How many churches did Jesus say He would build on this rock?
How many churches did He establish on Pentecost?
How many churches did He establish after Pentecost?
How many churches did He give His lifeblood to redeem?
If there is only one true church, which one is it?
How many names did it have in century one?
How many names does it have in century twenty-one?
Do names given to that church by man mean anything to the One who knows the name of each soul in it and how many hairs each has on his/her head?
If we can believe that God is three Persons yet One, is it impossible that there may be many churches yet one Church?
Does a church have to get every item of doctrine completely perfect in order to follow Christ and do His work in this world?
Does a soul seeking God have to be part of a church which gets every item of doctrine perfect in order to be saved?
If a church has a perfect doctrine, say, about baptism – but its members don’t clean up their act about sexual purity or what they enjoy watching on tv or at the movies or what they like to listen to on their car radios … is that still the one true church washed in Jesus’ blood?
If a church has a perfect doctrine, for example, about the Lord’s Supper – but doesn’t feed the hungry; doesn’t sell its possessions and give to the poor so that none will be in need … is that church still dining with Christ?
If a church has a perfect doctrine about, let’s see, church governance – but its members do not govern themselves in their conduct or demeanor toward others … is that church still ruled by the King of kings?
If a church has a perfect doctrine regarding, oh, divorce – but it doesn’t care for widows and orphans in their desperation … is that church still part of God’s family?
These are hard questions.
But when the tests of life are graded, will it make any difference to the Teacher that we thought all the questions would be on doctrine and that they would all be true/false?