16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:16-18)
When someone asks if you are a Christian, what do you say? When they ask you what church do you belong to, what do you say? The current apostate culture (almost 2000 years after the crucifixion) has saturated the religious market with the idea that there is more than one church and that you can have Jesus without his church. These apostates equate church membership and Christian practice with the fast food business. You worship what, where, and how you like regardless of what the scriptures teach because it makes you feel good and that’s all that matters to the compassionate and merciful God.
Feeling good, financial prosperity and not being offended by the teachings of Christ, especially when those teachings put you at odds with family, friends at work, and current political philosophies and rights struggles are the current order of the day. To these apostates, gone are the draconian days of one church and discipline to maintain yourself within this one church. Gone are the days that a clear disregard of the teaching ‘s of Jesus and his Apostles meant you can’t claim to be a member of the one true church which was established by Christ. For the apostate, living in a free society has its perks.
Some questions I encourage all to look into as you study the New Testament are:
Does the church I claim to be apart of reflect the teachings and commands of Jesus and his Apostles?
Is there anything in the Scriptures that tell me how many Churches there are?
Is there a difference between the church and the kingdom of God?
Do multiple congregations mean more than one church?
If you are not in Unity with the teachings of Christ and his Apostles, are you in unity with or a member of his church?
Do Jesus and his Apostles clearly distinguish between the One True Church and a denomination or cult?
Does the Lord clearly state that my actions and the teachings I abide by clearly demonstrate that I am within his church he established or outside of it?
Does Jesus clearly instruct me on how to be added to this church almost 2000 years after his crucifixion?
Does living in a free society, which allows me the freedom to change the teachings of Jesus and his Church free me of the repercussions from Jesus?