The Church Of Christ: Not A Denomination
Joe R. Price
The church of Christ is not a denomination within Christendom. It was built by Jesus, purchased with His shed blood (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28). It and it alone is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:22-32). It is the kingdom of Christ (Matt. 16:18-19; Mk. 9:1; Col. 1:13; Rev. 1:9). Under another figure, the church of Christ is the house of God, His temple in which His people worship and serve Him (Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 2:5).
But, back to the first statement of this article. The church is generally thought of as subdivided into many different churches or denominations, all of which have merit and approval before God. This idea is expressed in the common phrase, choose the church of your choice.
Our questions are these:
(1) Where in the scriptures did Christ or His apostles ever endorse denominationalism?
(2) Where in the Bible did God give man the right to choose the church to which he would belong?
(3) If there is no Bible teaching for such things, are you willing to give them up in order to be right with God?
In order, the Bible answers to these questions are these:
(1) Christ never taught denominationalism. It is the division of believers along doctrinal and organizational lines. Christ condemns such division (Jno. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:1-6).
(2) Man is added by the Lord to His church, not offered the right to choose for himself the church which suits him (Acts 2:41, 47). Christianity is not a multiple choice exam.
(3) Jesus said we must give up all things in order to follow Him (Matt. 10:34-39; Lk. 9:23; 14:25-35). Are you ready to do that?
The false teachings of men cannot be a refuge against sin or our hope of an eternal inheritance. Christ is our only hope and His truth must be our only guide (Acts 4:12; Jno. 8:12; 12:48).