Saturday, July 12, 2014

"We Disagree With Churches & Their Doctrine. So We Don't Attend Any Church"

An Answer to those Who Don't Go to Church Because All of Them and Their Doctrines are Corrupt

The Bible teaches that.....

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

If this is true, then we can't take a salad bar approach to Scripture and pick and choose what we want and bypass the rest.

The church is mentioned 117 times in the New Testament. Some of these references deal with the universal church, that is the body of believers from all over the world that is called the body of Christ. Other references deal with the local assembly of churches.

Reference to the universal church:

so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:5 NKJV)

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (I Corinthians 12:27 NKJV)

Reference to the local church:

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV)

Note: God set up the leadership of the local church. It started with a foundation of apostles and prophets.  They still speak to us today through the pages of Scripture. 

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, (Ephesians 2:19-20 NKJV)

A foundation is what you build on. You don't keep building foundations upon foundations. You only need one foundation. So the apostles and prophets were the foundation of the church. The rest of the building is made up of evangelists, pastors, and teachers and the members of the church.

According to Ephesians 4:11-16 above, the purpose of the church is for mutual edification, unity of the faith, encouragement to spiritual growth and prevention of being tossed around by false doctrine.  

How do you find a good church?  You compare whatever they teach to what the Bible teaches. You must study and learn the Bible as a whole. This is how you discern true doctrine from false doctrine.

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11 NKJV)

Scripture talks about being part of a local assembly for mutual encouragement in the faith:

Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:9, 17 NKJV)

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. (Hebrews 13:7 NKJV)

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. (I Timothy 5:17 NKJV)

You can not throw doctrine out the window. In doing so you are establishing your own doctrine against what the Bible teaches. Yes, many cry that the churches are all corrupt!  The Bible does teach that there will be false teachers arise...after all, what is the church made of? Sinners!  But this is why we are to be diligent in our own personal study of the Bible, ask questions of our church leaders and compare all teaching to the Bible.

Deciding not to attend a local church because you believe all of them and their doctrine to be corrupt is to throw the baby out with the bath water. In doing so you establish your own corrupt doctrine contrary to the Bible's teaching on being a part of the local church.

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