The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (Acts 11:26, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Mr. Wabash: I go even further back than that. Ten years after The Great War, as we used to call it. Before we knew enough to number them. Higgins: You miss that kind of action, sir? Mr. Wabash: No, I miss that kind of clarity.
Do you miss the clarity of days gone by? Wouldn’t it be nice if the designation of Christian was all the clarity that was needed? No need to preface it with an adjective like born again, nominal, evangelical, progressive…. And the Church. Wouldn’t it be nice if that is all that was needed? Not Catholic or Protestant. Not Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc….
It’s not what we are called, it’s who we are. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt 25:31–34, 41 and 46, NIV 1984).
My Advice – It won’t matter which adjective you are. Just make sure you are on the right side. It’s the “only” side. Scripture alone ( sola Scriptura) Christ alone ( solus Christus) Grace alone ( sola gratia) Faith alone ( sola fide) God’s glory alone ( soli Deo gloria).