Understanding the scope of the problem is mindboggling to say the least, but with systematic study and under the guidance of the Holy Ghost you will come to the truth, unless you harden your heart.
You will notice that throughout the book up to this point the word (Christian) has been placed in inverted comas, the reason is that the term (Christian) was given to the Apostles at Antioch by the Pagans and it was a derogative term. Now if you need a starting point for a study this will be it as from here on in we can trace the deception of Satan as Pagans changed and added to the Gospel of Christ.
Should we call ourselves “Christian”?
Nowhere in the scriptures did Jesus call anyone a Christian as a matter of fact nor did the apostles, the references we see are such as , "brethren", "disciples", "apostles", "servants", "believers", "followers", "the faithful", "the elect", "the called", "bondservants" and "saints.". Here we have a list of names and none of them Christian, so what did this word Christian mean and were does it come from should be explored first. The word comes from the Greek word Χριστιανός and it is pronounced as chriy-stiy-a-nos' and this is according to Strong’s Dictionary and here is the meaning according to the same source.
G5546 Χριστιανός Christianos (chriy-stiy-a-nos') n/g.
1. (literally, familial) “Little Anointed” (as family name of endearment, like “Little Johnny” or “Little Susie”).
2. (properly, only of the redeemed) a Little Kinsman of Anointed-One (a relative by the redemptive blood of the Messiah, also called Christ).
3. (by Hebraic prophecy) a Redeemed Kinsman of Anointed-One (see Isaiah 62:12).
4. (Figuratively, as understood by the nations) followers of the teachings of Christ.
5. (improperly, though very common) a person who identifies himself as a Christian only because he does not identify with another religion.
6. (Transliterated, singular) “Christian” (anglicized), “Christianos” (from Greek).
7. (transliterated, plural) “Christians” (anglicized), “Christianous” (from Greek).
Here as you can see it starts with a term of endearment, next we look at the Michelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries and see a further corruption of the derogative Pagan slur.
G5547 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Dictionaries of the Greek and Hebrew Testaments)
1. (literally) Anointed, a man anointed with oil .
2. (properly) the Messiah, the Anointed-One of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
3. (transliterated) “Christ” , “Christos” .
4. (by function) the Redeemer, the Savoir.
5. (by identity) Jesus, Yeshua, Ἰησοῦς , יְהוֹשׁוּעַ ,יְהוֹשֻׁעַ.
In the AmTract we see that the term is described not as ridicule but rather a term of convenience.
Christians (A Dictionary of Holy Bible (AmTract))
A name given at Antioch to those who believed Jesus to be the Messiah, A. D. 42, Ac 11:26. It seems to have been given to them by the men of Antioch as a term of convenience rather than of ridicule, to designate the new sect more perfectly than any other word could do. They generally called each other "brethren," "the faithful," "saints," "believers;" and were named by the Gentiles, Nazarenes and Galileans. He only is a real Christian who heartily accepts Christ as his teacher, guide, and master, the source of his highest life, strength, and joy, his only Redeemer from sin and hell, his Lord and his God. They who rightly bear Christ’s name and partake of his nature, and they only, shall finally share in his glory.
In the Bridgeway Bible Dictionary we have the first nearly correct statement with the word possibly thrown in for good incorrect measure.
Christian (Bridgeway Bible Dictionary)
The citizens of Antioch in Syria were the first people to give the name ‘Christian’ to believers in Jesus Christ (Act 11:26). The language spoken in Antioch was Greek, and therefore the believers in that town spoke of Jesus not by the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’, but by the equivalent Greek word ‘Christ’. (Both words meant ‘the anointed one’; see MESSIAH.)
To people who were neither Jews nor believers, ‘the anointed one’ (‘Christ’) had no significance. To them the word seemed to be merely the name of a person, and the followers of that person they called ‘Christ’s people’, or ‘Christians’. Originally non-believers used the name ‘Christian’ as a nickname, possibly in mockery (Act 26:28). But it proved to be a suitable name, for it showed that the Christian religion was centred on Christ. Under some of the later Roman Emperors, believers in Jesus were persecuted merely for being Christians (1Pe 4:16).
The Dodson Greek-English Lexicon really outdoes itself in the etymology department when it comes to the word Christian.
G5546 (Dodson Greek-English Lexicon)
Χριστιανός, οῦ, ὁ
The Illustrated Bible Dictionary also goes with the word probably and is rather vague talking about Greeks and Romans and certainly not Pagans.
Christian (Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
the name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Jesus. It was first used at Antioch. The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were "brethren," "the faithful," "elect," "saints," "believers." But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name "Christian" came into use, and were universally accepted. This name occurs but three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16).
