If there is one thing I have learned in life is that truth triumphs over scrutiny. In fact, truth welcomes investigation because when all things come to light, truth shall be revealed. This is what Jesus meant when speaking to Nicodemus. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (Jn 3:20-21).
In recent years many blunders have been made in the realm of religion. People have accepted without investigation certain teachings, only to find later that these teachings were contrary to the Scriptures. Naively accepting all that comes along in religion results in drastic consequences, and is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Jn 4:1 f; 1 Tim 1:10). What we receive in the “name of Christ” could very well be the teaching of Satan in disguise. Before accepting any form of religious teachings, assurance that it is of God should be evident. Then and only then should one yield oneself to it.
There is an anti-Christian spirit working in this present age, inspired by the forces of error. False prophets “are gone out into the world” (1 Jn 4:1-3). People “join” churches without looking into their origin, their doctrine, or their organization. Under such conditions one could easily be led astray. Our Lord gave the solemn warning, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15). No question in religion should be too small for our careful scrutiny. Therefore we should search the scripture daily, even as did the Bereans, in order to make sure what we are being taught come from God’s Word (Acts 17:11).
Churches of Christ espouse a plea for a complete restoration of New Testament Christianity. Many have come to see that Christianity must be undenominational, that division must be rejected, and that man-made creeds and human teachings must be spurned disdainfully and completely. The New Testament should be our only guide and rule of faith, with Christ Jesus as our only creed. God’s people should be known only as “Christians.” They should not wear human names. They should not teach human creeds. They should not yield to the doctrines and commandment of men.
You should investigate the church of Christ because it claims it is the only body (church) Purchased By The Blood Of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28 f; Col 1:18). Jesus gave Himself for it, and the very nature of this price places a solemn obligation upon all who are members of this blood bought institution.
You should investigate the church of Christ because it is the only institution built by Jesus (Mt. 16:16-18). Since Jesus is its founder and builder, He offers blessings eternal in nature. Salvation is offered only in the church built by Jesus (Acts 2:47). All other churches will be uprooted (Mt. 15:13).
You should investigate the church of Christ because it is the House Of God (1 Tim. 3:15). The church is God’s family and those in it are His children (1 Jn. 3:1-2). If one fails to become a member of it, he fails to become a member of the greatest institution on earth. This is also a failure to become a child of God. If you are not a member of the Lord’s church, you deprive yourself of all the blessings that the Father in heaven offers to His children. You are not a member of God’s family if you are not a part of that which is the family of God.
You should investigate the church of Christ because it is The Habitation Of God (Eph. 2:19-22). God dwells in the church and through it He carries out His will in saving men on earth. God’s habitation is pure, and those who are translated out of darkness into the kingdom of God should remain unspotted from the world (Col. 1:13). Being a member of the church means that you are a part of a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5), that offers up “spiritual sacrifices” unto God. Through this institution there is hope in this world and the world to come.
Conclusion: Please, scrutinize the church of Christ! We welcome it, we request it. If we are proven wrong by the scripture, we shall change. However, if we are right according the scripture, we request that you change. “Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; Or let them hear and say, “It is truth” (Isa 43:8-9).
It is the church which speaks where the bible speaks and remains silent where the bible is silent (1 Pet 4:11 f; 1 Cor 4:6). It is the church which proves its doctrine with book, chapter and verse (1 Thess 5:21). It is the only church that worships God in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). It is the only church that heeds to the doctrine of Christ and rejects the doctrines of men (Col 3:17 ff; 2 Jn 9 f; Acts 2:42). It is the only church which contains the manifold wisdom of God (Eph 3:10). It is the only church which is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15). Any church of Christ which can not hold up to this level of scrutiny is the Lord’s church in name only.
If you have never become a part of the church for which Jesus died, do so today! You cannot join it, but Christ will add you to it, if you will obey His gospel. Christ adds to the church (Acts 2:47 f; 1 Cor. 12:18), but He adds only the saved to it. Who are the saved? Anyone who hears the gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – 1 Cor 15:1-4) and believes that Jesus is the Christ with their heart and confesses such with their mouth (Rom 10:8-10); Anyone who repents and is baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) are in a saved condition. If you have not obeyed the gospel of Christ, do so today, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). If you are a member of the Lord’s church, but have strayed, restore yourself to your first love before it is everlasting too late (Rev 2:4).