“Preach Christ, Not the Church”

There is one true church – Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:22-23

Many believe one church is as good as another – Therefore, “preach Christ, not the church”

To preach Christ, one must also preach the church – Acts 8:5,12

Unintended consequences (“preach Christ, not the church”)

  • In order to survive, a church must attract and retain members
  • Cannot do so on the basis of being a sound church
  • They’ve gone to great lengths to argue that one church is as good as another
  • Now they need to convince people to go to their church

Introduce the “social gospel” – they are promoting their church; ironic since they began by saying “preach Christ, not the church”

Our responsibility is to preach the gospel, period


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