There Is No Salvation "Outside Of" The Church Of Christ
Was there salvation outside of the ark? Was there salvation outside of the nation of Israel? Is there salvation outside of the church of Christ? The reply to all of those questions, per the Bible, is clearly "no".
Before your emotions get one of the best of you, calm yourself down and consider two preliminary points; (1) I was raised in one of many largest, fundamental-stream denominations in America - not in the church of Christ, so I can speak directly to this issue. What I am about to share with you comes from years of personal research, debating, argumentation, and absolute struggle with idea that salvation is in only one church. (2) Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, "Ye do err, not figuring out the scriptures, nor the ability of God." Many "non secular" individuals have formed their ideas about salvation on their own opinions, pre-conceptions, and statements that they've heard over and over since they have been children (reasonably than the Bible).
The Bible says that there is no such thing as a salvation came uponside of the church of Christ. The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is the head of the body, the church. The body and the church are one in the same. Paul told the Ephesians, in Ephesians 5:25, "...at the same time as Christ additionally beloved the church, and gave himself for it." The church is singular in existence, and Jesus gave Himself for the church. In Ephesians 5:23, Paul mentioned, "...whilst Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." For a person to say that they can be saved with out being a member of the church of Christ reveals their ignorance of the Scripture, because the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the "saviour" of the body, and the body is the church.
What number of "church buildings" was Paul speaking of? Now watch this; the identical Paul told the Ephesians, in 4:four, that there's one body. If the body is the church, as Paul stated, and, as he also acknowledged, that there is just one body, then there is only one church. A child can understand this straightforward Bible teaching.
Though, this begs the question, "Which church is the one church?" Nicely, let's use a simple example. Martin Luther was a tremendous man with the noble need to get back to the Bible. After Luther's death, his follower's established the denomination bearing his name; the Lutheran Church. Now, was this the one church that Paul spoke of in his epistles? How could it probably be - the Lutheran Church did not exist when Paul wrote his epistle. In reality, the Lutheran Church was established some 1500 years after Paul spoke his inspired words; therefore, it is not logical, reasonable, or biblical to conclude that the Lutheran Church is the one church of the Bible, because it simply thanksgiving
didn't exist at the moment (the first century)!
We're still at the original question...which church was the one church of the Bible? It's, after all, the church that was established on the Day of Pentecost, as written about in Acts chapter two. It's the church that Jesus purchased with His personal blood, Acts 20:28, and it is the church governed by Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:18.
Some argue by saying, "Paul was speaking of the invisible, world-broad church, and that includes all churches!" I'm sorry, but this widespread response is biblically false. How do we know? Luke mentioned in Acts eight:1, "And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was an amazing persecution in opposition to the church which was at Jerusalem; they usually have been all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, besides the apostles." Men couldn't and can't persecute something that was/is "invisible". The church was, and still is, a visual entity on this earth.
Some say, "Properly, my church is just pretty much as good as your church!" Good friend, there are definitely good, honest, loving, type, friendly, well-intentioned, God-fearing, Jesus-believing, ethical, proper-residing people in all man-made denominations, however the church of Christ isn't a person-made denomination." In Matthew 16:18, Jesus prophesied that He would build His church, and He called it the kingdom in verse 19. The church of the Lord was not an accident, or a "cease-gap" measure; it was God's plan. Christ's prophecy regarding His church was also "future tense", and He stated this after the demise of John the baptizer; subsequently, John didn't set up the church of our Lord, nor did he John purchase the church with his personal blood, as Christ did.