One True Church

One True Church Part 5

When Noah was told of the plan of God to build an Ark, a part of God’s plan for the church was revealed. Of all the stories related in ancient history, Noah and the Ark is always given.
The preaching of “grace” had come down to one man. This man had to hide away from the main-stream of society, in a mountainous area to begin construction. Jude vs. 15 Like all things God has done, He has explicit instructions on how it was to be built, of what it was to be built, and by whom. Noah was told of God’s plan (in other places called grace) because of his faithfulness. “The end of all mankind is before Me” God had spoken because the “thoughts of man’s heart was evil continuously.” Noah built the Ark “by Faith”, or instruction from the Holy One so teaches Hebrews 11:7. As far as we can know, Noah had only 2 other men to help him build this gigantic boat (for it was to hold ALL life). This boat, perfect for carrying safely large loads, had only ONE window and ONE door. It must have looked very weird for one man and his sons to be building a boat far away from any body of water. When anyone came in his hearing, Noah would tell them of something that they had never seen before, rain, and that it was coming and the earth was to be flooded and (here was the weirdest) everyone that was not in his Ark would drown!! I am sure this provoked many a laugh for everyone knew that the Roman Catholic boat would be built just 3000 years later, then the Greek Orthodox boat, then the Lutheran, Wesleyan, Baptist, and on and on. Everyone would have a “choice” of boats then and it would be as to how they felt as to which boat they got aboard! Surely, they could not be serious in thinking there would only be ONE??
The day came (no doubt it was sunny and fair) when Noah was told of God to “Get aboard”. As they were loading the boat, Noah was still preaching—“he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”. Other boat builders gathered around and mocked Noah (you see, his boat did not even have a piano on board, or as the heathen put it, “there was no music”). All their boats had multiple windows and doors of entrance (every one could do it THEIR way). God had told Noah to “get aboard” on a certain day like He tells His children to “meet Him around the Table of Remembrance every first day of the Week” and like today, they ignored Him—-yet, they said they “loved God”!! Many planned on boarding, some never intended, others would have IF they had gotten all their overtime hours at work done. Besides all this, it was sunny with not a cloud in the sky that day!! ONE BOAT AND BUT ONE??? With all the laughing, mocking, and revelry there that day it must have been real hard on poor old Noah until that first drop of rain hit his old bald head!! Most of the crowd did not even notice the difference in the gait of Noah; he was hurrying his daughters-in-law now, and finishing with the final animals when the first crack of thunder sounded over the mountains. As Noah looked on, Noah saw what his eyes would never forget—God began to shut the door!!
Friends, family members, in-laws, influential congressman, and others began to cry aloud, “hold the door for me”, but Noah had no control; God was handling things, now! Somebody cried aloud, “don’t worry, get on the Baptist (Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and Muslim) boat down the hill, besides theirs have “music”!! These ‘other’ boats were not built of the right wood, pitched with the right pitch, nor were there any Noahs on them!! Oh, yes, they filled up fast, the music was bellowing from their multiple windows and doors, BUT, they were already beginning to take on water!!” Somebody cried; “just pray”. They did, as they were drowning.

One True Church Part 4

Every time you quote Romans 16:16, “The churches of Christ salute you.” most people thinks that means that EVERY DENOMINATION IS APART OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. This is alright with me as long as the Lord approves. If He does not, we are plagiarizing His name and that of His bride.
A lot of times things that seem unable to be answered are easily seen when we use the scriptures to explain them. We often can look in the Old Testament and find what is called “types” which explain the New Testament teaching called “anti-types”. This language may be un-familiar to those who have not studied much, but to those who have they become a real tool to understanding what a lot of times seems hard to understand.
A “type” is a pattern, an example, it is always physical and tells HOW God intended to carry out His Will. The “anti-type” is the fulfillment of the type in that it plays off the “type” using its story-line to explain the “anti-type”. When God uses a “type” EVERY PART OF THE STORY MUST FIT. Today, we will use stories, types, examples to answer the serious student of the Word and leave all of us without ANY question as to the truth. This takes the argument by the gainsayer out of the discussion.
Adam and Eve were the first, on earth, to be married. You will need to read Genesis 2:15-25 Adam went looking for a help-meet, one like himself, with whom he could find compatibility, verses 18-20. He found none. God caused a deep sleep (operation) to fall upon Adam, He took a rib (a part of his anatomy-in this testament it would have to be physical) and made him a woman (help-meet, one to support him, love him and help him). And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called ‘Woman’, because she was taken out of man’. Therefore shall a man leave his father (Adam did not have a physical father or mother), and shall cleave (be joined physically) to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”verses 23-24 Question: how many women were Adam speaking of, how many operations did God perform on him, and who named his wife/help-meet? For one to qualify as the bride/wife of Adam would she not to have lived in the same century, area, speak the same language as Adam? Do we have any problems, yet? Have we made any progress, yet? This is the “type”.
When Christ came to the world, He came seeking “one like Himself-sinless, pure, without fault. Like Adam, he went among men (Adam among animals) and found NONE. God put Christ into the operation called the “deep sleep” which was death and took from Him apart of His being. He did not take a rib, He took BLOOD. It was not to purchase anything physical, it was to purchase something like Christ, spiritual. She had to be compatible, alike, of the same as Christ—she had to be sinless for God cannot sin and Christ is/was God!! The reason with Christ it was BLOOD is simple; the Old Testament had taught that “life was in the blood…for it is the BLOOD that makes an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11 Jesus purchased the church with His BLOOD; Acts 20:28. We have to be washed in His blood, Revelation 1:5, and are so washed when we are ‘arise and are baptized, washing away our sins’. Acts 22:16 We become ‘bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh (we are made sinless, we are compatible to Him) in this marriage ceremony called baptism. Ephesians 5:23-32 He then adds us to His family, the church, which, by the way, He has NAMED. Acts 2:38-47, Romans 7:4 and Romans16:16 Since Christ is God, He also calls her the Church of God, God being the name of a nature—Christ tells which being called God to whom she is married. How many women/churches? In what century did she begin? Christ was in the first century!!

