10 Differences Between A Believer And A Christian

Warning: This might shake up your faith.

Here are 10 differences between a believer and a Christian.

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. —James 2:19

1. A believer believes in Jesus. A Christian follow his commands.

2. A believer goes to church on holidays. A Christian knows that a church community is paradigm to their faith.

3. A believer reads their Bible when things get tough. A Christian reads their Bible regularly.

4. A believer prays when things get tough. A Christian gives thanks no matter the circumstance.

5. A believer twists the Bible to fit his or her lifestyle. A Christian works to make his or her lifestyle resemble the teachings of the Bible.

6. A believer will sacrifice when it’s convenient. A Christian will sacrifice no matter the potential outcome.

7. A believer tithes when there is no risk. A Christian will tithe no matter the risk.

8. A believer conforms under the pressure or culture. A Christian holds fast against temptation.

9. A believer will share their faith when it’s comfortable. A Christian will share his or her faith regardless of the scenario.

10. A believer knows about Jesus. A Christian knows Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior.

– Jarrid Wilson


Can you name some other differences? Leave a comment below!

Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

178 comments on “10 Differences Between A Believer And A Christian”

      1. I believe you differences are but that the labels should be switched. I say this because the number of so called christians far out number the number of believers. There are so many so-called Christains who never step foot in a church, they are the ones who only show up on Easter and do the things you say believers do. The term Christian wass not used to describe the first believers and shouldn’t be used for true believes now. For one thing the term has been tainted and includes all manner of divisions such as satanic christain sects such as Catholicism, Mormonism, and just the general public when forces to choose something to describe their beliefs when they know they are not Muslim, or Buddhist, or Hindu or something else. You have so-called Christains that roll right out of the club onto the pews every Sunday without even a second thought. Right out of man or woman’s bed who is not their spouse, into the church every Sunday with no thouht of remorse what so ever. I know I’ve been their. There has to be a distinction between the believer and christain in this day, other wise the word gets blasphemed before non-believers due to the acts of the so-called Christains who outnumber true believers exponentially.

        1. I was just about to say the same thing. He has the labels completely backwards. But for arguments sake some of the behavioural characteristics are on point. I don’t even refer myself as Christian anymore because so do Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah’s witness, etc. I’m a true disciple of Christ.

          1. In 100% agreement. ‘Christian’ was a label first applied at Antioch to ‘disciples’. Blogging on this today, I was shocked to find no reference to the word ‘believer’ in the New Testament – I’m still looking though!!! ‘Disciple’ is the word. A ‘learner’. ‘Christian’ is a label that embraces a group that includes those who are hiding behind that label, and in that name, doing evil. Laying aside evil, even the ‘good guys’ using the name cannot all be correct. You cannot be a Mormon and a Catholic. But a Catholic and a Protestant can both be believers… and, perhaps better, ‘disciples’.
            They can, of course, also be called ‘Christians’ but the label has lost its potency.
            Looks like ‘Christian’ and ‘Christians’ are used (combined use) only 3x in the NT. Disciiple(s) is used 296x.

            1. OK, I knew I’d seen it, “Believers” {not ‘believer’ singular} is used twice in the NT. Acts 5:14 and 1 Tim 4:12. Digging deeper now… but it looks like ‘disciple’ is the best choice.

              1. Wow… after a bit of research, pistōn is used only twice – and that is in 1 Timothy 4 verses 10 and 12. The other uses of ‘believers’ really refers to the act of believing or of having believed.

              2. Actually the word, “believer,” is mentioned several times in the Bible as well as the plural form. I found 3 times “believer,” is mentioned and several more times “believers,” is mentioned

        2. I believe they should be switched as well. I thought it was going to be the other way around when I read the title – Christianity is a religion made by men. The same as Judaism. Believers are true people of God no matter the religious title.

          1. But I believe in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and doesn’t the word Christian derives from Christ? To be Christ like.

        3. You guys obviously didn’t understand that the author was outlining the difference between true “Christians” and people who are simply believers professing themselves to be Christians. The “so called Christians” that you describe may call themselves “Christians” but they are merely believers because they do not exercise true Christian practices. Your comment saying that the labels should be switched because believers call themselves Christians is beyond frustrating!

          1. Have to disagree. The labels do seem to be switched. True Believers become disciples of Christ and ultimately sons and daughters of Almighty God. Christians sometimes forget who they are and thus begin to get stuck on that label…. without any further growth or maturing.

            1. Amen I’m a daughter of the Almighty God and believes in His son Christ Jesus.Who bought me free through the blood forever and not just for a year. Jesus is the only way to the Father.Its Jesus for me all the way!Im ,praying daily and worshiping always singing praises to His name…

          2. Right on!! As Scripture says “even the demons believe..” Christians are followers of Christ and His Word. When you KNOW Him, you seek daily to be like Him. Your life and you change. This change is evident in all areas of your life. It is not just for “show”.

            1. I would agree! A Christian is a follower of Christ. You may say you are a Christian but like scripture says, “you shall know them by their fruit!” Matthew 7:16. Jesus also says in Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” He also says in Luke 7:21-23 ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

              To be a Christian is to follow and obey Christ Jesus’ teachings. Jesus said, He came to do the will of His Father which is in heaven. John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

              Choose you this day whom you will serve!

