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How large is the Church of Christ? – Acts 20:28

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock…to shepherd the church…which He purchased with His own blood.”

We are by human nature “inclusive.” The more the merrier. Come one, come all. Everyone is welcome.

We are also, by human nature, not very discerning. 1 John 4:1 advises us to “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits…because many false prophets have gone out into the world” and Eph 5:10 warns “try to discern what is pleasing to God.”

As such, in both our beliefs and our actions, we are to be “discerning.”

 

So how does our desire to be inclusive and our natural inability to discern fit together? We easily fall into a universalism philosophy – we’re all going to heaven…well except for maybe a few really disgusting characters.

We quickly ignore the warning of Matthew 7:13 and 14 which states “the gate is wide and the way broad that leads to destruction…and many enter” and “the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life…and few find it.”

Even Billy Graham, one of the most famous evangelists in the 20th century claims that the Body of Christ comes from all Christian groups in the world or even outside Christian groups. Are we surprised? How discerning are we?

 

Who are the true Christians in the world?  Matthew 7:20 says “you will know them by their fruits.” 

What do you see in the world? Certainly not predominately, the fruits of Christianity, yet according to Wikipedia and the Pew Research Center, 65% of the U.S. are Christians.

 

According to Acts 20:28 “[Christ] purchased [some] with His own blood.”  Yet men, of their own free will, when God offered salvation, responded in Acts 2:22 by “…nail[ing] [Him] to a cross…” 

Is that rejection enough. And, who is responsible for that rejection? Certainly not God.

 

Bottom line, if someone calls themself a Christian, and many do, and rejects Christ, and many do, they are not Christians.

Why is the Church of Christ not larger? Why are there so few Christians?

Because mankind rejects Christ.

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"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

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