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September 24 Church one, Churches many!

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Today's subject: CHURCH

 

Titles under this subject-

Community without Communion!-Feb 19

Divided we Stand?-Apr 17

One Lord... One Enemy!-Jul 4

Times and Task-Jul 5

I for You...You for Me!-Jul 6

Unity in Diversity-Jul 7

The Cross Combine-Jul 8

Dead Church-Jul 24

Church one, Churches many!-Sep 24

Senders or Soulwinners?-Nov 6

Adopters or Parents?-Nov 7

Which Church?-Nov 24

 

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Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

"As the body is one and has many members...so also is Christ"

(1 Cor 12:12)


 

When 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?

When 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.

In 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.

A 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.

If 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 unaccountability.


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