Faucet’s Bible Dictionary completely denies the Pagan origin of the name and refers to those Pagans as converted and great givers of names. Here we have the first reference to Rome and Caesar.
Christian (Faucet’s Bible Dictionary)
The name first given at Antioch to Christ's followers. In the New Testament it only occurs in 1Pe 4:16; Act 11:26; Act 26:27-28. Their name among themselves was "brethren," "disciples," "those of the way" (Act 6:1; Act 6:3; Act 9:2), "saints" (Rom 1:7). The Jews, since they denied that Jesus is the Christ, would never originate the name "Christians," but called them "Nazarenes" (Act 24:5). The Gentiles confounded them with the Jews, and thought them to be a Jewish sect. But a new epoch arose in the church's development when, at Antioch, idolatrous Gentiles (not merely Jewish proselytes from the Gentiles, as the eunuch, a circumcised proselyte, and Cornelius, an uncircumcised proselyte of the gate) were converted.
Then the Gentiles needed a new name to designate people who were Jews, neither by birth nor religion. And the people of Antioch were famous for their readiness in giving names: Partisans of Christ, Christiani, as Caesariani, partisans of Caesar; a Latin name, as Antioch had become a Latin city. But the name was divinely ordered (as chreematizoo always expresses, Act 11:26), as the new name to mark the new era, namely, that of the church's gospel missions to the Gentiles. The rarity of its use in the New Testament marks its early date, when as yet it was a name of reproach and hardly much recognized among the disciples. So in our age "Methodist," a term originally given in reproach, has gradually come to be adopted by Wesley's disciples themselves. Blunt well says: "if the Acts were a fiction, is it possible that this unobtrusive evidence of the progress of a name would have been found in it?"
The International Bible Standard Encyclopedia does a long song and dance but again with very well crafted passages says nothing and admits to nothing, the name must stay is the attitude, no matter where it is from.
Christian (International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia)
kris'-chan, kris'-ti-an (Christianos):
1. Historicity of Ac 11:26
2. Of Pagan Origin
3. The Christian Attitude to the Name
4. Was "Christian" the Original Form?
5. The Christians and the Empire
6. Social Standing of the Early Christians
7. Christian Self-Designations
1. Historicity of Ac 11:26:
The word Christian occurs only three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; and 1Pe 4:16). The first passage, Ac 11:26, gives the origin of the term, "The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." The older generation of critical scholars disputed the historicity of this statement. It was argued that, had the term originated so early, it must have been found far more frequently in the records of early Christianity; sometimes also that the termination -ianus points to a Latin origin. But there is general agreement now that these objections are groundless. The historicity of the Lukan account is upheld not only by Harnack, but by the more radical Knopf in Die Schriften des New Testament, edited by Johannes Weiss. In early imperial times, the adjectival termination -ianos was widely diffused throughout the whole empire. Originally applied to the slaves belonging to the great households, it had passed into regular use to denote the adherents of an individual or a party. A Christian is thus simply an adherent of Christ. The name belongs, as Ramsay says, to the popular slang, as indeed sect and party names generally do. It is only after a considerable interval, and very often under protest, that such names are accepted as self-designations.
2. Of Pagan Origin:
The name, then, did not originate with the Christians themselves. Nor would the Jews have applied it to the followers of Jesus, whose claim to be the Christ they opposed so passionately. They spoke of the Christians as "the sect of the Nazarenes" (Ac 24:5); perhaps also as "Galileans," a term which the emperor Julian attempted later vainly to revive.
The word must have been coined by the heathen population of Antioch, as the church emerged from the synagogue, and a Christianity predominantly Gentile took its place among the religions of the world.
3. The Christian Attitude to the Name:
Perhaps the earliest occurrence of Christian as a self-designation is in Didache 12:4. In the Apologists and Ignatius on the other hand the word is in regular use. 1Pe simply takes it over from the anti-Christian judicial procedure of the law courts, without in any way implying that the Christians used it among themselves. There is every probability, however, that it was the danger which thus began at an early date to attach to the name which commended it to the Christians themselves as a title of honour. Deissmann (Licht vom Osten, 286) suggests that Christian means slave of Christ, as Caesarian means slave of Caesar. But the word can scarcely have had that fullness of meaning till the Christians themselves had come to be proud of it.
According to tradition, Luke himself belonged to Antioch. In Acts 11:27; Acts 11:28 Codex Bezae (D) reads "There was much rejoicing, and when we had assembled, there stood up," etc. In view of the greater authority now so frequently accorded to the so-called Western text, we cannot summarily dispose of such a reading as an interpolation. If the historian was not only an Antiochene, but a member of the original GentileChristian church, we have the explanation alike of his interest in the origin of the name Chris tian, and of the detailed precision of his information.
