Are You a "Christian," or a Disciple of Christ?
There is system called Church that has infiltrated society that is based upon the traditions of man. The vast majority of people who associate with man-named buildings call themselves “Christians.” This is a religious label that they give themselves as members of a sect, or a denomination that they give their allegiance to.
“Christians” are indoctrinated to believe a man-made system equates to salvation. They live in a template created by men within a “moral” framework obligated to spend their time and money attending to a special building where salaried officials create "road maps" telling their minions how to live and the direction they should go.
Unfortunately, those within the modern church system do not even know the term Christ gave to all of those who followed and trusted in him. It may come as a surprise, but Yahshua never used the term “Christian” to those who identified with him.
The question is,
If the cast majority claim to follow Christ, then why wouldn't they take the name which Yahshua chose for his followers?
The problem becomes apparent when the masses go to their esteemed clergy instead of Jesus Christ and the Apostles for the source of the concepts pertaining their spiritual reality. When one truly peruses God’s Word, the terms that Jesus used, and didn't use become crystal clear.
Who is your Master?
The fact is, there is clear distinction today between those who are in the Church system who follow the traditions of man, and those who are among the Ekklesia who follow Christ.
The term “disciple(s)” is used over two-hundred plus times in Scripture to describe those who follow Yahshaua. “Believer” is used twelve times and “Christian” is used a mere three times. Now if we really think about these terms for a few minutes, it should not take long to figure out that the vast majority of those who call themselves “Christians” have no problem saying that they “believe” in Christ, but the clincher comes when asking them whether they are students of the Master.
Huh! Yep that’s right. Do the majority of “Christians” actually know what Christ taught in the Word? Although they claim they do, the majority of "Christians" within the Church system reveal by their actions that their pastor is their “Master."
The term “Christian” was never used by Yahshua, or his followers in the New Testament. The fact is that those who follow Christ are known as disciples (mathetes), which can be defined as pupils who learn from their Master.
The three places that the term “Christian” is found in Scripture is used to describe Jesus’ followers by those who were not among the Ekklesia.
And in Antioch THE DISCIPLES WERE FIRST CALLED CHRISTIANS. – Acts 11:26
YOU PERSUADE ME TO BE A CHRISTIAN?” – Acts 26:28
Yet IF ANYONE SUFFERS AS A CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. – 1 Peter 4:16
The disciples were first called “Christians,” but this was a term used among non-believers about the disciples. King Agrippa was not a disciple, and Peter used the term coming from derision from people who associated them as such when being persecuted by them. The term “Christian” was used by those who were not part of the body of Christ to identify the ekklesia.
Today, the term “Christian” is a completely meaningless, and all those who ascribe to it create confusion as it as label that can be attached to just about anything. If you put "Christian" before yoga, it is redeemed! If you put it front of the term music, it is redeemed too! "Christian" has become the label of approval that is pinned on something to make it okay and acceptable. These things are all decided by ecclesiastical men for the people.
The stark reality is that a “Christian” is someone who has made a decision to have clergy be their mediator between them and God. They belong to a man-named building called Church and ascribe to the creeds and liturgy of a particular denomination.
In contrast, a disciple of Christ is someone who follows him and is the representative of the Gospel who is prepared to suffer for his names sake. It is a life that is pattered by the example of Yahshua. It is a life of service in the Kingdom of God, NOT the kingdoms of men.
The Modern "Christian"
The typical modern “Christian" will boast in their denominational affiliation selling their particular religious model. They are dependent upon their esteemed professional clergy class to lead them to “God.”
In contrast, the disciples of Christ, who are the ekklesia depend upon their heavenly Father who are led by their elder brother Yahshua into the Kingdom that was given to him. .
The term “Christian” is a label held by many who are not disciples, nor are they followers of Christ who strive to be like him, rather they are institutionalized members who follow the creeds of the religious elite who promote them.
“Christian” is a badge of honor used by men to men; it was never used by Christ, or the Father. Those who describe themselves as “Christian” reveals their hearts and the adjective of their actions. The modern “Christians" are not brethren, disciple, servant, elect, or bond-servants of Christ, but they are a mere label that they pin upon themselves to give themselves a religious gloss to attract others into the doors of the Church system.
The modern "Christian" will ask,
"Are you a Christian?"
"What Church do you go to?"
You see, by the questions they ask reveals to what and whom their allegiance is to.
Those among the ekklesia will ask,
"Are you a disciple of Christ?"
"Tell me about the Kingdom of God."
How the "Christian" answers these questions will reveal their heart and to whom they serve.
Go ye and make disciples of all the nations IN MY NAME, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you. - Matthew 28:19
Matthew 28:19 - Bible Corruption
Jesus Christ was the example of creating disciples and by his spirit we can become one too. He does not create the double-minded label called “Christian” who mixes the holy and profane to attain “God.” Jesus is calling sinners to repent, and that includes those who “believe” and call themselves “Christians.” It’s time to throw away the shackles of modern “Christianity” and become a pupil of the Master. This means dying to yourself so that you may live. It means loving Jesus’ ways more than man’s ways by loving God more than anything else. We must worship God in spirit and truth. This means detaching from the celebrity statuses of the ingenerated men who perform upon their pulpits and seek first the Kingdom of God.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, YOU ARE TRULY MY DISCIPLES, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32
The essence of what a "Christian" life is about is attending the Good People Club. That's it! That is all there is to test the authenticity of this label.
A "Christian" adheres to an ideology of denominational doctrines imposed by church authorities within the sphere of traditional anticipated conduct.
The sad reality is that essence of Christ cannot be expressed in the bankruptcy of the term "Christian."
You cannot be among the Ekklesia unless you are a disciple who obeys the commandments of God in a life of obedience to him.
In our world today, “Christian,” “disciple” and “believer” are not one and the same. The one who is willing to lose his life for Christ’s sake will give evidence of who they are with a changed life that does not conform to the system of men, but to the Kingdom of God.
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