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They Being Dead Yet Speak: Church and School

The Gospel Guardian, Vol. 1, #40 ~ February 16, 1950

The New Testament teaches that the church promised in Matthew 16:18 was established on the first Jewish Pentecost after Christ’s ascension, as recorded in Acts 2. That institution is “the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14, 15.) Paul says, “Unto him be the glory in the church.” (Ephesians 3:21.) The New Testament reveals that the church is the only institution for executing Christ’s program. It also reveals that during the lifetime of the apostles no organization larger or smaller than the congregation was ever used for that purpose. Though congregations “cooperated” by sending money to support evangelists in different places, as well as in relieving distress, even then there can be found not one trace of any organization tying the churches together, over the churches, separate and apart from the churches, directing either the churches or their work. Nor is there any record of any congregation sending money to any organization except another congregation, as in Acts 11:27-30. Continue reading » They Being Dead Yet Speak: Church and School