We have shared earlier on what and who makes the church as well as the functions and missions of the church as well as the believers. The church that the Lord Jesus established has the truth and His Holy Spirit abidance. The church of God has the duty to uphold the true and complete gospel written in the Bible, till the day the Lord comes. Now the next question is…
Is it important to be in the only true church of God?
There are countless Christians in various denominations all over the world who truly love the Lord and are very fervent. If a person has to be a member of the only true church of God to be saved, then will these Christians not be saved?
Christians of other denominations who have heard the true and complete gospel proclaimed by the true church and yet refuse to accept it cannot be called true Christians; for they do not follow the will of the Heavenly Father, even though they might be working fervently in Jesus’ name (see Mt 7:21-23). They will have to take full responsibility for their rejection of the true gospel (Heb 2:1-4). Indeed there are many others who humbly search for the truth and love the Lord with great fervor but have never heard the complete gospel of salvation. These people are the “other sheep I have which are not of this fold” and the Lord Jesus will bring them so that all true believers would be one flock (Jn 10:16). It is the Lord’s will that all believers become one for the glory of the Heavenly Father (Jn 17:11, 20-23).
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it” (Isa 2:2-4; Mic 4:1-3; see also Hag 2:6-9). This prophecy points to the glory of the true church of God in the future and that all true believers will join the true church.
As for those Christians who never had a chance to find the only true church of God in their lifetime, it is not up to us to judge if they would be saved. The Lord God will be the ultimate judge. But most importantly, we need to accept the complete gospel and the only true church of God once we have found it.
If we believe that the True Jesus Church is the only true church of God, why does it have such small membership and slow growth?
When we are looking for the true church of God, we cannot measure the church by its popularity. It is the true gospel that saves (1 Cor 15:1). Many who confess the Lord’s name will be rejected by the Lord (Mt 7:22-23). “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
When Jesus was crucified, almost all his followers deserted him. Many despised him because of his lowly life and shameful death. But that did not make Him any less true. God chose to use what men consider foolish to save those who believe (1 Cor 1:20-25). The apostolic faith was also not popular in its days. In fact, people everywhere spoke against it (Acts 28:22). The believers were persecuted, killed, and scattered. But the church was still the only true church.
Although the church in the current state may seem lowly, God has already promised her future glory and prominence (Isa 2:1-3; Hag 2:6-9; Zech 8:29-23). The true church of God does not just consist of believers who are now on earth, but also believers of the past (Heb 12:22-23; Lk 13:28-29). In this respect, the true church of God has more members than it seems.
Should we not insist on our own doctrines because it all depends on how you interpret the Bible?
Although there are many interpretations, when it comes to the truth of salvation, there can be only one true gospel (Gal 1:6-9; Eph 4:4-6). For example, we either need to be baptized to be saved or we do not need baptism. Both cannot be true. We must study and find the true gospel that is according to the Bible.
The truth of the gospel does not come from academic research but by the direct revelation of God through His Spirit (1 Cor 3:9-13; Gal 1:11-12). In the True Jesus Church, the gospel of salvation was revealed to the first believers, and we who have received the promised Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, are also able to understand and accept the true gospel (Jn 16:13).
The interpretation that God confirms is the correct interpretation. Just as God sent fire from heaven to confirm the preaching of Elijah, God also confirms the truth of the gospel with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and miraculous signs (Heb 2:3-4; Mk 16:20; 1 Cor 2:4). Believers in the true church experience God directly when they receive the Holy Spirit; people witness blood in baptism, which demonstrates the power of baptism to forgive sins; many receive healing and miracles when they seek and obey the gospel. All these wondrous deeds of God show that the truth the church preaches is from God.
Is it important to be in the only true church of God? Yes it is, if it concerns our salvation and the abidance of the Lord Jesus with us.
Matthew 7:21 (New King James Version)
“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.”
2 Timothy 1:13 (New King James Version); and also Hebrews 3:1-6
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.”
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