In 1980, I was indoctrinated and baptized into a church
that claimed to be the one and only true
Many years have passed from the time I left that church
because, first of all, they were lying about goings on within the
church. I remember how afraid I was at
the time I left. What would my fate
be? My fate was to come to a much
clearer understanding of the Bible, and lead to spiritual growth I never
would have realized had I stayed with that church. Since that time, I have known many people
that believed that their church, many of them spin-offs of my previous
church, truly was the one and only true
Before writing this article, I did a “Google” search for
the phrase “only true church of god”.
After reviewing at least 17 pages, I quit by finding out there are
dozens, if not hundreds of churches that claim theirs is the “only one”. The main church claiming the loudest was
the Roman Catholic church. After that
was the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. There are more than perhaps a hundred or
more churches, both small and large, that use the King James term “
What are the
requirements for a true
Let’s take a look at the Bible for what I believe is the only possible way of knowing what a true believer, and a true church is, and what is required for salvation. Before I proceed, a friend new in the faith came to me and said; “one cannot be a typical Christian without the writings of Paul”. Take a look at what Peter wrote: 2Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
In my opinion, if Peter is so sure Paul is hard to
understand on some points, and it is likely that the unlearned are going to
misinterpret him, even to their destruction, then a sincere Bible student
will read Paul’s writing last, not first.
Every excuse I have ever heard against the Old Testament law is a
misunderstanding of Paul. Reading his
epistles is like listening to a one sided telephone conversation. It is very difficult to know what he is
writing about if one is “unlearned” in both the Old and New Testaments. The man Paul was a Pharisee. Philippians
3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of
John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me.
2Titus 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
What Scriptures? The New Testament was not even written at this time. The Scriptures are what most of the churches that claim to be the true church often times do not believe they are necessary for salvation. Just believing on Jesus is simply not all there is to it according to what we will read.
Here is what Paul says to a learned Bible reader in light
of the verses above: Rom 7:12 “So indeed the Law is holy,
and the commandment is holy and just and good”. There are many commandments, but the Ten
Commandments in Deuteronomy 5, and Exodus 20, are the absolute minimum
required for a true
Obviously, repentance, faith, love, forgiveness, justification are requirements, but almost all churches have these for their doctrine.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints. Here are the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (note: In my other articles I write His name as Yahshua)
Matthew 19:17 And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.
Psalm 119:172 My tongue shall speak Your Word, for all Your Commandments are righteousness.
It should also be obvious that one will not enter into eternal life without having kept the commandments, and many “true Churches of God” do hold this as doctrine. When they read Paul, they say that the Law has been done away. Not according to the rest of the Bible. The third and fourth commandments are their stumbling block, and there is a lot said about those that will willingly disobey God’s Laws.
The Seven Churches
Revelation 2 & 3 deals with Christ writing through
John to seven diverse groups that no doubt call themselves something on the
order of a church of God/Christ. Ten
different verses use the term “one body”.
Rom 12:5 …we the many are one
body in Christ, and each one members of one another. The body is not any one church, it should be
obvious that it is a spiritual organism, not a physical one such as a church
with whatever name you want to put on it.
Those that claim theirs is the only true
In light of the plain fact that there are seven separate
and diverse churches with diverse characteristics, how could someone today
actually believe theirs is the one and only true
What a church believes is “feckless” (look it up) when it has as a doctrine that can not be backed up be scripture alone. It does not matter what I believe. Truth is truth no matter what someone wants to believe. When it comes to scripture, you will have to show me the proof. I recommend you demand proof also.
Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (KJV)
At this time Jesus/Yahshua was talking to the Jews, better
know as the Yehuḏim, saying
that not just now, but in the future gentiles would be, grafted in (Romans
11:17) and made part of the flock. The
verse also states that “there shall be” one fold. When?
Now? Back when Jesus said it?
John also wrote the book of Rvelation 2 & 3, and plainly there are
seven churches. If you actually
believe that you are part of the one and only true
To my old friends who think I am dead, and to those that
actually believe theirs is “The only true
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that you may not be judged.
2 For with whatever judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with whatever measure you measure out, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why do you look on the splinter that is in your brother's eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye?
4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull the splinter out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First cast the beam out of your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to cast the splinter out of your brother's eye.