Are we Christian?

I’m on an email list with many other CSL ministers. One of the big topics being discussed, evaluated and argued about of late is whether or not we are a Christian denomination. I’ve had the pleasure to read adamant proponents of both sides of the discussion. Some are vehement that we aren’t! Others say Ernest Holmes called us a Christian teaching and that should end the discussion.

Here’s what I think. I think that Ernest was inspired by the teachings of Jesus and wanted us to use those teachings to be all that we could become. He might have called himself an expanded Christian or a Christian 2.0 in more modern terms.

Most likely he’d want us to go beyond calling ourselves a Christian because we follow Jesus and a Christian because we became the Christ.


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama