Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Biblical Proof

Most denominations have no problem worshiping with other denominations. Why? Not because they share the exact same doctrines, but because they share the notion that one church is as good as another. This lesson in part will deal with the false reasoning behind denominationalism.

Different Routes to heaven?

Some defend the multiplicity of religious bodies as merely being different routes to heaven. Jesus declares himself to be “the way” to the Father (Jno. 14:6). Every other “way” is a way unto death (Prov. 14:12). If men could devise successful ways to go to heaven, then Christ died for nothing at all (Gal. 2:21). If men could chart their own way to heaven, then Christ was never needed. God forbid. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor 15:19).

All denominations teach some truth?

This claim is true. All denominations teach partial truth. The more truth a particular denomination teaches the more apt it is to fool people. The better the counterfeit, the more people that will be fooled by it. But “some truth” is not enough to save people. The Devil tells “some truth.” An atheist might declare “some truth.” But the Bible teaches that salvation requires the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27 f; Rom. 15:19). The least admixture of the doctrines of men will damn one’s soul and invalidate one’s worship (Gal. 1:8,9 f; Matt. 15:9). So “some truth” is not enough to save (Jno. 8:32). To say that denominationalism teaches “some truth” is to admit that it teaches “some error,” and error will damn. God is not offering mankind a partial heaven, so, why should we think for one moment God is asking us to partially obey Him? God told us the truth when he promised us eternal life, and expects us to obey the truth in order to obtain eternal life. Tit 1:2 f; Eph 1:13 We must obey the whole truth, for half truth and partial truth is no truth at all.

There are good people in all churches?

If one means that there are morally good men, or sincere people in all churches, this claim also is quickly admitted. However, if some good people in a denomination justify the denomination, then we reply that there also are good people who belong to no denomination, and even some are “good” atheists. Mere human goodness, without the Lord’s blood and the Lord’s church, cannot save. Cornelius and Saul of Tarsus are good examples that show that just being good and doing what one thinks is right are insufficient (Acts 10:1, 2, 22; Acts 23:1; 26:9; Phil. 3:6; 1 Tim. 1:15).

One church is a good as another?

This is perhaps the most successful lie that the Devil has ever put in circulation. It’s true that one denomination is as good as another denomination. However, no church denomination is as good as the Lord’s church (Eph. 3:8-11; Heb. 8:1,2). Denominations are not the church which Christ built, died for and paid for with his own blood (Mt 16:18 f; Acts 20:28). No copy or fake work of art, no matter how similar, can be as good as the original. If you want the original church, then it will contain the same head, the same gospel and the same doctrine as when it first began (Col 1:18 ff; Gal 1:6-9; 2 Jn 9).

Conclusion: Just as the word of man is not as good as the word of Christ, the churches of men are not as good as the church owned and built by Christ and over which He rules (Acts 20:28; Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1: 22, 23). The blood of Christ is in no other church (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25); reconciliation unto God is in no other church (Eph. 2:16); salvation is in no other church (Acts 2:38-41, 47); and Christ is the Savior of no other church (Eph. 5:23). It’s true that there are moral people in every church. It is true all denominations teach some truth. It is true that one denominational church is as good as another denominational church. However, there is only one path which leads to eternal life, and that path is strait and narrow (Mt 7:13). There is only one way, one truth, and one church, and that church is the church of Christ, which preaches the same gospel and the same doctrine of Christ which His apostles taught (Mk 16:16 ff; Acts 2:42; 2 Jn 9).

 

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Comments on: "The False Reasoning Behind Denominationalism" (2)

  1. When I go to the Bible to find answers I am more confused than when I began. Did God actually intend for Christians to go to school years and years and study from other men in order to know how to be a follower of Jesus and establish a church mechanically just as the c of C. Please assure me that this is the ONE.TRUE.CHURCH, and just what makes you so sure.

    • We all have differing spiritual I.Q.s because our abilities and opportunities vary. However, if we are doing our best with the I.Q. we have, and the opportunities we are given, we can be assured salvation. The bible is so easy to understand that even those with less than an average I.Q. can understand the basic principles of the oracles of God. In fact, God opens up the understanding of the simple, and confuses the understanding of the wise and prudent. (Mt 11:25)

      Actually, the scriptures come down to obedience. If we are willing to obey and submit to the commandments of God, we shall be saved. However, most don’t want to submit to the authority of Christ and His apostles. Thus, they intermingle the old testament and the new testament, combined with the doctrines and commandments of men in order to establish their own dogmas. Notice the words of the apostle Paul, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Rom 10:3) This he spoke about the Jews who continued to follow the Mosaic Law, and rejected the Law of Christ. To this Paul said, ” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.” (Rom 10:4)

      God, who is the author of the Bible, did not make his written word too hard for anyone to understand. On the contrary. We are told in various places, in many ways, that the old covenant, (or testament), was nailed to the cross and faded away. (Col 2:14 f; Heb 8:13) Therefore, we are now left with the new testament which Jesus died to establish. What is the use of the old testament? It is for our learning, not to do the things Israel did to God. (Rom 15:4 f; 1 Cor 10:5-11)

      Contained in the new testament is the gospel of our salvation, the word of truth. (Eph 1:13) No, God did not make the new testament hard to comprehend. The gospels, Matthew through John are the acts of Jesus and his disciples. The book of Acts are the acts of the apostles. Then we have the letters of Paul. Finally, we have the epistles of Peter, Jude and John.

