Have you ever considered how the church can be governed by the bible when the bible is not being followed explicitly? I seriously doubt if the thought has entered into the mind of most so called Christians today. Most think that they can worship God any way that they choose, despite the fact that the bible says differently.
Most churches today don’t even resemble the church described in the bible. Most are governed by the commandments and traditions of men. They sing, but with instruments of music. They are governed by unqualified men and in some cases by women. Most have women speaking, teaching and usurping authority over men. Most take the Lord’s money, and give it to sinners. Instead of the church doing the Lord’s work, they pay man made institutions to do their work for them. They waste the Lord’s money by building expensive and luxurious buildings to worship, sporting parking lots, buses, and other buildings to eat in.
Is it any wonder why most who read this article attend a church who are doing one or more of these, and see nothing wrong with it. Instead of the church reaching out to lost, they will pay an expensive preacher to perform a gospel meeting. What’s sad about that is that most who attend such meetings are already members of the Lord’s church. That’s like a doctor using his immense talents to attend the healthy, and letting the sick die from neglect. Is it any wonder why Jesus commanded his disciples to GO into all the world. (Mt 28:19 f; Mk 16:16) Today, instead of going to where the sinners are, we expect sinners to come to us. No! It’s not the same thing. How can a sinner know that they are sinners until we as Christians go to them and instruct them the way of the scripture?
The scripture tells us how to worship God. We are commanded to worship God in Spirit and in truth. (Jn 4:23,24) It was the Spirit who gave God’s Word to the apostles, adding nothing of himself. (Jn 16:13) As Paul said, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Cor 2:13) It was the Spirit of truth which guided the apostles unto all truth, the Word of God, the gospel of our salvation. (Jn 17:17 f; Eph 1:13)
Therefore, whatever the apostles commanded us to do, had the same authority of God himself. This is why Paul commanded us to follow him as he also followed Christ. (1 Cor 11:1) This is why the early day saints continued in the apostle’s doctrine. (Acts 2:42) What did the apostles teach us about worshiping God? They taught us not to go beyond that which was written. (1 Cor 4:6) Thus, they met on Sunday to remember the Lord’s death, and to give of their means. (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3) Faithful Christian men preached and taught the gospel in and out of season. (2 Tim 2:2 cf; 4:2-5) They sang to one another psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs without the use of instrumental music. (Eph 5:19 f; Col 3:16) No! There was no separate bible classes to teach children. No! There was no women conducting those classes. No! There were no choirs or solos being performed. No! There was no chanting, shouting, hand clapping or worship foreign to apostolic doctrine.
Conclusion: If the church you attend is governed by the doctrine of Christ, then it can be found within the pages of the new testament. As Paul commanded, “..whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Col 3:17) Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32) John concluded the matter by saying, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (2 Jn 9) If we don’t worship God according to new testament doctrine, then we are worshiping God in vain. (Mt 15:7-9)