Archive for February, 2015

Where Do You Stand?

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The Scriptures present a problem!
All of humanity (every person that has reached an accountable age) is guilty of sin and in danger of being eternally lost.
It presents but ONE solution! It is Jesus’ death on the cross on our behalf and our complete submission to Him, in order that God may declare us righteous (Rom. 3:23-25).
Here is where ‘the plot thickens’! Our society esteems broad-mindedness as one of its greatest values. Accordingly, one cannot afford to be judgmental of others. On every hand we behold the “”I have no right to condemn or oppose” attitude.
This is nowhere more apparent than in the realm of religion. All world religions are considered viable. But the fact is the gospel of Jesus Christ calls ALL PEOPLE to respond to Him or be lost (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
This broad-minded attitude has gradually crept into the minds of those who claim to follow the Lord as well. One denomination is as good as another–we’re all on different paths to the same goal. But, division among God’s people is always condemned (Amos 3:3; 1 Cor. 1:10-13).
In John 17:20,21 our Lord prayed for the unity of His followers. We can read that He would build His church, and that there is but one (Mt. 16:18; Eph. 4:4; Col. 1:18). That being the case, the whole system of denominationalism and all sectarianism stand opposed to our Savior’s will! Who would want to stand in opposition to Jesus?
The Lord’s church is the only blood-bought and God ordained institution designed to accommo-
date His redemptive plan for humanity (Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:3-14; 22,23; 3:10-12). It is not a denomina-
tion. Neither is it only one among equally viable alternatives for those interested in ‘spiritual’ values.
The early Christians were bold in their affirmation of the uniqueness of the church of Christ, and were persecuted for their stance. Do we really think that it should be any different for us today?