Are You A Member Of The Lordís One True Church?
In this study we will see according to the Bible that the Lord only has one true church and He is only going to save those in His one true church. In this Bible study I do not wish to be harsh, but I have tried to point to what God's word says in the Bible about His one true church and not what I think. We will also see, according to the Bible, that the Lordís one true church does not include any of the more than 600 different kinds of false denominational churches, and that the multiplied millions of people in these counterfeit churches are all going to be eternally lost in Hell, if they stay in them. This is very sad. Quotations from the Bible are in red.
The Bible is our only true guide of going to Heaven. Now letís see what the Bible says. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus says, "I will build My church". Whose church? Christ's church -- the church of Christ. Jesus does not say "churches", but "church". The word "church" is singular, meaning one and only one and the word "My" is possessive, meaning it belongs only to Christ. Christ only built His one true church. Christ began His one true church almost 2000 years ago as we will see in Acts chapter two. Christ "loved the church and gave Himself for her" (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus Christ did not die for or establish any of the more than 600 different false denominational churches, which men have begun during the past 500 years. All of these false denominational churches were established by men hundreds of years after Christ established His one true church. All of the many denominations are evil counterfeit creations of Satan and have no Bible authority to exist. Just as counterfeit money is worthless, all denominational churches are worthless counterfeit imitations of Satan. None of the hundreds of different denominations belong to Christ, but they all belong to Satan. And because of this, denominationalism is horribly sinful and stands in opposition to the will of Christ as stated in the Bible.
The Bible says that the Lord only has one body, which is His one church. Ephesians 4:4-6 says, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (emphasis added). The Bible says there is only one true God even though there are many false gods in this world. The Bible also says there is only one body even though there are many false bodies in this world. But what is this one body? Ephesians 1:22-23 says that God gave Christ "to be head over all things to the church, which is His body" and Colossians 1:18 says that Christ "is the head of the body, the church". According to the Bible, Christ only has one body which is His one church. Christ is not head over any of the many different false denominational churches, but Satan is.
What is the Lord going to do with His one body, which is His one church? Ephesians 5:23 says, "Christ is the head over the church and He is the Saviour of the body". According to the Bible, Christ is only going to save those in His one body, which is His one church. If one expects to be saved and go to Heaven, one must be in the Lord's one body, His one true church, and not in any of the many man-made denominational churches. Christís one church does not include any of the many false substitute denominational churches. There is no salvation for any of those who are in any of the hundreds of different denominations, but only eternal damnation. The Bible says, "The Devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone... and will be tormented day and night forever and ever...And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:10, 15). All of those who are in the many counterfeit imitation denominational churches belonging to Satan will be eternally cast into Hell along with Satan. Those in the more than 600 different kinds of denominations donít realize they are still lost, but they will realize it on Judgment Day when the Lord will "declare to them, 'I never knew you, depart from Me'" (Matthew 7:23), and they "shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:12), but it will be too late then. But the sad and tragic thing is that all those in their many differing denominations are going to be departing into the eternal torments of Hell. This breaks my heart.
Acts 2:47 says "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved". The Lord only adds the saved to His one body, which is His one church. Since those in denominational churches do not believe the Lord's requirement, that baptism is necessary for one to be saved, they remain unsaved. And since the Lord does not add unsaved people to His one church, the unsaved have to go and join a denomination. The Lord will not save anyone in the more than 600 different kinds of denominations. Why? Because they are not Christís. Psalms 127:1 says, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it". Those in all the denominations are all laboring in vain, only to lose their souls in the eternal fires of Hell. Satan has been very successful in fooling people in getting them to join one of his many counterfeit denominational churches of their choice. Those in denominational churches have "already turned aside after Satan" (1 Timothy 5:15). All the hundreds of different kinds of denominations all belong to Satan. None of the denominational churches belong to Christ.
