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Have You Found God’s One True Church?

Why is Christianity torn by so many major denominations, not to mention hundreds of smaller sects! Is God the Author of this religious confusion?

Did Jesus Christ start many different churches, each teaching a different “gospel,” each practicing different doctrines, yet all doing His Work? How would one recognize the True Work of God?

Jesus Christ did not found many denominations! Christ said, “I will build My Church.” And He did build it! One Church commissioned to preach and to publish His Gospel, to carry God’s good news to the entire world.

But what do we find today? Hundreds of different and disagreeing churches, every one founded by men, each professing to teach the truth, yet contradicting and disagreeing with all the others, a modern religious Babylon!

Most people today suppose that the true Church was rapidly to grow big, to become a powerful influence on the world, making this a better world, becoming a “stabilizing influence” on this world’s tempestuous international politics. But Christ founded His true Church for no such purpose!

Christ’s instruction to His Church through the New Testament was not to participate in this world’s politics and affairs in order to make this world a better place in which to live. His command to His Church is, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate!”

In His final prayer for His One Church, Jesus prayed: “I pray for them; I pray not for the world Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are. I have given them thy word, and the world hateth them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:9-16). Notice! Jesus Christ was not of this world!

Christ did command His followers, true Christians to go into all the world and preach and publish His gospel, the good news of God’s Kingdom, a divine government which is to have all power and authority! But those of His Church are described as being strangers and foreigners in this world, Ambassadors for Christ, Ambassadors representing His Kingdom which is foreign to this world! Always one Church speaking the same things, never many different squabbling sects!

The religious sects of Jesus’ day were the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes and the Samaritans. Jesus joined none of them. On the contrary, He called His disciples out of them, out of the organizations of men.

The Greek word “ecclesia” translated “Church” in English means “the called out ones”! On the other hand, in the world the very first great event Jesus foretold would be a deceptive counterfeit Christianity.

“Take heed,” said Jesus, “that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matt. 24:4-5)! Notice carefully! These deceivers would come in Christ’s name, saying Jesus is the Christ. They would be calling themselves “Christians,” but would in fact be the devil’s representatives. It was not the few who were to be deceived by them, but the many! It was the few who were to become true Christians (Matt. 7:13-14)!

That isn’t what the world believes, is it? Probably that isn’t what you have always heard, and come to assume. But it is what Jesus Christ said! How deceived this world has become.

Yes, many would come in Jesus’ name, proclaiming that Jesus is the Christ, preaching about Christ to the world yet, actually deceiving the world (Matt. 24:5)! How would they deceive the world? Simply by preaching about the person of Christ, extolling His virtues, worshiping Him, yet denying His message, the Gospel of His Kingdom.

What a clever counterfeit! And most of those preaching in Christ’s name are sincere sincerely wrong, themselves deceived!

It is Satan who had deceived them! Satan has deceived the entire world! Read it in your own Bible. (Rev. 12:9.) He is the author of this confusion (I Cor. 14:33). It is Satan who has made himself the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4) and is thus worshiped as though he were God! This world doesn’t know the true God, strange as they may seem. This world believes that if one just “accepts Christ” just “make a decision for Christ” that is all that is necessary for salvation!

That is what many preach today! Just believe, they pread, and you shall be saved, or give your heart to the Lord. But what did Jesus Christ teach? Did He say it was possible to worship Him, and still be unsaved? Read His own words: “In vain do they worship me,” said Christ, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, making the word of God of none effect through your tradition” (Mark 7:7-13).

Hard to believe, isn’t it? You’ve probably been so drugged, so poisoned, so deceived, by this world’s deceptions Satan’s counterfeits -- that even the words of Christ are difficult to believe! Well, God help you to believe Christ! It is one thing to believe on Christ, that is, on His person. It is something altogether different to believe Christ, to believe what He says! Astounding? Of course it is! But it is true!

Instead of competing denominations coming nearer to the faith of the Bible, each new reformation has brought more error into the world under the guise of “restored truth.” Today the Christian world is in hopeless confusion, not a single one of the sects and churches being able to agree on exactly what constitutes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each may have a slight portion of a truth in its doctrine, but each has a great deal more error that is deceiving the many!

Christ said He would be with His Church till the end of time that He would build His Church and the “gates of hell” would not prevail against it. His Church, the True Church of God, is commissioned to preach and publish the Gospel to all the world in these last days. Therefore God’s Church must exist today! It must be doing God’s Work or it would not continue to be God’s Church! It must be preaching the “Gospel of the Kingdom of God in the entire world for a witness” not to convert the world, but only as a witness, “unto all nations, then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).

There is only One Work, which is preaching the true gospel, the good news of the Kingdom of God, the rule and the reign of God, to bring peace and salvation to the nations. This is that work. Every other work rejects the message of Jesus Christ, rejects His Rule through His laws. There are no exceptions!

Then only those who have their part in this work and are converted must constitute the only true Church Jesus founded. You are challenged to prove that any other work on earth is preaching the same gospel of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus preached!

When this Work is completed, you will know that the message which you have been hearing and reading on this website is the very work of God which He is doing through His people, His Church, scattered throughout the world!

Very few really understand what the true Church is. The Church is called the “body of Christ” because it is a spiritual organism whose living, active Head is Jesus Christ, in the same sense that the husband is head of the wife (Eph. 5:23, 31).

How does one enter this true Church of God? - this spiritual union? When God’s spiritual New Testament Church was first founded on the Day of Pentecost, Peter gave the answer to this question. “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

The true Church is the collective body of individuals called out from the ways of this present evil world, who have totally surrendered themselves to the rule of God, and who, through the Holy Spirit, become the begotten sons of God (Rom. 8:9).

Jesus Christ purchased the true Church by shedding His blood for it (Acts 20:28). The true Church is not some politically organized denomination which one joins or becomes a member of in order to be “saved.” Jesus did not die for one religious denomination or another, called a church!

You can’t join the true Church; only God can put you into it by His Spirit (I Cor. 12:13). God alone can make you a member of His Church, if you surrender your life to Him. God will give that Spirit only to those who are willing to “obey Him” (Acts 5:32)!

When you receive God’s Spirit, which is the spirit of a sound, sane mind (II Tim. 1:6-7), you are automatically put into the body of Christ, which is the true Church of God! “For by one Spirit we are baptized into one body” (I Cor. 12:13).

The receiving of God’s Spirit and the mind of Christ (Phil 2:5) upon repentance and baptism, puts you into, baptizes you into, God’s true Church! You can enter God’s true Church by earnestly seeking repentance of your disobedience to God’s laws, by calling on God’s true servant to baptize you, and by claiming God’s promise of the gift of the His Holy Spirit. In that way, and that way only, does anyone enter into the true Church.

Church attendance is not the most important thing! Church attendance does not, by itself, mean Church membership in God’s sight! Some people view “church going” as an end in itself. But it most definitely is not.

God expressly forbids you ever to join in with the worship of counterfeit church bodies, no matter how, “close” to the truth they might seem! Only the genuine worship of God with His true Church is acceptable to Him!

You need to thoroughly examine yourself in the light of God’s plain Bible truths. You need to enroll today in our Mini Correspondence Course and our Traditional Christian Doctrine series to learn the true gospel of Jesus Christ. These courses are FREE and they walk you through the scriptures of the Bible explaining the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Do not believe us, believe your Bible!

You need to be sure! If you have truly repented of your sins and realize the vital necessity of this personal contact with and guidance by the true servants of Jesus Christ regarding being baptized, you need to contact us, your eternal salvation is at stake! May God help you to heed this warning! You may reach us by calling (865) 774-8485.

 
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