WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
"Why are there so many different churches?" (Part 2)
Sometimes it is because people are willing to follow the doctrines and creeds written by men, and to be in the churches these men established rather than follow the Bible. Even if we say their intentions were good, the Bible does not. "For I know this that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after themselves." Acts 20:29-30 Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if this is the case. Does the church where you attend wear a founder's name over the door instead of or in the place of the name of Christ? Acts 4:12 says, "There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Does your church hold to doctrines established in 606 A.D.? 1534? 1539? 1607? 1611? 1830? 1886? Etc. Jude told Christians in the first century to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." Jude 3 The gospel was "once for all delivered" before the end of the first century, not hundreds of years later. The Bible says why this would happen. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" II Timothy 4:3-4 To learn more about the Colonial church of Christ or to receive a free Bible correspondence course, look us up on the web at www.colonialchurchofchrist.com or call Lee at 221-8553 or Cary at 867-8224.