History shows us that there was a time when men like Martin Luther sought to reform the church. Others like Barton W. Stone and Alexander Campbell sought to do the same. Why? The New Testament church was corrupted. Men taught their own doctrines and developed denominations. For example, one early denomination refused to let the word of God be translated from Greek or Latin into the language of the common man of the day because they would then be able to see for themselves just how corrupt the church had become. How could the exploitation of people continue if they discovered the truth?
Nowhere in the Bible are any men authorized to teach doctrines contrary to what was taught by the apostles, nor are they authorized to divide it and start their own sect. In fact, such practice is condemned. If doctrines of men are unauthorized and division (denomination) of the church condemned, why do they exist today? More importantly, what happens to the people who are practicing such things? Well, they exist because the Scriptures were ignored. The authority of God was replaced by the authority of men. Yet, each denomination considers themselves to be Christians. Sadly, Jesus says that not everyone who calls him “Lord, Lord” will be allowed into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 7:21).
Doctrines of men and denominations will be the cause of thousands of souls being damned to hell. This is why men like Luther, Stone, and Campbell sought to reform. The goal was to restore the New Testament church! Thankfully, that dream was made a reality, but sadly it did not do away with denominations and doctrines of men. It’s up to men and women like you to read the New Testament and determine if the church you attend is authorized by Scripture or if your soul is in danger of hell fire.
Jesus asked the question, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say (Luke 6:46)?” “I’m sorry. I didn’t know.” will not be an acceptable answer. The Bible is readily available in many different languages. Study the New Testament. You’ll see things like congregations of Christians operating autonomously under the authority of God (which we find in the Scriptures) instead of under the authority of an international headquarters creed book written by uninspired men. You’ll see how men and women were saved through baptism and added to the church (Acts 2). You’ll also see that the faith was delivered once and for all (Jude 3). There will be no other revelations of God through any others. That means the 27 books of the New Testament are the only inspired text you will ever need.
These are but a few of the things that you will see that differ greatly from the denominational world of Christianity. Would you like to know more? Leave a comment below or reach out through the contact page and we can set up a one-on-one online study through Skype.