One True Church Part 3

There are many of the ‘religious’ that have such a kind heart they can conceive of no one being lost that professes a kindness toward and a belief in the Lord Jesus. They are so overwhelmed with their own guilt they want to believe their friends and loved ones, like themselves, are those who, in the denominations of man, are going to Heaven in spite of their disobedience to the Law of God!! After all, they claim, “God is love!”
There many ways to PROVE that Christ has just one wife/ bride/ body/ kingdom that those of us who study the Bible are mystified as to how they MISS the clear message therein taught!! For example: the bride of Christ wears His name as any wife wears the name of her mate (unless you are in today’s society where the woman does not respect the man enough to wear his name), the kingdom has only ONE king as any kingdom, the body is singular as is it’s Head (one body, one head) as is the bodies of all men. No man’s head EVER wore a different name than his body!! Jesus is the ONLY being I know of who came to this world with the proscribed mission to DIE for the sins of those He could redeem by His blood!! He is the only church-builder, beginner, originator that actually DIED to bring His church into existence. No denominational church beginner, organizer, originator actually died so his or her church comes into existence!! Jesus is the only being that possessed the nature called God who purchased a church. Acts 20:28, John 3:16 All other churches are started by a man, a group of men, or a country and ALL OF THEM were sinners. Jesus Church is the ONLY church I have read about that came from the side of a dead being!! The Roman soldier thrust his spear into the side of Christ and “forthwith came there out blood and water.” John 19:34 It is this same “blood and water” that ‘bears witness’ (affirms, supports, teaches, continues the story) as is used in 1 John 5:8. Christ’ Church is the ONLY church to have started in the city of Jerusalem, AD 33, at 9:00am on the Pentecost Sunday morning immediately AFTER the resurrection of Christ from the grave!! Acts 2:1-4, 38-47. The Church of Christ is the ONLY church that began WHILE the middle wall of partition was STILL IN POWER, the Law of Moses. Ephesians 2:14-18, Colossians 2:14-18 It is the ONLY church that began during the reign of a king of kings. Daniel 2:44 (A king of kings was a king who reigned over kings of other nations, they were WORLD kings. There had been four world conquerors: the Babylonian with Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, Medes and Persians with Darius, Greeks with Alexander the Great, and the Romans with the Caesars) The Church of Christ started in the days of the Caesars! Christ kingdom was to “come out of Zion” Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:2. It is the ONLY church the disciples of John the Baptist could ALL be baptized out of John’s movement and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Colossians 1:13. It is the ONLY church to which ALL of the apostles belonged, all other churches started hundreds of years later and they were all dead. Acts 10:47-48, Acts 22:16. It is the ONLY church that for the first TEN years of its existence the only members of it were Jews!! Acts 10. No denomination existed early enough to have men or women who could trace their blood lines back to Abraham!! The Church of Christ pre-existed time!! Ephesians 5:32. These are but a few of the distinguishing ear-marks of the Lord’s Church—get some denomination to match on two of them, if you can and please inform the writer, he needs this kind of information !!
After ALL this proof, they will still cry; “the Church is one great big combination of all the churches, Romans 16:16 just means ALL the churches collectively.”

