Bible Truths: Churches of Christ, Who Are These People?
Eugene L. Conger
The plea of the church of Christ is to restore New Testament Christianity and the oneness of all followers of Christ in one body, to exalt Christ above party, and His Word above all human creeds. Hence, “Where the Bible Speaks, We Speak; and Where the Bible is Silent, We Are Silent.”
The objective of our existence is not to add another to the many denominations that are now found. The church of Christ is not a denomination. The prayer of our Lord in the 17th chapter of John, the teachings of the apostles, and the condition of the world, demand the laying aside of the doctrines of men and a return to the church as it existed in the days of the apostles. A divided church is contrary to the teachings of Christ and His apostles. (1 Corinthians 1:10, 11). We submit to you the plea of Christ, which is the plea of His church.
The church of our Lord had its beginning in the year A.D. 33 on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ. The Acts of the Apostles, especially chapter two, tells us about the beginning of the church. People heard the truth, believed it, repented of their sins, confessed their faith in Christ, and were baptized (immersed) for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:36-41). The Lord added the saved to His church. (Acts 2:47). The addition takes place in the mind of God and not at an altar service.
We have the same Word today. When that Word is sown into the hearts of men and women, boys and girls, it will make only Christians and Christians only. The person will not become a member of some denomination but a member of the Lord’s church. –P.O. Box 427, Elizabeth, WV 26143-0427.
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