Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, 10, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Matthew 28:19-20
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread:
And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.
- I Corinthians 11:23-25
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
- Matthew 18:15-18
A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject.
- Titus 3:10
in Jesus Christ, the Head of the church and covenant. Here also, it becomes crucial that the church neither subtracts from nor adds to -that which Scripture teaches. (The sacraments are discussed in more detail in Chapters 26, 27, and 28.)
Thirdly, a necessary mark of the true church is also the faithful exercise of church discipline. The church is to strive for holiness in life as well as for purity in doctrine. Outward sins that clearly contradict God's law must be repented of and forsaken, or the persons involved must be disciplined. Public sins must be repented of publicly. (Church discipline is discussed in more detail later in this chapter .)
Explain the errors in judgment being made by the following persons:
"I know that 'Church A' is not a true church, and I will tell you why. I worked with a member of that church on a construction crew for over two years. He lied, cheated, and was very self-centered. He was no better than any of the other men. In fact, we were all glad to see him leave. He attended 'Church A' every Sunday during that time, so that church can't be much!"
"I am presently attending 'Church B.' The people here are very kind and friendly. When we visited here, they immediately took us in. The members here are very active with, and sincere about, religion. I feel this church is the best."
"I believe that it does not matter where a person attends church. If he is sincere and devoted, that is all that matters."