Sunday, 15 June 2014

Knowing the True Church!

How can one know the True Church?

I have noticed a rapid proliferating rate of church denominations within the Christian circles. These, varying in beliefs from left to right, from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Some are large organizations while others are small splinter groups with comparatively few adherents. However, ALL have one point in common - each group believes that it is the True Church of God.

What a confusing situation! 

I can only imagine what a struggle it would be for anyone to actually identify the one church that would be in perfect harmony with ALL the biblical characteristics of God's True Church. I was then convicted to study more on this topic because I personally believe that, since there is ONE Chirst, ONE Spirit, ONE Bible, there certainly has to be ONE True Church, if we all claim to be Christians (Christ-like).

Suppose someday you should look for such a body, what should you expect to find? What should it teach? What should be it's standard?


From my experience, my first and most crucial advice is to go down on your kneels and ask God to direct you to His true church. Then secondly your Bible can be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. Thirdly, below are some specifications that I have learnt as I was studying my bible:

1. It will radiate the love of God - "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." ~ John 13:35.
* In other words, love expressed in kindness, graciousness, tolerance and compassion, is the most conspicuous sign of the True Church.

2. It will exalt Jesus Christ as the Son of God - "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." ~ 1 John 4:15.
* And what is true of the individual is true also of the religious group. Unless it exalts Jesus Christ as the Son of God and confesses His divinity before men, it is not and cannot be the True Church.

3. It will honor the whole Bible as the Word of God - "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." ~ 2 Timothy 3:16.
* Such was the attitude of the early Christians to the Holy Scriptures. They revered them as the inspired word of God. So will the True Church.

4. It will regard the Ten Commandments as the holy law of God - " By this we may be sure that we know him," says the apostle John, "if we keep his commandments. He who says 'I know him' but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." ~ 1 John 2:3-6.
* One great purpose of His first advent was to "magnify the law, and make it honorable" (Isaiah 42:21), and such will be the purpose of His True Church in every age. Indeed, it is said of His people in the last days of earth's history: "Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." (Revelation 14:12).

5. It will observe the seventh day as God's Sabbath - It is inconceivable that God's True Church could keep any other day than His day. And His day, as your Bible so clearly points out, is the seventh day (see: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8; Luke 23:54-56; Luke 24:1-3)
* Observance of the seventh day is, in fact, an outstanding sign of the True Church. "It is a sign," God says, "between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am The Lord that doth sanctify you" (Exodus 31:13).
* This is repeated in Ezekiel 20:12: "I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that might know that I am The Lord that sanctify them."
* So the true Sabbath is not only a memorial of Creation but also a sanctification. It was designed to remind God's people of His power to create and redeem. Consequently, it is a most fitting sign of His True Church in every age, throughout all generations.

6. It will be modest in appearance, gentle in spirit - Says the apostle Peter, remembering the precious days by Galilee, "As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." Then he bids women not to overdress, but rather to put on "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." To men he says, "Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing" ~ 1 Peter 3:1-9.
* This is the sort of church God wants church today. It's members will manifest the same beautiful spirit both in their private lives and corporate activities.

7. It will look eagerly for Christ's return - The church that is "zealous for good deeds" will look with longing for the fulfillment of the blessed hope, "the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ" ~ Titus 2:13. 
* It will be ever on the alert for the promised signs of His return (Luke 21:25-27).
* Belief and great emphasis on Christ's second advent is indeed one of the most vital marks of the True Church.

8. It will have a world program - It cannot help it. Ringing in it's ears will be the Master's command: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Nor will it ever forget His prediction: "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). 
* With a mission program that encircles the globe, it's members will dedicate themselves and their all to completing the proclamation of "the everlasting gospel" in order that their beloved Lord may soon return in glory.
* Fearlessly, daringly, confidently they will cry "with a loud voice" to all mankind, "Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea and the fountains of water" (Revelation 14:7).

If you should hear this message, look at it's messengers and their manner of life. Examine their credentials in the light of your bible. See whether they fit in with the eight identifying marks set forth in this post. If they do, let your heart leap with joy. You may well have discovered God's True Church, the spiritual home you have been seeking. 

I pray that The Lord will lead you into His Truth, for His will is for us to worship Him in TRUTH and in Spirit.

Happy True Church Hunting!!!! (among many other 'true' churches.)


11 comments:

  1. Thank you for stopping by Weekends Are Fun to share your message!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!

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    1. Hey Karren :)

      It's always a pleasure.... Thanks for the well wishes! Stay blessed!

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  2. Amen!!!! God bless you! Let us continue to be inspired by the the word of God and spread the good news as He wants us to do! :^) patsy

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    1. Hey Patsy :) thanks for such kind words of encouragement, this is essentially a Present Truth message because;

      A solemn warning: "Take heed that no man deceive you" (Matthew 24:4). Another one "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

      Jesus well knew that in the last days many would be openly deceived. There will arise 'great' men claiming to be sent of God. Many churches have turned into very profitable businesses, fashion parades, healing and prosperity centers. We have forgotten our real purpose on earth, we have forgotten that we are only but pilgrims in this world. We have lost sight of the cross. The story of our Salvation now sounds like a broken tape. The focus has been shifted from the great Giver to the gifts. We have settled for this terrible, wicked world. But amidst ALL God has his faithful few, who seek ONLY to live according to His word ~ Praise God!

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  3. And the true church always has a special truth, and a special work. But also, that special truth is not found with those expected to have it. In the words of the chapter "Like a Grain of Mustard Seed" in the book Christ Object Lessons, the truth of the hour is not found with the ecclesiastical authorities. And also, not with the large numbers. Christ's followers are always few in number, and are despised because of their unpopularity and smallness. But that's the group that the Lord uses to accomplish His purpose, His special work. The earth is lightened with His glory, by a despised group of outcasts holding on to the original truth. Just as the small mustard seed grows into the largest of the trees. That's what we usually miss...

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    1. Amen!!!! Thanks Nqobani for pointing out another very crucial specification of the True Church. To further support his comment; Matthew 7:13-14 alludes to the fact that we ought to enter through the narrow gate and also that only few will find it. So from those verse alone, we can conclude that the True Church of God will not be popular in the world, in that many will deny it's truths. I am also reminded of a statement one preacher once said, he said something like; if you see things that are popular in the world and also popular in the church, they are definitely not of God. We are called to be separated from the world, to be holy and peculiar.

      Thanks again Nqobani! (The book he mentioned, 'Christ Object Lessons' was written by 'Ellen G. White' one of my personal favorites, it's a MUST HAVE!)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this for WholeHearted Wednesday last week. You are like the Boreans searching the Scriptures for the truth.

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    1. Amen! "Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Thanks for such sweet and encouraging words :)

      Blessings...x

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  5. Thanks fo sharing this. I am in the hunt fr God's True Church.

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    1. Praying for you Trish.. The Lord will lead you to His One true church :)

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  6. I appreciate your commitment to the True Book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Always a pleasure to have you!
    Tina

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