Christian:  What about being just a Christian?

The Bible says in Acts 11:26, "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch". Why would believers in Christ want to be known or called by any name that did not come from God? No doubt it is because of the denominational concept that people have of the church.  In order for one to express what (denomination) he or she is a part of, it becomes necessary then to be known by a (name) that is defining of that particular institution. 

There are scriptural reasons for being just a "Christian", but no scriptural reasons for being a particular kind of Christian by wearing the name of some denomination. Paul condemned this kind of division in I Cor.1:12, 13.  Denominationalism, like those in Paul's day who were saying "I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas", instigates division, the opposite of unity. 

Being just a Christian is being just what God had in mind for man before the creation of the world. In fact, Isaiah prophesied that God's people would be "called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name" Isaiah 62:2. They were called that "new name" first at "Antioch", which was the name "Christian". This name glorifies Christ, man made names of denominations do not.

When Paul preached before King Agrippa, Agrippa said in Acts 26:28 "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian".  This illustrates that King Agrippa knew what name God's people were known by. Then Peter in I Peter 4:16 said, if "any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf"Man glorifies God when he suffers as a "Christian". There is no evidence that man glorifies God by any other name except the name "Christian".

To understand how to become a Christian, go to the "Questions Answered" Page and see, Christian:  How do you become a Christian?