Which Christian Faith Holds The Keys, Original Or Modern

Since the beginning of Christianity, there have been those calling themselves Christian, some deliberately spreading lies and others deceived into believing what they preach. Either way what is untrue is untrue regardless of whether someone believes it or not and in spite of their intentions.

The following scriptures clearly state that just because someone calls Jesus ‘Lord’ does not mean they will enter the kingdom of heaven, just as doing things in Christ’s name doesn’t mean anything, unless they do the will of the Father in heaven. From this alone who can divide Christianity into two groups, one that professes Jesus as Lord and the Lord acknowledges them and the others that also call Jesus Lord but the Lord rejects them.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

One biblical evidence we have to identify who is for Christ and who is against Him is found in Matthew 12:30. Here we read that those who gather a congregation to themselves, anyone or anything not with Christ are against Him.

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

As we know the Lord began His true Church with His Apostles and original Disciples then if any are to gather to something other than that Church, then we can easily identify those gatherings as being against Christ.

Of these, some are blatantly obvious such as non-Christian religions, while others may claim to be Christian, yet teach doctrinal beliefs that vary so dramatically that they can also be identified as cults.

However, as these are easy to identify then it must be asked why the scriptures give us so many warnings concerning false apostles, prophets, teachers, gatherings etc. unless there are some that appear to be gathering solely to Jesus Christ.

A counterfeit church such as those that gather to themselves will deny ‘Truth’, perhaps not all truth, but at least some. Even the devil when he tempted Christ spoke some level of truth when he quoted the scriptures but twisted its meaning in his vain attempt to corrupt Jesus. If someone speaks truthful words but in a manner which changes its meaning it is a lie or if someone quotes accurately from the bible but takes its’ meaning out of context it is also a lie.

One example of the lies are that God changes and as such, so does the way he would have his Church operate, this is so the traditions of the Church can be ignored and those who reject the truth can operate under their rules, rather than the structures laid down by the Lord and His Apostles;

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

These state clearly that God is not a ‘God of change’, but an eternal God, who remains the same. To state that the Lord should change would be to question his Divinity. If He is perfect today then if He has changed then He was not perfect before and if He was perfect before and changed, how can He be perfect today.

The only instructions that could appear to vary can be rules that only apply to a select group, such as certain actions required to be performed by the Jews, e.g. “animal sacrifices”. This no longer applies, as Christ Himself became one sacrifice for all time.

Therefore, these directions became unnecessary and obsolete through Christ’s fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. In these cases, the apostles would have already left us instructions concerning these practices through either the teachings they received from Christ or by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As such, no further changes are necessary until the second coming of the Lord and any who should attempt to institute change must be in conflict with both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as ultimately with the Father in heaven.

As the Lord does not change, his wants do not change, his commandments do not change and what he expects of us does not change. Again to suggest it does, would be to say at some time he was wrong and ‘imperfect’.

In addition, if the way the Church should operate were to change, then we would be in conflict with the many Scriptures, which tell us we must not.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

“Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:2

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Notice that the Apostle Paul does not place a time limit. These instructions do not have limits on them as to where or for how long the Church should “stand fast and hold the traditions”.

Another example of false teaching that has resulted from those gatherings outside the one and only true Church founded on the prophets and apostles is the misinterpretation of the Scriptures such as the following,

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:13

Does this mean that literally all we must do is call upon Christ’s name to be saved?

No, could a sorcerer, a homosexual, a fornicator, those that are sexually immoral, a drunkard, a thief, a murderer or someone who worships an idol simply call out to Christ, make no further efforts, continue in their sin and expect salvation. The Word expressly states that these can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven, unless of cause they repent and turn from these sins.

If we go back to Romans 10:8 and read the entire message in its context we read that the Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, however it is the Word that the Apostles preach not some more ‘modern’ interpretation of the scriptures.

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13

If someone was to preach another ‘Word’, regardless of how petty the difference may seem to us, they could make no claim on the verse, which reads, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13), as this refers to those mentioned in the earlier verse, which have the Truth in their mouths and in their hearts and that “Word” is the “Word” that the apostles preached, not an interpretation altered to suit the cultural thinking of any individual or group.

The overall message, is that those that are chosen, in unity in their faith and part of the Church are equal regardless of their physical characteristics, national heritage or any other dissimilarity. To read this and any other verse we must read it in its entire context, not just take one line and assume its meaning.

They that preach the verse “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” out of its true context do so to reinforce what they want to believe because it suits their desires and to them, justifies the continuance of their own understanding and behavior. The question that may be appropriate here is what spirit, if in fact, it is a spirit and not their carnal minds, would be guiding them.

The Holy Spirit never twists or perverts the scriptures in confliction with the understanding of truth, as delivered to the apostles and the original Church that Christ built upon them and that they themselves received from Jesus Christ and the one true Holy Spirit.

Consider that if someone had the same truth in their mouths and in their hearts, as did the apostles then they would be part of the same Church preaching as they did and following the same traditions.

False teachings such as we are under grace and not under the Law and can therefore ignore the rules and ordinances of the early Church are another common lie of Satan and his agents. In my personal experience, I have heard many times people claiming to be Christian accusing those who choose to obey the ‘Word’ of being ‘under the law’.

The scriptures speak differently; they tell us that they that love Christ will obey him by choice, which leads to righteousness. They tell us that by obeying Jesus Christ, the Father in heaven will love us for Christ’s instructions are His.

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16Know 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 6:15-16

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” John 14:23-24

From these verses, we know that they that obey the Lord do so out of love, not out of any legalistic obligation. It should then be asked, what spirit or carnal desire would guide someone not to have such love for God. Why would any who professes love for God not want to abide in all His instructions simply because it is pleasing to Him?

Further to this, who that loves God or their fellow man would instruct another not to abide in what the Lord instituted through His apostles even if it was due to a law, either way sin is still sin. Isn’t it best not to sin for any reason, rather than sin just because we know the Lord will forgive us if we repent?

Should we then listen to those that justify disobedience to the Lord through grace or any other reason and assume they speak truth when they claim it is they that are inspired by the Holy Spirit?

We learn from the following scriptures from the book of Acts that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him and do not follow the ways of men. It is by keeping God’s Word in how we live and what we speak we know that we are truly in Christ.

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:29-32

The following scripture states that those that do not abide in the Word will not enter into heaven, the blessing of salvation which the Lord grants to His chosen by His immense mercy and grace is given to they that love truth, not they that love and practices lies.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelations 22:14-15

If we recall that Christ gave the keys to the Gates of heaven to Peter, the apostles and those who in truth hold that authority, then we must wonder how we intend to enter those gates. If we are not in unity with them, not gathering to the same Church as them, not abiding in the same practices, ordinances and traditions as them and not following the same Holy Spirit as them.

By what arrogance and pride could any believe by their own practices and teachings, any can open the gates of heaven?

In addition, what vanity would it be to try to improve upon what the Lord instructed His apostles to implement as the ordinances and traditions of His Church? Do they that reject these only to replace them with ordinances and traditions of their own making suggest they know more of what God wants than God Himself?

The answer to these questions is as obvious as the answer to whether pagan temples and cults can be considered Christian, as neither can truly be said to be in Christ.

As the apostle John says, by keeping the Lord’s ‘Word’ we know that His love is perfected in us, and we are in Him.

“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:5

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