Why Some Christians Don’t Want To Be Called Christian

Some people of faith who follow Jesus Christ don’t want to be known by the word Christian.  They prefer other names such as Christ-follower or believer.  Why?

*  Some people feel that the word Christian has been so compromised that it now means nothing more than a vague, commitment-free acknowledgement of the religion known by that name.

*  Others believe that the term Christian has been politicized and taken over by certain political views that they don’t want to be identified with.

*  Still others feel that Christians have been maligned, mocked, and marginalized in Western society to the point that they want a fresh identity that more truly reflects the biblical ideal of being a Christian.

That’s why I am proposing a new, alternative name for Christians:  Christimates. 

A Christimate is someone who lives in daily intimacy with and obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.  A Christimate is committed to Christimacy (intimacy with and obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ).

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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9 Responses to Why Some Christians Don’t Want To Be Called Christian

  1. Randy Neal says:

    What do we call ourselves in our hear?t–only we and Jesus know. And that is what we truly are. If we would just live the life, we won’t care what label someone puts on us.

    • Steve Simms says:

      True, Randy. However, if you think of reaching others with the Gospel, names carry baggage. Many people think they are a Christian just because they’ve had some family or personal association with religion. They may need the faith more clearly defined for them in order to understand that there is more than religion.

  2. Abide by the 10 comandments and accept Jesus Christ as your savior and thats all one needs to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Where and when one worships is not important.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Good point! It’s the heart that counts.

    • Robert says:

      yes it is important. Luke 18:1 “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” right there is your when to worship. all worship even means is what you give your time, energy, money and emotion into. so if your giving no time or energy to Jesus then your not worshiping him. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18 is where doesnt matter why does Jesus have so much faith in the Church and give it so much strength?

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