Research on the term "Christian"
A study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
Presented by: The Master's Table Web Site
I have been looking at the fact that the Christian religion has become pagan for years and now over the past few weeks I have considered that when the term Christian Church is used around the world most believe it is referring to the Catholic Church and all it teaches. The term Christian, as in the churches today means the denomination of Christos which Christos is a Greek word for the anointed.
I looked into the word Christian in the New Testament and found that it only appears in three places. The explanation given was that it is a word formed after the Roman style, signifying an adherent of Jesus, and was first applied to such by the Gentiles. I did some research and found some very interesting facts which were the term Christian does not seem to have been adopted by those that followed the teachings of the Messiah in the times of the apostles nor did the apostles refer to themselves as Christians.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words states in part; “In 1 Pet. 4:16, the apostle is speaking from the point of view of the persecutor, "as a thief," "as a murderer." Nor is it likely that the appellation was given by Jews. As applied by Gentiles there was no doubt an implication of scorn, as in Agrippa's statement in Acts 26:28. Tacitus, writing near the end of the first century, says, "The vulgar (Pagans) call them Christians. The author or origin of this denomination, Christus, had, in the reign of Tiberius, been executed by the procurator, Pontius Pilate" (Annals xv. 44). From the second century onward the term was accepted by believers as a title of honor. (Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers
I looked up the word “Christian in the new bible titled, “Aramaic English New Testament” and found the word Kristianay in the place of Christian and this caused me to wonder why Kristianay that is a Greek word and is the Gentile term for non-Jewish followers was used and not an Aramaic word? The term non-Jewish followers denotes those that are from the Gentile nations. The answer is because the name is from pagan origin and the original word was "Kristianay" and was given by gentiles for gentile followers alone. What was the original Jewish followers called and does it make a difference in light that the Christian Religion has become pagan and the name itself is of pagan origin? The first assembly was called in the Aramaic/Hebraic "Ekklesia" and means the assembly of the called out ones.
After reading the history of the term Christian and realizing that it was not accepted by believers or followers of the Messiah “From the second century onward.” I sought to find the term that would be accepted. I looked into the scriptures that first named Jesus the Messiah and found, as expected, it meant the anointed. I then wanted to dig deeper into the Hebrew and found the Hebrew word used as Messias or mashiyach and then found a very interesting connection to that word Messias which was Suneklektos; that means chosen in company with, or co-elect or elected together by or with Jesus.
Also let's look at the Greek word "Theophilus" that was used in only two places in the New Testament. The reason for this information is that the term "Theophilus" is translated as another possibility of the name those that followed Jesus the Messiah during the time before the term "Christian" was given to them by the Gentiles.
Some historians say this was a man to whom Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:3) and the Book of Acts (Acts 1:1) and the person named Theophilus around the time Luke would have lived was a Sadducee and I have not found any evidence that he was a follower of Jesus. His full name was Theophilus ben Ananus, a High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem from 37-41 A.D. Nothing else is recorded about Theophilus in the New Testament and Luke is the only author to do so.
These two scriptures also shows that Luke must be the author of the book of Acts because the author stated..."The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (NKJ)
This very much seems to be speaking to what Luke stated in Luke 1. in that he was writing the things about Jesus to Theophilus. Because Theophilus, in Greek means "a lover of God", I believe that Luke could have in both Acts 1, and Luke 1 been saying; "The former account I made, (The writings in the book of Luke.) O Theophilus (People of God, or Lovers of God, or what we may say today "dear Christians" and not to some man named Theophilus because that would be the opening to such a work that Luke himself stated was for the record to the church.
NOTE: A couple who are readers of the Master’s table stated this to me in an e-mail today concerning this subject and I thought it was very interesting so I want to share it here.
They stated; “Chosen in company with or co-elect seems to be a very important understanding. The reason I say this is because the wave sheaf offering (Omer) was made up of many heads of grain that were ground into flour and waved to the east, west, north and south before being lowered. When Messiah returns we will be gathered from the four corners of the earth and descend to the mount."
They also stated that they believe that the wave sheaf therefore represents both the Messiah and His people. We are in fact one with Him.
The Christian Religion Is….
The Papacy as the Holy Father
Praying to the dead
Confession to Priest
Penitence and Amendments
Eternal torment doctrine
Going to heaven reward
Question is … Should you be a Christian?
Could be those chosen are The Chosen and Assembly of God.
This information is not for the purpose of stating that God has instructed me to change the name of His called out ones or His chosen people in the New Covenant. This information is researched and published for our readership in their studies of the bible.
Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's Table