Although Jesus preached the gospel, which is Himself, the CoC claims that the gospel wasn’t preached until after Pentecost, hence its obsession with Acts 2:38. However, the Bible shows that John the Baptist preached the same “remission of sins” doctrine before Pentecost that Peter preached on Pentecost, and both pointed to the righteousness of Christ for the remission of sins. But CoC leaders claim that their church didn’t come into effect until Pentecost, although the Bible reveals that God’s church was in full function way before Pentecost (e.g. Mt. 18:17, Lk. 12:32, Acts 2:47).
So considering the fact that the CoC teaches that one must be baptized into its church, and that salvation is only in its “Church membership package,” it must first answer the question…..exactly what church did John’s baptism put people into, if there was supposedly no church until Pentecost?
So far, no CoC leaders have ever been able to give a biblical explanation for such heretical inconsistencies, for then they would have to admit that their religion did not originate at Pentecost, but in the early 1800’s by their false prophet, Alexander Campbell. But, sad to say, even after learning the truth, many would still rather follow in the footsteps of Esau, and forfeit an eternal inheritance for a bowl of Campbell’s soup (Gen. 25:29-34).
Apostle Paul asked, “Is Christ Divided?” (1 Cor. 1:13), for when spiritual leaders are elevated to the point of usurping the role of Christ in people’s lives, the inevitable result is always confusion and division. But the Bible says that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33)….and Christ is not divided.
The true body of Christ is His sheep, indwelled by the Holy Spirit Who never leaves them, despite the fact that they are often scattered by wolves in sheep’s clothing, as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Those who belong to Jesus are drawn to Him by the Father, Who teaches them the truth and builds their faith and trust in Him so that they are led to true repentance and an obedient, like-minded unity in the Spirit (Jn. 6: 37, 44, and 65).
Copyright ©2019 by Lee Anne Ferguson.
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