Back in the first century when the apostles were first building and growing the church, the churches were being called, the ‘church of God’. There are at least eight times in the New Testament that the church was referred to as the ‘church of God’. Once it is referred to as the ‘church of the living God’ and one other time it’s referred to as ‘church of the firstborn’. But since the beginning of those churches, even then, the ‘church of God’ was deviating from the truth of the Gospel. Evil men would secretly infiltrate the church to spread false doctrine. So like today, there are so many various names, (denominations) that take up and wear the mantle of Christianity. Even though there should be one name for God’s church, even as the ‘church of God’, false doctrine has metastasized throughout all these denominations of-called Christianity. Why are there so many different named Christian churches, and yet, none of them completely agree with any other? It shouldn’t be!
Satan has used and deceived man to infiltrate the church, or to create a new one, by spreading lies and deceiving man in coming up with various different denominations. Christians should belong to one church, under one name, and that church is the body of Jesus Christ! It is the responsibility of each individual to read and search out Scripture for the truth of God’s word. Pray for revelation of God’s word. Don’t just rely on some man standing at the pulpit ascribing to the words that he is preaching as being truth. You must do your own due diligence in confirming that whatever you hear is truth and from the Holy Spirit!
People, you are not going to be saved based on your denominational name of the church you are attending. You’re not going to be saved because you call yourself a Pentecostal, or a Catholic, a Protestant, a Lutheran, a Calvinist, a Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Baptist, an Apostolic, a Charismatic, an Adventist, a Jehovah Witness, a member of Latter Day Saints or Church of Christ etcetera.! You can only be saved in the name of Jesus, and in the name of Jesus only! There is only one truth, and is not divided erroneously among all the different denominations. We should all be one, together in name and truth, after all, we should all be called a disciple or Christian or child of God in the first place.
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (That name is Jesus.) NKJV
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; KJV
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. KJV
And as for the name Christian, we should all adhere to that name as one body in Christ, in the same truth and not use some variation of it like calling yourself a Catholic Christian or any other name that deviates from the truth. One mind, one God, one truth, one Spirit, one Lord, one Way……..JESUS!
Find a church that adheres to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ! Find a church that is living and full of the Holy Spirit! Find a church that believes and preaches the truth of the word of God!
If Jesus didn’t preach it, teach it, or say it, there’s a good chance that it isn’t true. Remember, are you following Jesus and the example that He has laid out for us in His words. Or are you following a man that is preaching a false doctrine? Are you one of those people who will remain loyal to your denomination and church that you were raised in? Or are you going to be loyal to Jesus Christ and follow Him?! Loyalty to man or to a denomination will not save you. Only Jesus can. Not praying or worshipping to the virgin mother, or St. Peter or any other such idol that isn’t specifically and directly Jesus Christ Himself! There is only one Saviour and Mediator between man and God and that is the Man Jesus Christ!
The following are all taken from the King James Version:
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
1Corinthians 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
1Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
2Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
1Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?