The Lord’s Church is ONE
They repented and were baptized into Christ. Acts 2:38
Many would have us to believe that Jesus provided many churches from which each individual can have his “choice” to be saved. It is not important to them to be a member of any particular church; it is only important to “accept Christ as your personal Savior” by “faith only” and then join “the church of your choice.” Sound familiar? These expressions are so common that many think they are actually scriptural terms. Man false churches are printing their own bibles, and manuals to reflect such false doctrine as truth. 1 Jn 4:1
Peter preached repentance, and baptism on the day of Pentecost, and about 3,000 were saved that day by obeying this commandment, and the Lord added to the church such as should be saved. Acts 2:37-47 Take note: No one joined the church of Christ, they were added to it. Not by any man, but by Jesus Christ according to his gospel which the apostles preached in the temple, and in every house unceasingly. Mk 16:16; Rom 2:16; Acts 5:42
To what church did the Lord add these saved people? He certainly did not add them to a church that did not exist at that time. Consequently, every denomination that came into existence since the day of Pentecost two thousand years ago was NOT the one to which the Lord added the saved. If the Lord is still doing today what He did in Acts 2:47, He does not add the saved to any denomination today.Whatchurch existed on Pentecost?
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I WILL build MY church.” On the day of Pentecost he was adding to it. The idea of more than one church is never given in the new testament.
The Bible says there is only one. This evidence can’t be denied. “So we, being many are one body in Christ.” (Rom. 12:5.) “There is one body, and one Spirit.” (Eph. 4: 4.) This same book identifies what the body is, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, WHICH IS HIS BODY, the fullness of him that fills all in all.” (Eph. 1:22, 23.) “But now are they many members, yet BUT ONE body.” (1 Cor. 12:20.) “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in ONE BODY” (Col. 3:15.) “And that he might reconcile both (Jew and Gentile) unto God in ONE body by the cross.” (Eph. 2:16.) The Bible says there is only ONE body or the church.
All that are in Christ are gathered together in ONE. (Eph. 1:10) Christ has made both Jew and Gentile ONE, which is called “one new man.” (Eph. 2:14, 15.) “For by one Spirit are we ALL baptized into ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles…” (1 Cor. 12:13.) All who have been baptized into Christ by faith “are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28.) “For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of ONE.” (Heb. 2:11.) All the sanctified are in one body. All in Christ are to be of the same mind and speak the same thing. (Phil. 2:2; 1 Cor. 1: 10.) This is not possible of the many churches today. All who will be heirs of God must be in Christ, which means to be in his body. (Gal. 3:28, 29; Eph. 3:6.)3.
God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34.) What God requires of one man, He requires of all mankind. By all doing the same thing, all will be in the same body. Christ made but one offering to sanctify all for all times. (Heb. 10:12-14.) Through his Blood one testament was sealed (1 Cor. 11:25; Math. 26:28), one church was purchased. (Acts 20:28.) There is only ONE GOSPEL (Gal. 1:8, 9), only ONE FAITH (Eph. 4:5; Jude 3), and only ONE WAY. (John 14:6.) It is not possible to have “many churches” in the light of this evidence.
If the Catholics are right, then all other religions are wrong. If the Baptists are right, then all other religions are wrong. However, thanks be unto God these are not right for they DON’T follow the DOCTRINE of CHRIST.
You won’t find any of these names in the bible anywhere, nor will you find their doctrines: The Catholic Church; The Baptist Church; The Presbyterian Church; The Lutheran Church; The Mormon Church; The Seventh Day Adventist Church; The Assemblies of God; The Methodist Church; Christian Church; Episcopal Church; etc. These, and churches like them are churches of the Devil because they deny the Doctrine of Christ, and promote the Doctrine of Men. Matt 15:7-9; 1 Tim 4:1-7
What you will find are the names: Churches of Christ; Church of God; Rom 16:16 body of Christ; Col 1:18 Church of the Firstborn; Heb 12:23 Church of the Living God. 1 Tim 3:15 These all abide under One Doctrine, and that is the doctrine of Christ, or the apostolic doctrine. Gal 1:8,9; 2 Jn 9 Any church, despite their name which doesn’t abide by this doctrine is not the church Christ built.
You won’t find denominational doctrine in the church Christ built. You won’t find infant baptism. You won’t find sprinkling. You won’t find priests, nuns, cardinals, or popes in the Lord’s church. You won’t find “Faith Only” saves. You won’t the commandment or use of instrumental music. You won’t find tithing. You won’t find Saturday worship. You won’t find polygamy. You won’t find women preachers, elders, or deacons. You won’t find divorce and remarriage for any cause. You won’t find homosexuality being condoned. You won’t find cohabitation as a perquisite to marriage.
You will find the gospel of Christ in the Lord’s church. Every convert in the new testament was saved by this One Gospel. They heard Jesus was the Christ the Son of God. Rom 10:17 They believed and confessed this before men. Rom 10:10 They repented and were baptized into Christ. Acts 2:38 They were all added to the Lord’s church. Acts 2:47 They worshiped every first day of the week. Acts 20:7 They preached, 1 Cor 4:17 they sang, Eph 5:19 they prayed,1 Tim 2:8 they studied, 2 Tim 2:15 they took the Lord’s supper, 1 Cor 11:24-26 and they gave of their means. 1 Cor 16:1,2 They all spake with the same mind because they spake only the oracles of God. 1 Pet 4:11; 1 Cor 1:10 And if there be any other it would be fulfilled in these words: They loved their neighbor, their brethren, and their enemies in word and deed, but above all, they loved the Lord God with all their heart, soul, and mind. Mt 22:37-39; Lk 13:34,35; Mt 5:44-48 When you find these being practiced, you have found the Lord’s church, the church of Christ.
- Camelback High School1967
- Lubbock Christian University1973
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