Why Don’t Christians all Attend the Same Church?

questions and answers individuality in religionQuestion:

“If we believe and worship one God as Christians, why don’t we attend one church and name the church after one name?”

Ghana

Answer:

The sad fact is that most Christians worship a god who is different from the God who is revealed in the Bible. Many serve a god whom they think is cruel enough to burn people for billions of years, even though the Bible says, “the soul that sinneth it shall die,” (Ezekiel 18:4, 20) and that the wicked “shall be as though they had not been.” (Obadiah 16) Many serve a god who is so lenient that He is content to have His children continue sinning until the Lord comes, even though Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever.” (John 8:34) And Paul wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Many Christians serve a god whose commandments are so weak and meaningless that “one day in seven” is as good as “the seventh-day,” which is “the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Most serve a god who is “one god in three persons,” otherwise known as the trinity, even though the Bible says, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)

Most serve a god who claims that he sent his son into the world to die, when in reality he sent his companion into the world to pretend to be his son and then pretend to suffer and die, thus making their god out to be a liar. God says, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” (1 John 5:10)

I could continue with many other such blatant contradictions, but this is enough to show the reality that most Christians serve a god who is not revealed in the Bible. Therefore, it would not be truthful, nor ethical to put them all in one denomination and claim that they are all the true followers of Christ. Moreover, if different views about God are accepted and permitted in God’s true church, then we might as well admit the Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, etc., into the Christian church as well.

It would be wonderful if every professed Christian would follow the written Word of God, and be obedient to all its commands for our lives. If this were the case, then we would only have one Christian church in this world, and we could all go by the same name. If this were to happen, I would recommend the name “Christian” rather than any current denominational name like Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc. And I would stay away from any form of hierarchy and let Christ be the head instead of any man. Let us go forth and proclaim to the world the true God of the Bible to help this goal be accomplished.

I hope this helps to answer your questions.

  • Mary

    I read your post here and there is a lot that is in direct opposite to the teaching in the Bible. Your teaching is not even in accord with the church that you go to. The church that will be in unity with God are those that study and accept and do the will of God as found in the Bible. It is true that sinners do not burn forever and are not burning now but is not true that at the very end of sin and sinners that there is not a lake of fire made ready to cleans the earth to be made new. Ah so you are one of those One God people and don’t believe in the Holy Spirit or the Divinity of Christ. A very popular theory of the masses for today. It is hard to uphold without tearing out a great deal of the word of God from the bible. I wonder just who it is that has always wanted to get rid of God’s Son. Seems to me that that has been the Devils goal even before the earth was made. At least that is what the bible says. I for one will keep all the bible and trust that God knows what He is doing and what He has said and had written for us through out all ages. It is said that strong delusion comes on those that choose to believe a lie.

    • Eva

      Nowhere in the article does it say that we don’t believe in the Holy Spirit or the divinity of Christ. The son of God is divine, he is the same nature as his father. The Spirit is Holy because it is the spirit of a Holy God. Just like we each have a spirit that is not a separate entity from us, God’s Spirit is not a separate entity from Him.

      • http://www.presenttruth.info LynnfordBeachy

        Thank you sister Eva. Well said! Blessings to you.

