Is One as Good as the Other?

If you are calling a doctor, is one as good as the other? If you are seeking a wife, is one as good as the other? If you are buying a prescription, is one as good as the other? If you are buying a car, is one as good as the other? If you are buying a house, is one as good as the other? If you are needing a mechanic, is one as good as the other? If not, then why be so particular in material things and so careless and “broad minded” in matters pertaining to your eternal destiny? How often do we hear someone say “one faith, one way, one worship, one religion, one baptism, one church, one name or doctrine is as good as another.”

Faith

Is one faith as good as another? If so, then why did the apostle teach “one lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:5)? Also, a dead faith would be as good as an active one. The Bible speaks of both kinds. (James 2:26)

Worship

Is one worship as good as another worship? If so, then why did God reject Cain’s worship and accept Abel’s? (Gen 4) Again, why did He kill Nadab and Abihu in the act of worshipping, if one worship is as good as another? (Leviticus 10) And, if one worship is as good as another one, then an ignorant worship (Acts 17:23), a vain worship (Matthew 15:9), and a will-worship (Colossians 2:23) would be as good as true worship. (John 4:24)

Religion

Is one religion as good as another? If so, why does the book of Acts record thousands of cases of conversions from one religion to another? In fact, almost every conversion in the book is a conversion of a religious individual! Why make the change if one religion is as good as another? The Bible discusses pure religion, the only kind to have, in James 1:17.

Baptism

If one baptism is as good as another, then why were those who had been baptized with John’s baptism rebaptized in Acts 19? For our baptism to be valid, it must be based on a genuine faith (Mark 16:16) preceded by a repentance from sin (Acts 2:38) and administered upon a proper confession (Acts 8:36-38)

Church

Is one church as good as another? If so, then those built and established by man (Matthew 15:13; Psalms 127:1) would be as good as the one established by the Lord. (Matthew 16:18) Yet, Matthew 15:13 tells us that every plant the Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.

Name

Is one name as good as another? If so, why did the Lord change some names, as in the cases of Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, etc.? Also, why did the Lord teach in Acts 4:12 that there was salvation in no other name then in Jesus’ name?

Doctrine

If one doctrine is as good as another, why would John have written, “whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.” (2 John 9)

Surely we can clearly see that one is not as good as the other.

— Wendell Winkler

 

 

 

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