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One Church!

 

Have you counted all of the churches listed in the yellow pages of your telephone book?

 

The library is full of books about these churches:

Baptist

Episcopal

Catholic

Lutheran

Witnesses

Greek Orthodox

Methodist

Mormon

Calvanism

1000 Denominations

United Churches

A.M.E.

Presbyterian

 

Why do they teach so many different kinds of things?

 

 Pray to Mary.

Don't pray to Mary.

 

Baptize babies.

Don't baptize babies.

 

Priests can marry.

Priests can't marry.

 

The work of the church is social.

The work of the church is spiritual.

 

There is no life after this one.

There is a life after this one.

 

 

How can I know which is right?

 

Where did all these churches come from?

 

Lets go back

They all go back to various dates:

.......30AD,  500AD,  1000AD, 1500AD,  1900AD, Today

However, Jesus said, "...I will build MY church.."  Matthew 16:18

 

That must mean that the church belongs to Jesus because he is the one who built it!

At least, that is what the Bible says.

I wonder what else it has to say about Jesus' church.

 

Ephesians 1:22-23 says, "...and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body..."

 

His body = His church

 

Col 1:18, "And He is the Head of the body, the church..."

 

The Head

 Decides, Controls & Guides

 

Ephesians 4:4 tells us that there is:

 

1 - Spirit, Lord, God

 

Ephesians 4:4 also tells us there is:

 

1 - Body

 

1 Corinthians 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 

1 = Unity

 

In John 10:27, Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."

 

John 10:16, "...and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."

 

We see that in the New Testament that there was only ONE CHURCH!

 

Jesus condemned man teaching his own ideas and doctrine in Mark 7:7-9.

"In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men..."

 

 

 

 

 

Doctrines of MEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, men did change the simple teachings of Jesus, and now we have DENOMINATIONS.

 

Let's compare some of these "teachings of men" with what Jesus and the apostles taught in the New Testament.

 

Men say, "We painted the church." or "Let's go to church."

Is this Jesus' body, His church?

The church is the people!

 

Acts 8:3 tells us that "Saul made havoc of the church and committed men and women to prison."

 

Are all of the different denominations branches of Jesus' church??

Get the bible.  Look at Jesus' words in John 15:5-6

 

"If a man abideth not in me..."

 

Disciples are the branches, not churches!

 

In Mark 16:16, Jesus said the following:

 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."

But same say: "He that believeth NOT and is baptized shall be saved."

and others say: "He that believeth and is NOT baptized shall be saved."

 

WHO SHALL WE BELIEVE??

 

GOD'S WAY...  Matthew 23:8 and 11 "... All ye are brethren...He that is greatest shall be your servant."

 

MAN'S WAY is geared toward giving honor to priests and ministers.

 

GOD'S WAY - ONE FAITH

About AD 67, Jude wrote,"...ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

 

MAN'S WAY - MANY FAITHS

Creeds, Baptist manual, book of Mormon, Methodist, Episcopal, WatchTower, Catholicism.

 

In 2 John 9, we find these words, "Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."

 

  We cannot go beyond, add or change what God has written in the Bible.  If we teach or believe something in our religion it must agree with the Bible or we do not believe the Bible to be God's Word.

 

When the doctrine of Christ is polluted with the doctrine of men, it makes man's worship of God empty of value.  It is vain.

 

Are you following the doctrines of men that make worship vain or are you abiding in the doctrine of Christ?

 


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