The New Testament Church. There is one church which Jesus Built. Division is carnal & sinful. The New Testament is the standard for gospel teaching & practice. One Church. Jesus said: “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18) Paul taught: “there is one body” (Ephesians 4:4).
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“I will build My church”
“there is one body”
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
(I Corinthians 1:10)
“where there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal”
(I Corinthians 3:3)
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
(II Timothy 4:3-4)
Paul said to the Galatians:
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
The Lord said of the church:
“the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
Barton W. Stone
“Raccoon” John Smith
Turning back to denominations after standing on the Bible alone is surrendering a hard fought spiritual victory!
We must understand the issues that have caused division to guard against further division in the future.
Instrumental Music – The Missionary Society – Bible Classes
One of the first issues that divided those of the “Restoration Movement” in the late 19th century was the question…
“Does the Gospel Authorize mechanical instruments of music in church worship?”
What is the “human tradition”?
Doing something without Scriptural authority? or…
Following the simple practice of New Testament Christians?
Matthew 15:8.9 “Vain Worship”
A second issue that divided those of the “Restoration Movement” in the late 19th century was an evangelistic scheme called…
The Missionary Society
This has been imitated (in essence) by modern church of Christ in the “Sponsoring Church” arrangement.
In the 20th century some brethren became concerned over the question…
“Is the church authorized to support and conduct separate Bible classes for all ages?”
1. “Does this surrender parental responsibility?”
2. “Should there be women teachers?”
The church is authorized to support Bible classes outside of the assembly for different ages, topics or genders.
This does not mean we should create a “Bible School”…
But, Christians teaching Christians is authorized.
One Cup in the Lord’s Supper – Support of Human Institutions – The Social Gospel – The Sponsoring Church – The Discipling Movement