      • Mary

        I believe that God says in His word that He is a spirit and that they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. Read 1 John 1:7-8. Don’t bother to tell me that that was added in by the Catholics. If God can create the universe He can over see His bible. There is this statement and many many more in the bible that makes God, His Son and the Holy Spirit ONE. There are things that are not easy to understand and we are told that we will be studying all this for eternity. We are told that the angels desire to understand the plan of salvation and don’t. We are also told that some things are a mystery and that we are to just trust in God and know that one day it will be clearer and clearer. Right now there is a big push to put the Holy Spirit down a notch. For me the word of God as it is in the bible is good enough for me. Life here on this planet is short. If like we are told that it will take eternity to understand every thing how in the world do we think that we have figured it all out now. Jesus said that He was sending the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Without the Holy Spirit we just think that we have truth but we don’t. I know that I am not so smart that it is a good idea to turn my back on the true source of wisdom. There is every wind of doctrine flying about these days. The more that I study the more that I realize there is so much more to know. I have learned 100 times more in the last four years since I stopped going to the SDA church. Every day my eyes are just a little bit brighter. Sad that so much was given to the SDA church and they have steadily walked away form it. The church that I joined 50+ years ago is no where to be found today. God gave us a beautiful message and I believe it as it is in the bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. I pray that I never leave it and grow in Gods truth day by day.
        I came on this site a while back and don’t usually do anymore. Some how Dave got to me on facebook and what I see there is to my understanding not the straight message. There are thousands and thousands of people on facebook. Most have no idea what in the world that he is talking about. Jesus never talked to the masses like that. For me it felt like confusion. One thing I have learned of the past few months is that we are not to turn to man for what we think and believe. We are told that when we do that we have a mans religion and God wants us to come to Him and He will teach us Himself. I have gotten very careful to check out all that I hear from a teacher. Some times my livingroom looks like the bookcase has blown up. It takes a long time to study that way but it is very rewarding. God is good and keeps His word. He says that if we seek Him we will find Him. He is never too busy.
        This is in response to my first reply to Dave. In his reply to me I was called a lot of things and none of them good and all because I don’t agree with what he is saying and said so. It is funny how I was rebuked for not agreeing but I guess when he doesn’t agree with someone it is because he thinks that he is right and no one has the right to disagree. I think that answers why there are so many churches and with different names. It is now almost 200 years when people got together and read the bible and prayed till they came into one accord. It happened in the upper room with the disciples and they did a great work. In just a few years Paul says that discord was already coming in. I don’t see my second reply to Dave. I turned him off of my facebook page at the end of it. God is too special to me and it is hard to see the things that are said and done in His name that don’t seem to me to be in accord to the word. That is me and God gave me the freedom of choice. He gave the same to Dave I just don’t want to see it any more. It was very painful when I had to choose to leave the church and I don’t want to go back into that confusion again. One day all these church organizations will be the biggest enemies of those that want to walk the walk the God asks and requires. There are many statements in the SP that say that the SDA church will lead out in Sunday worship and persecution. There are many SDA churches right now that have gone to Sunday. They say that they are the last church and the ship will go through. When you read carefully you find that that is not so. The Mormons and the Jehovah Witnesses say the same thing. The Catholics say they are the only true church and will always be the only one. Gods people are a little flock that comes out of all these churches to be only Gods. Seems to me that we need to start getting things right and not going off on every wind of doctrine that is flying about. God bless

        • http://www.presenttruth.info LynnfordBeachy

          Dear Sister Mary,

          Thank you so much for your comment. I found myself saying
          “Amen,” and resonating with most of what you wrote. You are so right to not
          trust in man to tell you what to believe. If a man came and preached the truth
          to you, and you believe it simply because he said it, then you would believe
          the truth, but it would be based upon man’s word. All Satan has to do to
          deceive you is to get you to doubt that man’s word. This is a dangerous place
          to be. Paul was happy with the Bereans because “…they received the word with
          all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
          were so” (Acts 17:11). Studying everything out for yourself and not trusting
          man is a lesson I learned very early in my Christian experience. I believe it
          is very important.

          I really liked your comment, “Some times my livingroom looks
          like the bookcase has blown up.” That is a neat word picture, and it
          illustrates our need to study for ourselves.

          You are right about the need to come together and study. God
          says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins
          be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson,
          they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

          There are way too many denominations. There is only one God,
          so those following Him should be one as well. This is what Jesus said when He
          prayed for us to His Father, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in
          me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe
          that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21). We need to recognize that all those who
          have Christ living in them are members of the body of Christ, regardless of
          what denomination they subscribe to. If you have Christ, you have eternal life:
          “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
          life” (1 John 5:12).