Jesus says, "Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted" (Matthew 15:13). At the end of time in eternity all of the many denominational churches will all be uprooted which will end with their eternal destruction, including all of the people who are in them. The scandal of denominationalism is a sinful shame and denominationalism is as foreign to the New Testament as light is to darkness. It is indeed tragic that so much error is being taught in all the denominational churches which will cause many, many people to be eternally lost in the eternal fires of Hell. Jesus says concerning denominationalism, "You have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition...And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:6,8). The denominational doctrines and commandments of men are all vain and useless, which will cause many, many people to be lost in the eternal torments of Hell. Jesus warns us that "For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men...All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition" (Mark 7:8-9). The many false vain doctrines and creeds of men with all their man-made conflicting beliefs have become enemies of the Lord and His word in the Bible.
Christ only has His one church "which He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20:28). The church of Christ was purchased with the precious blood of Christ. The one church that Christ purchased with His own blood belongs to Him and the name it wears must honor and glorify Him. We read in Romans 16:16, "The churches of Christ greet you". This Bible name, "the churches of Christ", glorifies and honors Christ who died for it and built it. Christ did not purchase any of the denominational churches with His own blood. Colossians 1:18 says concerning Christ that, "He is the head of the body, the church". Christ is the head of only His one body, which is His one church. Also we read in Ephesians 5:24 that "the church is subject to Christ", and not to the creeds and false teachings of men.
The one true church which Jesus bought with His own blood, is not a denomination and is not made up with any of the many denominations, which men have created. Those in the Lord's one true church are to have no fellowship with any of the denominations, because we are commanded to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11). All the denominational churches have rejected the headship of Christ by choosing their own names and doctrines instead of submitting themselves to the will of Christ as found in the Bible. Christ is not the head of any of the more than 600 different kinds of denominations we see in the world today, but Satan is because they all belong to Satan. Anyone who leads people away from the truth of Christ, as found in the Bible, is a false teacher.
Now there are literally hundreds of differing denominations, each with its own peculiar man-made doctrine and practice, which contradicts the Bible. How can any of these differing man-made doctrines be true? They can't be. Anything that contradicts or is different from the Bible is false doctrine. Their divisive human creeds that govern them come from the minds of men and not from God. Their different man-made creed books hold their group together as a false counterfeit denomination. The main reason for the religious division of denominationalism is man will not accept God's word as final authority. But the Bible says we are to "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). The word of God "which was once for all delivered" as found in the Bible will not change. 2 Peter 1:3 says that God in the Bible "has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness". We need only the Bible and not any of the many different denominational creeds.
To be pleasing to God and go to Heaven, we must do only what God says and we must not be following and "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Mark 7:7). All denominations are the result of the many departures from the teaching of the Bible. Denominationalism is unscriptural since each denomination has its own human founder, and not Christ. Denominationalism is plagued with division, conflicting creeds and doctrines, unscriptural worship and other practices; all of which are different from what God has authorized and commanded in the Bible. They are doing man's will and not God's will; thus God will not save any of them in their folly. People are charged in 1 Timothy 1:3, "that they teach no other doctrine", other than the word of God as found in the Bible. God's word to us in the Bible says, "It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps" (Jeremiah 10:23), but we must only use the Bible as our only guide in religion if we expect to go to Heaven when this short life here on earth is over.
Denominationalism confuses people and pulls them away from the Lord's one true church. Jesus says, "And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray" (Matthew 24:11). This is being done today in all the denominational churches. All denominational churches are governed by the thinking of men and not of God. For God says in Isaiah 55:8, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord". Because people are being led away from the truth of God as found in the Bible, many, many people are going to be eternally lost in Hell. Those in all the denominational churches have fallen under the influence of false teachers and their erroneous doctrines. 1 Corinthians 4:6 says that we are to learn to "not to think beyond what is written" in the Bible. We must only believe and obey only what is expressly taught in the word of God in the Bible, and not what man falsely teaches if we expect to go to Heaven.
Even by the many different names the denominational churches wear, they do not even claim to be the Lordís one true church. Since the denominations are not the Lordís one true church they give their glory and honor to: Martin Luther, the city of Rome, the apostles, the day of Pentecost, the community, the methodical way of doing things, the city of Nazareth, the seventh day of the week, the city of Antioch, the Russians, the Greeks, free will, primitive, missionary, southern, baptism (even though they do not believe it is necessary to be baptized to be saved), the apostles, Calvary, family life, fellowship, and etc. And the list goes on and on. The question is asked in Galatians 3:1, "Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?". Satan is the one who does the bewitching and he has been very successful in doing it. In order to keep people out of the Lordís one true church and to cause people to be eternally lost in Hell, Satan has promoted these false imitation denominational churches, which has always been one of Satanís most successful tools.
