Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved", but men say, "He that believeth and is not baptized shall be saved." Whom shall we believe? We just love to use this tactic when arguing against the "faith only" doctrine. It is, indeed, an effective and legitimate tactic for combating error, and we should use it. But, now let us see how we behave when the same tactic is used against some of our very own "sacred cows".
Jesus said, in Matthew 28: 18, that "all authority is given me". But, men say that all authority is not given Him elders have authority. Whom shall we believe?
Jesus said that there shall not be positions of authority in the kingdom (Matthew 20:26). Men say that there shall be positions of authority elders have positions of authority. Whom shall we believe?
Jesus said that worship will not be offered up at a designated time or place (John 4:21). Men say that true worship must be offered up in a church of Christ meeting place on designated days. Whom shall we believe?
The Bible teaches that true worship is the giving of ourselves each day (Romans 12: 1). Men teach that true worship is doing the five prescribed things on Sunday. Whom shall we believe?
Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved". Men say, "He that believeth and is baptized shall not be saved unless he places his membership in a sound, local church of Christ and consents to labor under the authority of its elders". Whom shall we believe?
Brethren, do these arguments rub our fur the wrong way? Please consider them in light of the Word, and let God be true!