          I appreciate you bringing up the fact that many people from
          all walks of life are on Facebook and on our website, and it is good to keep
          them in mind. Our target audience for everything we put on http://www.presenttruth.info
          or Facebook is everyone in the world, so I appreciate your concern about
          sharing appropriate content for that audience. We wish to maintain that focus.
          You brought up some of your background in the SDA church, and I would be glad
          to discuss that with you by email, but it would be best not to do it over this
          website. You can write me at info@presenttruth.info. I would appreciate hearing
          from you. Thank you so much for your consideration on this.

          You are right that there are many things about God that have
          not been revealed, and these things should be left alone. The Bible says, “The
          secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed
          belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of
          this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Yet, the things that have been revealed about
          God, it is our responsibility to study and learn. God put them in the Bible for
          a reason. He said, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his
          wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man
          glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he
          understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness,
          judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith
          the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24). We have the amazing privilege to understand what
          God has revealed about Himself. Praise God!

          You are absolutely right that God is a Spirit. Jesus said to
          the woman at the well, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship:
          for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true
          worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father
          seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
          worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:22-24).

          You are right that the Father and the Son are one. Jesus
          said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). This has caused many to be
          confused into thinking that Jesus is the Father, or is somehow joined to Him in
          a way that makes the Father and Son one compound being. Yet, this faulty
          conclusion need not be reached. It is helpful to read the context. Jesus said,
          “I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
          Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for
          which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good
          work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man,
          makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said,
          Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the
          scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and
          sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”
          (John 10:30-36). Jesus’ claim to be one with God did not in any way change the
          fact that Jesus is “the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

          The Jews evidently understood His words, because when He was
          finally charged for blasphemy and condemned to death, the accusation was that
          He claimed to be the Son of God (Matthew 26:63; Luke 22:70, 71; John 19:7;
          Matthew 27:43).

          You are so right to cling to the Holy Spirit of God to guide
          you into all truth. With this attitude, I am sure that God will bless you. The
          Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, if we are willing to follow God’s
          leading, which sometimes includes reading Bible studies that He puts in our
          path. Please take the time to read my book entitled, “Understanding the
          Personality of God.” It is presented, not to be the final authority on
          anything, but to shed light on passages in Scripture that are often overlooked.
          In the end, it is up to us to decide what is true after studying the Bible for
          ourselves, and following God’s guidance by His Holy Spirit.

          Please read:
          http://presenttruth.info/books/Personality_of_God/Personality_of_God.htm

          I would greatly appreciate any input you have on this book.
          I look forward to hearing from you.

          Blessings,
          Your brother in Christ,
          Lynnford Beachy

  • http://www.presenttruth.info LynnfordBeachy

    Dear Sister Mary,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on this article. You
    are exactly right that there will be a fire that destroys sin and sinners and
    cleanses the earth to prepare for the “new earth” of Revelation 21. I am sorry
    for not making this clear. You are also right that we believe in “one God” (1
    Corinthians 8:6), yet we firmly believe in the Holy Spirit and the complete
    Divinity of Christ. You can read a study I wrote on the Divinity of Christ by
    clicking the link below.

    http://presenttruth.info/newsletters/PresentTruth/2009/pt_k_nov09.htm

    For a study on the Holy Spirit, please read the following:

    http://presenttruth.info/430-2/

    I agree with you that if anyone were to deny the Holy Spirit
    and the Divinity of Christ, they would have to tear out a great deal of the
    Bible. You are also right that it has been Satan’s goal for a long time to remove
    Jesus as the Son of God. Praise God that we have the Bible to keep us from this
    deception. The Bible says, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that
    believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). I am in full agreement
    with you about keeping the whole Bible, for it is written, “All scripture is
    given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
    correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It seems we are
    in complete agreement on these points. The one clarification is that we
    absolutely do not deny the Holy Spirit, nor the Divinity of Christ. These are
    solidly taught in the Scriptures.

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I look forward
    to hearing from you again.

    Blessings,
    Your brother in Christ,
    Lynnford Beachy