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The Trail of Blood
The Eleven Essential Elements
New Testament Church
These are the identifying marks of true New Testament Churches down through the ages of Darkness and confusion
It must have begun at the right time. It must have the correct origin. During the ministry of Jesus Christ. Matt. 4:18-25, Matt. 16:18-20, Matt. 28:18-20 It must have the right founder - Jesus Christ. Judges 16:16 (Samson the pillar), 1Peter 2:4-8
This church must have the right rules of faith and practice, the Bible. ... 2Timithy 3-16-17, 2Peter 1:20-21
Assembly - Ekklessia - Ones called out Matt. 16:18, Eph. 3:21 It is the assembly not a church building, cathedral ,moed synagogue, or the place of worship. It is the congregation.
It must have the right government (polity). All members are equal. Matt. 24:20, Matt. 23:5-12 Must have a congregational government.
It must have the right members - saved people. Eph. 2:21, 1Peter 2:5
It must have the right ordinances, Baptism and the Lords Supper. Baptism is to be emerged in water, i.e. Johns Baptism, not sprinkled or poured on. Matt 28:18-20, Matt. 11:12-13
It must have the right officers - Pastors and Deacons. 1Tim. 3:1-16
It must have the right work objectives - Making disciples, baptizing, and teaching the rules of the kingdom. Matt. 28:16-20
It must have the right financial plan - Tithes and offerings. 1Cor. 9:14
It must have the right means of propagation and defense. 2 Cor. 10:4, Eph. 6:10-20 Spiritual weapons, not carnal or not by the power of the state.
It must have independence from all earthly powers. It must be sovereign and have absolute separation of church and state. Matt. 22:21