The denominations make Satan so proud of his more than 600 different kinds of counterfeit denominational churches. 2 Corinthians 11:3 says, "But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is in Christ". Satan is still fooling people today with his lies just as he fooled Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-6). Satan tempts people to take short cuts around God's word in the Bible and to subvert it. Many times a partial truth is more dangerous than a total lie. Trickery, deceit, and deceptions of all kinds are used to make others believe their man-made counterfeit faith is Devine truth, when it is not. This is done by perverting the word of God in the Bible. We are warned in Galatians 1:7, "there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ". All of the denominations are substitutes of man's own creation and have no authority from God to exist. What benefit is there in joining a man-made denomination, which will cause one to be eternally lost in Hell in doing so. The division and confusion of denominationalism has paved the way for atheism, agnosticism, humanism, skepticism, modernism, and a denial of the Bible. This is what Satan wants.
No one is a Christian until he/she does what the New Testament says we must do to become a Christian. The Bible warns us, "But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13). There is so much false doctrine being taught in the world today, that people are so confused and donít know what to believe. We are warned in Hebrews 13:9, "Do not be carried about by various and strange doctrines". The denominations all have their different and opposing false doctrines and creeds, different plans of salvation, different kinds of worship, different organizations, and different teachings about Heaven and Hell, and many other false doctrines. Jesus asks, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?" (Matthew 15:3). The religious traditions of men violate the word of God and are sinful. We must not let men take the truth of God away from us by adding to, taking from, twisting it, perverting it, etc. The Bible says, "For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers...whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not" (Titus 1:10-11). People become bewildered and confused with the many conflicting beliefs of the denominations and don't know what to believe. The many perversions of the denominational churches have also made infidels out of many people.
Denominational churches are "tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men in cunning craftiness" (Ephesians 4:14). From where did all of these different and conflicting teachings come: God or man? 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, "God is not the author of confusion", but man is. Those in the denominational churches have not done what God requires for one to do to be saved. The rubbish of the denominations' creeds is a fraud that will cause many, many people to eternally lose their souls in Hell, but please don't be one of them. Satan enjoys the false preaching and teaching which is done in all the denominational churches, because it keeps sinners lost who think they are saved. The Bible says, "For many deceivers have gone out into the world" (2 John 7). Romans 1:25 says they are those, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie" by their false teaching. Those who promote these counterfeit faiths try to appear as though they are presenting the truth. People do this by "walking in craftiness" and "handling the word of God deceitfully" (2 Corinthians 4:2). We are warned in Ephesians 5:6, "Let no man deceive you". But today there are many, many people who are being deceived with the false doctrines of denominationalism. Denominationalism is deceitful because its only goal is to cause people to be eternally lost in Hell.
The fact that the Lord has only one true church is very unpopular with many people who want to belong to one of their many differing counterfeit denominations of their choice. People have helped Satan to create counterfeit churches "by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple" (Romans 16:18). Each denominational church is as good as all of the other denominational churches, because they are all worthless imitation counterfeits of Satan. Counterfeiters try to make their counterfeit money look like the real thing, but counterfeits are not the real thing. Those who make and spread counterfeit money, when caught will be tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison. Those who are in their counterfeit denominations will all one day stand before the Lord on Judgment Day, and will be tried, convicted, and sentenced to eternal torments of Hell. But Romans 3:18 says, "There is no fear of God before their eyes." as they are teaching their false doctrines. We are warned in Acts 20:29 that "men shall arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them". This is happening in all of the denominational churches, but it will cause people to be eternally lost.
The church of Christ contains only those who are saved (Acts 2:47) and are in Christ (Galatians 3:27). All those outside the Lordís one church are all lost in their different denominations. The saved are those who have been reconciled "to God in one body" (Ephesians 2:16), by being "baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13). Only those who are in the Lordís one true church have been reconciled to God. The Bible says, "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14). Only those, who keep God's commandments as given in the Bible and are in the Lord's one true church and will enter through the gates of that Heavenly city. All others in their denominational churches, who are keeping the commandments of men will be eternally lost in the eternal torments of Hell, "into the fire that shall never be quenched" (Mark 9:45). But 1 John 5:3 says, "This is the love of God that we keep His commandments". Those who love God keep God's commandments, but those who keep the commandments of men show that they do not love God.
