Any Church not founded on the revelation of the absolute Deity of Jesus Christ is not His Church!
In response to Peter’s inspired exclamation, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”, Jesus said:
“Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
(See Matthew 16:16-18.)
Some time later, Peter stood before the Sanhedrin and declared:
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
(See Acts 4:10-12.)
The real, true Church of Jesus Christ is unconditionally and unequivocally founded on the Revelation of His true identity. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ; we lay hands on the sick in the name of Jesus Christ; and we baptize folks for the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ. Indeed, everything we do is done in the name of Jesus!
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus….”
(See Col. 3:17.)
It’s time for the REAL Church to stand up for what we believe! Most of modern Christianity today considers baptism in the name of Jesus Christ to be heresy, when in reality it is the only TRUE baptism. Repentance and remission of sins are both conveyed through the name of Jesus Christ:
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations….”
(See Luke 24:47.)
Any other message is heresy and is cursed!
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. “
(See Gal. 1:6-9.)
Grace unto you!
Rev. Tim D. Cormier