Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Ekklesia (church), and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
This is a valid question that millions of folks have pondered.
It appears to me that many people believe that they are Christians simply because they have joined a church (an incorporated or licensed, non profit christian institution). The contemporary Christians seem to be under some delusion that as long as they join a church, any church, they are saved and will inherit eternal life.
This could not be further from the truth.
Allow me to help put this in perspective. Ask yourself: Is one medicine as good as another? Is one car as good as another? When you are traveling, is one direction as good as another? When balancing your checking account, is one answer as good as another? Is one school as good as another? Is a counterfeit bill as good as a genuine piece of currency? Is a forged check of equal value with a good one? Of course, the answer to all of these questions is “no.” One is not as good as the other. In many cases, one is downright inferior, or even worthless.
Only in the realm of Christian religion would we even consider saying that “One church is as good as another.” Christ purchased his Ekklesia – his called out community of repentant and obedient followers (Acts 20:28). He built his Ekklesia (Matt. 16:18). He is savior of ONE BODY of Faithful Children (Eph. 5:23). He is head of His Ekklesia (Eph. 1:22). That Ekklesia (church) is undisputedly of ultimate value and benefit to all who become members of it. New Testament writers speak of it as an exclusive, unitary BODY. They call it “EKKLESIA” (Mistranslated the church) They tell us there is One body or Church (Eph. 4:4-5). Across the centuries, men and women have established hundreds of churches of their own design and out of their own imagination. (Ezekiel 13) But who would dare say that any one of them is of equal value with the Ekklesia that Christ built? Christ’s Ekklesia (One TRUE Body) existed long before any human Catholic or Protestant Christian denomination, sect or cult was created, incorporated or established.
Our eternal destiny depends on our being members of The Ekklesia That Christ Built, which is God’s family of Repentant, Submissive, Obedient, Water Baptized (Submerged), Holy Spirit GIFTED believers (John 3:5, Romans 8:9 & Eph. 5:23). It behooves us therefore to be members of that Community which Christ built. No other body or entity is equal to that of Christ’s Ekklesia. There is salvation in no other save the One True Body of Christ Jesus.
Father, I pray to You today in the name of—*YeHoWsHua HaMashiach – Jesus the Christ. You are the One True God and Your Church is the One True Church. I pray for Your forgiveness today. Please forgive me O’ Lord for thinking that the churches of the world were equal to Your One True Church. I now repent of that sinful and corrupt way of thinking. I earnestly seek to enter into Your Church as You have instructed me to do through repentance (death to sin), water baptism (Burial with Christ) in the name of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I wholeheartedly desire to obey all of Your commandments. Save me Oh God! Rescue me from the deceptions of Satan and from the pride of religion. Help me to live a life that brings glory, praise and honor to Your name and to The One True BODY of Christ. This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen.
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