Submitting To God's Word Only, Makes One A Christian Only
God does not approve of all the divisions (different teachings) represented by the different denominations (and so neither should we):· I Cor 1:10 "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."· Eph 4:3 "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."Obviously submitting to Baptist doctrine makes one a Baptist. Submitting to Methodist doctrine makes one a Methodist. Submitting to John Calvin's doctrine makes one a Calvinist. And so on. But submitting to Bible doctrine (alone) makes one a Christian only.Illustration: Many years ago someone set up a joint gospel meeting with preaching by different types of preachers (Baptist, Methodist, Calvinist, Christian, etc.) alternating every night for a month. Audience members who obeyed the gospel throughout the month met as a congregation until the revival was over. At that time the Baptist, Methodist, and Calvinist preachers asked the congregation what denomination that would like to be a part of. The congregation replied - "none, we will just stay like we are and not join a denomination." Was there anything wrong with their decision? Didn't they make the right decision?That is exactly what true churches of Christ are; congregations full of converts to Christ (Acts 2:38) who haven't joined any denomination. Striving to be Christians, and Christians only, following the Bible only. It is never too late for you to be one of the them also. All it takes is obeying the gospel (II Thess 1:8) and being part of a congregation like the ones we read about in the Bible before any denominations ever existed.