Many false teachers would have you believe that Jesus built many churches” from which each individual can have their “choice.” It is not important to them to be a member of any particular church. It is only important to “accept Christ as your personal Savior” by “faith only” and then join “the church of your choice.”
Those on Pentecost who “gladly received” the word that was preached to them by the apostles “were baptized,” and when they “were baptized,” “the Lord added to ‘the church’ daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47.) Take note that baptized believers were added to ‘THE CHURCH’ and not ‘ANY CHURCH’.
What church did the Lord add these saved people? He certainly did not add them to a church that did not exist at that time. Consequently, every denomination that came into existence since that day of Pentecost two thousand years ago was NOT the one to which the Lord added the saved. If the Lord is still doing today what He did in Acts 2:47, He does not add the saved to any denomination today. What church did exist on Pentecost?
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I WILL build MY CHURCH.” He evidently did what he said he would do, for he was adding to it on Pentecost. The idea of more than one church is never given.
The Bible says there is only one church. This evidence cannot be denied. “So we, being many are one body in Christ.” (Rom. 12:5.) “There is one body, and one Spirit.” (Eph. 4: 4.) This same book identifies what the body is, “And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the CHURCH, which is His BODY, the fullness of him that fills all in all.” (Eph. 1:22, 23.) “But now are they many members, yet BUT ONE body.” (1 Cor. 12:20.) “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in ONE body . . .” (Col. 3:15.) “And that he might reconcile both (Jew and Gentile) unto God in ONE body by the cross.” (Eph. 2:16.) The Bible says there is ONE, and only ONE, body or church.
“For by one Spirit are we ALL baptized into ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles…” (1 Cor. 12:13.) All who have been baptized into Christ by faith “are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28.) “For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one.” (Heb. 2:11.) All the sanctified are in one body. All in Christ are to be of the same mind and speak the same thing. (Phil. 2:2 f; 1 Cor. 1: 10.) This is not possible of the many churches today. All who will be heirs of God must be in Christ, which means to be in his body, the church. (Gal. 3:28, 29 f; Eph. 3:6.) Other Inferences allow but one. God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34.) What God requires of one man, He requires of all. By all doing the same thing, all will be in the same body. Christ made but one offering to sanctify all for all times. (Heb. 10:12-14.) Through his Blood one testament was sealed (1 Cor. 11:25; Math. 26:28), one church was purchased. (Acts 20:28.) There is only one gospel (Gal. 1:8, 9), one faith (Eph. 4:5; Jude 3), and one way. (John 14:6.) It is not possible to have “many churches” in the light of these truths.
Conclusion: Jesus is the head the body of Christ, aka, the church of Christ (Col 1:18 f; Eph 5:23; 1 Cor 12:27). “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (1 Cor 12:12). The church which Christ built and paid for with His own blood has but one head, one gospel, one doctrine, and one name. It’s name is the church of Christ. All other names mentioned in the new testament is in total reference to Christ and none other. This is the only church which existed in the days of the apostles, and the only church early day Christians were added to. This is the only church Christians are added to today. If you have not been added to this church, you are lost. The only remedy for every sinner then and now is to obey the gospel of Christ (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38). Then you shall be added to the church by Christ (Acts 2:47). If you continue in the apostle’s doctrine, aka, the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of God, you will be saved (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9). Don’t join the church of your choice, but rather be added to the church of Christ’s choice!