It’s a very good thing to find out what the Bible has to say. This is the only way to discover the will of God for our lives.
Bible students also know that when God is silent about something, that He is not giving His approval.
For example, when David came up with the idea to build a permanent temple to God in replacement of the tabernacle, God sent Nathan to him and asked; “Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?” [2Sam 7:5-7]. The point God was making is clear, if He hasn’t revealed His will on the matter He has not given His approval.
We see this same thing in the New Testament in Acts 15:24 when the Apostles wrote a letter to the gentiles over the issue of circumcision. They applied this same principle from God when they wrote, “to whom we gave no such commandment.” Silence prohibits.
Unfortunately, people are doing all sorts of things contrary to this principle by saying, “God never said we can’t.”
THINGS NOT FOUND IN GOD’S WORD.
Thinking about this principle, what are some things we see in modern day religious activities NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
- Denominational church names – Rom 16:16; Acts 20:28; Heb 12:23
- When any Denomination Began – Dan 2:44; Mat 16:18; Acts 1:5-8, 2:1-47
- Where anyone ever ‘JOINED’ a church – Acts 2:47; Mark 16:15-16
- How to become a member of any denomination – The N.T. only tells us how to become a Christian Acts 2:38, 47; Acts 22:16, Gal 3:27
- Where any were ever voted on.
- There is no description of any denomination or how to begin one.
If there are no instructions for denominational names, beginnings or how to join one, WHY BE A MEMBER OF ONE?
JUDGEMENT BEGINS – at the house of God [1Pet 4:17]
LOST – obey not the Gospel [2Thess 1:8-9]
US, THE CHURCH – ground & pillar of the truth [1Tim 3:15]
UNGODLY – ungodly men [2Pet 3:7]
RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY SAVED – 1Peter 4:18
SINNER – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [Rev 21:8]
SALVATION IN CHRIST – And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [1John 5:11]
CONDEMNED – Mr 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Bible believers understand that there will be a judgement [2Cor 5:10; Ecc 12:14; Heb 9:27]. Peter said, “judgment must begin at the house of God.” Who are they? Those who have obeyed the Gospel. Note the contrast at the end of v17. This alone ought to end the discussion that one can be saved outside of the church.
Finally, look closely at v18; “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
The Bible never tells us one thing about a denomination, as a matter of fact, it condemns it [1Cor 1:10]. However, it tells us everything we need for life and godliness [2Pet 1:3-4]. Let’s do that.