The churches of Christ have no denominational structure, and they have objection to the meeting of local elders to address issues (Acts 20:28–31; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Peter 5:1–4; cf. Acts 15).
Types of Churches:
- Introduction: Types of Churches
- Roman Catholic
- Methodist (and the Salvation Army)
- United Church (UCC Reformed Congregational)
- Mennonite (and Amish)
- Pentecostal (“Charismatic”)
- Christian Church
- International Churches (Boston Movement)
- LDS Church (“Mormons”)
- Seventh-Day Adventist
- Jehovah Witnesses
Protestant revolution was not the origin of Protestantism. The first protestant church was the apostolic church. The church depicted in New Testament Bible do not pray to “saints” or use statues\images in prayer,worship or have other lies like compulsory celibacy, purgatory, transubstantiation, Apostolic succession etc. Thus the original Apostolic God’s Church was Protestant/Evangelical in essence.
Later in 4th century AD Constantine the then Roman emperor- Constantine gave Christianity a special status in his empire because of a vision he had. But majority in his empire was still pagan and they found it hard to forgo of their old idolatrous practices. So by about 5th century AD ( ~ AD 430 ) , the Roman state changed the names of their old idols to “christian” names and continued to use them in prayer/worship . This came to be known as “intercession/veneration to saints” and is still practiced by catholic and orthodox ‘Christians’. Other pagan to christian transmutations include changing of Solar mass of December 25th to Christ mass,changing of fertility goddess Ishtar festival to Easter.
It was during this 5th century religious transmutation for power consolidation of state this Christ Mass- Solar Mass, Passover- God Friday, Resurrection – Sunday Easter, intercession/veneration of saints, Mary-Venus, etc. got changed.
Thus in 5th century AD, the initial heresy entered Global (Catholic) God’s Church corrupting its western part as heretic idolatrous Roman catholic sect, but eastern part stayed true as Church of East (Assyrian/Chaldean) although Orthodox sects later ( first as Jacobite faction by about AD 450 and then later they changed name to “orthodox” in a vain effort to whitewash themselves from idolatry and lies of mystery Babylon – Rome to which they foolishly submitted ) fell for catholic idolatry but didn’t submit Pope.
Catholic idolatrous heretic sect committed doctrinal corruption and chaos when they started the idolatrous practice of intercession/veneration of saints and the many lies like purgatory with which they try to defend that idolatry in 5th century AD on wards , when they left the true God’s Global (Catholic) church of East and West. Now the remaining one true God’s Church is the Church of East (from Apostolic times till the present times) and the innumerable sects that have either abstained from catholic idolatrous doctrinal chaos from 5th century on wards and catholics themselves coming out of idolatry and lies and trusting in Lord Jesus Christ so that they will have eternal life by hearing God’s Eternal Word for salvation of all mankind who will trust in Lord Jesus Christ- holy Bible.
These true Christians at that time and after 5th century AD, were against this idolatrous corruption of God’s Church that leads to eternal hell fire (Revelation 21.8). They included early Jewish Christians , Donatists (North Africa, Southern Europe), Manichaen’s (Middle East, Central Asia) who existed from 1st-15th century AD, opposed this idolatrous practice of intercession/veneration of saints but Catholic idolatrous heretics branded them heretics and massacred them. Assyrian church of East and Chaldean Syrian Church known commonly as Church of East (existed from apostolic times till today mainly in Middle east, Central Asia, India and China – and thus form the only Christian group that has existed continuously for last 2000 years) also opposed this idolatrous practice of intercession/veneration of saints.
Later Paulicians & Bogomils who existed from 6-12th century AD were against this idolatrous practice . After that Cathars who existed from 11-13th century AD, Waldensians , Hussites & Protestants who exist from 11th century AD till this day, were against this idolatrous practice and other unscriptural lies of catholic/orthodox sects. First anti Idolatrous or iconoclastic movement of (7th-8th century) century AD by Paulicians and Bogomils was against this practice, later Protestant revolution – 2nd anti- idolatrous or iconoclastic movement (15-16th century) was waged mainly against this practice.
