Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“Is One Church as Good as Another?” / This Week’s Word and Prayer

one church 2blueThis Week’s Word
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
2012 BishopPrince 2012a“Is One Church as Good as Another?”

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. 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 necessarily as good as the other. In many cases, one is downright inferior, or even worthless.

Only in the realm of religion would we even consider saying that “One church is as good as another.” Christ purchased a Church (Acts 20:28). He built a Church (Matt. 16:18). He is savior of a Church (Eph. 5:23). He is head of a Church (Eph. 1:22). That 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 church. They call it “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. But who would dare say that any one of them is of equal value with the Church that Christ built? Christ’s Church existed long before any human denomination, sect or cult was created. Our eternal destiny depends on our being members of The Church, which is God’s family of Baptized, Holy Spirit Empowered believers (John 3:5, Romans 8:9 & Eph. 5:23). It behooves us therefore to be members of that Church which Christ built. No other church is equal to that of Christ’s Church. There is salvation in no other Church save the One True ChurchChrist Jesus.One Church frame
Today’s Prayer
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), baptism (Burial with Christ) in the name of Jesus 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 Church of Jesus Christ. This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen.
The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name s above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related.
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