What is The Patternist about? It’s in the name. God has given us a ‘pattern’ by which we practice ‘theology.’ This principle is counter-culture and hated by the mainstream. Critics label it with pejorative terms such as 'Phariseeism' and 'Legalism.' But nothing could be further from the truth. The marks of God’s pattern are all over His book. Call it any number of scriptural terms: apostolic authority, sound doctrine, or the faith once and for all delivered. Take the time to look up each of the following scriptures and pray about their meaning:

Less importantly, there are also human-originated phrases that summarize this concept:

  • "Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent."

  • "No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no law but love, no name but the divine." 

  • "Do Bible things in Bible ways."

  • "Call Bible things by Bible names."

The bottom line is that God regulates how we have a relationship with Him and with His Son. Christ is head of His Church, which is His body (Eph 1:22-23), and there is One Body (Eph 4:4). Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, and the assembly, the church, which is His body is certainly under His authority. The inescapable conclusion is that there is only One Church. The assembly is not ours to adapt and adjust to our every whim and desire.

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