Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
September 22, 1955

"One Church Is As Good As Another"

Judson Woodbridge, Mulvane, Kansas

New congregations of the denominations are started in communities where there are other denominations with buildings and facilities to care for the people. That is happening in our community. Of course, we are glad we live in a land where any and all religious beliefs have liberty; but why start these churches when the adherents of these faiths will say, "One church is as good as another"? If one is as good as another, why not go to the ones already established? Why the expense and effort? The action of these denominationalists betray their claims. They don't really believe "one is as good as another" — they believe their particular church is right.

Members of the Lord's church have always known that only ONE CHURCH IS RIGHT. This church which is right is not a denomination with a name, practice, and organization unheard of in the New Testament. But it is the ONE BODY of Christ (I Cor. 12:20, Eph. 4:4) which consists of the saved (Eph 5:23) of which Jesus is the head (Eph. 1:22,23). This body is not allowed to be divided into different beliefs (Eph. 4:5); be called by different names (1 Cor. 1:10); have different baptism (Eph. 4:5); worship in different ways (Jno. 4:24; Mt. 15:9); and teach different doctrines (Gal. 1:7, 8).

Christ's followers are to be one, (Jn. 17:21), and they are not to bid Godspeed to those who are not abiding in the teaching of Christ (II Jno. 9-11).

This should prove to any sincere person, who wants to follow the New Testament, that denominationalism is sinful. The Lord did not plant these institutions in the world, and if he did not they will be rooted up (Mt. 15:13). These things have come from men.

Why not be a member of the church the Lord established? In fact, we must be if we are to go to heaven, for it is the church that he purchased with his blood (Acts 20:28). He has never purchased or redeemed any other church or institution. This explains why he is the saviour of the body (Eph. 5:23) for this is what he has redeemed or purchased. Instead of being in the "church of your choice" be in the church owned by the Lord.