Newspapers and billboards advertise “Attend the church of your choice.” These suggest — as many tell us — that one church is as good as another. To those who are moving into new communities and searching for churches to attend, it may be an impressive building that attracts their attention, or a friend might invite them, but most seem to believe that one church is as good as another.
If one church is as good as another, then “attend the church of one’s choice” would be correct. But “what saith the Scripture?” (Romans 4:3). The Lord said he would build His church (Matthew 16:18). Could a man-built church be as good as the church Christ built? Christ is the foundation of His church (1 Corinthians 3:11). Could any other foundation be as good as this foundation? Christ established His teaching in His church (Matthew 28:18-20). Could the division and confusion of denominationalism made by the creeds of men be as good as the “unity of the Spirit?” (Ephesians 4:1-6; Matthew 15:13). Christ shed His blood to save man and purchase His church (Hebrews 2:9; Acts 20:28). Can any man claim that his blood could purchase his church and cleanse as Christ’s blood does? Christ proclaims that He is the head of His church (Ephesians l:22-23; Colossians l:18). Now, men claim to be heads of their churches, and one even claims to be the pope over his. But who would claim that a human head is as good as the divine head of His church, Jesus Christ? The Lord commanded his apostles to teach people who obeyed the Gospel by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism, “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). This included His commands for His worship. The five items He commanded were singing, preaching, giving, partaking of the Lord’s supper each Lord’s Day, and praying (Acts 2:42; 20:7). There are many different kinds of worship in man-made churches. Would any be foolish enough to contend that what man has commanded in worship equals what Christ commanded in worship? (John 4:24; Matthew 15:9). One church is not as good as Christ’s! Let us choose the church of Christ’s choice!
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