Nothing has changed since Pentecost. Peter related God’s terms for entering the church of God…repent and be baptized. Some did and many did not. As time passed, the terms of the Church have superseded the terms of God. To be in and work in the Kingdom within the Church the terms of the Church have become the determinative factor.
Should you be at a Catholic Church and not be a Catholic, you need to cross yourself and the priest will bless you, but you cannot partake of communion. Should you find yourself in a Protestant Church, unless you are a member you will not be allowed to exercise many of your gifts. In the Bible, a member is only spoken of as a member of the body of Christ. Membership is never found anywhere in the Bible spoken of as a member of any denomination or congregation…only the body of Christ.
If you believe that the Lord allows you communion without being a Catholic, if you believe that God makes saints and bestows gifts, and if you consider yourself to be a member of the body of Christ and not the member of some denomination or congregation, be prepared to suffer for the sake of the Lord. You will be reviled by the believer and the unbeliever alike. The modern Church is not coming to you on God’s terms; instead you are expected to come to the Church on the Church’s terms.
1Peter3.16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame…
1Peter4.19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
1Peter3.14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled…
Published on Monday, July 9, 2012 @ 4:38 AM CDT