The church of the New Testament was different from all the churches which have followed it…in several important ways.
First of all, the church of the New Testament was a church. That is, it was a single, undivided entity. The apostles would have it no other way. They were quick to condemn any divisions in the church. The churches since that time are just that – churches. They are not a single entity. They are markedly factional., with innumerable denominational and non-denominational churches.
Another point of distinction is that the church of the New Testament focused on the righteous behavior of its participants. Believers in Jesus were expected to imitate Him. Today’s churches focus on having the right statement of faith. Everyone is supposed to believe and say the same things. Focus on righteous behavior is limited, primarily because it would cut down on attendance.
Yet another major difference is that the leaders of the New Testament church gave their lives for the church – literally. Today, the churches exists for the support of their leaders.
The New Testament church expected the return of the Lord and the coming of the kingdom of God in their lifetimes. Today’s churches think the New Testament church was wrong about that. That is, today’s churches say that the return of the Lord and the coming of the kingdom of God still lies in the future.
If you would trust the church to tell the truth about Jesus, trust the original church – not the pretend-churches that have come after it.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.