Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail
There are just too many voices in the world today muddying the waters when it comes to 21st century Christianity. In fact the term, “Christianity,” doesn’t mean much the average person. In fact, the average person will most likely have several friends who carry this title and they know based on their morals— they’re not really different. Sadly it’s a description that doesn’t describe much, other than an individual that believes in God. That’s really it! This word has been tragically stripped of what we understand to be the most rewarding life you could possibly live. There’s simply no higher calling, there is no greater purpose in life, and you just can’t beat the retirement plan.
Now let’s do something to help the seeking world out.
Let’s make it our priority to understand the church in such a way that we can simplify her mission and her origin.
Here are two terms that will help:
- The term “restoration” may sound similar to “reformation”, but the two terms could not be more contrary to each other. Restoration is an attempt to return the church to the pattern we find in the New Testament, while reformation is a changing of what currently exists. It’s a modification or addition which creates something new entirely. The Old Testament is filled with the pleas of the prophets for the people to restore their relationships with God.
2. The definition of the word “denomination” is evidence that restoration is not only possible, but needed. Denomination, in the religious world, describes a branch off of an original. Any branch coming off of the New Testament church, is simply not it.
Five Facts About The Lord’s Church
- The New Testament church was established by Jesus, not Luther, Henry the 8th, Calvin, Smith, or Wesley
- The New Testament church was established in Jerusalem, not Oxford, London, or Amsterdam
- In New Testament times people were told to believe in Jesus, repent of their sins, be baptized by a total immersion of water, and to live faithfully (Acts 2:38, 16:30-31, 2:16, Mark 16:15-16; Romans 6:1-4; Revelation 2:10)
- Christians in the New Testament met on the first day of the week to partake in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)
- The New Testament church was a united church, while denominationalism is, by its very nature, divided.
If the church you are a part of can say the same, you can be confident that it is the church that Jesus established. If this is not what the church you are a part of teaches and practices, then perhaps this will be some information that will help you begin a life-changing search to find God’s will for your life.