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(Q) When searching for truth about God and our eternal destiny; should we put our trust in our church or the Bible?
(A) There are thousands of different Denominations in our world all claiming to teach the truth. Can they all be right? Let’s look at some Facts:
“Denominations. A denomination is defined in this Encyclopedia as an organized aggregate of worship centers or congregations of similar ecclesiastical tradition within a specific country; i.e. as an organized Christian church or tradition or religious group or community of believers, within a specific country, whose component congregations and members are called by the same denominational name in different areas, regarding themselves as one autonomous Christian church distinct from other denominations, churches and traditions. As defined here, world Christianity consists of 6 major ecclesiastico-cultural blocs, divided into 300 major ecclesiastical traditions, composed of over 33,000 distinct denominations in 238 countries, these denominations themselves being composed of over 3,400,000 worship centers, churches or congregations
So we have, according to Barrett’s Encyclopedia:
- a denomination is defined as existing within a specific country
- there are 33,000+ total of these “Christian denominations” in 238 total countries
As you can see from the above stats there are lots and lots of different Churches on our Planet. So can all these churches being composed of 33,000 distinct denominations all teaching a little different from the other ones, be teaching truth? I know I would have a problem if they were all telling me something a little different. How would you know who to believe? Most churches seem to be in a state of confusion as to what the Truth really is. In I Corinthians 14: 33 God says he is not the author of confusion:
So who do you think the author of confusion is if it’s not God? Well I think you know it’s man who is confused. When you realize that none of the Denominations were started by God, but man, you can begin to see why we have confusion in our churches. Men have a hard time agreeing on anything. One good example of this comes from a local mainline church where the pastor wrote an article in our newspaper saying that they take the Bible seriously, but NOT literally. I wonder what God would say about that because the whole Bible was written by God the Holy Spirit and was to be taken literally. Let’s have a look at II Timothy 3: 14-17 which says:
The statement made by that pastor about taking the Bible seriously, but not literally shows why there is so much confusion today in our churches. Any good Bible student knows if you take the Bible seriously you need to also take it literally. If God did not mean what He said then how can any human tell me what God meant to say. That is foolishness! Now don’t get me wrong there are scriptures that were not meant to be taken literal, but most of them are easy to pick out. We know the Bible contains Allegories, Metaphors, Similes, Figures of speech, Analogies and other forms of speech as well. The Bible does take a lot of study to get to the truth that lies within its pages. II Timothy 2: 15 tells us how to do that:
The above verse is talking to us as individuals. We are all responsible for studying the Bible for ourselves. When a Pastor, or a teacher is expounding the word of God we need to check it out in the scriptures to see if they are telling us the truth. Acts 17: 11 points this out:
Here at Grace Bible Times I believe that we need to look at the Bible for instructions in truth as the Bible is the only true source about God and our eternal destiny. Let’s look at some scriptures in the Bible about truth and we shall see what they have to say:
Matthew 22: 16 16And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
Mark 12: 14 14And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
John 1: 14, 17 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 17: 17 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
All of the 7 verses above are talking about Jesus Christ teaching the truth of God and He ( Christ ) is the truth. Why is Christ the truth? Because He is God the second part of the Trinity. Christ is Deity, the Father is Deity and the Holy Spirit is Deity. All are One God in Three Divine Persons.
What I have been trying to show in this article is that if we put our trust in our churches, over and above what God says in His Word the Bible, we will be very sorry someday. Am I saying that we can’t trust any of our churches? No, some are teaching the truth, but you need to be very careful, check what they are teaching according to God’s Word the Bible.
We need To take the Bible literaly whenever possible. As stated above about Rightly Divide the truth as it says in II Timothy 2: 15 you also need to understand Dispensationalism to Rightly Divide, (See my question about the different Dispensations). One other very important thing you need to know about understanding the Bible so you can put your total trust in it as God’s Word is the following information found in I Corinthians 2: 9-16:
The above verses tell us that ONLY a True Believer can understand the Bible because the Bible is a Spiritual book and it takes the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLING IN US TO BE ABLE TO DISCERN GOD’S WORD. Without the Holy Spirit of God you will never understand the Bible. So the only way to receive the Holy Spirit is by Believing in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus who shed His Holy Blood for the forgiveness of all of your sins. This is not just head knowledge, but a true sincere heart felt Belief in Christ as the One and only way to Eternal Life. It’s all about BELIEF in CHRIST alone, with NO WORKS on our part. If you think you need works to help you for Salvation, you will be Eternally lost.
Men have created all of the different denominations we have today and not one of them can make the claim to be the one true church because the true church is Christ Himself ( a spiritual church ) and He resides in Heaven. There are True Believers in these different denominations and are part of the true church today called “The Body of Christ”, and some may not even know that they are part of the true church.
In conclusion I will leave you with the following verses from Isaiah 12: 2-5: 2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Be always searching for TRUTH!