              For me, I know in whom I believe!

              I agree with Paul, who said, “For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day. 13Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 1:12

              God Bless! Trust and Obey Christ Jesus for there is no other way.

              Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

        4. I do believe that Christ, the Lord is my saviour. He gave his blood to protect us.I want to be a true Christian.

        5. Hi just to note that we should not compare ourselves to other Christians or other believers or whoever. Because we are created in the likeness and image of God, therefore we should only compare ourselves to Him. And noticing other people with the way they behave or with how they live their lives won’t add up to our benefit. There might be people who call themselves Christians or disciples of God, but only God can tell and it’s not our business to interfere or meddle with such and even question them. What I think is necessary and required of us to do, is to live according to His commands. Nothing more, nothing less. :)

        6. I agree with you TEE. He has a point on His differences but the labels should be switched.
          A believer in Christ does not simply believe in Him but seeks to be like Him. A believer is someone who is so united with Christ that Christ lives through him. A true believer is one who lives Christ’s Word, talks Christ’s Word, loves like Christ loves, believes what Christ says, and seeks to be as pure as Christ. A believer is someone who believes Christ and not just believes in Christ.

          When I write, I tend to use the word “Christian” to define anyone who is born again and member of Christ’s Body. I tend to use the word “believer” as someone who is actively striving to become Christ-like and has so put on the mind the Christ that he/she is not merely one who has Christ in them (Christian), but rather one who is “in Christ” .

        7. I second your input. This writer has it totally backwards. Christians just go to church but believers believe. Christians are a dime a dozen. Believers are the workmanship of God. Just me 2 cents.

        8. I truly agree that the 10 differences should be switched around to reflect the believer as the true Christian. This is why I believe the two names should be join together as “Christian Believers” without negativity against either. Certainly there will be times when we fall from Grace, but God has placed a season were we can repent and be forgiven and not be judged by non believers that dont understand the concept of we are not perfect yet, we are to grow into perfection with maturity in Gods Will and Way for our lives. Studying the Bible to show ourselves approved. Peace snd Agape Love❤🙏

      2. In agreement. To believe is just some conviction added to knowledge . which I think think is not enough. But to be a Christian is to be CHRISTLIKE which is more of doing as Christ does. Living as. Christ.

    1. A believer says, “I would if I could” a Christian says “I can do all things through Jesus who strengthens me.”

    2. How about neither one of them? Believer or Christian. How about sons and daughters of the Only True and Living God, through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ?
      Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD.
      Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN.
      You have to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that He is Lord to be saved.

      1. In my country the picture of Christian is this, christian drink wine, attend church not serious, obeying of Words is too far away, no matter whom they marry christian or non christian, pray only when necessary.
        But who believe and repent and give their heart to Lord Jesus Christ, received as a personal Savior, they obey words of God, pray daily even few times a day, share Gospel, tell testimony, pray to others & more
        So believers is not only to just believe that Jesus is Lord but they show through their life..

      2. Hi Jarrid.Paul,the Apostle,in his epistles adress the followers of Christ as Saints.Which literally means holy or consecrated ones.

      3. Belief and acceptance of Lord Jesus must come first. and is the only thing required. Our faith is what saves us. Once we believe and have faith, the works will come through God’s will. Paul himself tells us we are saved by faith alone, not by works. But once we are saved, then God uses us, making the tree bare fruit.

    1. Galatians 3 (and most of Galatians) is pushing back against seeking salvation through works…. This passage isn’t referring at all to what a Christian should look and live like. 1 Timothy 4:10 literally starts with “This is why we work hard and continue to struggle…” sounds like Paul wants to challenge that grace should change us, and move us into action. 1 Peter 1:22 – pretty much the rest of the book talks about how we should live as Christians. Saved by grace through faith, yes. But we can’t stay there, which is what I think Jarrid is saying in this post.

      1. in no time or way did the bible/GOD or the apostles call us christians,
        the name christians was given to the believers as a mockery,they callus christians as to mean imposters so saul/paul was sent to kill and make sport of us , then saul become converted to paul a believer.
        do you know who is christians, (roman catholic,k,k gang,mormons,jw, etc)
        even the dear president barack is said to be a CHRISTIAN, and he was the one who opened/released the gates of hell/ lgbt laws worldwide on mankind
        and even mocked CHRIST AND HIS HOLY WORDS
        all of us that says we are christians if we ever start referring to ourselves as believers/ disciples of CHRIST we would see the power n glory that follows us
        CHRIST ain’t coming back for christians, no only believers/disciples who r the true reflection of the SON’S OF GOD

        1. You’re right on! Terminology in this particular issue is pointless, so long we are not following the teachings and preachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples!! Anyone can label themselves both Christian and believers; Most celebrities who either follow Cabala or Scientology also refers themselves with such terms!!!

    1. even the pope francis who said he is the chief christian/representative of christ,
      in recent places told the world that CHRIST was a failure (denying the works of THE HOLY LORD GOD/JESUS)
      which saying im even feeling bad to share/repeating such a horrifying deception to you lest anyone of you are weak in the LORD JESUS should believe a hell sent pope

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