Christianity Admin on 08 Dec 2006 10:12 am
Here is a recent article from this magazine that is quite interesting:
The article states:
Over 2,000 different professing Christian church organizations have been â€œbuiltâ€ by men in the United States. Another is started every three days. Estimates place the number of professing Christians at more than two billion. While church attendance seems to be increasing, it is not increasing as fast as the confusion surrounding the question of which is the right church.
I bet you’ve been curious too — which church IS “the right church”? Once we find it, we can eliminate the other 2,000 false denominations and end all the confusion.
Fortunately, the Bible answers the question for us. The author states:
The more I studied the other doctrines of the Bible, the more I learned that the churches of this world were wrongâ€”on virtually EVERYTHING! One plain scripture after another contradicted each traditional â€œChristianâ€ idea I had been taught. I was amazedâ€”actually stunnedâ€”at how easy it was to find direct, clear, undeniable proof that even the most popular traditions of the big denominations were not based on the Bibleâ€”at all!
Each time I studied a Bible doctrineâ€”salvation, baptism, who and what God is, the gospel, death and hell, law and sin, grace, being born again, the Christian Sabbath, the true origin of supposed â€œChristianâ€ holidays, where the modern-day tribes of ancient Israel are found today, the sequence of prophetic events preceding Christâ€™s Return and so much moreâ€”I gained undeniable proof of what the Bible really taught! I was excited and fascinated. I found that the churches of this world were almost invariably confused on all these and many other plain points of Bible teaching. I came to realize that there had to be a church that correctly believed and practiced all the doctrines of the Bible.
I learned that this Church existed, and that the proof identifying it and setting it apart from all the churches of recognized, mainstream Christianity was no different than the proof of any other biblical doctrine.
This is amazing on several different levels:
- It is amazing for a Christian to admit that so many Christians can be completely “wrongâ€”on virtually EVERYTHING!”
- It is amazing that thousands of completely wrong denominations, many with millions of members, could arise, raise money, build nationwide organizations, construct thousands of edifices in God’s name, etc., when they are completely wrong.
- It is amazing that an all-powerful God looking down upon the earth would allow so many wrong churches to arise. Why wouldn’t an all-powerful God end the confusion (which will end up sending billions of people to Hell). Or why wouldn’t an all-knowing God write the Bible more plainly so that the confusion would not exist to begin with?
Nonetheless, this is the state of our world today.
The author continues:
Only one church on the face of the earth has the correct name and teaches all the additional many true doctrines that the Bible teaches! Recall that Christ prayed, â€œSanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth.â€ The Church that Christ works through, directs and guides is sanctifiedâ€”set apartâ€”by its belief of the plain truth of Godâ€™s Word!
The â€œChristianâ€ world teaches that the Body of Christâ€”Jesusâ€™ Churchâ€”consists of many denominations, fellowships or â€œcommunities of believers,â€ said to all be connected by the â€œHoly Spiritâ€ working in believers wherever they are affiliated. (Many, many sources attest to this thinking.) But this is totally contrary to what the Bible teaches about the Body of Christ. This substituteâ€”counterfeit!â€”idea asserts, in effect, that Christ and His Body are divided among many groups or organizations. We will see that this is not true.
I am sure that after all this build-up, you are curious – which church IS the one, true church? Personally, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. But I was in for a letdown.
It is interesting that the article never answers the question. Instead, it refers you to another pamphlet: “Where is Godâ€™s TRUE CHURCH?“. Unfortunately, this pamphlet never answers the question either. At the end there is a section in bold that states the following:
In this world, churches are named after men, or after the system men have devised, or the kind of church government men have thought out, contrary to Godâ€™s Word, or after a significant doctrine they emphasize, or what men hope to make itâ€”all-encompassing, universal or catholic. But wherever that one true Church is, it will be named the Church of God.
But that is not all. Many have appropriated Godâ€™s name, but are not proclaiming the Kingdom of God, as the government of God, which we must OBEYâ€”teaching obedience to Godâ€™s Law (Ten Commandments)â€”teaching repentance of rebellion and transgressing Godâ€™s Holy Lawâ€”teaching that we may be now begotten into the Kingdom(Family) of God, and may, by the resurrection, be born into the God Family! That true Church is preaching the imminency of the coming of Christ as King of king and Lord of lords, to rule all nations for a thousand years on earth. Not up in heaven, but on this earth(Rev. 5:10).
There is only one such Church!
It is doing the Work of God. It is, as Jesus said it would be, a â€˜little flock,â€™ persecuted, despised by the world.
Godâ€™s Church does haveâ€¦ministers [and Elders]â€¦available to call on you, visit you in your home, answer your questions, explain the Bible to youâ€”IF YOU REQUEST IT! But none of them will EVER call on you, unless you of your own free will request it! Regarding the general public, Jesus said, â€˜Go not from house to houseâ€™ (Luke 10:7). Paul had visited the elders (ministers) at Ephesus from house to house.
Neither Jesus, nor Peter, nor Paul, nor any of the original true apostles ever approached people and personally urged conversion on them. God has made every human a free moral agent. God compels each to make his own decision, and the true God will never force you to be converted.
So, it will be named “the Church of God”. There you go!
Does this strike you as strange? It probably does. There may be two reasons for this feeling:
- If an all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, God really existed, it seems odd that there would be thousands of Christian denominations, and thousands of other non-Christian religions, all teaching completely different things about this being.
- It seems odd that an article which sets out to answer such a simple question is unable to ever answer it.
So let’s help the author along. The reason why there are 2,000 Christian denominations, and thousands of other religions, is simple: God is imaginary. No one can agree on God because there is nothing to agree with. Everything having to do with God is imaginary fantasy.
The more interesting question, therefore, is this: Why do billions of people feel such a strong need to align themselves with imaginary fantasy? What would create such a powerful need?
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