One Bible, many Churches

“Why are there so many churches in Christendom”

“Why are there so many sects in Christendom?”

In the world we can find many groups discussing about Christianity and Christendom. Lots of people dare also to react very strongly and aggressively against other Christian groups. Sometimes they go so far to show a very unchristian attitude. For sure, in this world today we can find lots of diversion and hate among many people concerning matters of faith.

Their number calls forth the derision of unbelievers and causes grief to the devout.

When the apostles taught, Christianity began with a single “sect” which was said to be

“everywhere spoken against” (Acts 28:22).

If the teachings held by its members had remained exactly as they were given by the first teachers, there is at least a chance that it would have continued to be one “sect”.
As the Christian teaching was preached throughout the world, it became melded with local ideas and customs. Books copied
laboriously by hand were too expensive for people in general to own. Also many people could not read and so relied upon their teachers.
In the days of the apostles, the original teaching began to be corrupted. The Apostle Paul strenuously opposed ideas which would have made the resurrection of the dead unnecessary (1 Corinthians 15:12-20). At the end of his life, Paul was still combating those

“who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already” (2 Timothy 2:18).

The pagan belief in the immortality of the soul was retained by some converts Paul taught that there would come a “falling
away” and that

“the mystery of iniquity does already work” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7).

He told the Ephesian believers,

“Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things” (Act 20:30).

In both of his letters to Timothy he writes of times when

“some shall depart from the faith” (1 Timothy 4:1)

and when

“they will not endure sound doctrine”,

but will turn away their ears from the truth and turn aside unto fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Nor is Paul alone in this. Peter says,

“there shall be false teachers among you who shall secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them” (2 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV).

The letters of the aged John, written towards the end of the first century, are largely devoted to combating teaching which was already prevalent.

“Many false prophets have gone out into the world” he says (1 John 4:1).

“Many deceivers are entered into the world” (2 John 7).

He urges believers to put to the test those who come to them as teachers (to “try the spirits”) and the only standard by which they can be tested is the Word which God has already given through His Holy Spirit, that is the Scripture.
People at Berea were called “more noble” because they “searched the scriptures daily” to see whether the things they were told by Paul and Silas were true (Acts 17:11). The only way to be sure what is right, is to g

“to the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:19-20).

Jesus rebuked some disciples for being slow to believe the prophets.

“Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).

Jesus used the Old Testament to teach his message.
Remember,

“faith comes by hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

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Preceding

God’s Self-Revelation

The Greatness of the eternal God

The real God

God as Father

Born of the Father

The Love of God

The Wrath of God

The New Testament and Judgement

To be prepared for the Day of Judgment

Living as a believer in Christ

A participation in the body of Christ

Do you believe what Christ’s Apostles taught?

Different wineskins

Bible Reading: is it worthwhile?

The importance of Reading the Scriptures

The Bible: is it contradictory?

Another way looking at a language #1 New Year, Books and Words

The importance of Reading the Scriptures

Increase our zeal for the Holy script

The Canon of Scripture

Video How the Biblical Canon Was Formed

Memorizing wonderfully 63: 1 Corinthians 6:9 – Be not deceived for The Kingdom of God

Next: The Development of Differences

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Additional reading

  1. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  2. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  3. Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
  4. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  5. A Book to trust #21 Biblical hermeneutics and Keys to truth
  6. When there is secrecy involved
  7. Jeshuaists, Carrying the name of Christ
  8. Dave Norris and his writings on the Belgian Bible Students
  9. It’s Time real lovers of God to Stand and Speak Out!
  10. Unmasking anti Jehovah sites and people
  11. Aim of Unmasking anti Jehovah people
  12. What are Brothers in Christ
  13. Who are Christadelphians

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Related

  1. Christianity Is Not a Cult, It’s How It’s Taught
  2. Cults around the World: Heaven’s Gate
  3. Cults of the World: Order of the Solar Temple
  4. #OnThisDay: Martin Luther and the Reformation
  5. Q17: Sects and conflicts
  6. Same God – Different People
  7. Rating Cult Websites (and some background about the cults)
  8. Stand Tall In Faith
  9. When Leaders Go Astray
  10. His Ways, Not Our Ideas
  11. Jeremiah 4:5-31 A Vision of Destruction
  12. Deception
  13. World Parliament Of Religions Promoting Paganism and Anti-Christian Radicalism
  14. Digging in Deeper: 1 Timothy 6:3-5
  15. If You’re Going To Teach Millennials, You Better Have Proof
  16. False teachers – detecting them
  17. Reclaiming Christianity IV

34 thoughts on “One Bible, many Churches

  1. […] �One Bible, Many Churches.� Does it matter which one? In the final analysis the answer will depend upon what the questioner is seeking. If the quest is for friendship, or to satisfy the belief that one ought to worship somewhere — then the answer is No, it probably does not matter. The answer is Yes, however, if the quest is for eternal life, and a form of worship acceptable to God. […]

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