Christ and those who don’t. (Although I also see many in churches who define themselves as Christians and just get mad when convicted of sin and “don’t agree with the preacher—but I digress!) I see truth in the statement.

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