- All churches are God’s church
- Satan was once in heaven
- An anti- Christ is coming
- Jesus is coming back here
- Once you are saved, you will always be saved
- We are all sinners
- Baptism washes your sins away
Lie #1 All churches are God’s church
The Bible teaches very plainly that God and his people are one and that there is not to be any divisions in his body. “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined toghether in the same mind and the same judgement.” 1 Corinthians 1:10. This is not what we are seeing in the religious world today. Instead we see multitudes of churches, each with it’s own unique set of creeds and disciplines and systems of operation. We see differing headquarters. But the only headquarters that God’s true church has is Jesus Christ, who sits at the right hand of God. “And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.” Colossians 1:18
“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him (Christ) to be the head over all things to the church.” Ephesians 1:22
God only has only ever had one church which is clearly identified in the New Testament as the church of God. If you want to argue about the name, then first go see how many husbands will let their wives take the name of their best friend instead of their husbands name. Then from there, take your argument to God. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling: One Lord, on faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
Sectism’s root word is sect, which means a part cut off from the original. If a church is a sect, it is cut off from Christ’s body, and a part of a body that is cut off is dead. “I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and mean gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15: 5-6
The true church of God is the body of Christ, and includes all it’s members -the truly born again souls, universally and locally. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24 The members are those who have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, having their sins washed away , and walking in a new life filled with God’s Holy Spirit. They no longer walk after the flesh, or the ways of sin and worldliness. But they follow Jesus and obey his word as given in the Holy Bible.
Christ is the founder, builder and maker of the church: “For this man (Christ Jesus) was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he that builded the house hath more honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that hath built all things is God.” Hebrews 3:3-4 Jesus himself said to his disciples “…upon this rock (the rock of Christ) I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
The coming of the Holy Spirt on the day of Pentecost, was when the church was established and set in order. Every religious body that has since come into existence is not the church of God. Jesus is the door, or way into God’s church; he is the only way. “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep…I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:7,9 All sects have their own unique way of admitting members, that is controlled by men. This is not the church of God where no man can open or shut the door to others. Only God himself adds the members into his church: “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Corinthians 12:18 God’s true church does not make membership regulations. Only salvation through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ constitutes membership in God’s church.
The true church of God does not harbor sinners, but is made up of blood washed men, women and children who have repented of and forsaken sin: “For we know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” 1John 5: 18 Sectism is more or less filled with sinners.
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