Part III – Church of Christ vs. Denominationalism

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There were thousands who obeyed the gospel in Acts chapter 2, surely there was enough material for several large denominations, but there is not one word that even intimates that they divided into different denominations. “They continued in the apostles’ doctrine.” (Acts 4:32) Not only did the apostles not encourage people to divide into denominations, but they actually condemned that very thing. At Corinth, Paul had established the church by preaching the gospel so that “many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8) When they did that, they were all added to the church just like those people we can read about in Acts 2:38-47, they were added to the same church, the body of Christ, the only difference being their geographical location (so, same teaching, same church, different cities) When the church was well planted (established), Paul would move on to other mission fields. Not long after Paul left, they hatched out what was rapidly becoming a modern denominational situation. They had four groups, one named for Paul, one for Apollos, one for Cephas (Peter) and one for Christ (I Corinthians 1:10-17) Instead of Paul thanking God for this number of denominations so each could join the church of their choice, he condemned them as being carnal. (I Corinthians 3:3-4) To be carnally minded is death (Romans 8:6) He then said, “I beseech (or beg) you brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10) So until, the next blog, I leave you with this question..”What would be the safe thing for us to do today?”

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