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  1. Mixed Seed Text: Eph. 4:4-6

  2. Intro • Pope Francis made headlines again: • He appointed 8 “Cardinals” to review and rewrite the Catholic Church’s Constitution Oct. 1-3, which was written by Pope John Paul II in 1988 • June 29th, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI • approved documents that denounced all other churches: • The document says, “Orthodox churches were defective” and that “other Christian denominations were not true churches.” • “Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” the document said. • Pope Francis agrees that there is only one church but says • “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.” Mixed Seed

  3. Intro • We can agree with Catholics in this: There is only one church! • But we differ as to the why • The Catholics say, “The other communities cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ’s original apostles.” Did Christ only build one church? Is it Catholicism? Why isn’t it denominations? What makes the one church? Mixed Seed

  4. Intro Eph. 4:4-6 4. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5. one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. The Scriptures teach there is only one church and one way to get in! Mixed Seed

  5. An Appeal for Unity Jn. 17:20-21: Jesus prayed that those who would believe in Him might be “one” (Amos 3:3) • The division that is so apparent in the denominational world cannot be anything but displeasing to Jesus • Denomination: “a part of a whole” (25 cents is a denomination of $1.00). • Denominationalism is to be part of that which is not the “whole truth.” • The apostle Paul wrote the following: • Eph. 4:1-6: The church is to have “unity of the Spirit.” To be “one” as Christ prayed for! I Cor. 1:10 10. Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. There isn’t unity in the so-called “religious world!” Mixed Seed

  6. How Did Divisions Come About? • In the New Testament there were not groups of congregations distinguished by distinctive doctrines and practices • Rom. 16:16: The congregations that existed were simply the “churches of Christ.” Rom. 16:16 16. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. • These departures from the faith were predicted by the apostles even before the N.T. period came to a close • I Tim. 4:1-3: “Some will fall away from the faith.” • II Tim. 4:3-4: “They will not endure sound doctrine,” “Will turn away their ears from the truth.” Denominations and all others came about from departing from the word of God! Mixed Seed

  7. Mixed Seed • The Word of God is like “seed” • Luke 8:11: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” One characteristic of seed is that it ALWAYS produces after its kind Mixed Seed

  8. Mixed Seed • Denominational teachings are also like seed, producing after their kind… • The Roman Catholic Catechism will always produce a Catholic. • The Augsburg Confession (1530 AD) will always produce a Lutheran. • The Book of Mormon will always produce a Mormon. • The Book of Common Prayer will always produce an Episcopalian. • The Book of Discipline will always produce a Methodist. • The Baptist Church Manual will always produce a Baptist. • The Koran(Qur’An) will always produce a Muslim. Mixed Seed

  9. Mixed Seed • Mixed Seed will only produce confusion and a perverted • message of the gospel! • The only way to get the unity Jesus prayed for is to use the same seed! If the only “seed” sown was the N.T. gospel as taught by the apostles, what would result? Because seed always produces after its kind, the only thing that could possibly be produced by the N.T. is a Christian — No other names necessary! Mixed Seed

  10. The One Church • The “church of Christ” is NOT a denomination – it is • merely the church that “belongs to” Christ, the Lord • Mt. 16:18: Jesus aid He would “My church.” Not plural. (Eph. 4:4-6) • Eph. 5:23: Christ is the “Savior of the body” (not “a body” or “bodies”) • The Catholic position: • Any other church is not a “church because they do not have apostolic succession” is false since Christ is the Head and founder and did not leave any one man as its head. (Eph. 5:25-27) • “Apostolic succession” refers to Peter being the first Pope • Peter was married (Mt. 8:14; I Cor. 9:5) and considered himself a “fellow elder” (I Pet. 5:1). Mixed Seed

  11. The One Church Those who make up the Lord’s church are not members of any denomination – they are simply His disciples who wear His name: Acts 11:26 (“Called”: divinely called – G5537 chrēmatizō) 26. and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 26:28 (NKJ) 28. Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." I Pet. 4:16 16. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. Not Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or any other name! Mixed Seed

  12. The One Church • Christ died for the church and left us His word to rule it, • not man’s decisions: • “Eight cardinals appointed by Pope Francis are meeting at the Vatican to revise the church’s constitution, with the pope saying that he wants a missionary church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, young and elderly.” Christians look to the word of God and study it to defend The faith, not count on a man-made institution (constitution) to decide what is doctrine! (II Tim. 3:16) In the 1st century, Christians were not any denominational “kind” of Christian — they were merely the Lord’s people (I Cor. 1:2: Saints) The church of Christ is the one church Jesus built, and teaches His word only! Mixed Seed

  13. Conclusion • Jesus warned about adding to His Holy Word! • Rev. 22:18-19: The consequence is loss of one’s soul! • I Cor. 4:6: Paul told Corinthians, “Not to exceed what is written.” • (Gal. 1:6-9; II Jn. 9) I Cor. 4:6 6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. Mixed Seed

  14. Conclusion The danger of “mixed seed” is that it is not from God — because the thing denominations have in common is that they are all human in origin! Mt. 15:13 13. But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Mt. 7:23 23. "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' Jn. 12:48 "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day” Mixed Seed

  15. “What Must I Do To Be Saved?” Hear The Gospel (Jn. 5:24; Rom. 10:17) Believe In Christ (Jn. 3:16-18; Jn. 8:24) Repent Of Sins (Lk. 13:35; Acts 2:38) Confess Christ (Mt. 10:32; Rom. 10:10) Be Baptized (Mk. 16:16; Acts 22:16) Remain Faithful (Jn. 8:31; Rev. 2:10) For The Erring Child: Repent (Acts 8:22), Confess (I Jn. 1:9), Pray (Acts 8:22)

  16. Conclusion When we do the things that Jesus requires to be saved, He then adds us to His church! (Acts 2:38, 40-41, 47) Are you of the seed that is the word of God, or from “mixed seed?” Salvation is found only in the one church Jesus built for He is the Savior of “the body!” (Eph. 5:23) Mixed Seed