WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
"Why are there so many different churches? (Part 3)
A lack of respect for Bible authority is one more reason. Here is how it progresses. A church gives its leader authority to make a few changes: which part of the Bible they will keep and which part they will change, or ignore. The next group (or generation) wants to change or ignore a little more. The divisions come when men can't agree on how much compromise is acceptable. One thing forgotten in this process is that no compromise of God's Word is acceptable. "…there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:6-10 At the Colonial church of Christ, we do not want to be anything but what is acceptable to God Romans 12:1-2. We believe the Bible to be our only authority for faith and practice II Timothy 3:16-17. We have no creeds, councils, or board of directors making doctrinal decisions for us. We are not a denomination, meaning we have not divided from anyone. We humbly want to follow the Bible pattern for what a church should be, without compromise. Paul said "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus." II Timothy 1:13 Farmers know that if you leave the gate open wide enough for one cow to get out, there is nothing to stop the whole herd from getting out. Opening the door of religious compromise is no different. The only solution is to shut the gate. If you would like to study the Bible, look us up on the web at: www.colonialchurchofchrist.com or call Lee at 221-8553.