Surely no clearer example of this concept can be found than that of the sad case of Jeroboam I, the premier king of northern Israel.
His apostasy from the Mosaic pattern is carefully documented in 1 Kings 13.
In that sense, “baptism was the door into the church.” Now, it is different (Hiscox 1890, 22; emphasis added). Now, the defenders of sodomy are disgustingly numerous.
If Christianity may be re-designed with reference to its religious dogma, why not re-write its moral code as well? The brotherhood of churches of Christ has become sorely afflicted with the “change” mentality over the past several decades.
Today, it is not even a matter of conversational interest among many.
There are two basic attitudes regarding the Christian religion.
One disposition affirms that Jehovah, across several millennia of history, meticulously prepared for the initial advent of Christ and the spiritual system—Christianity—that he would inaugurate.
The Protestant sects, in actual practice, subscribe to a similar “evolutionary” approach to Christianity. Rather, arrogant men have assumed they have the right and the wisdom to renovate the divine scheme of redemption. Not only has mainstream denominationalism contended that it is permissible to change the original forms and ceremonies of New Testament doctrine, it has even radically altered its concept of morality.
For example, a popular creed book states: It is most likely that in the Apostolic age when there was but “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism,” and no differing denominations existed, the baptism of a convert by that very act constituted him a member of the church, and at once endowed him with all the rights and privileges of full membership. Several decades ago there could not be found a solitary religious body, remotely professing Christian principles, that would endorse homosexuality.