AD 33, the day of Pentecost - Acts 2
We read in the New Testament of the church (Ephesians 3:10), the church of God (1 Corinthians 11:22), the family of God (Ephesians 3:15), the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-27), the body of Christ(1 Corinthians 12:27), the kingdom of Christ (John 18:36), and other designations, all referring to the ONE group of people, separated from the world through the spiritual birth into the family of God.
This group is the church which is called after the name of Christ and which was purchased from the world by His blood.
Jesus taught of one church, He died for one family, He saves one body, and He is returning for one bride.
If Jesus began only one family, and He is coming back for the one bride that wears His name, HOW IS IT THAT WE HAVE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF CHURCHES IN THE WORLD TODAY? When did Jesus begin those churches? Or if Jesus did not begin them,
WHY were they started?
WHO started them?
HOW were they started?
WHEN were they started?
and WHO has promised to save their members?
"...from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves..." (Acts 20:30)
WHY were other churches started? Perverse things began to be taught.
WHO did this? Men
HOW did men start churches that compete with the church of Christ? They drew away disciples after themselves.
WHEN were these churches started? History shows that the Gnostics separated in the first century, Roman Catholics in 606, Lutherans in 1530, Baptists in 1607, Methodists in 1729.