ADAM CLARKE. (Methodist, author of one of the great commentaries.) "It appears that CHRISTIANS was the first GENERAL appellative of the followers of our blessed Lord; and there is presumptive evidence, as we have seen, that this appellative came by DIVINE APPOINTMENT. How very few of those who profess this religion are satisfied with this title. Almost all sects and parties proceed in the same line; but CHRISTIAN is a title seldom heard of, and the spirit and practice of Christianity but rarely occur. When all return to the spirit of the Gospel, they will probably resume the appellative of CHRISTIANS." (Commentary, Comments On Acts 11:26, Vol. V, p. 773.)
BISHOP ANDERSON. (Episcopalian of the Diocese of Chicago.) "God never made Protestant Episcopalians, nor Presbyterians, nor Congregationalists, nor any other sectarian name. He made Christians, and they chose to call themselves by less lovely names." (Address before the Commission on Faith and Order, May 28, 1913.)
MARTIN LUTHER. (In his debate with John Eck, 1517.) "1 pray you to leave my name alone, and call not yourselves Lutherans, but Christians. Who is Luther? My doctrine is not mine. I have not been crucified for anyone. St. Paul would not let any call themselves after Paul, nor of Peter, but of Christ. How then, does it befit me, a miserable bag of dust and ashes, to give my name to the children of God? Cease my dear friends, to cling to these party names and distinctions: away with all; and let us call ourselves only Christians after Him from whom our doctrine comes." (The Life of Luther, Stork, p. 289.)
"AND THE DISCIPLES WERE FIRST CALLED CHRISTIANS IN ANTIOCH" (ACTS 11:26).