In this time of tolerant talk and inclusive thinking about the christian church and what she stands for, it is unusual to encounter a person who perceives himself or herself to be condemned on account of sin. A Christian understands that unite with a congregation, to become a member of a fellowship of believers, is not merely a start toward becoming a better person or finding a group where good deeds can be practiced. Rather, to be a Christian is to know through public confession that Christ died for sins, and that cleansing and forgiveness are received by the grace of Christ only.
Becoming a Christian means believing in Christ as the one who can, and does, forgive sin. All other acts performed by us, are carried out in light of that knowledge.