I AM A CHRISTIAN
(Note: The following article was written by Dr. Cecil May, Jr., dean emeritus of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. It appeared as his “Finally, Brethren” column in the October 2019 issue of the Gospel Advocate and is used here by the express permission of the Gospel Advocate company. I highly commend Dr. May’s provocative article to all).
I am a disciple of Christ; I seek to learn from Him and follow Him…but I am not a Disciple of Christ.
I am a methodist; I try to follow the biblical method…but I am not a Methodist.
I am a baptist; I have been immersed in water for the forgiveness of my sins…but I am not a Baptist.
I am catholic; Christ added me to His universal church…but I am not a Catholic.
I am part of an assembly of God; we assemble each Lord’s day…but I am not of the Assemblies of God.
I am presbyterian; my congregation is shepherded by elders (Greek, presbuteroi)…but I am not a Presbyterian.
I am episcopalian; my congregation is overseen by bishops (Greek, episcopoi)…but I am not an Episcopalian.
I am a member of a congregation which is Christian and independent…but I am not of the Independent Christian Church.
I am a member of the church of Christ; He built it and purchased it with His blood…but I am not Church of Christ.
I am a member of the church of God; He purposed it before the worlds began…but I am not Church of God.
By the grace of God, I am a Christian.
Hugh Fulford, November 12, 2019