The Right Church At Last
Neo Kim Liang – Singapore
HALLELUJAH, praise the Lord.
In the name of Jesus, I bear testimony about how God brought me to the True Jesus Church (TJC).
My name is Neo Kim Liang. I came to “know” the Lord in 1989. That was during my first year at university. Someone from the Navigators (a Christian group) asked me if I was interested to know more about Christianity. All along I’d been interested but did not have the opportunity to learn more about it, so I agreed to have Bible study with them with alacrity. After five sessions of Bible study, my Bible study teacher told me that in order to become a Christian, I had to say a “sinners’ prayer”. I followed their instructions, confessed my sins and “accepted Jesus Christ into my life”.
After “church-hopping” for a while, I joined a Chinese (Anglican) congregation at a Junior College chapel.
I came to hear about the TJC during my third year of university when one of my classmates approached me. He pointed out the differences in doctrines between the TJC and other churches. As I read those verses he showed me regarding the way to salvation, I was shocked and perplexed. I had never thought of those verses in that way before! Ever since I became a Christian, the concept “just believe and you’ll be saved” was so deeply rooted in my mind that I found it very difficult to accept that baptism was necessary for salvation. However, I could not deny those verses on baptism for salvation, e.g. Acts 2:38; 1 Pet 3:21. I consulted my Bible study teachers who told me that Acts was a historical book and thus, should not be used to teach doctrines. They also strongly advised me to stop all discussion with my classmate because they had heard that the TJC was a cult group. One of them was even told by her pastor that the TJC’s tongue-speaking was very funny.
Subsequently, my classmate invited me to an evangelistic meeting at the TJC. I pulled a friend along as I was curious about this church, especially the tongue-speaking. I tried to find fault with the sermon but could not find any. After the service, there was a 15-minute prayer. We were asked to kneel (something new to me) and pray. Then suddenly everybody started to produce funny sounds. They sounded different from the tongue-speaking in my church and I tried to figure out how they managed to produce those sounds. During that prayer, I did not experience anything as my heart was hardened, but my friend could feel slight movement in her hands.
After that I decided not to attend the TJC anymore as I was not convinced. I was more inclined to the advice of my Bible study teachers. However, I was not satisfied with their explanation on those verses which said baptism was necessary for salvation. They said that baptism was a work and Christ had completed the work of salvation when He died on the cross and that it is by grace that we were saved, not by works.
Thank God, my classmate did not give up and continued to tell me more about baptism and the history of the churches. But what really held me back was the claim that the TJC was the only true church and that other churches did not have the complete truth. I found this difficult to accept. Other churches had been around for centuries. How could their doctrines be incomplete? Nevertheless, I decided to attend the TJC on Saturdays and at the same time attend my church on Sundays. After seeking the truth at the TJC for some time, I found the message delivered during service very biblical and the speakers very humble. Also, I started doctrinal studies with a TJC member.
After some time, I became tired of attending two churches, so I decided to settle down at one place. I approached my church evangelist and asked him what he thought of the TJC. To my surprise, he spoke favorably and told me he even subscribed to one of her Chinese publications – the Holy Spirit Monthly”. He found the TJC’s teachings very biblical except certain doctrine which he considered quite extreme (e.g. footwashing). He agreed that baptism was necessary for salvation (Editor’s note: This is not the official view of that church) and would not object to my going to the TJC. I asked another sister of that church and she too agreed that the TJC was a good church. My confidence built up, I decided to attend the TJC full-time.
After having attended the TJC for a year, I’m fully convinced of the doctrines and my perspective of Christianity has changed. I thank God for His mercy in allowing me to be baptized into the true church.