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Following a man who breaks off from a church
A question for Christians. What do you think about churches that are created by people who follow a man and leave an established church? Then separate themselves from other Christians.
Well, first of all; there is only one church that is of Jesus the Christ, and that is the church started on Pentacost, 33 AD, at Jerusalem; see the book of Acts. No one joins the church; whereas Christ adds them to it. Christ's church is made up of members of His body. Jesus Christ is the only head of His church. Christ's church is His bride and body. Christians worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Churches, or congregations, of Christ are each autonomous in their own right. There is no Pope, senior elder, or preacher who rules. Jesus Christ, His Word, has all power and authority in heaven and in earth. Individual congregations are led by a plurality of their own elders, deacons, and preacher/s. There is no further nor higher church of Christ headquarters on earth, than what has been written down in the Christian Bible, God's inspired Word.
It is frustrating to see unlearned Christians following men, rather than Jesus Christ himself. God is no respecter of persons. If you ask me, a so-called 'mega-church' is not doing it's job if there is only one man able to preach, out of hundreds or thousands of men in the congregation. I have seen a church split, because a preacher was not allowed to be an elder, or demanded personal title to the church parsonage, and such. The church of Christ, or any individual congregation, does not belong to any preacher. God no longer speaks to us through the prophets of old, but in these times by God's New Testament and Covenent for all mankind, sealed forever by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. (See Hebrews, chapter 1).
Answered by DonColeCartoons on May 02, 2009
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