4. Was "Christian" the Original Form?
In all three New Testament passages the uncorrected Codex Sinaiticus reads "Chrestian." We know from many sources that this variant was widely current in the 2nd century. Blass in his edition of Ac not only consistently reads "Chrestian," but conjectures that "Chrestian" is the correct reading in Tacitus (Annals, xv.44), the earliest extra- Biblical testimony to the word. The Tacitus manuscript has since been published in facsimile. This has shown, according to Harnack (Mission and Expansion (English translation), I, 413, 414), that "Chrestian" actually was the original reading, though the name "Christ" is correctly given. Harnack accordingly thinks that the Latin historian intended to correct the popular appellation of circa 64 AD, in the light of his own more accurate knowledge.
"The common people used to call them `Chrestians,' but the real name of their founder was Christ." Be this as it may, a confusion between "Christos" (Christos) and the familiar Greek slave name "Chrestos" (chrestos is more intelligible at an early date than late r, when Christianity was better known). There must have been a strong tendency to conform the earlier witnesses to the later, familiar, and etymologically correct, usage. It is all the more remarkable, therefore, that the original scribe of Codex Sinaiticus retains "Chrestian." On the whole it seems probable that this designation, though bestowed in error, was the original one.
5. The Christians and the Empire:
The fuller discussion of this subject more appropriately falls under the articles dealing with the relation of the church and empire. Suffice it here to say that Paul apparently hoped that by his acquittal the legal position of Christianity as a religio licita would be established throughout the empire, and that 1 Peter belongs to a time when the mere profession of Christianity was a crime in the eyes of the state, but that in all probability this was a new position of affairs.
6. Social Standing of the Early Christians:
That early Christianity was essentially a movement among the lower non-literary classes has been rightly emphasized--above all by Deissmann. This is a circumstance of the utmost importance for the correct understanding of the early history of our faith, though probably Deissmann in some degree exaggerates and misplaces the significance. Is it correct to say, for example, that "primitive Christianity was relatively indifferent to politics, not as Christianity, but as a movement of the humbler folks, whose lot on the whole had certainly been lightened by the Empire" (Licht vom Osten, 254)? Very probably however the difficulties of the Pauline Gentile mission were appreciably increased by the fact that he touched a lower social stratum than that of the original Jewish Christianity of Palestine. No class more resents being associated in any way with the "submerged masses" than the self-respecting peasant or artisan, who seems to have formed the backbone of the Palestine church. The apostle had conseq- uently to fight against social, no less than racial and religious, prejudices.
7. Christian Self-Designations:
The Christians originally called themselves "Disciples," a term afterward restricted to personal hearers of the Lord, and regarded as a title of high distinction. The ordinary self-designations of the apostolic age are "believers" (Acts 5:14; 1Tim 4:12), "saints" (Acts 9:13; Acts 9:12; Acts 9:41; Rom 1:7), "brethren" (Acts 6:3; Acts 10:23, etc.), "the elect" (Col 3:12; 2Tim 2:10), "the church of God" (Ac 20:28 margin), "servants (slaves) to God" (Rom 6:22; 1Pet 2:16). The apostolic authors refer to themselves as "servants (slaves) of Christ Jesus" (Php 1:1). Other expressions are occasionally met with, of which perhaps the most significant is: Those "that call upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 9:14; Rom 10:12; Rom 10:13; 1Cor 1:2). Compare Pliny's report to Trajan (Epistles, X, 97): "They affirmed that .... They had been wont to assemble and address a hymn to Christ as to a god."
The most recent discussion of the names of Christian believers, including "Christian," is in Harnack's Mission and Expansion of Christianity, English translation (2nd edition, 1908), I, 399 ff. See also EB, HDB, DCG, with the lit. There cited. On the social status of the early Christians, compare Orr's Neglected Factors in the Study of the Early Progress of Christianity; on the religious significance of the name, see CHRISTIANITY.
The Morrish Bible Dictionary completely deny the Pagan origins of the word Christian and try to say that if you do not use it you cannot identify and that you must turn to the professing body and not scripture, blasphemy.
Christian (Morrish Bible dictionary, A New and Concise Bible Dictionary)
A title first applied to professed believers at Antioch. Acts 11:26. Agrippa used it when addressing Paul. Acts 26:28. Peter accepts it, saying that to suffer as a 'Christian ' is a cause of thanksgiving. 1 Peter 4:16.
