one, Churches many!
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
the body is one and has many members...so also is Christ"
Christians are not satisfied with one Church, they join the other. Some
Churches are strong in structure but not fervent enough in Spirit, whereas
others are aflame in the Spirit but weak in structure. Therefore several
believers tend to hold dual membership, one in a well-structured Church
and the other in a live spiritual one. Is it right?
the Church lost its "first love," it had a form of godliness but
no power. The backslidden Church went into total apostasy and that was the
"Dark Ages" of its history. Lest the Church would have become
like Sodom and Gomorrah, God had left a "very small remnant" of
true believers (Isa 1:8,9). The Reformation of the 15th century set the
stage for the restoration of the lost truths and power to the Church. With
Martin Luther (1483-1546) came the restoration of the truth of
Justification by Faith. God used John Wesley (1703-1791), Charles Finney
(1792-1875) and several others to restore the truths of Sanctification by
the Spirit, and the Gifts of the Spirit. Reformation is not complete yet.
As such no single Church or denomination has it all. Each has its
strengths and weaknesses.
the New Testament times there was only one Church in each town (1 Cor 1:2;
1 Thess 1:1; Rev 2:1,8,12, etc.). If it was a province like Galatia, there
was more than one Church (Gal 1:2). Today even in a single street or
locality we have so many Churches.
good percentage of members in the Pentecostal and other free Churches is
from mainline and orthodox Churches. Some of these Christians have left
their "mother" Churches for good, whereas others would like to
take advantage of the plus points of both the old and the new Churches.
When children, because of their education in English medium, prefer
English services to vernaculars, parents have to strike a compromise. Paul
and the other apostles did not sever their links totally with the Jewish
congregations, eventhough they started house Churches (Acts 2:46; 3:1;
13:14-16; 14:1; 17:1-3; 18:4). They worked in the existing structures to
reach the masses.
there are legitimate reasons like the ones mentioned above, it is not
wrong to hold dual membership if that's permissible. Single membership or
dual membership does not affect or alter our position as members of
"One Body" and as sheep under "One Shepherd" (1 Cor
12:12,13,20,27; 1 Pet 2:25; Heb 13:20,21; Jn 10:16). However what is
written here should not be used as a cloak for indiscipline and