THE CHURCH

#18. The Bible teaches the definite organization of the body of Christ (the church) which is comprised of those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. The members of Christ’s body will be doers of the word and not hearers only. According to Gospel order, the members of this organization are all brethren and under sacred obligation to be subject unto Christ, the Head of the church, to loyally support His work, and to share in its maintenance. Thus the church, being subject unto Christ and consisting of brethren, is not a hierarchy but likened to different parts of a body functioning according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit and not man. His body is not to be congregational, separated into independent atoms, but is to be an organized, functioning machine. As God is the head of Christ, so Christ shall be the head of every man, and man is the head of woman. A woman is not to usurp authority over the man, and all ordained leaders must be men of good repute. Members are not to forsake the assembling of themselves together. God is no respector of persons and if a body of believers becomes unfaithful and disobedient, falling into apostasy, He is not under obligation to keep His promises to them. Those who are members of the body of Christ will not hold membership in a fallen church but will remove their name and themselves from all apostasy. (Ps. 40:8-10; Matt. 16:1-3, 16-18; 18:15-20; 23:37, 38; Eph. 1:10-23; 2:12, 19-22; 3:8-11, 15; 4:11-15; 1 Cor. 10:4; 11:3; 12:12-28; 14:33-40; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 10:24-27; Acts 1:8; 2:38, 41, 42; 4:32-35; 6:1-7; 7:38; Rom. 2:28, 29; 8:15-17; James 1:22; 2 Tim. 2:11, 12; 3:1-13; 1 Peter 2:3-6; Rev. 14:12; 22:14)