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Should We Evangelize Denominations?

Should We Evangelize Denominations?

IV. Should we avoid people in denominations or try to evangelize them? I get the sense from our brotherhood that we should avoid them, but if we believe they’re lost, shouldn’t we try to convert them?
A. Denominational idea is sinful
1. Spirit of party division
2. 1 Co 1:10–13 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
3. 1 Co 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.
4. Eph 4:3–6 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
B. Foundation of fellowship is the Word
1. Restoration movement calls people to unite with Bible as only rule of faith and practice
a. Preach gospel as apostles preached it and “retain opinions as private property”
2. 2 Jn 9–11 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
3. 2 Pe 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
C. Should try to show them the error of their ways
1. Jas 5:19–20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
2. Jud 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

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