In Matthew 16:18, Jesus declared, “I will build my Church….”
The book of Acts describes the Church as being purchased with the blood of Jesus (Acts 20:28). Christ is also head of the Church, loves His Church, gave Himself for His Church, and desires that His Church be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:23-29).
The Apostle Paul further writes of God, Christ and the Church in Ephesians 3:21, “To Him be the glory in the Church by Christ Jesus….”
The glory of God is in the Church (in its pure form) and by Christ Jesus. Can a person have a relationship with Christ and at the same time have nothing to do with His Church? It seems evident that a true relationship with the Lord includes a true relationship with the Lord’s church (not the church building).
Here’s a question: Are doctrines, beliefs and behaviors important?
Probably the point here would be to address the idea of relevance. What about the relevance of teachings, beliefs, and behaviors? To quote from one article on the subject, “Christian religion could only offer their brand of religion which tied people to a belief-system and bound them to moralistic views and regulations in attachment to the ecclesiastic institution” (Fowler 1998 P8).
Understanding this and other similar articles is the idea that teachings, beliefs, and behaviors are relatively unimportant, while the only truly important thing is the right relationship with Christ.
What does the Bible say about the importance of teaching? Matthew 28:20 records what Jesus said to His apostles as he sent them out to teach the whole world the Word of salvation, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
The Apostle wrote to the preacher Timothy, “That you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine” and “These things command and teach.” The Apostles Peter and John warned also about false teachers entering in to teach so called “Christian” doctrines which are false (2 Peter 2:1, 1st John 4:1) to go to the logic of the issue. Does it seem what was taught or believed were unimportant to Christ, Paul, Peter or John?
Another question: Do you think that it is just possible that what you believe is important and critical to the saving of your soul?
John, along with the other apostles, was bearing witness to the Gospel by the Holy Spirit’s power to search and to reveal the deep things of God to the race of man that we might have faith based solely on that truth and the understanding of it so that we might be saved.
If the Bible is what it claims to be, then the words and wisdom recorded there are higher and better than the wisdom and words of men (1st Cor. 2:10-16).
Human words and wisdom when compared to the Word of God produce only one of two results.
Throughout the Bible men who spoke, teaching, leading and representing God could only speak to the wisdom of God, could only speak to the words and will of God or prove themselves to be false prophets, false teachers, false apostles and false disciples.
We are made alive by the reception and belief of the Living Word of God, which Word produces life, love, and harmony with the truth of God’s will.
One final question: What’s wrong with the Bible, where has it failed you and led you astray?
Men do, religions do, and certainly the world and its prince does, but What About the Bible?
R. B. Ward has been a long-time preacher in the Churches of Christ. He has served in that capacity in Page for 10 years.
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