In my daily Bible reading this jumped out at me:

“However, let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or a wrongdoer or a busybody in other people’s matters.16  But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but let him keep on glorifying God while bearing this name.” (1 Peter 4:15, 16)

Scripturally, the name we bear is “Christian” not “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.  Peter says that we glorify God, that is, Jehovah, while bearing the name Christian.  A Christian is one who follows “the Anointed One”.  Since it is Jehovah, the Father, who did the anointing of this one as our King and redeemer, we honor God by accepting the name.  “Christian” is not a designation.  It is a name.  A name, which according to Peter, we bear so as to glorify God.  There is no need for us to redefine it as a designation so that we can adopt a new name, like Catholic, or Adventist, or Jehovah’s Witnesses.   None of these have a basis in Scripture.  Why not stick with the name Jehovah has given us?
How would your own father feel if you abandoned the name he gave you at birth for one of your own choosing?

Meleti Vivlon

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