- Religion and Philosophy
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 supposed moral framework where they are obligated to spend their time and money attending to a special building where salaried officials create spiritual road maps for them 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 he never used the term 'Christian' to those who identified with him.
The question is,
If the vast majority claim to follow Christ, then why wouldn't they take the name which Christ chose for his followers?
The problem becomes apparent when the masses go to their esteemed clergy instead of Christ and the apostles for the source of the concepts pertaining to their spiritual reality. When one truly peruses God’s word, the terms that Christ 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 the way of Christ.
The term 'disciple(s)' is used over two-hundred plus times in Scripture to describe those who follow Christ. '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.
Do the majority of Christians actually know what Christ taught?
Although they claim they do, the majority of Christians within the man-driven church system reveal by their actions that their Pastor is their Master.
The term 'Christian' was never used by Christ or any of his followers in the New Testament.
Those who did follow Christ are known as disciples [3101. mathétés], meaning a pupil who has learned from their Master.
The three places that the term 'Christian' is found in Scripture was used to describe Christ's 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 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 many attach to just about anything. If you put 'Christian' before yoga, somehow the people think it is a redeemed practice. If you put it front of the term music, it is somehow redeemed too. Christian has become the label of approval that is pinned on something makes something okay and acceptable that are all decided by ecclesiastical church men as their stamp of approval.
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 denominational name brand.
In contrast, a disciple of Christ is someone who follows him and is the representative of the genuine Gospel. It is a life that is pattered by the example of Christ with a a life of service abiding in the principles of Kingdom of God, nor partaking in the kingdoms of men.
The Modern Christian
The typical modern Christian will boast in their denominational affiliation selling their particular religious template. They are dependent upon their esteemed professional clergy class to lead them to salvation.
In contrast, the disciples of Christ who are the ekklesia depend upon their heavenly Father. They are are led by their elder brother who is Christ 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.
For many, being called a Christian is a badge of honour given used by one church member to the other.
'Are you a Christian?' they say.
If you say yes, it becomes a stamp of approval among the religious crowds.
The label of 'Christian' was never used by Christ or by our Father in heaven. 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 defined by a man-made label that they like pin upon themselves that gives them the religious veneer of supposedly being redeemed while partaking in the idolatry of the traditions of man.
'Are you a Christian?' really means, 'What church do you go to?'
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?'
If the answer is, 'yes.'
The next question is, 'Can you tell me about the Kingdom of God.'
How one answers will reveal whether they are a disciple or a Christian.
A few simple questions reveal the heart of a person and to what and 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
Christ was the example of creating disciples and by his spirit we can become one with him and the Father. Christ did not come to create a double-minded label called 'Christian' that mixes the holy and profane to attain God. The message of Christ and the apostles were to call sinners to repent and that includes those who believe and call themselves 'Christian.'
A Christian is a label that is put upon those who are bound in the shackles of a man-driven agenda called Christianity.
To become a disciple who is the pupil of their Master, Christ our Saviour means dying to the ways of the world and living for the Kingdom. It means loving the way of Christ more than man’s ways. Worshipping God ins spirit and truth means detaching from allowing the church Pastor to be your Master or any other self-appointed religious men who desire to be over you.
Our Master made disciples so his disciples would make other disciples. Our Master did not come to make other Masters to draw disciples to themselves. That is what the religion of Christianity desires to do.
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 ambiguous term Christian.
In our world today, what is called a 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 their Master is, what they believe and of who they are a disciple of.
A changed life will not conform to the system of men, but to the Kingdom of God.
Do you call yourself a Christian, or a disciple?
Do you consider yourself a "Christian," or a Disciple?
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