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Definition of Christian

I read once on another site that a member had a problem with the name Christian, he did not want to be called by that name, but preferred the term "a child of God."

In the beginning of the early Church they were called "the Way" see Acts 9:2; 18:25-26; and 22:4 and 24:14, 22.
In the first century Christian was considered a vulgar demeaning term, but by the second century it was considered a title of honour. King Agrippa asked Paul in Acts 26:28, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Agrippa's use of the word Christian was used as an insult.
The Revell Bible dictionary states that a Christian is a person who has a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Believer's were first called Christians in Antioch in Acts 11:26. The word appears only two more times in the New Testament, Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16.
The Greek word christianos, means belonging to Christ."
It is true that many people in the world use the term Christian to distinguish them from other religious beliefs. If the person is an American they are assumed to be a Christian.
This is not true, as stated before in the definition from the Revell dictionary, a Christian is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.
Satan has had a field day, in those famous Christians that have fallen into sin, all before the public eye and the front page of our new papers. Too many of us believe that we could never fall into "that kind of sin" and then we do, because we let that guard down, we did not take the threats seriously. We must stay in the Word, we must remain vigilant in taking on the "whole armor of God." Read Ephesians chapter 5.
Remember Jesus compared us to sheep, sheep are not real smart, they get into all kinds of troubles. Jesus is our "good shepherd" follow Him, keep watch, stay in the Word.
Ray Pritchard a pastor and writer, has a website http://www.keepbelieving.com
In the newsletter I received today the subject was on "Who is the Real Enemy?" It is an excellent article.

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