Until we strip away all the layers of dirt encrusted on the modern concept of the church, we’ll never understand God’s simple plan. It’s understandable when the aberration is the only standard they know. But there comes a time when they must accept reality.
God will not change his plan for anyone. The Lord works on a different track than we do. His work began before time (Psalm 119:89) and will continue after it ends (John 14:1-6; Revelation 21-22).
God’s rules are unchangeable (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19). Negotiation is impossible. We abide by his Word or we suffer the consequences (Galatians 1:8-9).
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, NKJV).
People read the Bible through denominational lenses and refuse to see anything else. Their interpretations subsequently reflect that vision. The singularity of the church is bizarre to them. Yet that’s exactly what the New Testaments says.
When Jesus announced the coming of his church (Matthew 16:18-19), there weren’t any churches on earth sanctioned by God. When the church began, only one was in existence (Acts 2) and throughout the rest of the Bible there was still only one.
There were many congregations but only one church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4).
God didn’t ask our opinion then and he doesn’t want it now. Our input is useless to the final product because it was finalized before creation. The Lord’s church exists and whether we’re in it or not is determined by God, not us.
The concept of denominationalism is completely foreign to Scripture. End of discussion and debate. Before time God decided what the Church would be, teach, practice, etc. The Church will exist regardless of whether anyone is in it and Jesus will return it to God in the end (1 Corinthians 15:24).
We are in the Lord’s Church when we submit to salvation as God has commanded, we’re Immersed into Christ for the remission of our sins, so he can add us to his Church (Acts 2:38,47; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:15; Galatians 3:26-27).
Furthermore, we’re the Lord’s church if we match up with what the New Testament teaches in terms of worship, doctrine and leadership. Once again, no negotiations, discussions or deviation is allowed (John 14:15). If we won’t cooperate, Jesus will let us walk away (John 6:66-67).
It really is that simple. We can’t fix denomationalism. It has to be completely dismantled and everyone has to come to the truth with great humility and fear.