Jesus came into this world to establish His one and only church through which to save lost and dying humanity. Jesus is only "the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:9). Those who obey their false denominational church doctrines instead of obeying the commandments of Christ cannot be saved. False denominational doctrine seeks to neutralize the truth of Godís word as found in the Bible. Satan has always opposed those who are following God's will. Satan has his denominational preachers ridiculing and misrepresenting the Lord's one true church, the church of Christ. Those in the denominational churches are playing Satan's game the very way Satan wants them to play it as people are running headlong into their own doom of eternal destruction. They will be with Satan forever and ever in the torments of Hell. "The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever...And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:10, 15). Since the names of those in any of the many denominational churches are not written in God's "Book of Life", they will be "cast into the lake of fire", along with Satan.
God's word to us contains many, many warnings throughout the Bible for us to watch out and not be deceived by the many different false doctrines of men which are meant to deceive. The Bible says, "Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines" (Hebrews 13:9), "After the commandments and doctrines of men" (Colossians 2:22), and "For many deceivers have gone out into the world" (2 John 7). The many different false doctrines of men will cause billions of people to be eternally lost forever in the torments of Hell fire. Of the seven billion people in the world today, these false doctrines of men have deceived more than one billion people to become atheists, and almost four billion people to become Islamics, Buddhists, Confucianists, Hindus, etc., and more than two billion people to become members of the more than 600 different false counterfeit denominational churches. The end result of all of this deception will be the loss of all their eternal souls in Hell fire.
Denominationalism offers deceptive satisfaction to many people and does them great harm, because it elevates personal opinion of man over the truth of Godís word as written in the Bible and fosters a false sense of security. Men have altered, revised, manipulated, rearranged, added to, and ignored what God has said in the Bible as they have created their own man-made doctrines. The confusion of denominationalism is guided by opinion, pride, prejudice, impulse, physical sensations, emotionalism and assumptions. Denominations give their allegiance to the authority of men over that of Christ. Their sin is making their own religious laws and setting aside the laws of God. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death". This death is being separated from God in the eternal punishment of Hell "who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:9). Anything that turns people away from what God says in the Bible is false teaching, which will cause many, many people to be eternally lost. In trying to find any of the counterfeit denominational churches in the Bible is somewhat like a blind man, in a black cellar, looking for a black cat that is not there.
People must do something more than, or less than, or different from what the Bible says to become a member of a denominational church. Denominationalism does great harm because it leads people into an irrational spirit of assurance of "I feel in my heart Iím saved", which destroys their capacity to objectively examine their condition in the light of Godís word as found in the Bible. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith". Denominationalism falsely teaches that one can be saved and go to Heaven without being a member of the Lordís one true church, the church of Christ. The Bible cautions us, "Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Notice that God's word says that there are "many false prophets gone out into the world". These false prophets are all of the denominational preachers who are teaching all of their different false doctrines which will cause many, many people to be eternally lost in Hell, which is what Satan wants. These false denominational preachers do this "by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple" (Romans 16:18). No one can be saved and go to Heaven by believing and obeying a man-made devised plan of salvation, but will be eternally lost in the eternal fires of Hell. Please don't be lost.
Every humanly devised denominational church on earth is in serious and deadly competition with the Lordís one true church for the eternal souls of men. Every person who joins a denomination, and stays in it, will be eternally lost in Hell. Denominationalism is the case of the blind leading the blind, and Jesus says, "And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch" (Matthew 15:14). The ditch is the eternal torment of Hell, which awaits both the denominational leaders and their followers. A Horrible and terrible surprise will greet all those in the denominations on Judgment Day when the Lord tells them "I never knew you, depart from Me you who practice lawlessness" (Matthew 7:23). They will be departing to the eternal torments of Hell. Ignorance of God's word in the Bible has led many, many people to accept the false denominational doctrines of men, who are being led by Satan. Those who are following these false denominational doctrines may think they are saving their souls when they are actually losing their souls in Hell.
