Christian or Christ Follower?

17 Sep

As if we in the church world have nothing else to talk about… there has been an ongoing discussion in the blogosphere about the use of the term “Christ follower” in place of the more common term “Christian.” This simple video parody of the now famous PC vs. Mac commercial shows why the term “Christ follower” is much hipper than using the oft sited word “Christian.” So let’s all change our Christian….i mean…Christ follower vocabulary!

I first heard the term “Christ follower” used by Bill Hybels. I assume he coined the phrase. And because Hybels is connected to the coining of the phrase a number of watchdog groups have posted blogs exposing the dangers of changing the age-old term “Christian.” Once again tradition has clashed with missional thinking. I personally do not have a preference. I find the term “Christ follower” to be a bit awkward, but I have used it from time to time. But really, what is the big deal. If both ways of identifying a Christian/Christ follower communicates the same thing, then who really cares. Oh, I guess these nit-picking bloggers who don’t like anyone who is not like them care, but the rest of us just laugh.


Posted by on September 17, 2007 in Ministry


3 responses to “Christian or Christ Follower?

  1. camey

    September 19, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Very interesting.. And yes.. I had to laugh…

    I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. Oh please…

    This Christ-follower

    PS: Actually.. I say I believe in God and am a Christ-follower. But that’s a whole other story..

  2. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Do you really believe that these are simply attacks on the usage of a specific word? This is an attack on the entire church. It is the ecuminest movement. There is a world-wide push towards rolling all faiths into one. Bill Hybels is deeply involved in this process. Willow Creek has totally taken over my church and my preacher. Leadership Summit is all we talk about. It has become our single biggest event. We spend over 6 months preparing for it – and it’s admittedly non-evangelical. We used to be an old school Baptist church. Now you will never hear the word devil or Satan mentioned in our church. You will hear from the pulpit about Leadership Summit, and even see promo videos, every Sunday for 6 months. Then you will have decompress messages for a couple of months afterwards. I, for one, refuse to bow to the “New Age,” for it is not new. It is the old wickedness in a slick new wrapper. Only Christ’s return can bring in the new age and unite the churches and faiths into one. And one last word. “Do as thou wilt” is the mantra of all the major Satanists and occultists. It has been from the very beginning. It is the whisper from the mouth of Lucifer and is very beguiling. Don’t listen!

  3. MicivVto7

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Good idea. I like it. Thanks for posting


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