Has God Abandoned His Church?
Every few years there are men
who arise as self-appointed prophets, “speaking perverse things, to draw
away disciples after them” (Acts ),
declaring that men and women should abandon the
“The Bible tells us that for almost 2000 years after Jesus died on the cross those who believe in Jesus, if possible, were to be members of a church. But now we learn from the Bible that God is no longer saving people through the churches. The Church Age has come to an end…God commands in his Lawbook, the Bible, that the true believers are to leave their church. This is because God’s righteous judgment is upon all local congregations…The Bible teaches that at this present time that it is outside the churches that God is saving a great multitude of people.”
This is nothing new, but just a
rehashing of old, and often repeated, heresy. Without question, the judgment of
God is upon
Our Master committed to his church, not individual believers or to the religious organizations concocted by men, the ordinances of the gospel, the keys of his kingdom, and the great commission. Local churches are the instruments by which the Lord God is pleased to maintain and spread the gospel generation after generation. “The house of God, which is the church of the living God, (is) the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. ). Local churches ordain, send out, and support gospel preachers (pastors, teachers, evangelist, and missionaries). The ascension gifts of Christ are gifts to his church (Eph. 4:8-16).
Yes, by all means, the Lord God uses individuals according to their gifts to build his kingdom and nurture his people; but he uses them collectively, as members of Christ (the Head) and of one another in the body of Christ (the church), the building fitly framed together, the temple of the Lord. It is the local church (all true gospel churches) which is “a habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. -23).
The Son of God promises to meet with sinners upon the earth in only one place, and that place is the gathered assembly of people, if only two or three, who gather in his name to worship him (Matt. 18:20. It is here, in the assembly of his saints for public worship, that he teaches, instructs, edifies, and comforts his saints by the preaching of the gospel. It is here that he calls out his elect, by the same blessed means.
salvation is not in the church. Salvation is not in the ordinances of public
There are multitudes who are anxious to tear down anything. They appear to be uniquely gifted for the work of tearing down. I ask anyone who has observed the efforts of such self-appointed prophets, historically and in modern times, ― What do their efforts come to? It is not my purpose to condemn those men. Like you and me, they stand or fall before their own Master. My purpose is to warn my readers not to be duped by them. They arouse masses for fleeting moments, only to see the masses blown away by the winds of time. They blaze for a brief time in the public eye and fill the air with excitement about some new thing. But, in the end, they leave nothing behind them but the ruins of shipwrecked souls.
Forsake not the