One True Church Part 2

I guess the first question is did Jesus lie? In Matthew 16:13-18 Simon Peter confessed Christ as the Son of the Living God:”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Because of this confession Christ countered with a statement that had never been heard, a statement that should have shocked anyone who heard what He said. “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock (statement of fact that I Am the Son of the Living God), I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell (death, both physical and spiritual, will not separate those in My Church from Me, anymore) shall not prevail against it.” Notice, Jesus did not say churches, in the plural. The sophistry of the day will retort; “all religious bodies make up the ONE church”. This might sound reasonable and plausible, the trouble is it is not true!!
Just because some confess they believe in Christ does not mean they belong to Him!! “Not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU (emphasis mine): depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23 This does not take a genius to figure this out!! Why did He command them to depart (flee from His presence)? It was as He said—you worked iniquity!! What is iniquity? The word iniquity is the word in the Greek anomos, nomos is Law, with the “a” at the beginning of the word, it means against, contrary, with no respect to. These people did a lot of what they conceived “good works”, the only thing they did not do was yield to the Will of the Father because they inserted their own!! (They wrote creeds, manuals, prayer-books, disciplines, church covenants, or just had a “FEELING” they were right!) In the Greek language there is a synonym to the word anomos, it is the word adikos, it means to presumptuously and wickedly assert YOUR will. The person who disallows the Will of the Father and replaces it with their own registers a contempt for the ‘Will of the Father’!! In Mark 7:6-13, Jesus spoke openly defining His statement(s) made on other occasions: “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites (play acting, putting up a front),as it is written, ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain (it is useless and without value) do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God (you can only have ONE captain per ship), you hold (obey) the tradition of men…..Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered and many such like things do you.”
What is the Will of the Father? I thought you would never ask!! In John 7:16, Jesus defined it. “My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His Will, he shall know the doctrine (that is God’s doctrine, not man’s); whether I speak of Myself.” Where do you think one would find the ‘doctrine of the Father’? In the B I B L E, where else?? Where would you expect to find the doctrine of the Baptist denomination? Lutheran? Roman Catholic?, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and on and on??
They all would shout out, “the Bible”!! To that we retort; “FINE, TELL US WHERE IT IS IN THAT SACRED VOLUME?? You cannot even find their NAME in the Word of God, much less their doctrine!!
JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES INTO ALL THE WORLD PREACHING ONE MESSAGE,“He that believes and is baptized will be saved; he that believes not will be damned.” Mark 16:16. NO DENOMINATION TEACHES, THIS!!

One True Church

One of the hardest things some people have in understanding God is the question often asked; “is there really just ONE church”? Some people consider you and I bullies, cultists, egotists, and partially insane who think Christ is married to just ONE church, that only those in that ONE church have a chance of gaining that eternal home. They think God UNFAIR and we His children irrational and a little beside themselves who take His Word as our proof for this belief, after all “surely not ALL the people in ______ denomination are lost, are they?” These fair-minded, people loving kind are heard to say; “My cousin is a ‘good man’ and surely God will not send him to Hell just because he does not see the scriptures as you, will He?” I warn you our reply is often mighty disturbing. But, let me invite you into a conversation that occurred on this exact subject and you see the ploys of Satan and the answers to their questions.
“My best friend is a good woman, she has been in the Baptist Church all her life; if there is anyone who is better that she, I do not know them.” Answer: “Is she good enough to burn in Hell for eons of endless existence with you by her side?? Is she better than Jesus Christ, He was brash enough to claim, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, NO MAN cometh to the Father, but by Me.’ He will died for you, He will call you in death; He said ‘He that believes and is baptized shall be saved’!! Do you not consider her life as one which every day calls Jesus Christ a liar? (Oh, I forgot that is unkind by those who do not study God’s Word and want to FEEL GOOD!!) Question: “Jesus would NEVER have been so unkind as to have said something like this, let alone have such come from His lips”!!, they contend. “My cousin just does not like the Church of Christ’ doctrine; are you sure you are justified in making the above statements, will you not run us away from the Church of Christ by making such statements, you are not much like Christ, are you? This seems so hard-hearted and judgmental”!! Answer: “Now wait a minute, you have picked on the best friend I have ever had in my life, Jesus Christ, you have called into question His motives, and you expect me not to defend Him?? When did your cousin get better, smarter, more qualified to know what MUST BE DONE than the written document called the Bible? How can you justify taking his word for something AGAINST the inspired Word of God? If he is that good, he will be too good to go to Heaven, Heaven is for the people Jesus had to die to save, that had to obey what Jesus said for them to do, and who considered it the greatest honor of their existence when Jesus added them to the Church of Christ!! Why should you be so concerned about every-ones feelings but Jesus, the God of Heaven and Earth?? Did this cousin you are so considerate of die for you? If he did, that is sad, his death will not make any difference in your soul’s station in eternity; but this Jesus—His death has made ALL the difference!! Are you sure you are choosing the right man to lead you into the shores of timelessness?? I recommend you follow the Man who created EVERYTHING”!!
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that findeth it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Question: “My cousin will not attend with me.” Answer: “Will they be with you beyond this life? “For it had been better for you not have known the way of righteousness, that, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21 “They will not be with you in Hell, either, your fate will be far worse than theirs, you cannot win by your standards, only Jesus can win.”