Part 166 I was asked, “What do you all [talking about the church of Christ] have against churches [talking about different denominations] coming together and worshiping together and joining in community activities together?” In small Midwestern communities, it is not uncommon for different religious groups to pull together for fellowship activities, worship, etc… The individual that asked thought that churches coming together to worship was wonderful, it represented how that people can disagree and yet still love and fellowship with each other. Nevertheless, the church of Christ does not participate in interdenominational fellowship. Why? God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but the love that God has for every living person does not mean that He will ignore their transgressions of the law (1 John 3:4; Heb. 2:1,2). Christ teaches a godly unity requiring “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” (1 Cor. 1:10). Christ does not endorse the concept of ignoring how religious sects are different so that they can come together in some outward show of unity. While all organizations that claim to be Christ-based or Bible-based will have similar values and ordinances, Christ explains that true, godly unity means that churches are not to teach different doctrines, various sources of authority, diverse practices of worship, and God strongly refutes the idea of people calling themselves after the names of men (1 Cor. 1:11-14; Rom. 16:16,17; Eph. 4:4-6).

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