Thousands of ministers and missionaries on every continent claim to be the servants of God today. Hundreds of churches claim to be doing God’s work in our age.
But how many men or churches do you suppose God was using back in the time of the Flood? How many was He using at the time of the Exodus? Or in Elijah’s day? Or when Christ walked the roads of Judaea?
How many is God using in our day? Perhaps you feel God is working through all who are sincerely doing their best to follow Him; but what a shock it will be someday when thousands of spiritual leaders find out that God isn’t using them at all that they are preaching about Christ and spreading His name all on their own.
What spiritual leaders think doesn’t matter! What God says does matter!
Perhaps there were hundreds of different religious groups in Noah’s day - each having a different philosophy about getting saved. And they all, undoubtedly, scorned Noah.
But God said that Noah was the only righteous man he was just and perfect in his generations (Gen. 6:8-9).
When the flood waters began to rise, all the religious leaders, and those who thought it didn’t make any difference which church they went to, and all who thought it was really impossible to find out who was right, all found out that it did matter. But then it was too late.
When it came time for God to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, He chose one man to lead them Moses. God talked with Moses, worked miracles through him, and prophesied through him. Moses was the one man through whom God dealt with Israel.
Miriam and Aaron began to think, “Who does Moses think he is, saying he’s the only one that has the truth?” Read it in Numbers 12:2. “And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath he not spoken also by us?”
God acted quickly to shake Moses’ sister and brother out of their wrong attitude. Instantly Miriam was leprous. She and Aaron learned very quickly that, indeed, there was only one man through whom God was working. There was only one Word of God.
During the reign of Ahab, king of Israel, God’s chosen people departed very far from His ways. But even then God was dealing with them through one man, Elijah. The vast majority of the people had gone after Baal. Oh, they made a pretense of honoring God and His Word, but they really enjoyed following the pagan customs of Baal worship. Elijah got pretty discouraged.
In I Kings 18:22 Elijah told the people of Israel, “I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.”
The popular religions in Elijah’s day had many, many followers and many priests. There were probably many variations within Baal a different variety to suit every individual.
Baal worship was so popular that even the king and queen were drawn into it. After all, that was the accepted, “normal” religion to follow. But there was only one servant of God one man through whom God was dealing with the entire nation of Israel.
And there was only one Jeremiah in Jerusalem. There was only one Daniel in Babylon! And still later, John the Baptist found that he was completely alone in doing the Elijah Work of preparing the way for Christ. He was the one man chosen by God for that Work. The popular religions of his day didn’t accept him. He called the Pharisees a generation of vipers, and because he preached the Truth of God, John the Baptist finally lost his head but not before he had prepared the way for the coming of the Son of God.
One of Christ’s principle functions during His three-and-one-half year ministry was to train one body of men to carry out a Work after His death. That one group, that one true Church wasn’t very popular with all the other brands of religion in its day.
But it was one Body, one Church, one organization, doing one Work. Paul wrote in I Cor. 12:25, “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” That’s a description of the True Body of Christ.
Where is the One Church that is doing the work of Elijah preparing the way for Christ’s second coming? Where is the One Body doing His Work-- not 10 or 50 or 150 differing, bickering, arguing groups?
Remember, it doesn’t matter what anyone says! What does matter is, who is God using? What does God say?
Jesus Christ prophesied of our decade in Matt. 24:5: “Many shall come in my name, saying. I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
God’s Work of warning this world and preparing the way for Christ’s second coming isn’t being done by many contradicting groups. It’s being done by One Body by one unified Church that has Jesus Christ as its Head.
If you’re sincerely searching for that one true Body of Christ, then read our article “Should You Join a Church?” And then don’t simply accept what we say. Believe and obey what God says!