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Originally posted by Truth1000
My point is this: "The Church" of their day was definitely the continuation of what Jesus taught. Nevertheless, there have been dramatic changes from "The Church" of their time leading to the "The Church of Modern Christianity" of our day. In doing so, new doctrines and teachings have deviated the instructions from God that were obeyed back then.
True believers are directed of the Lord, even in our day. However, that tends to happen in spite of the "Modern Church" rather than because of it.
Hmm, last I checked every single community of people have those who fall short of the community standard. Do you think all Muslims agree with the suicide bombers? Or whatever atrocities people in power period do?
Does that IMMEDIATELY include the Baptist Church down the street? How about the Methodist Church? Or the Catholic Church? Or the Mormon Church? Or the 7th Day Adventist? Or the Jehovah's Witness Church? What about the Church of God, that teaches they are the only "true" church of our age? Are all of them automatically included? Are some of them included, but not others? Are any of them automatically included? Or perhaps it really isn't the "Churches" but rather the righteous individuals, regardless of which building they go to, that comprise "The Church."
Sola scriptura. Sola fide. Sola gratia. Solo Christo. Soli Deo gloria.
I am a reptilian.