The two billion people today in the denominational churches will be eternally lost in Hell because they have chosen to be in their own denominational church, and are not in the Lordís one true church. In eternity there are only two final places of existence: Heaven or Hell. Jesus says, "for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it" (Matthew 7:13). Many people are going to be lost in the eternal destruction of Hell. The false doctrines of denominationalism have caused billions of people to go through life believing they are saved when they are all actually still lost. Anyone who would question or criticize any of these false denominational doctrines is wrongly considered unchristian and unloving. Jesus continues to say, "Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). Jesus says there will only be a few people who will go to Heaven. This is a very serious warning! The question is asked in Galatians 4:16, "Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" I am only wanting to point you to the truth of God's word as found in the Bible. Do you want to be among this few who are saved or among the many who are lost? What you do in this short life here on earth will determine which of the two places you will go.
Every denomination in the land has prostituted Godís plan of salvation and the worship of God. According to the Bible, those in all the denominational churches are "going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:3). Denominational preachers give people a false sense of security by persuading people that they are saved without doing what the Lord requires in the Bible for one to do to be saved and because of these false teachers, people remain lost. Jesus says in Mark 7:13 that these false teachers are "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition". The Bible warns us in Colossians 2:18, "Let no one cheat you of your reward". Man cheats himself to think the unchangeable truth of Godís word can be tossed around to fit what man wants. It is sinful to set aside the laws of God and replace them with man-made religious laws.
Godís one plan of salvation, as contained in the Bible, is to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16) to be saved (Mark 16:16) and then the Lord will add that saved person to His one true church (Acts 2:47), the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). God "is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6), by following His instructions as given in the Bible. In entering any denomination one has to reject Godís only plan of salvation and replace it with a salvation-robbing false human denominational plans of salvation. Anything that contradicts or is different from Godís word in the Bible is another lie of Satan, which is designed to cause many, many people to be eternally lost in Hell. The Bible speaks of Satan as the one "who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). Satan must separate man from what the Bible says. Jesus says in Luke 8:12, "then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved". Satan does this by taking away God's word out of the hearts of those people in the denominational churches and replacing it with false man-made doctrines and creeds. And because of this people in their denominations remain lost.
Jesus warns us to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves" (Matthew 7:15). These false prophets are the denominational preachers, who appear innocent but spiritually they are very dangerous. Spiritually they are out for the kill. God's word also says, "there shall be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies...And many will follow their destructive ways" (2 Peter 2:1-2). These "destructive heresies" are all the false teachings of the denominations, which "many will follow" into the eternal torments of Hell. And many today are following "their destructive ways". It will be too late for the many, who end up in Hell, to change. They will be there being "tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10, 15). Many people today do not believe there will be eternal torment in Hell, but they will believe it one day when they are begging for one drop of water to "cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame" (Luke 16:24). The Lord warns us in Hebrews 10:30-31, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay says the Lord...the Lord will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Many, many people will find out in eternity just how fearful it will be to be eternally lost in Hell, forever and ever, but it will be too late then.
Jesus says, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). One needs help to misunderstand what Jesus says here. Jesus placed both believing and being baptized before one is saved and not after. Just as 1 + 1 = 2, believes + baptized = saved. To reject what Jesus says is to reject the salvation He wants to give us. The denominational world laughs at what Jesus says, when Jesus says that baptism is so one can be saved and go to Heaven. This is sad and will cause many good honest people to be eternally lost in Hell, because they believed a lie of Satan. This lie of Satan says that baptism is not necessary for the forgiveness of sins and to be saved. Satan says all you have to do to be saved is just "accept Jesus as your personal Saviour" and say the "sinner's prayer". Satan says it is alright to be baptized to join a denomination, after you "think" you are already saved, because even Satan knows God saves one at the point of baptism, not before. One who joins any of Satan's counterfeit denominational churches just got wet in doing so. Satan knows that being baptized in order to join a denomination does one no good and that if one is not baptized for the forgiveness of sins to be saved, he is still has every sin he ever committed and is still lost. The Bible says that it is "Satan that deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9).
