While worshipping and studying the Bible together are vital for believers, those characteristics alone do not make a man or woman a Christian. Pastor and author John Piper says words by C.S. Lewis unlocked this revelation in his heart. “Christianity—now get this southern Bible-belt people, Presbyterian, Baptist, you name it—Christianity is not a willpower religion. It is not a religion of decisions to do what you don’t want to do. It is a supernatural work of God by which you are born again so that you want God more than you want anything.

“If you don’t want God more than you want anything else, you are not a Christian,” Piper writes in a recent blog post. No doubt church attendance is good for believers. “One of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you,” T.M. Lauhrmann writes for the New York Times. “Religious attendance—at least, religiosity—boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life. The reason for this is not entirely clear.” READ MORE