How are Christians to relate to heterodox congregations, churches and church federations?

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Christians are to remain apart from the heterodox church, and if they have already joined such a church, they are to separate from it and join a church faithful to God’s Word. A member of a doctrinally pure church will not participate in the activity of a heterodox church or commune at its altar.

1 Joh. 4:1: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Matt. 7:15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

Rom. 16:17: I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.

2 Cor. 6:14-17: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.

2 Joh.10-11: If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Assignment: Discuss: Why is the decision as to what church to join on the basis of God’s Word often so difficult for people?

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