Over the past few weeks we have been studying what we believe to be the true church in the Last Days, His Remnant Church. We have identified followers of Christ who have a true biblical understanding of the church designed and built by Jesus Christ in the book of Acts. In fact, the distinctives of this remnant group of Christians, in contrast with the mainstream “church” in the world today, are so apparent that they invite derision, condemnation, and disdain not only from the world but the mainstream “churches” as well. During the study we have discussed the responsibilities of this remnant of believers, the true followers of Jesus Christ, and the mission of His Remnant Church as it relates to the Great Commission and Great Commandment in preparation for the return of our Lord and Savior.
During this study we also have examined the problems within the denominational, institutionalized, emergent, word of faith, prosperity, and other mainstream church organizations that dominate the world today. These groups have compromised by embracing one or more of the false theologies of materialism, socialism, humanism, elitism, dominionism, liberationism, or Supersessionism. These so-called “churches” no longer can claim the distinction of separation from the world because they have abandoned fidelity to the Word of God.
We acknowledge that within these “churches” there may remain a few who have not “soiled their garments” (Revelation 2 & 3), but maintain that the preponderance of evidence would show their leadership to be apostate and dominated by false prophets and false teachers. God will not bless error or false teaching. A “church” based on false doctrine is not a Biblical church and God cannot have any part in it. The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 1:8-9, twice says of anyone who would pervert the Gospel, “let him be accursed.” No man or “church” that claims to be a church of God, may change anything God has said for any reason, and God is not giving any new Revelation. The canon was closed with the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the Apostle John. A biblical church is one wherein Christ is the Head, and it follows the Word of God. If a “church” does not follow the Bible, then it is not a church that belongs to God, because in refusing to obey the Scriptures they separate themselves from God. The unfortunate reality is that most often these so-called “churches” that dominate the world today, were not built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, but were established on the personalities and wills of men, and if they were established in Christ, they long ago abandoned this position.
Jesus Himself said that He would build His church in Matthew 16:18. What was the process in which He did so? He taught His disciples, and while at the time of their teaching they may not have fully understood it, He knew that in the power of the Holy Spirit they would understand and carry out His instructions. The New Testament record is clear that His disciples and apostles followed His instructions completely. Jesus Christ has not changed His instructions for His church. And, He did not leave the matter of establishing His church with human wisdom, He left His Word, and within it are complete instructions to deal with every aspect of establishing His church. His instruction and pattern for building it is the way He intended for it to continue, and any man, group, “church” or denomination who changes the pattern or establishes a “church” on any other foundation has simply not built a Biblical Church. When any “church” injects tradition or the opinions of men into doctrine established by Jesus Christ and His apostles, it is in grave error and is not building a true New Testament church. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11. A “church” that is established and does not look like the church in Acts and does not follow the New Testament example, cannot have God’s approval, blessing or presence. This is why we have called for those who are truly following hard after Jesus Christ to understand that they are as a church, a remnant of True Christians, True Believers, True Followers and therefore are truly His Remnant Church of these Last Days.
In the coming weeks we will begin a study of the Church in Acts, the New Testament Church of Jesus Christ, from which we have inherited the call to accomplish the Great Commandment and Great Commission. We need a fresh understanding that the body of Christ today is truly descended from the Church in Acts, and should emulate it in faith, evangelism, discipleship and fellowship. Why? Because;
Jesus is Coming Soon!