I’m 53, survived leukemia, and had a bone marrow transplant. I no longer want to waste time beating around the bush.
Someone asked me about what I think about various denominations. If you’re looking for a church that will meet your needs, here’s my advice, no holds barred.
- Your one need is to surrender to King Jesus, Lord of all, who will one day judge the living and the dead. You NEED to lose your life, hate your own soul, and consider everything you have ever done to be manure fit for the manure pile so that you can wholeheartedly pursue knowing Jesus, the eternal King.
If you can give yourself to Jesus like that, then here’s my advice for finding a church:
- The church is the family of God. If Christians aren’t living like family, sharing in some way their lives and possessions enough to take care of one another, they are not in the church, no matter what organization they join. They may be “spiritually” in the “universal church,” but their lives prove their membership in the body of the King is ineffective and without purpose.
- “Pursue righteousness, love, peace, and faith along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22). That is what you should be doing as a Christian. Organizations are not churches. Disciples make up the church, not organizations, clubs, or buildings.
- There are just a couple requirements for those that gather in his name. Know Jesus and depart from inquity (2 Tim. 2:19).
- He is King. We are his subjects. We live for his will, and our lives are abandoned to follow him. Organizations and clubs that teach something else as salvation or the Gospel are counterfeits, joining believers to unbelievers, the children of God with the children of Belial (2 Cor. 6:14-18). May the children of God, those who know they are to take up the cross and follow Jesus, be delivered from slavery to fellowship with the unrighteous.
- The command not to be unequally yoked, in context, is about the church, not marriage, though it applies to marriage as well.
- For any disciples who join together like this, they should get all the help from anyone they can find to help, and especially to pray. The devil will do everything within his power to ensure those disciples never learn the incredible power of the saints living their lives as one family, united in the Spirit of God and taught by him alone. It is there that the Lord can commanded the blessing of eternal life (Ps 133).
I don’t have any compromised, nicer advice to go with that. I only have so long left on this earth, and I want to fight for the Gospel of the kingdom. I want to shout to my fellow disciples that they don’t have to show loyalty to counterfeits nor remain in fellowship with darkness. They really can purge the loaf and pursue love, faith, peace, and righteousness with brothers and sisters of pure hearts.
Those fellow disciples are few and they can be hard to find. Many of them are corrupted into thinking that something other a wholehearted surrender to Jesus is required for fellowship. A psychotic addiction to disputable doctrine is highly contagious even to disciples when they wander into the counterfeits who base their existence on carefully constructed doctrines (1 Tim. 6:3-5).
Our sound doctrine is described in Titus 2, one of the only places that Paul explains what sound doctrine is. Let us hold to that doctrine, then join together bound by the perfect bond of unity, the love that is poured from heaven by the Holy Spirit into our hearts.