Raymond D. Sopp is an on-fire, born-again believer with a calling. It is probably one of the most unique callings known and unknown to the Christian world. It is not to evangelize; it is not to witness to unbelievers; it is not even to spread the gospel: but it is to give self-professing Christians a hard look in the mirror.
With that said, The Portrait of a Christian was not written to condemn, and readers will not feel condemned while reading it; instead you will find the author’s love for his flock, and God’s love for all.
Sopp stresses the point that we "do not know the hour" in which Jesus will come, so it is of the utmost importance to know beyond any doubt that we are ready. That very assurance of salvation, of adoption into the family of God, is interwoven into every point the author makes.
The Portrait of a Christian is a wonderful, serious bible study, and study guide to living--truly living--the Life of a Christian. – Tammy Hornbeck, Christian Book Previews.com
My heart sank within me. Something was VERY wrong! My heart profoundly sank into my innermost being. It was then I knew in my heart of hearts that this insight was NOT given to me to judge anyone, but to HELP every called-out-one safely into the Kingdom of God. I wanted to somehow spiritually paint the portrait of a Christian in order that all who professed to be Christians would then be able to examine themselves to see if they could recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ within themselves. And, God forbid, if they failed the test, just maybe, if they had ears to hear, they could then turn their mere Christian profession into a truly born-again experience.
With this in mind, the title I have given to this book is: "The Portrait of a Christian." The title comes from the knowledge that the best way to warn (admonish) of a fault is to expose the genuine—to expose the Spirit behind the Holy Scriptures so you can examine yourself to see if you recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ (The Word) in you. This is one examination that ALL professing Christians must pass; to fail this examination has eternal infernal consequences.