Religious separation and division, even within “Christianity” flourishes. People are encouraged to choose a church that suits their preference. What we are learning from all of this: Acceptance of all this variety is teaching us that what the church does and teaches does not matter. Is that true?
I will raise only one point that addresses this question. Of the 27 books in the New Testament, twenty-two of them are addressed to churches and saints. What do we find in these writings?
Without talking about all of them, consider notes about a few.
- 1st and 2nd Corinthians — written to a church with a long list of problems they were called to correct.
- Galatians — written to churches urging them to drop practices not taught in the gospel.
- Colossians — written to encourage loyalty to Christ and a resistance to practicing the teachings of men.
- 1st and 2nd Timothy — written to an evangelist with instruction to stand for the truth of the gospel and to oppose false teaching.
- Titus — written to a preacher encouraging him to appoint qualified elders in churches that would stand against the influence of men seeking to change the Lord’s church.
- 2nd Peter — a writing sent to scattered saints, warning them against those who would teach things that were not from God.
- 2nd John — warned disciples not to go beyond what was written and to avoid those who did not speak the truth.
- Revelation — opens with letters to seven churches, urging them to repent of their false practices and erroneous teachings.
What churches teach and practice matters. We must read God’s word for instructions to churches. Let me know if you think I could help you study.