As you all may know, I did a blog earlier concerning a study on Catholicism, whose content was only meant to unify, yet address certain parts of every movement that were false by calling us all to a time of prayer concerning our own movement.
Tonight, I am going to do something I feel needs to be done. At the time I’m writing this (7:03, P.M.), I am in the process of recording a podcast which I will post on here. This podcast is a prayer of repentance but also a call for us to leave even the title “Christian,” behind. It means “to be Christ-like,” but there are people out there that are not Christ-like. They do the very thing which Jesus condemns: persecute the saints. As you saw earlier, it doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant. There are people in every movement that persecute the saints. There are good and bad leaders alike in every movement. However, as was shown in the article which I linked to in this blog, Christ is the head. The purpose of this blog is to do the research part of the lesson so that we can understand where we’re coming from. I want more reverent words to be my title like, “Disciple of Jesus Christ,” or “People of the Way.” As I’m writing this, a thought came to mind: We must look at the Gospels and ask ourselves one question: What does it mean to be a true Disciple of Jesus Christ? Some may argue, “Just because there are bad people in every movement doesn’t mean we should discard their titles,” and I’d say, “I don’t want a name I can see people casually throwing around. I understand there may have been times when people weren’t acting Christ-like in the New Testament like when Peter was acting hypocritical toward the Gentile believers in Jesus, but I think it is time for a title change. We need to call ourselves what we are: Disciples of Jesus Christ–that is, if we’re acting like one.”
As long as the people who want to join me will be teachable like Jesus said, we can keep the beliefs of our movements or sects. This article must be considered. I will present some others to back this up, but salvation is not just a “say this prayer and you have entered the family of God,” mantra. It should take many years. Although the author of this blog doesn’t intend for us to start calling ourselves “The Way,” or “Nazarenes,” I do. As was shown, The Way is mentioned more in Scripture than Christian or The Sect Of The Nazarenes. The reason for my departure is because, like I said, although the word Christian means to be Christ-like, we need to stick with what we’re most called in Scripture, simply because this title is a more weighty one. No one back in the Early Church could say, “I am of The Way,” without being taught for years what this meant as was shown in the first article. My assertions may be narrow-minded, but I doubt it, not out of pride, but because of what I see within these articles above. John 8:1-11 is where the story of the woman caught in adultery which I speak of in the Podcast. The Disciples were not converted as the Church converts people today; they were discipled. Here is the podcast, and like I said, please pray concerning this. I don’t mean it critically, but I have to be faithful to the Word of God.