|The invisible Church is the Church made up of true
believers. The visible Church consists of those who say
they are Christian but may or may not be truly saved.
Being a member of a Church on earth guarantees nothing.
Being a member of the Body of Christ guarantees salvation.
The true Christian Church is comprised only of those who
have been redeemed by Christ who died on the cross and
rose again. They are justified by faith in Christ. Romans 5:1
They are saved by grace through faith Ephesians 2:8
through Jesus alone: "And there is salvation in no one else;
for there is no other name under heaven that has been
given among men, by which we must be saved," Acts 4:12
According to Romans 14:17 and Luke 17:21 the Kingdom
of God is a Spiritual Kingdom that is presently within
the hearts of ALL God's people. Those of us who have
received Christ as our personal Saviour have already
been translated spiritually into this great Kingdom.
Colossians 1:13, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 2:6
The Church is more than a meeting place or a
gathering of believers who profess the true and
living God and attend weekly worship meetings.
The Church is the Bride of Christ. It is a living
temple of the Holy, Infinite and True God.
So beware of anyone who says that their Church
is the only true Church because the TRUE CHURCH
is not any organized group of religious people.
Christians cannot be classified by any organization.
We will find Christians everywhere, in many different
groups, and it is our responsibility to maintain the unity
of the Spirit in the bond of peace wherever we find them.
There is one body and one Spirit just as you were
called to one hope when you were called. Ephesians 4:4
Throughout the history of Israel, the temple, or the
tabernacle before that, was called “the house of God.”
God signified His Presence there by the "shekinah
glory" that was located in the Holy of Holies.
Today, churches, temples, cathedrals, tabernacles,
are all being called “the house of God”. But when we
look at the teaching of the New Testament, we find
that the building is not "The Church" - it's the people!
|A terrible failure has occurred in the life of
The Church. The Church has grown away from the
simple system that made it so powerful and such an
impelling influence upon society in its early years.
Gradually, a terrible distortion has come about.
The Church has become identified as a building.
Somewhere down the line, all through the years,
we started referring to these structures as
"The Church." So now the building has become
identified as "The Church", instead of the people.
Most people don't even know that the word
"Church" literally means “called out assembly”.
The living body of believers who have been
called out of this world are "The Church".
Anyone who has received Jesus Christ as their
Lord and Saviour is a member of "The Church".
Our membership into the body of Christ has
nothing wo do with what denomination we are.
The true Church is the spiritual body of believers
who have truly received Christ! Matthew 11:28,
John 1:12, John 5:24, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:13
|If you are in Christ, you have God living in you.
You are IN the Church as much as you ARE the Church!