Wee Followers of Christ and the Wee Frees

I see the point.  “Wee Free” is perhaps not the most respectful thing to call a church, even if the appellation has had a long tradition and (in general) people mean no malice by it.  (Here’s the full article on the Free Church website.)

Still, I can’t help remembering that “Christian” was probably originally meant as an insult, meaning “follower of Christ” — or possibly even “wee Christ.”  Believers considered it a privilege to be insulted for the cause of Christ, and wore the name as a badge of honour.

A Scripture also came to mind:

I Samuel 15:17

And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

It makes me a little queasy when a leader of a Christian group tells the world how big and important they are.  That kind of thinking got Saul (and myriad others) in trouble.

May the Lord always keep us wee in our own eyes, whatever others may think.  That’s the only way we’ll ever begin to be worthy of being called Wee Followers of Christ.

About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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4 Responses to Wee Followers of Christ and the Wee Frees

  1. dogbronte says:

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one….” That we be humble that to Christ be the Glory

  2. ukfred says:

    I have to relate my own experience here. When I think that I can do something in my own strength and power, I usually trip over my own big feet and make a complete laughing stock of myself. When I realise that the only way I am going to get through some situation is with the help of the Holy Spirit guiding me each step of the way and I rely on His help, I can usually get through it, often only just, but generally without saying or doing anything that would embarrass Him. We all need to remember that there will be no great charge charge along the path that leads to salvation, because we have been told that it is narrow. This concern about the nickname by the Free Church is great, because for a long time it was only the Free Church that could almost be guaranteed to preach the Word faithfully. Other denominations were hit and miss. If the Free church are now so concerned with what men are thinking and saying about them, I have to wonder why the change in emphasis.

    • Jon Gleason says:

      Good comment, Fred.

      The Free Church will still preach the Gospel and teach the Word, but there seems to have been some drift, at least in some quarters. They had a painful split about 15 years ago and lost some really good people.

      The two parties chose to engage in legal battles in the courts rather than use Christian arbitration to settle their differences, and God will not bless that. I Corinthians 6 is very clear. On two occasions, I personally wrote to both groups pleading for them to stop the legal battles and agree to binding arbitration by other Christians, as per I Cor. 6. The Free Church response was that “you have to understand that in our tradition, the civil government is instituted by God and the civil courts have their role.”

      I understand that, but I think God understood what their tradition was going to be back when He gave us I Corinthians 6. I am not surprised to see little things reflecting loss of focus, sadly. I do not know if legal battles are still continuing or not. I hope not.

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