      There are 39 books in the old testament but only 27 in the new testament. The entire bible has 1189 chapters, 31,102 verses, and 783,137 words. The old testament contains 929 chapters, 23,145 verses, and 602,585 words. However, in the new testament, there are only 260 chapters, 7,957 verses, and 180,552 words. In short, the new testament is about one third the size of the old testament. Thus, far less is demanded of mankind in the new as opposed to the old. There are 613 commandments in the old testament, but in the new only a few commandments were ever given. What was commanded of man in the new testament?

      Obey The Gospel Of Christ

      God the Father gave his only begotten son to die on the cross in order to save mankind. (Jn 3:16) Jesus verily came, died on the cross, was buried, and arose from the dead as we commanded of him of the Father. (1 Cor 15:1-4) Did this save man without man having to do anything? No! Jesus said that he died for his friends and his friends were they who did whatsoever he commanded of them. (Jn 15:13,14) What did Jesus command us to do? He commanded his apostles after his death to go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. He that believes not shall be condemned. (Mk 16:15,16) Why would those who believe not be condemned? Because, if we believe not, all else is worthless. It is impossible to please God without faith. (Heb 11:6) Is belief all we need to do in order to be saved? No! Did not Jesus command all believers to be baptized? Yes He did! Is this all we must do? Basically, but not specifically. Let the scriptures explain. Verily, one is to believe that Jesus is the Christ and that he was raised from the dead by God the Father, but this belief is in the heart. God wants us to confess this belief hidden in our hearts before men. (Rom 10:9,10) Verily, one is to be baptized, but until one repents of their sins they can’t be washed away by baptism. (Acts 2:38 f; Acts 22:16)

      Added To The Church of Christ

      All those who obey the gospel are added to the Lord’s church by Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:47) Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Mt 16:18) This one church was headed by Christ and all baptized believers would be members of it. (Col 1:18 f; 1 Cor 12:13,27) To know the name of the church which Christ built is not hard to obtain. It was called the church(s) of God 11 times. It was called the churches of Christ and the church of the first born one time. (Rom 1:16 f; Heb 12:23) Make no mistake about it, the church bore the name of its builder, Jesus Christ. He built it, died for it and is the head of it. Even in the name “church of God”, Acts 20:28 lets us know that Jesus was the God who purchased the church with his own blood.

      Not all churches of Christ abide by the doctrine of Christ. However, any church of Christ which abides by the exact same doctrine which Christ and his apostles taught, then that church of Christ is the church Christ built, bled and died for. I am so sure of this because all early day Christians abode in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles. Acts 2:42; 2 Jn 9 God is not a respecter of person, which means, that if he saved those early day Christians by abiding in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles, then he will save us today. In other words, they were and are our pattern to follow.

      Acts Of Worship

      The church which Christ built has only a few acts of worship. We know that they met on Sunday. We know that they preached the Word. We know that they took the Lord’s supper. (Acts 20:7) We know that they gave of their means in order to do the work of the church. (1 Cor 16:1-3) We know that they sang without the use of instruments. (Eph 5:19) We know that they prayed. (1 Tim 2:8) These were the only acts of worship the new testament mentioned that were done by the apostles of Jesus Christ. The local churches were headed by qualified apostles and aided by qualified deacons. (1 Tim 3:1-13)

      Live A Moral Life

      All else that one is commanded to do is to live a godly life. This means in part, but not in whole, to not commit adultery, fornication or engage in homosexual acts. Christians are to avoid all sinful acts and to do good unto all men, especially fellow Christians. (Gal 5:19-21 f; Gal 6:10) Christian men are to preach the Word of God in and out of season. (2 Tim 2:2 f; 2 Tim 4:2-5) Christian women are to love and obey their husband, love and train their children, and to be chaste keepers at home. (1 Tim 2:15 ff; Tit 2:4,5; Eph 6:1)

      Conclusion: The bible is a simple book and easy to understand. However, one must love the Word of God enough to study it and rightly divide it. (2 Tim 2:15) Truly, one must believe that the bible emanated directly from God, and was written by inspired men. (2 Tim 3:16,17 ff; Jn 16:13; 2 Pet 1:21) One must learn from the old testament not to do the sins Israel did, while obeying the gospel of the new testament in order to be saved. (Rom 11:22 f; Mk 16:16) If one remains faithful unto death to these simple commandments, they shall be saved. (Jn 8:31 f; Rev 2:10) You shall know the truth, and it shall make you free! (Jn 8:32)

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