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Myths About The Church Of Christ
Sean P. Cavender
Over eight years ago, CNN host Nancy Grace had a guest on her show whose name was Tom Rukala. Mr. Rukala was identified as a Baptist pastor, who came on the show to speak about a crime involving a church of Christ minister’s wife. In this particular interview Mr. Rukala identified the church of Christ as a “sect” and “a borderline cult.”
There are many misconceptions about the church of Christ. Mr. Rukala is not the first person to ever identify the bride of Christ as a sect, or a “borderline cult” (Acts 24:5; 28:22). Just as the apostle Paul was identified as being a member of a “sect,” Christians can expect that the church might be called a sect, or even a cult. And Christians would be right in the company of the apostle Paul – that’s pretty good company!
While Nancy Grace and Tom Rukala were discussing some matters concerning the church of Christ there were some “myths” that were discussed. The church of Christ was identified as a denomination. The common myth, “they think they’re the only ones going to heaven,” was brought up in the interview. The requirement of baptism by a church of Christ minister was another myth that was discussed. Another common myth is concerning the lack of music in the church.
Let’s study some of these common myths and find out what the Bible says. The Bible is authoritative and is what will determine truth in regards to any religious subject.
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Myths About The church of Christ (Cont'd)
Refuse Fables And Vain Babblings
Sean P. Cavender
Last month we began to study some common myths about the church of Christ. The bride of Christ has always come under attack from unbelievers (Acts 24:5; 28:22). Many times it has been described as a cult, or a sect, that causes division. A great accusation came against the apostle Paul and the early Christians, that they were turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
The apostle Paul warned people from believing lies and deceitful teachings (1 Timothy 4:1-7). “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather to godliness,” (1 Timothy 4:7). We must be perceptive. The Lord wants us to think soberly. Our goal should be to strive for godliness, refusing to accept the fables and myths of heretics.
The church of Christ is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). By the church the manifold wisdom of God is manifest (Ephesians 3:10). The Lord’s church is not built upon fables and myths. The church of Christ is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:20).
Do not accept the myths and lies that are exist. We will all be benefited if we do not accept those who are proud and create strife, seeking to disperse fables, rather than truth (1 Timothy 6:4,5). Shouldn’t we all seek the truth about the Lord’s church? Avoid profane babblings and myths (1 Timothy 6:20).
Our Lord and Savior gave His life to purchase the church (Acts 20:28). When we slander His bride, we slander Him.
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Beyond What Is Written
The apostle Paul wrote, “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written that none of you may be puffed upon on behalf of one against the other” ( 1 Cor.4:6).
We learn from these verses that we should be careful in following men. Some at Corinth had become followers of their favorite preachers. Paul wrote in 1 Cor.1:12-13: “Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos”, or “I am of Cephas”, or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul”. Paul warns that men should never be following beyond what is written in God’s word.
We also learn that God’s word is a barrier that we cannot go beyond. John wrote, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). We must do all things in the name of the Lord. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col.3:17).