Article - The Cowboy Church (part 2)
[Continued from part 1]: (4) The Cowboy Church has as its primary overseer just one “Pastor” (who does not even meet the qualifications contained in 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1); whereas, the overseers of each congregation of the one true church found in the Bible meet the requirements contained in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 (Acts 14:23; 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7;1 Peter 5:1-5).(5) The Cowboy Church permits female preachers to have authority over males; whereas, the church that Jesus built is commanded to have male preachers in their assemblies while the women keep quiet (1 Corinthians 14:34; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 1 Corinthians 11:3); (6) The Cowboy Church adds mechanical instruments of music in worship; whereas, the church of Christ simply follows the specified command to sing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15); (7) The Cowboy Church teaches faith only; whereas, the church of Christ teaches the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27; James 2:24-26) pertaining to the plan of salvation: to be washed in Jesus’ blood you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (John 3:16), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and be immersed into Christ so that your sins will be washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21). While the Cowboy Church may be the fastest growing “flavor-of-the-day” Church, making many of the John Wayne niche happy, it is, nonetheless another addition to the denominational world that promotes a perverted gospel, goes beyond that which is written and opposes Biblical unity (1 Corinthians 1:10; 4:6; Romans 16:17-18). May all realize the urgency of abandoning all false Churches with their false gospels and get back to the one true faith and the one true gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4; Ephesians 4:1-6)!
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