Are You a Christian Only?

Wes  —  August 15, 2012
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Jesus did not tell His disciples to go and make Baptists, Methodists, or Presbyterians of all nations; He told them to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Those disciples would later be called, “Christians” (Acts 11:26). So, if the Bible teaches us to simply be disciples of Christ, or Christians, then why are there an estimated 41,000 denominations in the world?

Isn’t it time to cast off the chains of denominationalism?! Isn’t it time to be Christians only?!

Similar to the situation that exists today, many Corinthian Christians were following preachers instead of following Christ only. They were saying, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Paul responded, “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul” (1 Corinthians 1:12-13)?

I would ask the same thing today, “Did Martin Luther die for you? Or were you baptized in the name of John Wesley?” Why are you calling yourself after a man? Why are you wearing any religious label other than “Christian”?

Recently, someone told me this was a nice thought, but there was no such thing as “nameless Christianity” today. I beg to differ! There are millions of Christians around the world who wear no other religious label but “Christian.”

Won’t you join us? Won’t you cast off the chains of divisive denominationalism and simply be a disciple of Christ?

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams

P.S. I would also recommend that you read the post, “Is the church of Christ a denomination?”