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Two groups of people believe that the church of Christ is just another denomination: (1) denominationalists and (2) dissenters in the church of Christ who are denominationalists at heart and who want the church of Christ to become like the denominations.Copied/Transferred from the Richland Hills Church of Christ Forum=====================================May 22 2012 at 8:32 PM
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Concerned Members is a gathering place for complainers who feel that changes in their favorite version of "church" are tantamount to apostasy. Unfortunately, the seemingly primary characters here do nothing to mentor them in the faith, but rather fuel and encourage continued complaining, spreading discord, and embarrassing the faith.
It is a rather childish place and makes the operators (to my mind) seem considerably immature and well, stupid. There is little original thought demonstrated and non sequiturs abound. Even those who have published a book or two seemingly suffer from overly narrow thinking and defensiveness.
It really is a waste of time.
That's a lie: faith comes by hearing the Word of God (only).Ken claimed that Abraham was not considered to have believed God until he obeyed Him. The reverse is true.
That's a fact: those who whine about the church of Christ being "a big ugly denomination" cannot define a denomination. They endorse the Christian Church which is a defact denomination even though lots of Christian Churches do not participate.Two groups of people believe that the church of Christ is just another denomination: (1) denominationalists and (2) dissenters in the church of Christ who are denominationalists at heart and who want the church of Christ to become like the denominations.
Denominationalists don't want to believe that Jesus founded only ONE church, which is the church that bears His name, THE church of Christ. Denominationalists would have everyone believe that Jesus authorized a bunch of different "religious groups," all with differing beliefs and doctrines, yet all-pleasing to Jesus. Denominationalists refuse to admit that in the New Testament, Jesus does not once mention any groups such as Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics, and hundreds of other so-called "Christian" denominations. In fact, the word "denomination" doe NOT appear anywhere in the Bible at all. BTW, John the Baptist was not a member of the so-called "Baptist" denomination. He got that title simply because he baptized others to prepare them for the coming of Christ.
Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15 KJV). Jesus did NOT say, "If ye love me, form many different denominations with many beliefs that differ from what I have taught you."
The inspired apostle John said, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 1:9-11 KJV).
The "doctrine" to which John refers is the "doctrine of Christ," the teachings and commandments of Christ, which He imparted to His inspired apostles. To follow the doctrine of Christ means to obey His teachings AS WRITTEN in the New Testament. Unfortunately, the denominations follow some, but not ALL of Christ's teachings, which just doesn't cut the mustard.
The church of Christ plus all the denominations believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; well and good. But whereas the church of Christ rightly baptizes for remission of sins and salvation as stipulated in Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38, other denominations like the present-day "Baptists," for example, believe that baptism has no part in remission of sins and salvation. The "Baptists" believe that all you have to do to be saved is "invite Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior," and THAT'S IT--faith only. I've heard of some "Baptists" who are "members" of their church who have NEVER been baptized. Such doctrine is NOT that of Christ.
Methodists, Catholics and other denominations, for example, approve of infant baptism (ie, "Christening"), yet that is NOT the teaching of Christ. A candidate for baptism must BELIEVE before baptism can be effective: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..." (Mark 16:16a KJV). Infants are not yet old enough to believe, and the New Testament does NOT teach that parents can substitute as their infants' proxies in belief. Catholics also believe in such fallacious ideas as venerating the Virgin Mary, "Purgatory" and "Limbo" as "lesser" degrees of hell, or that a deceased person can be "prayed" out of those latter places and enter heaven. Such poppycock is NOT the teaching of Christ.
Look at any of the denominations and you'll find one or more doctrinal deviations from Christ's explicit teachings in the New Testament; such groups do not belong to THE church of Christ.
The church of Christ, on the other hand, follows Christ's explicit teachings AS WRITTEN without seeking to tweak, alter, enhance, accompany, or take away from them to suit man's personal desires.