These series of articles have not been about “denomination bashing.” This has been an attempt to examine the dangerous changes that are sweeping denominations. The reason we must examine these changes is that if we are not careful, the Lord’s church will be influenced by these changes and become just as corrupted as so many denominations are now.
In one of the darkest periods of Israel’s history, the Bible records, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Christians who believe in the Bible and who are determined to preserve the purity of the church must realize the danger this “finger to the wind” mentality poses. Ephesians 5:27 says, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The church is not to be defiled by altering the pattern found for it in the New Testament.
However, this is exactly what the “community church” movement has done. The “mega-church” movement will inevitably go the way of every other philosophy of man. It will occupy its brief time on the world’s stage and move into oblivion. The word of the Lord abides forever (1 Peter 1:24-25) and all of us will be judged by how well we lived by the words of Christ (John 12:48). If you want to see the first century church in existence today, please come by and visit with us.