Thus when Constantine gave Christianity special status in his empire, idolatry also entered along with it in the unsuspecting name of “intercession and veneration of saints”. This soon spread to most of the church, because such was the influence of roman empire at that time. But few like early Jewish Christians (existed from apostolic times to 8th century AD), Assyrian church of East and Chaldean Syrian Church known commonly as Church of East (existed from apostolic times till today- and thus form the only Christian group that has existed continuously for last 2000 years), Donatists (North African Christians) and followers of Mani ~ Manichean’s (Mani was a 2nd century apostle of Jesus whose followers spread from Persia to Balkans in the west and to China in the east,before falling into oblivion probably because of Islamic conquest by about 15th century AD) remained true to the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ, despite severe persecutions from Catholic/Orthodox sects.
Later remnants of these Christians spread to Turkey and Balkans where they were called Paulicians and Bogomils respectively in 6th century AD. They were behind the Iconoclastic movement of 7-8th century (Protestant-Christian revolution of 16th century is considered by scholars to be the 2nd Anti- idolatrous or Iconoclastic movement).
Both these groups came under heavy persecution from Catholics because they dared to expose the truth of Christ to them.
Finally they were wiped out by catholic crusaders,en route to capture Jerusalem by a secret directive from Vatican in 12th century,perhaps the real intention of antichristians aka Catholics for taking up crusades was to wipe out true christian like Paulcians , Bogomils , Assyrian & Chaldean church of east, followers of Apostle Mani etc. who exposed the idolatry and lies of catholic sect.
But almost simultaneously,the spirit of God started 2 new christian movements in heart of Catholicism itself ~ in Italy and France in 11th century AD .
In Italy they were called Waldensians and in France they were called Cathars .Cathars were wiped out in the 12th century by catholic crusaders~a mass murder popularly called as Cathar/Albunesian crusade (catholic church still take great “evil” pride in these crusades) . But Italian Waldensians continued to survive despite of severe catholic persecution and they remain to this day .
By 15th century printing was invented and bible became available to masses . The ignorant masses came to know about truth that catholic church was doing idolatry in the name of God and following unbiblical lies.
They revolted and it came to be known as protestant revolution and were led by many great leaders like Jan Hus,Jan Zizka,Martin Luther,Ulrich Zwingli,John Calvin,Petr Chelcisky ,John Knox,John Wesley and many others . Today protestants number more than 900 million .
Also note that throughout the centuries Catholics branded (and still branding) all these groups as dualistic pagans heretics who need to be wiped out from face of earth. Such branding (stereotyping) were less effective against Evangelicals (protestants),in order to fulfill the prophecy of Jesus-”You are Peter (Petros-masculine noun in Koine Greek, meaning a small stone) and i shall build my church (non feminist Protestantism) on this rock (Petra-feminine noun in Koine Greek, meaning a large mass of rock which is the revelation given to Peter by God the Father that Jesus is the son of the living God and is the Christ / Messiah, not the degrading dead body of peter buried under Vatican as certain Catholics claim/believe) and gates of hell (Catholicism and other false religions/ideologies) will not prevail over it”.
The Roman Catholic sect claims Jesus here to say, “You are Peter, and upon you, Peter, I will build My church.” Peter would be the rock upon which the church is built. There are several errors with this vain claim by Catholic sect. The first is that someone reading Matthew’s Gospel in Greek, the original language of the New Testament, would have easily discarded the claim that Peter was the rock. In the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus said to Simon, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18), His choice of words was significant. Though Peter’s name means rock (Petros), Jesus did not say, “You are Peter (Petros), and upon this Petros (Petros-which accurately means a small unstable stone) I will build my church, instead he said you are Peter (Petros) and i shall build my church on this Petra (meaning bedrock,or a large rock mass). Peter’s name, Petros , is masculine in gender and refers to a boulder or a detached stone. Greek literature also uses it of a small stone that might be picked up and thrown. While “Petra” means a bedrock,or a large rock mass.
