Is the church of Christ Jesus built perfect? Yes it is. Does this mean the local churches of Christ are perfect? No it isn’t. There are a few faults wrong with the churches of Christ but not when it comes to the fundamentals.
The Perfect Gospel
All local churches of Christ have the perfect gospel. They abide by the same gospel which saved the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost, the same gospel which saved the eunuch, Saul, Cornelius, Lydia, the jailer and the Corinthians. They all hear the same gospel Paul preached. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,(1 Cor 15:1-4). They all believe and confess the same Jesus Christ as the Messiah (Rom 10:10). They all repent and are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Therefore, all church of Christ members were added by none other than Jesus Christ (Acts 2:47).
The Perfect Doctrine
The churches of Christ basically follow the same new testament doctrine of worship. They all meet on Sunday to partake of the Lord’s supper and to give of their means (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3). They all sing without the use of instrumental music (Eph 5:19). They all preach and pray and study (Acts 20:7 ff; 1 Tim 2:8; 2 Tim 2:15).
Not All Churches of Christ Are The Same
Many churches of Christ teach that not all scriptures were inspired of God (2 Tim 3:16,17). Many churches of Christ teach speaking only the oracles of God is a form of legalism (1 Pet 4:11). Many churches of Christ use man made organizations to do the work of the church (2 Pet 1:3). Many churches of Christ use the church treasury for recreation and banquets (1 Cor 11:22,34).
Conclusion: Not many will adhere to the gospel and doctrine of Christ. Most all churches of Christ are correct in both. Yes, it’s true, not all churches of Christ are correct in all matters of fundamental principles and doctrine. This means that once you have obeyed the gospel of Christ it is very imperative for you to study God’s Word for yourself. Do not rely on others for what you can do and are commanded to do for yourself (2 Tim 2:15). There is a great falling away in all churches these days and this includes the churches of Christ. Therefore, be as the Bereans and question your teachers, preachers, and elders (Acts 17:11). Ask them to prove all things according to the scriptures (1 Thess 5:21). If they tell you something which is contrary to sound doctrine, that is, the doctrine of Christ and his apostles, contend with them even as Jude commanded (Jude 3). Though the churches of Christ are perfect in the gospel and in major parts of doctrine, don’t assume they are perfect in all things. As long as fallible human beings are in charge of the Lord’s church, they are subject to deviate from it. Hey! It’s your soul, save it! Obey the gospel Christ commanded to be preached to all the world (Mt 28:19,20 f; Mk 16:16). Continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Acts :442 f; 2 Jn 9). Avoid all doctrines of men (Mt 15:7-9). Live a moral and godly life before God and man (Tit 2:12,13). Endure all trials and temptations to the end, and you shall be saved (Jam 1:12 f; Rev 2:10).