Just before His ascension to heaven, Jesus gave His marching orders to the apostles and promised that they would be endued with miraculous powers (Mk. 16:15-18; Acts 1:5, 8). Mark reveals that the disciples were faithful to the Captain’s commands and that the Christ was true to His faithful followers: “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” (Mk. 16:20). Continue reading “The Purpose Of Bible Miracles by Preston Silcox”
Among many religionists, I often hear or read of these kinds of phrases: “Join the church of your choice”; or, “One church is as good as another;” or, “It doesn’t matter what church you are a member of, because we all worship the same God.” Certainly it comes as no surprise that our denominational friends have continued to uphold this type of philosophy. But, what is even more disturbing, and will continue to be disturbing, are those individuals who, while professing to be members of the Lord’s body, espouse such a damning doctrine.
What on earth is one thinking of when he or she makes such an anti-scriptural statement as “Join the church of your choice?!” Have they not read that Jesus promised only to build His church (Matt. 16:18), and that one cannot “join” the church, but rather he or she must be added to the church by the Lord (Acts 2:47). Have they not read that those being added to the church are individuals who are saved, and that those who are saved are those that have been immersed for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:37,38,41)? Have they not read that when one is immersed, it is to be understood that he or she is being brought into the fellowship of one body (1 Cor. 12:13), and that the one body is the church of Christ (Eph. 1:22,23; Rom. 16:16)? Have they not read that there is only one body (church, Eph. 4:4), and that Christ condemns all religious division which is brought about by human doctrines, creeds, and philosophies (1 Cor. 1:10; Col. 2:8-10; John 17; Mark 7:7,9)? Have they not read that Christians are to be organized in worship and are to be called only by that which is authorized in the sacred text (Col. 3:17; Heb. 8:5)? Have they not read? Have they not studied? Have they not considered what apostatizing words they utter when they even but silently mention that “one church is as good as another” or “join the church of your choice?” Honestly, what have we come to?
The only real choice to be made is to choose whether or not we are going to serve the Lord by doing the will of the Father (Matt. 7:21-23). To do the will of the Father is to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, by His authority (Col. 3:17). Therefore, we must conclude that emphatically we cannot join the church of our choice, for to utter such a statement is to utter that which God condemns. May we never be found guilty of compromising the fundamental doctrine of the one true church.
by John W. Moore
Take from SWSBS website http://www.swsbs.edu
While on earth, Jesus taught many spiritual lessons using figures of speech. For example, He spoke of entering the kingdom of God under the figure of a birth while conversing with Nicodemus (John 3:1-8 NKJV). This figure must be correctly interpreted in the light of literal statements made about the same thing.
The story of the rich, young ruler (Matthew 19:16-25 NKJV) contributes to our understanding of our Lord’s declaration to Nicodemus in John 3:5 NKJV. The young ruler came to Jesus with the question of what to do to “have eternal life” (Matthew 19:16 NKJV). Jesus told him what to do to “enter into life” (Matthew 19:17 NKJV), and further described it as entering the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:23 NKJV). That all these expressions had to do with being saved is evident from the disciples question, “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25 NKJV).
When it is learned what an individual “must do” to “have eternal life,” that individual will know what he “must do” to be “born again.”
In Acts 16:30 NKJV, the question was asked by the Philippian jailor, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas’ answer was to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 NKJV). The actions of the jailor then demonstrates what it is to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Note that the apostle continued by speaking the “word of the Lord” [the gospel] to the jailor and “all who were in his house” (Acts 16:32 NKJV). The jailor then took them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized (Acts 16:33 NKJV). Following this, he “brought them into his house, set food before them, and rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household” (Acts 16:34 NKJV). The jailor had been born again “of water [baptism] and of the Spirit” [teachings of the Spirit via the gospel] (John 3:5 NKJV; cf. 1 Corinthians 4:15 NKJV; Ephesians 6:17 NKJV; Titus 3:5 NKJV; 1 Peter 1:22-23 NKJV) and as a result of his obedience (Romans 6:17 NKJV), he entered the kingdom of heaven [note the words “church” and “kingdom” being interchangeable in Matthew 16:18-19 NKJV).
Dear reader, have you been “born again” by being baptized “into Christ?” (Gal. 3:26-27 NKJV). We pray you have. Realize that those individuals, who by the authority of Christ (Matthew 28:18 NKJV; John 17:2 NKJV) have been baptized “into Christ” for the remission of their sins (Gal. 3:26-27 NKJV; Acts 2:38 NKJV), and have been added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47 NKJV) – the church that is made up of saved individuals (Ephesians 5:23 NKJV).
Article by Mike Riley from http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com