Did the Apostle Paul become a Christian?
Christians, including many preachers, say "Yes." Those in the first century who knew Paul and Paul himself say, "No."
The name "Christian" was coined by Hellenist Syrians as a term of derision toward those of their own who came to faith in Messiah.
In Philippi, the slave girl's owners called Paul a Jew (Acts 16:20). Gallio, the Roman governor of Achaia, recognized him as a Jew (Acts 18:15).
As a Jew, he cut off his hair after taking a vow (Acts 18:18). Paul belonged to "the Way" (Acts 19:9). At Ephesus, he was recognized as belonging to "the way" (Acts 19:23-26).
Paul purified himself and made an offering at the temple. It wasn't possible for a Christian to do this (Acts 21:26). Paul said to the Roman commander, "I am a Jew" (Acts 21:39). He said to the mob, "I am a Jew" (Acts 22:3). He was recognized by the high priest as a leader of the Nazarene Sect, an off-shoot of the strictest Pharisees (Acts 24:5).
He admitted being a follower of "the way," which was considered a sect of Judaism (Acts 24:14).
Paul stated he was well known as being a strict Pharisee (Acts 26:5).
In Paul's many letters, he never referred to himself as a Christian, nor did he even use the word.
Paul was a Jew; a Pharisee for his entire life. He was never called a Christian by anyone and never referred to himself as one.
Why, then, do so many repeat this error, especially those who insist they are following scripture?