I was under the impression that a person really became a Christian when they “accepted Jesus as their personal savior”
That would be a true statement, it is also a HUGE statement. It means that you believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins and that He rose the third day. Along with the statement or confession of faith there has to be repentance, to turn from a life of sin and acknowledge that you need him as your Savior. And it is more than just saying it, you can utter the words right now but if you don’t mean them it will mean nothing because God knows what is in your heart. There are plenty of people in the church that don’t believe but they come for one reason or the other and yet they will still isentify themselves as Christians.
I worked with a guy (we’ll call him Chris) that said that he was a Christian and that he and his wife and kids went to church every week and that he made sure that they tithed. But in a discussion with another co-worker it came out under scrutiny of his religon that Chris was just “covering his bases if the whole Christian story was true”. His bases are not covered, and there are a multitude of people in the same camp as Chris. I would question anybody that lives a life devoted to sin whether or not they are Christians or not. Everyone sins but to live a life centered on sin is a whole other thing. As an example, look at the BTK killer. How can you be a born again Christian and plan, torure and kill people over years and years and take delight in it. I don’t think you can, that’s why I would question the Priests true commitment to the Lord. my 2 cents.