What Jesus said to Peter could be translated, “You are Stone, and upon this bedrock I will build My church.” His choice of words would indicate that the rock on which the church would be built
was something other than Peter, which can only refer to the revelation given to Peter by the most high God,that is-Jesus is the Christ / Messiah the Son of the living God in the given scriptural
context – Mathew16:16-18.
Also apostolic succession claim by catholic/orthodox sects by which they claim that authority of keys given by Lord Jesus to Peter in Mathew16:19 is transferred only to a select few leaders who have dubious claim of lineage to Peter like catholic papacy. But Lord Jesus gave this “authority of keys” to all his believers/followers in Mathew18:18. Thus this Apostolic succession claim of catholic/orthodox sects is proved to be another lie by scriptures.
These are the events that will happen in the future:-
The rapture will occur in which Lord Jesus will come in mid-heavens with trumpet sound of arch-angel and take all true Christians (both living and dead) to heaven and leave behind all hypocrites-namesake Christians on earth to face 7 year tribulation period aka wrath of God.
Events that happen on earth before rapture (church age) are detailed in Mathew24:4-14,Mark13:5-13,
The rapture event is detailed in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 2Thessalonians2:7.
The rapture may occur before or after both Psalm 83 war and Ezekiel 38,39 (Gog Magog War -1) war or even after Psalm 83 war only. It is prudent to keep the rapture of God’s Church first because it can happen at any time, and we are asked to be ready at all time by watching and praying always. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 a brief time of peace may occur just before the rapture. – Thessalonians 5:2,3- 2. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Also in Matthew 24:35-44- Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Also Luke 21:36 – Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Also in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 we read :-
1.But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Psalm 83 war – Israel defeats Arab islamic coalition. – Psalm83.
Brief period of peace after that in which Israel dwelling peacfully as described in Ezekiel 38:10-12.
Gog Magog war -1- Russian alliance defeated – Ezekiel 38,39.
The God’s house will be re – built in Jerusalem after the Psalm 83 war and animal and other sacrifices will be offered their in tribute to eternal and ultimate sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of all mankind ,some 2000 years ago.
People from all nations of the earth will come to offer their prayer and sacrifices in this God’s house and the God’s house shall be called “House of Prayer for People of All Nations” exactly as God spoke through prophet Isiah in Isiah 56:7,which was repeated by Lord Jesus Christ in-Mark11:17,Mathew21:13.In future (after the soon coming
If rapture is after Gog Magog War-1, they (Protestants/Evangelicals) will unite as single God’s assembly and all people living on earth will be it’s members. The God’s House will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and it shall be called “the house of prayer for people of all nations” exactly as Jesus predicted nearly 2000 years ago .
Animal and other sacrifices will be offered there in the remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross,just as it symbolized the coming sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ in the old testament period. This will remain till coming of Lord Jesus Christ in mid heavens to take his church from this earth ( rapture) .
In rapture believers will be taken and hypocrites left behind to face great tribulation (such as never happened before or never will in the future) which will last for 7 years.
In the half of this 7 year period antichrist will break his agreement with Israeli’s and set himself up in God’s House in Jerusalem as God, and stop the sacrifices and offerings in God’s House.
He will require all to have number 666 imprinted on them to buy or sell.Those who get this mark of 666 are damned for eternal hell.So anybody who happens to be in tribulation period,want salvation he/she has to die as martyrs,or be a part of 144,000 who will be fed in wilderness.
Thus after the rapture, for 7 years great delusion (false prosperity and signs to decieve mankind that rejected God and his eternal words – Holy Bible) and tribulation/wrath of God on those who rejected him will occur all over earth. – Revelation 6 chapter, 8-19 chapters. Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-23.
