Neither Catholic, Jew, Nor Protestant
Christís church is not a denomination, nor any part of denominationalism. It is not Catholic, Jewish, nor Protestant. All denominations admit that a person can be saved, can be a Christian, a child of God, in the family of God, and a member of the body of Christ without being a member of any denomination (including the Catholic).
The Bible plainly teaches that Christís church is Christís body (Eph. 1:22-23), and that all saved people are added to this church by the lord when they are saved (Acts 2:47). This is the church of which Christ is the head (Eph. 1:22-23), for which Christ died (Eph. 5:25), which Christ purchased with his blood (Acts 20:28), in which the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Cor. 3:16-17), of which Christ is the savior (Eph. 5:23) and to which the lord adds the saved (Acts 2:47).
This church met together and worshipped God (Acts 2:41-42), and rendered service to the needy (Acts 2:44-45) without joining any denomination. They were simply Christians (Acts 11:26 and 1 Peter 4:16) -- not Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, etc. (Acts 4:12 and 1 Cor. 1:12-13). They were members simply and only of Christís church -- the church to which God added them -- the church of Christ (Rom. 16:16). Does it seem unreasonable to you that even though 19 centuries have passed and in spite of the confusion and chaos of present day denominationalism, that Christís church is in existence today in the same faith and form that it was during the days of the apostles? This is exactly what the church of Christ is today!
Yes, you can be just a Christian, a member of the body of Christ, his church, without being a member of the Catholic church, or the Baptist church, or the Methodist church, or any other denomination. - DRS
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