The First Time the Name Christian is Used
Verse 26 says, “When he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass the whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people, and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” So, for the first time ever, we get the label of Christian right there in Antioch. It seemed to be a political designation from the people in Antioch, and it’s actually a pretty spot-on name, even if it was given initially as a negative derogatory thing from the people who didn’t want to be Christians. This poses the question are Mormons Christians?
The Name Christian in The Book Of Mormon
We see that the group decides we’re going to take this on. We really, the way that we are on, is the way of Christ. So yes, we are Christians; we are followers of the Messiah, which is beautiful because previous to this label, they were just called the Saints or the Way. This is a nice label for them. And, by the way, you will find that title “Christians” in the Book of Mormon, in the Book of Alma, and even with stories like Captain Moroni. These people coming forward, joining the cause of the Christians, which is interesting because all of those stories are happening 60, 70, and 80 years before Christ is even born. Are Mormons Christians, well they’re already being called Christians in some of those BC time periods in The Book of Mormon. And it’s beautiful to see what they knew about Christ long before he was born.
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