Already more than two thousand years ago Apostle John wrote such words: That which was…
The Church of God can only have one foundation and that is Christ.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:12-22)
Today, there are so many Christian churches in the world, that it is impossible to count them all! But a serious question arises when you see division a thousandfold – can this really be the structure of God?
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. (Hebrews 3:4)
Does God build a house like this for Himself? That is divided amongst itself into a thousand pieces? Or maybe God has a thousand houses? Doesn’t the Bible teach us about one house, one building? Why has it become that each Christian denomination or group built something of their own? And somehow all the denominations rely on one stone? But if they all had one stone or the same foundation, then shouldn’t there also be complete unity, as the Gospel teaches us? When Moses was building the tabernacle for God, which is a foreshadowing of the Church, how did he build it? I think everyone knows how everything was specifically held together and connected to one another. And it should be the same for us Christians today; we are the members of the Body of Christ!
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:16)
The building of God cannot be divided within itself! If there are divisions then it is no longer a structure of God but rather a soulful, earthly, man-made structure. The devil does not approach and reveal himself as the clear enemy, which would make it easy to identify and keep away. He comes as the minister of light, under the disguise of Christians, as Apostle Paul had written and warned: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:29-30) In another place in scripture, these “fierce wolves” were very well disguised (in sheep’s clothing). “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:13)
The devil’s purpose is to always distort the Word of God in order to stop the good news, to bring his own false teaching that mimics the truth and teaching. The word of the Cross is our power from God (1 Corinthians 1:18). Through the faith of what Christ did for us on the Cross, all of us are given the opportunity to become free from the chains of the devil. But if you distort the Word, such as “that sin still remains,” or that “man must and will continue to struggle with sin”- this faith does not save! If we believe this way, then it turns out that He did not bare our sin in His own body on the tree, and we never became free from sin. Thus the achievements of Christ are reduced, ineffective. Thus the person cannot believe in what Christ came for, the victory He achieved, let alone receive it. It remains misunderstood and not accepted by the world. The love of God is rejected. After all, isn’t this the same as disbelief in God?! He did everything for us, but it doesn’t work for us to live by His faith? Well if it doesn’t work, then should we pretend and mimic as if the scripture is working within us? Is it not frightening to distort the Word of God by placing your practical life above His Word?!
Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Pet 2:24).
Why is it not simple? It is because these simple and important truths remain misunderstood:
- God is the Word.
- God revealed Himself to the world by the Word.
- The only way to know God is through faith in His Word.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life. (1 John 1:1)
To build on the right foundation (or to have Jesus Christ as the cornerstone) means to simply believe in the Word of Truth and be born of this Word of Truth.
Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)
Unfortunately, among Christians, there is a different understanding and belief, specifically when it comes to the topic of Jesus Christ as a Savior and His Word. People for some reason separate Jesus Christ or God from His Word! That is you can have a “personal experience with Christ” and He is supposedly “your savior” and you “personally know Him” as some kind of force. But being in His word is something else, something secondary and not as important. The main thing is to know Christ “personally” and to believe “Christ personally.” This is all so absurd! How can one know God in some other way and not through His Word? Many Christians gain the conclusion that the doctrine does not matter, it does not matter what church you go to or what they do in the church. Most importantly they state, “We all know Him personally as our Savior!”
Everything would be great if each Christian would have their own “personal relationship with Christ” and based their faith on the Word of God! There would be no questions then because everyone would have one heart and one spirit, just like it was for the first Christians. There would be no divisions and then Christians would truly be the light of the World and not a stumbling block.
Where are those today who think about faith in the Pure Word of God, which is the only way to receive salvation? Where are those today who are truly interested in building on the one true foundation, on Christ? Christ approaches a man and touches him through the Word of Truth:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9)
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. (John 14:23)
Therefore, we should not be calm when we look at what’s going on with the Christian groups, the constant divisions in which something is always changing, reformations, something new sprouting, for example theater, dancing, and filming featured films (this is all to keep up with the world, otherwise people will get bored). There always needs to be grand revelations, dreams, great predictions and prophecies, some miracles (often only in words). They open their bible schools and kindergartens, which is not bad but behind it all, it’s a business and not service to God. Large buildings are built, full of entertainment… and so on and so forth. It is easier to say: they are following step by step with this world and do not want to be left behind! Actually not just following, but overtaking. Christians are active in politics and just as well in patriotism. And this is all done in the name of God, for God’s sake and for Him. But all of this is contradictory to His Word. This should make us worry, a great deal of worry.
I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart. (Jeremiah 23: 25-26)