I Just want to be a Christian!
 
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many  people today are growing disenchanted with present religious forms which originated in the middle ages and have become empty of purpose and conviction. There is wholesale displeasure with denominational structures and dogma. Some, because of such views, have even decided that “Christianity” is not relevant today. We believe they have made that decision because they are not sufficiently acquainted with the Scriptures to be able to distinguish between the gospel of Christ and what men over the centuries have attempted to add to it.
 
If some of these things have troubled you and you have felt a yearning to return to the simple, uncomplicated religion of Christ, stripping away all the nonessential elements of denominational structures and simply abiding by the truths of Christ, truths which transform the soul and bind it to God, let us suggest that it can, and, and is being attempted by faithful believers everywhere.
 
The Bible presents Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He was foreshadowed and predicted in the Old Testament which God used to govern His people until Christ would come and establish the New (Jer. 31:31-33; Gal. 3:19, 23-24). The New Testament reveals the religion of Christ. By studying it we learn all there is to know of the way of Christ.

We learn that among the followers of Christ there existed no denominational organizations whatever. All of that began at a later time. In the New Testament we see people hearing the gospel and obeying the conditions of God’s grace. Being saved by grace through faith, they were added to the Lord’s people, the church (Acts 2:36-47). As the gospel spread, we see these followers of Christ being called “Christians.” They assembled together in congregations in various localities. Each congregation was under its own elders (Acts 14:23) and no one else on earth. These elders could not make laws and be masters. They were given the responsibility of tending and caring for the congregation as shepherds would a flock (Acts 20:17, 28; I Pet. 5:1-3). The only headquarters those disciples knew was heaven, where their head, Jesus Christ, was and is (Eph. 1:22-23).
 
Their worship was something in which to participate, not something to watch. On the first day of the week they would observe the Lord’s Supper and hear preaching (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), they would all sing (Eph. 5:19), they would all pray with various ones leading (1 Cor. 14:15-16), and they would share in their mutual responsibilities by sharing their prosperity (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

They lived godly lives. They cared for their poor. They taught others. They sent out preachers to teach others in far communities. With simplicity of faith and fervor there was no need of centralization. Without organized machinery, the gospel was preached to the whole of civilization in a short time (Col. 1:23). These disciples of Christ were known as Christians (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; I Pet. 4:16).
 
You too can be just a Christian and serve God without belonging to any denomination, bound by denominational laws or obligations.