Should Afro-Americans call themselves Christians because they follow Christ?
Or should they call themselves another name as Christ-followers? Especially do to history and the people that first started calling themselves Christians, and what they stood for, (if you know what I mean).
There is ONLY one 'body of believers' in Yeshua (Christ) but it is hidden in may different Christian denomination.
There are no distinctions, one is not following earlier generations of 'Christians', we are BEING disciples of Yeshua, obeying His instructions to the best of our ability.
Irrespective of what colour race or creed you are, if you believe that Yeshua is who He states He is, has the authority he professes and have given your life to Him, come under His authority, can agree with John 3:16-19 at minimum, and declare to the world what you believe, then you are a Christian.
To confuse the issue with racial delineation is to accept the deception of the enemy, who seeks to divide and conquer.
Do not be deceived, God loves all His 'children' equally.
ALL DENOMINATIONS ARE AN ABOMINATION. GOD says we are (His children) are to be of ONE ACCORD. Just the opposite of what denominations bring.
Agreed Charlie, I mention denominations ONLY because God has His children in all of them, the 'remnant' hidden in plain sight.
But there is ONLY ONE body of Yeshua believers.
@John: I must agree! Believers r n every denomination but not "studying" prevents 1 fm "Growing" into "Truth!" This Spiritual walk is as n school; PK-1 to PhD depending on 1's x "studying" (sincerity)!
If not AFTER THE CROSS, in vain!(Gal1:6-9)
Thank you John! I tried to understand the question but the bottom line is that Jesus died once for all men and women. It is up to us to accept the free gift of salvation, regardless of race, creed or color.
Galatians 3:28 "There is neither JEW nor Greek...; for we are ALL ONE
in CHRIST JESUS."
I don't think it matters WHAT you call yourself. What matters is your relationship with Christ.
Then Acts 2:42 LIED! Disciples of Christ = Apostolic Doctrine = Mature (filled with Holy Spirit w/"understanding" of WORD) = Apostles! (Rev 21:14)
Thank you Charlie! I needed that this mrng! I feel like Paul so many times in II Timothy 4:16 "At my first defense no man stood with me..." But THK U JESUS Jn 15:18 "hate me" = JOY & Jn 16:2 "put u out thking they did GOD a favor!" I'm BLESSED
Acts 11:26 (NKJV) And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
"The DISCIPLES were first called Christians in Antioch." That's who Christians are, disciples who have committed their lives to following Christ. It has nothing to do with race.
Why are black people following the religion of the people who abused them...in the first place? It doesn't matter what name they want to call themselves.
Historical evidence asserts that slaves, and Natives, were beaten and tortured into accepting the beliefs of the European conquerors...and to reject their own beliefs as false, or from the devil.
The fact that African Americans and Native Americans choose to remain Christians after learning the history of our torturous conversion is truly perplexing, and suggests a severe form of mind control, void of reason, and motivated by fear.
Because it's a "Spiritual" thing & has nothing to do with "man!"
I believe in GOD (aka JESUS) according to His "Rightly Divided" Word which is diff fm "religion!" Opposition of their beliefs displays no "severe form of mind control...."
Actually, all my community has is a strong propensity to submit to authority. Its not a "spiritual" thing, but rather a blatant and vicious deception, using simple psychology. No one can make u believe outright fairytales without your consent.
Getitrite: I very much disagree with your comment. It sounds like you have blinders on and only see in a limited way. Why do I say this? Because prior to my faith I was a science major who loved psychology also. I wasn't duped into faith. I saw God.
Tamara, Like I said, we have a strong propensity to submit to authority. You cannot present any proof of the claim that you have made, therefore, it is clear that you have been directed to believe this on faith...from a perceived authority.
get: "mind control"="humble yourself" by believing & having "faith!" Deny self! I use HIS Word & have been asked on several occasions to stop!Belief="Teach!" Can't stop!
No one can make 1 blv anything, but GOD! Only exposing All to "truth
First of all, do you know that the term "Christian" was used initially as a critical term (derogatory) by unbelievers? The word "Christian" can only be found three times in the New Testament! As you study to see "if this is true" (Acts 17:11), do you find any place in Scripture where Jesus ever called His followers "Christians?" (Here we go again as with "The Trinity!") Did you notice the majority of time the term was used in Scripture, had to do with "suffering?" (I Peter 4:16; 1:6-7; 2:12, 19-23; 3:9-17; 4:1. 12-19; 5:9). Even King Agrippa in Acts 26:28 said "...Almost thou persuadest me to be a "Christian" (or one of those people who are "ignorant" and follows Jesus knowing that they will suffer)! They knew what it meant back then, do you know now?
A "Christian" is a term used loosely by "sheep" and is only such when a "Disciple of Christ" (or follower by doing "exactly" as He did; Acts 2:42) is lead by the Holy Spirit and can be imparted by "the laying on of hands" for another to receive the "gift" of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-25)! Has one that calls himself "Christians," ever had this ("laying on of hands") experience? If not, not a "Christian" or a "Disciple of Christ" nor an "Apostle!"
A "Disciple of Christ" is one who is "learning" the "Gospel of Christ" but when "understanding" is given (via the Holy Spirit), then one becomes an Apostle for he now possess "understanding" and ready to "Teach!"
Romans 1:1 explains an Apostle which says "Paul, a "servant" (vessel) of Jesus Christ, "CALLED" to be an APOSTLE, "SEPARATED" (Ready for Teaching for "understanding" was given via Holy Spirit) unto "The Gospel of Christ." You see, when "called" and Holy Spirit "reveals" WORD, one "immediately" receives the "understanding" (revelation) of HIS WORD.
Did you notice how the Holy Spirit worked when teaching Paul the Apostolic Ministry (Jesus' Doctrine or The Gospel of Christ)? If you look at Galatians 1:10-20 Paul says (in part) (v12) "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, by the "revelation" of Jesus Christ."
Now, to the question! Who would ask a question such as this but one who does not know the Word of God and/or is only trying to play the devil's advocate? If you would read Galatians 3:28, it specifically states, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for we are ALL ONE "in Christ Jesus!"
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