But what does the Lord do with those who obey Him and are saved when they are baptized? "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47). And since the Lord does not add the unsaved to His one true church, the unsaved have to go and join a counterfeit false denominational church of their choice. The word of God, when obeyed without addition or subtraction, makes Christians only. God's word asks the question, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" (Hebrews 2:3). There is no escaping eternal punishment in Hell for those who do not obey what God says we must do to be saved. Forgiveness is only on God's terms, not man's. Man is not authorized to dictate to God as to how man is to be saved.
Jesus asks, "But why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). Since the denominations do not do what Jesus says, Jesus is not their Lord. Jesus is only the Lord of those who obey Him. Jesus says, "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15). The denominations do not love Jesus, since they do not keep His commandments, but they keep their own substitute man-made commandments. Jesus says, "He who rejects Me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him; the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day" (John 12:48). To reject Jesus by not receiving and doing what Jesus says to be saved is to reject the only way of salvation from sin that exists.
Since the denominations do not accept Jesusí words of "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16), they will be judged and condemned by these very same words which they have chosen to reject and not obey. Why do so many people choose to reject the only way that leads to Heaven? In rejecting what Jesus says, Acts 13:46 says, "but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life". One who does not do what Jesus says is unworthy of everlasting life in Heaven. The Bible says in 1 John 2:4, "He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him". Those in all the different denominational churches do not love or know the Lord because they do not keep the Lord's commandments; but God's word says they are liars since they keep the commandments of men instead.
Denominational preachers are those "who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:7). All of the more than 600 different kinds of denominational churches have all perverted the gospel of Christ with their own false plans of salvation. But the Bible warns us in Galatians 1:9, "if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed". Denominational preachers and all who follow their preaching will be accursed when they are eternally "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone" (Revelation 20:10). The Bible continues to say in Ephesians 5:17, "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is". One is very unwise to not understand what the will of the Lord is, because if he doesnít understand it, he will not obey it, and if he doesn't obey it he will be eternally lost in Hell. It is not that people cannot "understand what the will of the Lord is", but they don't want to understand it. We are warned to "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men" (Colossians 2:8). People in the denominations, in following the "empty deceit according to the traditions of men" are being cheated out of their eternal reward of Heaven.
Satan fights hard to prevent people from obtaining the salvation God wants us to have. First Satan tries to keep people from believing in Christ. If he fails at this then he tries to keep people from repenting. If Satan fails at this and people want to be baptized, he tries to get them to substitute sprinkling or pouring instead of immersion. If he fails at this and people want to be baptized (immersed), Satan then tries to get people to first "accept Jesus as your personal Saviour" and to say "the Sinner's Prayer" in order to be saved and have their sins forgiven. Satan tells people "after they think they have been saved" to go ahead and be baptized to join a denomination, but not to be baptized to be saved. Those people who have been baptized, but not for the forgiveness of their sins and to be saved, but just to join a denomination, they still have every sin they have ever committed and will be eternally lost in Hell. Godís word asks the question of all those in all the denominational churches, "Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?" (Galatians 3:1). Also in addition to what God requires for one to be saved, Satan has also perverted what God requires if our worship service to Him is to be acceptable. None of the more than 600 different denominations have any Biblical authority to exist, but are sinful and ungodly counterfeit organizations of Satan, which are designed to cause men to be eternally lost.
We only have two choices as to where we will spend eternity: either Heaven or Hell. If one doesnít go to Heaven he/she will end up in the eternal torments of Hell, which will never ever end. Most people will choose to be eternally lost in Hell. The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 that denominations are those who through "unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive a love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth". Because those in the denominational churches do not have a love of the truth of Godís word as found in the Bible, they have been sent a strong delusion that they should believe a lie and they will all be condemned to eternal torment on Judgment Day. We are warned in 2 John 9, "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God". Whoever dares to believe and practice that which is not authorized in the Bible, does not have God and because of this he will be eternally lost.
Godís word says, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up to themselves teachers; and will turn their ears from the truth" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Many people do not want to hear the truth of God's word as contained in the Bible. Godís word continues to warn, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works" (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Satan's denominational preachers try to appear as well-dressed smooth talking ministers of righteousness as they promote their counterfeit faiths with their false teaching. Many, many people are fooled by these false teachers. Satan rejoices at all of the religious confusion and division that is going on in the world today. Satan works ceaselessly to cause people to follow their false denominational doctrines instead of the Bible only.
