…That a group of N.T. Christians should come into your midst and establish a congregation with just the doctrine, practice, worship, organization and plan of salvation as in the N.T. day – would you say, “one church is as good as another, and you can be saved out of the church as well as in it…”?
…That Jesus should come into your community and single out this church and tell you that He “purchased the church with His own blood”, and “gave himself for it”. Would you ignore and oppose the church, or would you love it, too, and help to spread its message over the land? WELL, HE DID (Acts 20:28; Eph 5:25; Rom 16:16)
…That Jesus should come into your community and say to all His professed followers, “I pray for all them which believe on me through their word, that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee..”; would you be willing to quit every divisive name and organization and practice in order to bring about as much of this unity as possible? WELL, HE DID! (Jn 17:20-21)