There Is No Salvation "Outside Of" The Church Of Christ

There Is No Salvation "Outside Of" The Church Of Christ

Was there salvation outside of the ark? Was there salvation outside of the nation of Israel? Is there salvation outside of the church of Christ? The answer to all of these questions, per the Bible, is clearly "no".

Earlier than your emotions get the very best of you, calm your self down and consider two preliminary factors; (1) I was raised in one of many largest, primary-stream denominations in America - not in the church of Christ, so I can speak directly to this issue. What I am about to share with you comes from years of personal study, debating, argumentation, and absolute battle with idea that salvation is in just one church. (2) Jesus stated in Matthew 22:29, "Ye do err, not realizing the scriptures, nor the facility of God." Many "spiritual" people have shaped their concepts about salvation on their very own opinions, pre-conceptions, and statements that they've heard over and over since they have been children (relatively than the Bible).

The Bible says that there isn't any salvation discoveredside of the church of Christ. The Apostle Paul mentioned in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is the head of the body, the church. The body and the church are one within the same. Paul told the Ephesians, in Ephesians 5:25, "...whilst Christ additionally liked the church, and gave himself for it." The church is singular in existence, and Jesus gave Himself for the church. In Ephesians 5:23, Paul stated, "...even as Christ is the head of the church: and he's the saviour of the body." For a person to say that they can be saved with out being a member of the church of Christ reveals their ignorance of the Scripture, because the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the "saviour" of the body, and the body is the church.

What number of "church buildings" was Paul speaking of? Now watch this; the economy identical Paul told the Ephesians, in 4:four, that there is one body. If the body is the church, as Paul said, and, as he additionally acknowledged, that there's only one body, then there is only one church. A child can perceive this straightforward Bible teaching.

Although, this begs the question, "Which church is the one church?" Properly, let's use a easy example. Martin Luther was a fine man with the noble need to get back to the Bible. After Luther's dying, his follower's established the denomination bearing his name; the Lutheran Church. Now, was this the one church that Paul spoke of in his epistles? How may it possibly be - the Lutheran Church didn't exist when Paul wrote his epistle. In reality, the Lutheran Church was established some 1500 years after Paul spoke his inspired words; due to this fact, it is not logical, reasonable, or biblical to conclude that the Lutheran Church is the one church of the Bible, because it simply didn't exist at that time (the primary century)!

We're still at the original question...which church was the one church of the Bible? It's, after all, the church that was established on the Day of Pentecost, as written about in Acts chapter two. It is the church that Jesus purchased with His personal blood, Acts 20:28, and it is the church governed by Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:18.

Some argue by saying, "Paul was speaking of the invisible, world-huge church, and that features all church buildings!" I'm sorry, however this common response is biblically false. How do we know? Luke said in Acts eight:1, "And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at the moment there was an amazing persecution towards the church which was at Jerusalem; and so they have been all scattered abroad all through the regions of Judaea and Samaria, besides the apostles." Men could not and can't persecute something that was/is "invisible". The church was, and still is, a visual entity on this earth.

Some say, "Nicely, my church is just as good as your church!" Good friend, there are definitely good, honest, loving, kind, friendly, well-intentioned, God-fearing, Jesus-believing, ethical, right-residing individuals in all man-made denominations, but the church of Christ is just not a man-made denomination." In Matthew 16:18, Jesus prophesied that He would build His church, and He called it the kingdom in verse 19. The church of the Lord was not an accident, or a "cease-hole" measure; it was God's plan. Christ's prophecy regarding His church was additionally "future tense", and He said this after the demise of John the baptizer; subsequently, John didn't establish the church of our Lord, nor did he John purchase the church together with his personal blood, as Christ did.

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