All of those people in the denominations are following after Satan and their end will also be the eternal torments of Hell along with Satan. So Godís word says, "Therefore come out from among them and be separate says the Lord" (2 Corinthians 6:17). Godís word also says, "mark them that cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them" (Romans 16:17). The denominations are to be avoided. Denominational preachers are "unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures" (2 Peter 3:16). We are warned in the next verse to "beware lest you be...led away with the error of the wicked" (2 Peter 3:17), because of their false teaching. Do not allow any of the false counterfeit doctrines of the many different denominations confuse and blind your mind on a subject that is so vitally important, because your soul is at stake. In being a member of any of the many denominational churches one cannot be pleasing to God and go to Heaven, but will be "cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Revelation 19:20) and "shall be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10). Please, please don't be lost. But the decision is yours.
The only church revealed in the Bible is the one built by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18), and Jesus is only the head of it (Colossians 1:18). Jesus purchased only His one true church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Jesusí one true church is His one body (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4), which is His one bride (Ephesians 5:22-32). Since Jesus has only one true church, He will "present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:27). When the Lord saves people who have obeyed His word (Mark 16:16), He adds only them to His one true church (Acts 2:47), the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). How tragic it will be for the many who miss Heaven and who end up in the eternal torments of Hell, because they chose to obey the commandments of men instead of the commandments of God.
Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness" (Matthew 7:21-23). That day will be the Day of Judgment, when the people of the denominational churches will be desperately pleading with the Lord, but because they have not done "the will of My Father in heaven" they will be told by Jesus, "I never knew you, depart from Me". God's word, the Bible, warns us, "and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone...and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night" (Revelation 14:10-11). This will be the worse thing that will be said to anyone, and particularly those who are members of the many false counterfeit denominational churches, when they are told to depart, because they are all headed for the eternal torments of Hell fire that will never ever end. There are going to be many, many surprised and horrified people on the Day of Judgment. Please don't be one of them.
Doing Godís will has never put anyone at anytime into a false counterfeit denominational church, because none of the denominations belong to the Lord. The cure for denominationalism is the same cure for any other sin: repentance. One must repent by coming out of their false counterfeit denominations and obey the Lordís will by being baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16), then the Lord will add them to His one true church, the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). 2 Peter 1:10 says, "be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure". If you do not make your calling and election sure you will end up in the eternal torments of Hell. If you want to make your calling election of going to Heaven sure, you will do what God in His word in the Bible commands us to do and not what man says. Satan constantly strives to hinder and hide the truth of God's word. Do not allow Satan's smokescreen of false denominational doctrine to conceal the truth of God's word from you.
We are warned in Titus 1:14 to not give heed to the "commandments of men who turn from the truth". Those who follow the denominational commandments of men have turned from the truth of God's word as found in the Bible and because of this they will be eternally lost forever in Hell. Jesus says, "He that is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad" (Matthew 12:30). If you are not in the Lord's one true church, the church of Christ, then you are against Christ. Please don't wait until eternity to find out you are lost. God's word says, "Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). The Bible also says to "choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15). Tomorrow may be too late. People must come out of their denominations and obey what the Lord says one must do to be saved, if they really want to go to Heaven when this short life here on earth is over.
The Bible says in James 4:14, "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even as a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away". This life here on earth is so short, but eternity is forever and ever without end. If you are in any one of the more than 600 different kinds of false counterfeit denominational churches, please, please come out and obey the Lord before it is everlastingly too late. Be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16) so you can be saved (Mark 16:16), and then the Lord will add you to His one true church (Acts 2:47) so you wonít be eternally lost in Hell; but only you can make that decision. If a person is eternally lost in Hell, he will only have himself to blame. Jesus is asking you a question, "For what is a man profited if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26). Each one of our souls is worth more than the whole world and everything in it. Every person's future eternal state of either Heaven or Hell is permanently fixed when he/she dies. Each of us makes the choice in this life as to whether we are to be in Heaven or in Hell in eternity. The choice is yours. What is your choice going to be? Your eternal destiny is at stake. The false doctrines of the denominations are robbing people of an eternal inheritance of Heaven. If one doesn't go with the few to Heaven, he will be with the many who will be eternally tormented in Hell. But the sad and tragic thing is that all the many people in their many differing denominations are all going to be eternally lost. Please don't be lost in the eternal torments of Hell.
