(Ephesians 4:4) “The body IS the church” (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18); therefore, there is one church. Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18), not “my churches”; the Lord built his church, just one. “He is the savior of the body,” (Ephesians 5:23); the body is the church therefore, he is the savior of the church.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
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?”
I know some people are so fed up with religion that this post is the last thing you want to see right!? However, the article I found by Roy H. Lanier is just too interesting. If you are in doubt about your faith or what to believe in, doing research is an honorable gesture. We are actually told to try the spirit by the spirit I John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (compare your faith practices to the Word of God),and we are told to examine ourselves as well to see if we are in “the faith” “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) So, lets make this a series of discussions. You’re probably asking, how does this relate to my blog? People, there is nothing more beautiful than TRUTH.
Church of Christ vs. Denominationalism
“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4); “The body is the church” (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18); therefore, there is one church. Jesus said, “Upon this rock, I will build “my” church (Matthew 16:18), not “my churches”; the Lord built his church, just one. “He is the savior of the body (church), (Ephesians 5:23); the body is the church; therefore, he is the savior of the church.
From the conclusion that the Lord built one, and only one church, there is no escape; and the preachers of leading denominations have quit contending that the Bible speaks of more than one church. I leave you with this question til next time, Do we have any authority for joining just any church?