There are some quirks with regard to identifying someone as a Christian. Take Leonardo da Vinci, for instance. His writings identify him as a theist. However, his time was during the heights of Catholic power. If he couldn't affirm Catholic positions, it may be that he only spoke so far as to avoid the subject. I suspect that he was a Christian, but without some statement of affirmation he hasn't been added to the list. Then, we have someone like Willie. He's made professions of faith. For the most part, this is the measuring stick we use for inclusion in this list. I see some 'orthodox' Christians speak against him. No true Scotsman, as it were. They speak against many people who they say aren't Christian, because they did this or they did that. Apparently, these are people who believe their sin is much more Christian than others' sin. Like people who speed on the highway, much more correctly that you speed on the highway. They speed the right way. You speed the wrong way.
Bono has made some very strong Christian statements. But he's also made statements in his stage performance that equate Jesus with other individuals, with regard to the path of truth. This may or may not be indicative of his actual belief, who knows, but is certainly bad advice to give others.
Anyway, here's a great article on the subject: http://www.str.org/articles/eternal-security-cheap-grace-and-free-will
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