It has been interesting, and in a very sad way, to watch people gathering in buildings this Sunday at sunrise to honor a God they don’t believe.
Of course, that sounds like a brash statement, but it is much like one Jesus made when he said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,” (Matthew 15:8, 9).
They want to show their love for Christ, but they miss the mark because they won’t do what he said. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” (John 14:15 NASU). Instead, many of them are in headlong pursuit of how many commandments they can break.
They want to express their deep respect for scripture, but they will have nothing to do with the Bible as the authority for everything in faith and practice (Colossians 3:16, 17). Their leaders condone and sanction things contrary to God’s word, accepting doctrines and practices contrary to scripture. They’ll listen to the reading of the Bible, but pay no heed.
To those who fit this description, there is true religion according to the Bible, and not according to conventions, vestries, synods, boards or other man-made things. Churches of Christ are autonomous and are governed by the Bible way.
Where have your leaders taken you? Look how far away from the example of the church of the New Testament you are! Isn’t it time you decided to live for Jesus and obey him?