Only three times in the whole Bible is the term “Christian” used: twice in the book of Acts and one time in 1 Peter. However, the word contains great meaning, a meaning that is almost lost today due to casual and prolific usage. Elaborating on what it means to call oneself a Christian, Morgan in his provocative yet simplistic literary style challenges us all in the way we live as followers of Jesus Christ.
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G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945), was a contemporary of Rodney “Gipsy” Smith, preached his first sermon at age 13. He was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London from 1904-1919 and then from 1933-1943, pausing for a brief period between those timeframes to work at Biola in Los Angeles. In 1939, he began to mentor Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who would eventually become his successor. Morgan’s essay entitled The Purposes of the Incarnation are included in a collection called The Fundamentals, a set of 90 essays that is widely considered to be the foundation of the modern Fundamentalist movement.