Multiplied millions of people in the world today have based their hope on the false conclusion that they can be saved in any of the more than 600 different kinds of false denominational counterfeit churches built by men. This false conclusion of error will cause them to lose their eternal souls in Hell. People must do something more than, less than, or different from what the Bible says to become a member of a denomination. Since the Lord only has one true church that He is going to save, we have the choice to accept it and become a member of His one true church and go to Heaven, or reject it and become a member of any of the different counterfeit churches and be eternally lost in Hell. The Bible says we are to "Fear God and keep His commandments" (Ecclesiastes 12:13), and not the commandments of men. Ignorance of what God's word says is very dangerous. God says in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." Because of a lack of knowledge of God's word, false doctrines have become widespread and have deceived and mislead many, many people into a false sense of security, which has caused them to close their eyes to the truth of God's word. We are warned, "Let no man deceive himself" (1 Corinthians 3:18). If we want to please God and go to Heaven, we must speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is silent, call things by Bible names, and do things in Bible ways.
Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment". We have two appointments which all people will definitely keep, death and the Judgment. These two appointments cannot be cancelled. Eternity awaits each of us. We cannot afford to be wrong about our eternal salvation. If only the pure word of God is taken without addition, subtraction, innovation, or alteration; it will only produce Christians. If people will take only the Bible and believe only what it teaches, teach only what it teaches, obey only what it teaches, and practice only what it teaches; only then can one be a Christian and be pleasing to God and go to Heaven. Are you ready for the Judgment?
How does one become a member of the Lordís one true church? In Acts 2:37 people asked the question, "what shall we do?" In Acts 2:38, 41, 47, these people were told to "repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sinsÖThen they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand soulsÖAnd the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Here the Bible places forgiveness of sins after a believer repents and is baptized. After one is baptized and is saved (Mark 16:16), then the Lord adds him to His one true church (Acts 2:47), the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). Jesus built only His one true church (Matthew 16:18), Jesus is the head of only His one true church (Colossians 1:18), and Jesus is the Saviour of only His one true church (Ephesians 5:23). Jesus says in John 8:31, "If you continue in My word then you are My disciples". Only when we are faithful in obeying the commandments of Jesus, are we His disciples and only then can we go to Heaven.
Truth is at stake and your soul is precious. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:11, "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men". It is going to be very terrible for the majority of the people in this world who are going to be eternally lost in Hell. I plead with all people everywhere to forsake their false doctrines, false church names, false practices, and false commandments of men and believe, practice, and obey only what God says in the Bible.
If I can help you find a congregation of the Lordís one true church, the church of Christ, then email me your city, state, and ZipCode to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to help you. They will be glad to study with you and baptize you for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16) so you can be saved (Mark 16:16), just as the Bible says. Then the Lord will add you to His one true church (Acts 2:47), the church of Christ (Romans 16:16), of which He is the Saviour (Ephesians 5:23). There in the church of Christ you can worship God "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). And Jesus promises, "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). Please become a member of the Lordís one true church so you can go to Heaven when this short life here on earth is over. The choice you make will determine the eternal destiny of your soul. If I can help in any way, please let me know. I deeply care for your soul. Ron Boatwright
If you would like to study the Bible more on the internet, the following two interactive Bible studies should help. In these two courses we have tried to point to what the Bible says and not what we think.
"Are You Really Sure Of Your Eternal Salvation?" A 25 lesson Bible study course concerning our eternal salvation with interactive questions at the end of each lesson. In these lessons you will learn the truth of what God says in the Bible that we must do to be saved so we can go to Heaven.
"Are You Worshipping God In Spirit And In Truth?" A 24 lesson Bible study course concerning our worship to God with interactive questions at the end of each lesson. We must worship God in spirit and in truth, otherwise our worship is vain and will cause us to be eternally lost.
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