What is Christianity? A Simple question—with a million different answers. Let me give it a try…
Bare bones Christianity is Christianity boiled down to the basics. C.S. Lewis called it “Mere Christianity” and Walter Martin called it “Essential Christianity. Bare bones Christianity is Christianity stripped away of all the denominational differences and disagreements.
Christianity has a core—fundamental—essential beliefs system. Any doctrine denying or opposing these foundations is not Christian. This is what separates Christianity from Mormonism, Jehovah witness, and other sects.
The scriptures, both the Old and New testaments are entirely inspired by God and are completely without error in their original writing.
(2 Tim 3:16) (2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is none greater or less than the other, but all three are coeternal together, and coequal. To believe anything other than that there is one "what," (God), revealed in three "who's" (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is in error.
(Matt 28:19) (John 10:30) (Hebrews 1:8) (Acts 5:3,4)
Lord Jesus Christ—is God's only begotten Son, He was born of a virgin (Mary), His life was sinless, He sacrificed Himself (the cross) for our sins, and He rose bodily from the dead (resurrection).
(John 1:1-3, 29) (Matt 1:18-25) (Luke 24:36) (2 Cor 5:21) (1 Cor 15:3) (John 20:9,19,20,26-28)
Man is saved by grace alone through faith alone, and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift. Man's efforts regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it.
(Romans 10:9,10) (Eph 2:8-9) (Gal 2:16) (Romans 11:6) (Col 2:13,14) (Titus 3:5)
All Christians believing the bodily, personal, imminent return of the Lord, Jesus Christ
(1 Thes 4:16-18) (Matt 25:31-46) (Rev 19:11-21)
Those who call themselves Christians, and do not affirm to the aforementioned beliefs are called heretics. Based on the above fundamentals, Christians entrust their lives to worshiping and loving Jesus-----this is Christianity in its bare bones. Weird? Yes. Erroneous? No.