Why are we, the church as a whole, more concerned about how other denominations are worshiping God and do things than the people who don't know the truth?
Maybe it is because there are many denominations in error and they could be teaching a false gospel. This in turn, affects the people who don't know Jesus.
I agree, we shouldn't be.
It really bugs me because I go to a Catholic school and I'm literally the only Protestant there and everything is always anti-Protestant and such. -.-
Spreading the gospel is the most important thing. However if a denomination is teaching salvation through works, then they are not teaching the gospel. Salvation through faith in what Jesus did by taking our sins upon himself to pay for all of our sins and raising us into new life as completely righteous in him must be taught. If true salvation isn't taught then other denominations are leading people astray from the gospel and their doctrines need to be exposed for the sake of the unsaved.
That sounds tough. Doctrinal/scriptural differences can get quite heated. Are they at least rational? Would they be willing to at least sit down and discuss where you differ while you both reference scripture?
______________________________________________Spreading the gospel is the most important thing. However if a denomination is teaching salvation through works, then they are not teaching the gospel. Salvation through faith in what Jesus did by taking our sins upon himself to pay for all of our sins and raising us into new life as completely righteous in him must be taught. If true salvation isn't taught then other denominations are leading people astray from the gospel and their doctrines need to be exposed for the sake of the unsaved.
Beloved, preaching and teaching are two different things: but both should point in the same direction.
Saul of Tarsus was a preacher of the Gospel: then he was called into the Ministry as a teacher; and finally, to the apostleship.
If one is teaching the Gospel that saves (TRUE Gospel), the teaching of "works of the flesh" cannot void the Gospel. The Gospel trumps everything that is opposed to it.
You say, "Salvation through faith is what Jesus did..."??? No, Beloved: it is, has been, and will always be (until Jesus returns), "...by grace are you saved through faith...". We are not saved through faith only, but by grace! We must not disregard by omission the grace that saves.
Beloved, if the Gospel that saves isn't preached, which is the true salvation, then whomever preaches another gospel is leading people astray. The Gospel is the foundation of salvation, "...Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. We are assuredly
"...built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets...": and that foundation is the Gospel, whose primary doctrines are repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, and receiving the Holy Spirit (not necessarily in that order: but repentance is certainly always first) And some would ask: "Where does faith enter into the equation?" Faith is present right at the point of repentance; for repentance is the calling of God to believe the Gospel.
I understand that we all sometimes have a premise that we like to expound, but we must submit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Else we would make the apostles and prophets, even the Lord Jesus, to be false teachers!
______________________________________________I will answer your mistaken points in order:
1. Preaching usually has teaching in it and this is basically a non issue.
2. If someone is teaching or preaching the works of the flesh they can't void the gospel, but they can lead people astray and cause them not to know the gospel.
3. I said faith in what Jesus did. I did not say is what Jesus did.
4. If you are saying that water baptism is necessary for salvation, you are mistaken.
__________________________________________I didn't know that the church was so concerned with other denominations. Whenever I think about denominations and which one I should follow, I think of this verse:
"Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."