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Is The True Church?
WHICH WAY SHOULD WE CHOOSE?
Proverbs 16:25 ¶There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Man’s way is a way unto eternal damnation, which is the second death and many are his ways. There is also a “way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” The way, “which leadeth unto life”, is God’s way through Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
WILL EVERYONE WHO SEEKS SALVATION BE SAVED?
Luke 13:23 ¶Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
If most everyone is going to “church” and, as I understand, eighty five percent of people in general when asked if they are going to heaven say they are, are they the “few” or “the many”?
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye 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: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
This verse would indicate the difference between the “few” and “the many” of them that are seeking salvation, but not necessarily talking about all of the people in this world, who are not seeking at all. In other words, of all of them that seek salvation, “the many” shall perish into eternal damnation and there will only be a select “few” that find salvation.
a : giving little room : not broad : NARROW <strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it Mt 7:14
(Authorized Version)> b :
limited in space or time : RESTRICTED c
: closely fitting : tightly drawn : CONSTRICTED, TIGHT, CLOSE
Why is it that “the many” shall seek and not be able to enter in, which is to obtain salvation? Is one of the reasons because, through subtly, Satan has again stolen away the very words of God and left in their place distortions of truth, which have little or no power and have called these perversions Bibles, so as to deceive all those who would, half-heartedly, seek after salvation? Could another reason be that they stand on their instant salvation gospels and other corruptions they proclaim as their doctrines in taking scriptures out of context, but refuse to seek Jesus and become one with Him as in “knowing” Him.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED KEY OF SALVATION IS HERE:
Matthew 7:21 ¶Not every one that saith
unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he
that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have
we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy
name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Yes, the MANY who perish “never knew” Jesus, experientially nor became one flesh with Him as Adam knew Eve and they became one flesh. The key is in “knowing” Jesus.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 4:1 ¶And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
WHO IS THE HEAD AND FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH?
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Colossians 1:18 And he 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 preeminence.
There are some who believe Peter is the rock/foundation, on which the church is built, but Peter was given “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” and Jesus is referring to the rock as Himself.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
2 Samuel 22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
Psalms 89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Psalms 95:1 ¶O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
If the true believers are “the church”, how then can the church go to the church, but the church simply be gathered together?
Are we to gather together the church buildings or the body of Christ?
Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
WHERE IS THE CHURCH?
The true church gathers in homes.
The true church can gather anywhere, where two or more are gathered in His name.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
1 Corinthians 16:19 ¶The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Colossians 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
Can a believer go out into the world and choose any religion or any church and join themselves to that group? The answer is NO. This is also for the same reason that no one can put together and start a church, which is of God. If a man were to put a church together, who’s is it? His. Jesus put together one church and one church only, which is His church. Sometimes it was referred to as the church in a certain area, but it was only one church in this whole, wide, world. There are many counterfeits out there to choose from, which by their very nature is to be a look-alike church with the very intent to deceive “the many” who seek salvation.
2 Corinthians 11:1 ¶Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
4 : THRUST, DRIVE, PRESS :
impel with force <the defenders being borne backward> <a canoe borne
down the rapids>
1 a : to force one's way : make
way against resistance : PRESS <bear back that the prince may pass>
Galatians 1:6 ¶I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:6-9 shows the perversion of the true gospel into other gospels or look-alike gospels, the gospels and doctrines of today. Again, Satan has tried to take the only truth away that we may know and rightly divide the one and only way unto salvation and this is through the many perverted Bibles out there. Satan has truly stolen the truth away so that “the many” cannot see that he offers another way, another gospel, another spirit, another Jesus, and another church. You see these people truly believe they are saved or they would not be standing before the Lord saying: “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
Is this not the same type of “churches” or religious institutions we have today?
Matthew 15:1 ¶Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Do we not make the gospel of none effect through our traditions such as Christmas, which is the Mass of Christ and is Catholic or how about Easter, which used to be spelled Ishtar and has always been pronounced Ester and is in fact goddess worship from the days of Nimrod & Semiramis (Semiramis is known by MANY other names, as is Nimrod, and who’s symbol is the crescent moon. Nimrod & Semiramis together, are symbolized by the crescent moon with the five pointed star representing the: god & goddess.) who first started the mystery religions?
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
There is only one church and it is not a denomination or a religion, as we commonly understand them to be. If we, the true believers, are to wear a classification of what we are, in parallel to denominations, we are called saints.
Jesus tells us what pure religion is and it is this:
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
3 a : one of God's chosen
Sure these religious institutions of today, which are abominations and harlots unto God are comfortable and desirable by the world’s standards. They may make us feel good and pleasantly at peace. We may like what they have to offer in fellowship, activities, or in any other ways, so then whom will we serve, ourselves and our evil desires or Christ in obedience to His word?
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
If you being a member of Christ join yourself unto a Harlot (corrupt religious institution, church, fellowship, or group), you will become one with that whore and you will suffer the same fate as she if you do not repent and turn from your evil ways. If you join yourself unto a harlot, you also become a harlot a whoring after other things, which are not of God.
If you, who are godly, join yourselves unto a harlot, the two of you become one flesh and partakers of the same fate.
Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
A little leaven is the same thing as the littlest, tiniest compromise with this evil world. We are not to compromise with sin in any way, let alone join with it. If we continue in our sins, we do not believe Jesus and we will die in our sins and trespasses.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that
ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I
am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Are we willing to die to ourselves and our evil desires in order that we may attain the true “knowing” we are supposed to have in Jesus Christ and not that this comes immediately upon confessing our sins and making Him Lord and savoir of our lives (remember there is a way)?
Are we willing to be obedient to His words and come out and be ye separate, which also includes the many ingrained traditions that we may have loved and cherished, which are possibly passed down from generation to generation?