There Is No Salvation

There Is No Salvation "Outside Of" The Church Of Christ

Was there salvation outside of the ark? Was there salvation outside of the nation of Israel? Is there salvation outside of the church of Christ? The answer to all of these questions, per the Bible, is clearly "no".

Earlier than your emotions get the most effective of you, calm yourself down and consider two preliminary factors; (1) I was raised in one of many largest, primary-stream denominations in America - not within the church of Christ, so I can speak directly to this issue. What I'm about to share with you comes from years of personal examine, debating, argumentation, and absolute struggle with concept that salvation is in just one church. (2) Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, "Ye do err, not realizing the scriptures, nor the facility of God." Many "religious" people have shaped their concepts about salvation on their very own opinions, pre-conceptions, and statements that they've heard time and again since they've been youngsters (moderately than the Bible).

The Bible says that there is no such thing as a salvation came uponside of the church of Christ. The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is the head of the body, the church. The body and the church are one within the same. Paul told the Ephesians, in Ephesians 5:25, "...even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." The church is singular in existence, and Jesus gave Himself for the church. In Ephesians 5:23, Paul economy said, "...even as Christ is the head of the church: and he's the saviour of the body." For a person to say that they can be saved without being a member of the church of Christ reveals their ignorance of the Scripture, because the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the "saviour" of the body, and the body is the church.

How many "churches" was Paul talking of? Now watch this; the same Paul told the Ephesians, in 4:four, that there is one body. If the body is the church, as Paul stated, and, as he additionally acknowledged, that there's only one body, then there is just one church. A baby can perceive this straightforward Bible teaching.

Although, this begs the query, "Which church is the one church?" Properly, let's use a easy example. Martin Luther was a effective man with the noble want to get back to the Bible. After Luther's dying, his follower's established the denomination bearing his name; the Lutheran Church. Now, was this the one church that Paul spoke of in his epistles? How could it presumably be - the Lutheran Church didn't exist when Paul wrote his epistle. In reality, the Lutheran Church was established some 1500 years after Paul spoke his inspired words; subsequently, it's not logical, reasonable, or biblical to conclude that the Lutheran Church is the one church of the Bible, because it merely didn't exist at the moment (the primary century)!

We're nonetheless on the unique question...which church was the one church of the Bible? It is, after all, the church that was established on the Day of Pentecost, as written about in Acts chapter two. It's the church that Jesus bought with His own blood, Acts 20:28, and it's the church governed by Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:18.

Some argue by saying, "Paul was talking of the invisible, world-extensive church, and that includes all churches!" I'm sorry, but this common response is biblically false. How do we know? Luke said in Acts eight:1, "And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at the moment there was an awesome persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they had been all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles." Males could not and cannot persecute one thing that was/is "invisible". The church was, and still is, a visible entity on this earth.

Some say, "Nicely, my church is just as good as your church!" Friend, there are certainly good, sincere, loving, type, pleasant, well-intentioned, God-fearing, Jesus-believing, ethical, right-residing people in all man-made denominations, however the church of Christ shouldn't be a man-made denomination." In Matthew 16:18, Jesus prophesied that He would build His church, and He called it the dominion in verse 19. The church of the Lord was not an accident, or a "stop-hole" measure; it was God's plan. Christ's prophecy concerning His church was also "future tense", and He said this after the death of John the baptizer; therefore, John didn't set up the church of our Lord, nor did he John buy the church along with his own blood, as Christ did.