It was not long, alas! before the outward profession of Christ became separated from true faith in Him in the great mass who were recognised as Christians in the world, and in practice they became anything but followers of Christ, as both scripture and history show. To learn what Christianity is according to God, we must turn, not to the great professing body, but to the scriptures, which testify clearly of the declension which was even then begun.
In Smith’s Bible Dictionary we see that the word contemptuous is used when the Gentiles labeled the followers of Christ as “Christians”, the most correct thus far, not at all note the bold text.
Christian (Smith's Bible Dictionary)
The disciples, we are told, (Acts 11:26) were first called Christians at Antioch on the Orontes, somewhere about A.D. 43. They were known to each other as, and were among themselves called, brethren, (Acts 15:1; Acts 15:23; 1 Corinthians 7:12) disciples , (Acts 9:26; 11:29) believers , (Acts 5:14) saints , (Romans 8:27; 15:25) The name "Christian," which, in the only other cases where it appears in the New Testament, (Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16) is used contemptuously, could not have been applied by the early disciples to themselves, but was imposed upon them by the Gentile world. There is no reason to suppose that the name "Christian" of itself was intended as a term of scurrility or abuse, though it would naturally be used with contempt.
And at last the Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English that spews a load of nonsensicalness when it comes to etymology, no real explanation at all just following the crowd.
Christian (Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English)
1. A believer in the religion of Christ.
2. A professor of his belief in the religion of Christ.
3. A real disciple of Christ; one who believes in the truth of the Christian religion, and studies to follow the example, and obey the precepts, of Christ; a believer in Christ who is characterized by real piety.
4. In a general sense, the word Christians includes all who are born in a Christian country or of Christian parents.
CHRISTIAN, a. [see the Noun.]
1. Pertaining to Christ, taught by him, or received from him; as the Christian religion; Christian doctrines.
2. Professing the religion of Christ; as a Christian friend.
3. Belonging to the religion of Christ; relating to Christ, or to his doctrines, precepts and example; as Christian profession and practice.
4. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as courts Christian.
CHRISTIAN, v.t. To baptize.
Now let’s see the evidence as it is put forth in the word of God, because to say that even if the term “Christian” was derogative it does not mean it should be used in contempt as Smith states it in his dictionary is nothing but ludicrous, can we use profanity and then say it is to be used but not contemptuously, well one verses comes to mind.
Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
With this said let’s look at scripture to see what is said about the word “Christian”.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Here we see that Gentiles that where Pagans called the apostles “Christians” that was not a complement, Kind Agrippa even joked about nearly being converted to such a person that the Gentiles referred to contemptuously as Christians’. If you look at Rome many gods was served with Mithras as one of the main gods, these are the people that named the followers of Christ, these are the people that later cemented this word and the gullible accepted a derogative label from the Pagans with glee.
Next you need to look at the verse in 1 Peter 4 and that is verse 16. Many refer to this verse as concrete proof that we should be called “Christians” but look carefully.
1Pet 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
The key in this verse is the word “As”, as a Christian, should you say that this means the same as a Christian you will sorely be mistaken and as proof look at the following verses.
Gen 49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
So should we read in this verse that Judah was a lion or acting like a lion?
Exodus 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
So they were as stone?
Matt 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
So Jerusalem is a hen that refuses to gather her chicks?
1Pet 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
So how can one then say that as a Christian is a Christian or does it refer to the derogative term of the Gentile Pagans rudely bestowed on all followers of Christ?
So surely if this term “Christian” given by Pagans to the followers of Christ must surely have meant something like, “those who believe and follow the true Christ of the infallible word of God and only Him”, at a later stage in history. Surely it could not be used as a derogative term closer to our day and age, can it?
Next we look at the etymology of this word and much closer to home and still used by Pagans, as you will see later in this book. We look at the year 1779 and the word “Christian” has a meaning that is Pagan and it isn’t nice.
1779, from French crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, "a dwarfed and deformed idiot" of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from Vulgar Latin *christianus "a Christian," a generic term for "anyone," but often with a sense of "poor fellow." Related: Cretinism (1801).
So a “Christian” is a dwarfed and deformed idiot, or as the Roman Catholics later softened it to “Poor Fellow”, poor in what, deformed health and mental idiocy, no wonder Christ did not call us “Christians”. Even today the Pagans still use the term derogatively, yes they are still Pagans and by the end of this book you will understand or harden your heart, the choice is yours.
I and my family are followers of Christ; we are brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, the Church. We are the saints. We are not deformed Idiots we are men and woman of God!
1John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Needless to say but the beginning of Paganism was when Satan tried to take over the throne of God, this is when it started and sine the Garden of Eden Satan has been working tirelessly at destroying all that God has set forth, do not think that Satan rests, never!
1Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: