There is a tendency today to ignore the differences in religion. For many, it is hard for them to conceive of Christianity being free from, and independent of denominationalism. The question often arises as to whether there is any reason to make a big thing out of which “church” we belong. The question is, “Does it make any difference” in the area of religion? In this article, we want to examine a few points wherein it does make a difference.                

 

IT DOES MAKE AS TO WHAT A PERSON BELIEVESDoctrine influences life, morality, honesty, etc. It determines religious practices. Sprinkling as a form of baptism, Sabbath Day worship, polygamy, idolatry, etc. are clear examples of how doctrine affects our lives. Only the truth can set one free religiously (John 8:32). The truth must be believed, loved and obeyed (2 Thessalonians 2:10-17; 1 Peter 1:22). Honesty in religion is essential, but it is not the only thing necessary. If it makes no difference what we believe then . . .

 

                                    There would be no false prophets (Matthew 7:15; 1 John 4:1)

 

                                    There is no such thing as error (Ephesians 4:14; 2 Peter 3:16, 17)

 

                                    Error would be as valuable as truth

 

                                    There would be no need to teach (Mark 16:15, 16)

 

                                    The scriptures would not be needed for correction (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVEN IF I AM SATISFIED – Our salvation is not dependent upon our satisfaction. The Lord is the One who must be satisfied with us (Romans 15:3; John 8:29). God is not pleased until His will is done (Luke 11:28; John 14:23). Our life is to be a life of conformation to God’s will (Romans 12:2).

 

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT NAME ONE WEARSObedience to Christ includes the wearing of His name (1 Peter 4:16; Acts 11:26). Christians in the New Testament were “married” to Christ (Romans 7:4). Would you want your wife wearing someone else’s name? Man cannot wear the name of one other than Christ by faith (Romans 10:17).

 

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS TO WHICH “CHURCH” WE BELONGHow is it possible to live up to the Bible and belong to a religious organization that is not mentioned in it? Jesus built but one church (Mathew16:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:4). This church teaches the plan of salvation as taught in the New Testament. It, likewise, worships as outlined in the New Testament which demands that worship be according to the proper spirit and truth (John 4:24).

 

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE HOW ONE IS BAPTIZEDWhat difference does it make as to which medication you take so          long as you believe that it will work? You know the difference – not all have been prescribed by the physician. Likewise, not all “baptisms” have been prescribed by the “Great Physician.” The New Testament tells us exactly what baptism is (Romans 6:3, 4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:35-39). Actually, one who substitutes for the Lord’s way does not have a right heart (Proverbs 14:12).

 

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHY ONE HAS BEEN BAPTIZED Understanding a commandment is essential to obedience ­(Matthew 13:15). The reason for doing something plays a major role in one’s motive in doing it (Romans 6:17). Since baptism is for, or in order to salvation, one must clearly understand this (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21). When one has been incorrectly baptized, it develops the belief that one can do that which is wrong, and still end up right. One cannot be taught wrong and baptized right. If you have been taught that baptism has nothing to do with salvation, then you could not have been baptized properly. Since your soul is at stake, it is extremely dangerous to take chances.

Surely we can see from these and many other things that could be listed that it does, indeed, make a difference what we believe. Will you not believe and practice what God has commanded?

 

 

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