Is “Christian” a label for anyone who believes anything about Jesus Christ? “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” (Acts 11:26 NKJV). The resurrected Lord (and not the baby Jesus!) said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). To be a “Christian” one must: 1) observe all that Jesus commanded. But He nowhere “commanded” that we observe His birth; 2) assemble with the church. What church? The church of Christ is the only one in the New Testament; 3) remember, “Christian” is not hyphenated nor applied to everyone who claims to be one!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.