"I DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING MY CHURCH TEACHES".
Many people in various Catholic and Protestant denominations often make the statement: "I don't go along with everything my church teaches." those who say this are not agnostics nor infidels. Usually they are folk who are sincere and honest with themselves and with others.
PRACTICES NOT AUTHORIZED.
As these people read God's word for themselves they learn that there are certain practices being observed in their churches which are not authorized in the Bible. Therefore, they want to be loyal to God and refrain from unlawful teachings and practices.
GO BACK TO PENTECOST.
If each person today could go back beyond Catholic and Protestant denominations (divisions) to the time when only the Lord's church existed, he would learn that the church of Christ was composed of every Christian. He would learn that in the beginning of the Lord's church there were no divisions or denominations.
NOT POSSIBLE THEN.
Christ's church had no authority to formulate doctrine or teaching, therefore no Christian could make the statement: "I do not believe everything my church teaches," because the church was based on the inspired word of God alone. He might as well have said, "I don't believe what God's word teaches."
The church of Christ remains the same today as it strictly follows the word of God.
BE JUST A CHRISTIAN.
Today it is possible for everyone to be just a Christian, and belong to that divine institution established by Jesus (Matt. 16:18). Members of the church of Christ, (Rom. 16:16) cannot make the statement, "I don't believe everything my church teaches", if the church is governed strictly by the word of God, in name, in organization, in worship in how to become a member, in mission, and in unity, without saying in the same breath, "I don't believe what God's word teaches." Do you believe what the word of God teaches? If so, are you a member of the church that is following His word?
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