At the end of this 7 year period Jesus will come with 10,000′s of his saints and defeat satanic forces of beast and false prophet and send beast and false prophet to lake of fire and sulfur which burn eternally (Revelation 19:11-21,Jude1:14-15 ).
Lord Jesus Christ will set up his millennial kingdom and martyrs of church period, old testament period and the great tribulation period will rule with Lord Jesus Christ for the 1000 years (Millennium)- Revelations 20:4 – 6 and chain Satan and throw him in the abyss and lock him for a period of 1000 years – Revelations 20:1-3 .
Revelation 20:1-6 – And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
After this thousand years Satan will be set loose for a short while and he will bring many nations(Gog and Magog- 2nd Gog Magog war) to attack God’s people. But fire will come down from heaven and destroy them, and Satan will be thrown into lake of fire and sulfur to which beast (antichrist) and false prophet was thrown and will burn eternally – Revelation 20:7-10.
Then God will sit in a white throne and earth and heaven will flee away from his presence and all who were not resurrected in the resurrection of the just – First Resurrection will be resurrected and will be judged by God according to their works and all those whose names are not written in the book of life will be sent to lake of fire and sulfur which burn eternally. – Revelation 20: 11-15,21:8.
Then New heavens,New Earth and New Jerusalem will come for all eternity which will be God dwelling with all whose names are written in the book of Life, forever. -Revelations 20:11-22:21.
May God Bless you to see the reality and truth
Before I went to all the work of putting up an article talking about churches, I would like to know what church really means. All churches, any church, are part of a pagan organization and have not the spirit of the living God. The word church is not in the Bible.
Rick, Church represents and takes on the meaning of ekkleisia. This Greek word refers to a pagan mob and a legal assembly in pagan society in Acts 19. However, ho ekkleisia tou Xristou is the congregation/ assembly of Christ. That is the church that I am interested in. I am not interested in debating about how you think church has a pagan origin while ignoring the use of ekkleisia. I am of the church of Christ. Farewell.
I am not interested in debating about how you think church has a pagan origin while ignoring the use of ekkleisia. – I know, you’re not interested in having your niche challenged, because you are ill prepared. I haven’t ignored ekklesia at all. What an arrogant response, you have no fear of God. bibletimemarkers.com
are you saying that those who go to a non church of Christ can be saved like a community church? I thought the church of Christ is supposed to not have religious fellowship with other “churches”
The churches of Christ have no fellowship with false doctrines that lead people away from Christ. Christians are “of Christ.” If a community church is not “of Christ,” then they cannot be saved. No group can be saved outside of Christ. Otherwise, I do not know what you mean by community church.
Is this a church in the community? Is this a church of Christ serving the community? Are you referring to the community church movement from the 90s?
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9).
Mark 16-15,16 states he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. The good news that is.Sounds like some are adding there own restrictions.
Some can be baptized correctly and not uphold sound doctrine. False teachers will rise from among the churches (Acts 20:28).
Christians must avoid adding or annulling parts of God’s Word. For the sake of the weak, let us consider a safe position of unity according to Romans 14.
are they not one body?
In one way, yes, and in another, no. The churches of Christ and the Christian churches are not usually united regarding congregational singing and about remarriage after divorce is adultery with exception to fornication. That makes me sad. Romans 14 would apply nicely. Many Christians cannot with good conscience worship God with musical instruments. This is why: https://Godsbreath.net/2010/06/10/instrumental-music-worship/
the christain church and church of christ seem the same beliefs
Yes. They are very close as two bodies. I hope to see more unity. As far as being the church, they agree and seek to be the church of Christ.
the community churches, denominational churches, city churches are all false religions, man made doctrine and self made etc… none of them follow the New Testament teachings and commandments. The Churches of Christ adhere and are obedient to the faith, they are not supposed to fellowship with other types of doctrine but guide others to God through Christ.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.