Were the Apostles Christians?
This sounds like a simple question and without a doubt, most will say yes they were. However, the Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) made a declaration of faith that shows them following a different “way” from Christianity. Here is his declaration:
Acts 24:14 (KJV)
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the Elohiym of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Act 24:14 (NIV)
However, I admit that I worship the Elohiym of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,
We see that he confessed to:
- Follow “the way”
- Worship the Elohiym of his Father (YAHUAH)
- Believes all things written in the law and the prophets
Right away, we see a disparity between his declared beliefs and what Christianity teaches. Let us see these differences.
Firstly, Christianity follows a religion, not “the Way.” The word “the” is the definite article which implies one single way, not over 40,000 ways (denominations) of the Christian religion.
Secondly, Christians generally worship Jesus Christ (in some shape or form), not YAHUAH only. The trinity is the core belief of Christianity, having Jesus Christ as co-equal to the Father. But the Apostles Sha’ul told us they believed otherwise:
For we are the circumcision, which worship YAHUAH in the spirit, and rejoice in Mashiach Yahusha, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Thirdly, he confessed to believing everything written in the law and the prophets. Almost all of Christendom confesses that they believe that the law is done away with, or they only strive to keep the 10 commandments.
Almost all do not believe all things written in the law according to the interpretation of the Apostles.
So as we look towards the salvation of our souls, it is in our best interest to find out if the Apostles were indeed Christians. Did they follow the same faith that Christians followed today? Is Christianity the faith once delivered to the saints that Yahudah (Jude) spoke about here?
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was ONCE DELIVERED unto the saints.
Is your faith the one single faith of the Apostles and first century believers? This you must find out. If not, then a curse is threatening:
Gal 1:6 — Gal 1:9
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the favour of Messiah unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Messiah.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Do you see that this is a serious topic? So listen to this episode and let’s see if they were indeed Christians.
The big positive from this? You will clearly see the faith once delivered to the saints and you will be edified as to changes you may need to make to take you on the road to salvation, towards the narrow gate that leads to life.
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- Discover How to Follow the Way of the One True Messiah of the Bible (John 14:6)
* Religion vs The Way: Which One Are You Following?
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