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Is The Church Of Christ The Only Church Heaven Bound

How often have you heard that the churches of Christ thinks its the only religion that is going to heaven? So the question is: Is the church of Christ the only church heaven bound? Mt 16:18 Are their members the only citizens in heaven which currently dwell here on earth? Philip 3:20 That’s a fair question that begs a serious and truthful answer.

Denominational Doctrine

Most Baptist will say salvation requires FAITH only. The churches of Christ has FAITH. The Catholics require BAPTISM for salvation. All churches of Christ members have been BAPTIZED. Most denominations SING, PREACH and PRAY in their worship. So do the churches of Christ. Most denominations have midweek BIBLE STUDY. So do the churches of Christ. It’s more than apparent that according to most denominational doctrine that they agree that the churches of Christ are going to heaven.

Gospel and Doctrine of Christ

It is true to say that Jesus only built one church and hell can’t prevail against it. Mt 16:18 Jesus is the head of this one church and which is the pillar and ground of the truth. Col 1:18 f; 1 Tim 3:15 This one church bears his name and contains his gospel and doctrine. Rom 16:16 ff; Acts 4:12; Gal 1:6-9; 2 Jn 9 Any church here on earth which have these qualities is the only church which will be going to heaven at the day of judgment.

The name of the church is properly defined by the beloved apostle Paul in his letters to the Corinth and Ephesus church (Col 1:18 f; Eph 1:22,23). Paul declares that Jesus is the head of the “body” of Christ (Eph 5:23). The word “Body” is properly defined twice by scripture as the “Church”. Therefore, if Christ be the head of the “body” of Christ, then he is the head of the “church” of Christ.  In other verses throughout the new testament other names were presented as acceptable. Among these are: “church of God” (I Cor 1:2), “church of the first born (Heb 12:23), “kingdom of God” (Acts 8:12). In all of these, the names are in reference to Jesus Christ who purchased the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28). There are several churches of Christ who are not the Lord’s church, but only bear a resemblance in name only. The name of the church is not the only thing imperative, it is what they practice for doctrine that matters most.

Paul said, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (1 Cor 12:13). Speaking of those baptized believers Paul continued by saying, “ Now you are the body (church) of Christ, and members individually: (1 Cor 12:27) . The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4) This gospel was preached unto all the world (Mt 28:19,20 f; Mk 16:15,16) To obey the gospel of Christ one must HEAR IT, BELIEVE IT, CONFESS IT, REPENT of their SINS and be BAPTIZED into Christ, and remain FAITHFUL unto DEATH in order to be saved. (Rom 10:17 ff; Rom 10:10, Acts 2:38; Gal 3:27; Rev 2:10) So do the churches of Christ.

The doctrine of Christ says one has to worship on SUNDAY to partake of the LORD’S SUPPER, to GIVE of their means, and to hear the Word by the means of PREACHING. (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1,2) So do the churches of Christ. The doctrine of Christ says one has to SING and MAKE MUSIC IN THE HEART to the Lord. (Eph 5:19) So do the churches of Christ. The doctrine of Christ says one must SING and PRAY with the Spirit and understanding. (1 Cor 14:15) So do the churches of Christ. The doctrine of Christ says one must STUDY God’s Word in order PROVE, DEFEND, and CONTEND for the Faith and thus be approved of God. (2 Tim 2:15 ff; 1 Thess 5:21; Philip 1:15-18; Jude 3; Heb 5:12-14) So do the churches of Christ.

Conclusion: Most denominational doctrines say the churches of Christ are heaven bound. The gospel and doctrine contained within the scriptures say the churches of Christ are heaven bound. However, the gospel and doctrine of Christ says that all denominations are lost. Their names are mostly wrong and their gospel and doctrines are totally flawed. Most sing with music where the bible commands none. Most have women preachers and leaders, when the bible have none. Most tithe, when the bible commands to give freely. 2 Cor 9:6,7 Most take the Lord’s supper periodically when the bible teaches each first day of the week. Acts 20:7 And the list goes on and on.  So, to answer the question once and for all, the churches of Christ doesn’t say that they are the only ones going to heaven, but God’s Word surely does. This doesn’t mean that every member of the churches of Christ is going to heaven, but it does mean that anyone who is not a member of the churches of Christ is definitely lost.

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Comments on: "Is The Church Of Christ The Only Church Heaven Bound?" (2)

  1. How can one be a member of “the churches of Christ?” How can one subject himself to more than one congregational leadership?

    Jesus said, “I will build My church.” He is building only one church, His church.

  2. Confusion over what is meant by “church of Christ” (or “Church of Christ,” as you please) is why sectarians and even some members of the church of Christ think that “the church of Christ” teaches* that it, or they, are the only ones who will go to heaven.
    All the Catholic (Roman, Orthodox, English, Old, etc.) and Protestant sects teach that they are the, or part of, the church of Christ. Most teach that only Christians, since Jesus’ resurrection, or His ascension, or the opening of the kingdom of God on the first Pentecost following His ascension, will go to heaven. Modernist or Liberal sub-sects within the sects of Christendom are not so dogmatic.
    “Churches of Christ” is not a denomination within Christendom, or within the church of Christ. It is the plural of the individual local churches, the congregations, local meetings, of the worldwide body of Jesus Christ.
    As I mentioned above, generally all sects of Christendom claim to be churches of Christ, as do the individual local meetings, assemblies, congregations of each sect.
    The churches of Christ generally teach* that sectarianism is condemned by the Bible. Whether a particular sect teaches doctrine that, if adhered to, is fatal to salvation, depends on whether that sect’s teachings relating to salvation conforms to the criteria regarding salvation presented in the Bible. Other error may damage the testimony of those who are members of the sect but if the sect’s method of salvation is not in conformity with the Bible, those who follow those teachings are not saved and terefore, according to the Bible, will not enter the kingdom of God nor heaven.

    “19 And manifest also are the works of the flesh, which are: Adultery, whoredom, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strifes, emulations, wraths, rivalries, dissensions, sects, 21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revellings, and such like, of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that those doing such things the reign of God shall not inherit.” — Galatians 5, Young’s Literal [http://biblehub.com/galatians/5-20.htm]

    *Strictly, “churches of Christ” do not teach. Individuals within the church teach. No individual has authority to speak on behalf of the church of Christ. An elder, evangelist or other individual may have authority to speak on behalf of or to represent a particular local congregation. The church of Christ does not have an existence distinct from the aggregate of all individual members of the church. It was upon the fact that Peter confessed (“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”) that the church is built. The church is composed of individual Christians, not words of legal documents. Matthew 16:13-18, Acts 8:37 Until the first individuals became Christians on Pentecost following the ascension of Christ, there was no church of Christ.

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