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I think that a church that is referred to as a Bible church is a group of people that love the Lord, are spiritually minded and use the Bible as their manual to study, to know and understand God and the purpose he has in mind for those that follow Him much like the Bereans of Acts 17:10-12. They rely on what the Bible says rather on what man says, searching the scriptures to be sure what they are being taught is true. It is, after all, our personal responsibility to study for our own salvation will depend on it. We won't be saved because we are Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, etc, but on own understanding and if we are obedient to His will. These Bible churches are non-denominational, being independent and not under the rules of some governing board that dictates the rules and how to interpret the Word. Thus the description "non-denominational". When folks rely on what the Word says, they tend to agree with others of the same ilk. When we start to follow men and primarily rely on men to give us direction, that is when, I think, we get into trouble. That is why, I think, we have so many varying degrees of belief and churches that identify themselves as named above rather than all calling themselves Christians. We can't all be Christians if we all have fundamental differing views on how we are saved. It is also why, again I think, we are laughed at by the world in general. Doesn't it seem a bit ridiculous that we all tend to call ourselves Christians when we don't agree on what that is and how we get there? There is only one way to get there ands that is through Christ! John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12, Acts 2:37-39 We see an example of that kind of thing in remote places outside the cities in Russia and China where groups are not so much ruled or overseen by the government and are more free to study on their own. They pretty much arrive at and believe in the same things. We are warned to be aware of false teachers that pull us away from Christ such as 2 Peter 2:1, 2 Peter 2:3, Mark 13:22, Luke 6:26, 2 Cor 11:13, Gal 2:4, 2 Thess 2:9, 1 Timothy 6:20, James 3:14, 1 John 4:1 God Bless us all.
A Bible Church is the church who picked and compiled the books of the Bible. By this definition, there is only one candidate - the Roman Catholic Church. In the synod of 393, or the Synod of Hippo, for the first time a council of bishops listed and approved a Christian Biblical canon that corresponds to the modern Roman Catholic canon. The canon was later approved at the Council of Carthage, in 397. This complete list is called the canon of Scripture. It includes 46 books for the Old Testament (45 if we count Jeremiah and Lamentations as one) and 27 for the New. The Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, the Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Baruch, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi. The New Testament: the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of St. Paul to the Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, the Letter to the Hebrews, the Letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude, and Revelation (the Apocalypse).
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