What church do you belong to? Has somebody asked you that question, what church do you belong to? As soon as you give him/her a reply then he/she puts you in a box. Then you belong to some club, with certain rules. But you know what? If you do not belong to Jesus Christ, you do not belong to church, because you cannot belong to a church you can only be church. You cannot go to church you can go to Jesus. It is impossible to go to church, I will explain myself.
The apostate church wants you to join in, in their organization. The apostate or false church is the one that captures souls for there own benefit. It is an organization, it promises people false security. Have you heard the story that if you put up your hand and pray the sinners prayer you will be saved, you heard that? That’s not the truth, the only way that you can be saved is by following Jesus Christ. By committing to follow Him, by laying down your life, by being truly born again, by becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, by obeying Him, doing exactly what He said. What did Jesus say? He said to His disciples, we read in Mark 16:15-16 “And He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” And teach them all things that I have commanded you. That is what Jesus want of us, obedience. If you believe in Jesus Christ and you obey Him, if you follow Him, then you become church. You don’t go to church you become church.
Paul defines the church in Colossians 1:18 “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” If you don’t belong to Jesus Christ, then you are not part of the body; you are not part of church. It is not that building down the road, that’s not church. Jesus Christ, your relationship with Jesus Christ brings you into church, which is the body of Christ. Jesus said in John 15:1 “I am the true vine, ” and you are the branches. If you are not grafted into the vine, if you do not belong to Jesus Christ, if you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, if you have not laid your life down, if you have not committed yourself to a life that is devoted to Jesus Christ and Him alone you are not church and you don’t belong to a church. You might belong to a club but not to Jesus Christ. The only relationship that counts is the one with Jesus Christ. Jesus said: Abide in Me, in John 15:5 He says: “because apart from Me you can do nothing.” People think they can merely believe in Jesus Christ and then they are saved. My friend if I believe in Jesus Christ, I accept Him with every thing that goes with it. I accept Him with every thing that He commanded, I obey Him and I do exactly as He commanded me or else I am nothing of Him. Then I am not part of the body of Christ. Why? We read in Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Let me ask you a question. Are you lead by the Spirit of God or what guides you, what motivates you? Your knowledge of the Bible, your church membership or your relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it the Holy Spirit of God inside of you that guides you or your brain power, your common sense? What guides you my friend? Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? He says: My sheep know My voice and they follow Me. Is that true of you and is that true of me? Let’s be honest, let us answer that question to ourselves. Is Jesus Christ guiding me? Do I have my eye and my mind and everything in me set on Jesus Christ? Does His Spirit live in me or am I spiritually dead? Have I truly been born again or do I just belong to an organization. Because, if I do not have a living relationship with Jesus Christ I am not church. It’s no good going to church, you yourself have to be church. I have got to be church, I have got to be guided by the Holy Spirit of God or else I am nothing of Him.
I have got to obey Him by my own will, by my own decision. I must have accepted Him, and I must follow Him daily. I must pick up my cross daily and follow Jesus Christ and be in a relationship with Him. I must pray to Him every day; I must wait on Him, then I can talk about church. It is not about a building, it is not about a group of people.
Now you say to me what about getting together with other Christians? Sure. We read in Hebrews 10:25, a famous verse used by churches, it says “ Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” That’s true, we need fellowship, but let me tell you one thing if you have Jesus Christ in your heart you will be looking for other believers who really and truly have Jesus in their heart and have a desire to follow Jesus Christ. You will not be flocking together with some church that has a nice band and has a preacher that preaches a nice message. Friends it is not about famous preachers it is not about some famous guy or some guy that can speak nicely or about a nice band. You know what salvation is about it is about? Jesus Christ and Him crucified, nothing else. If I don’t know Him and if you don’t know Him, my friend you will not go into His heaven. He will say to us: I never knew you go away from Me. You can belong to which ever church you wish if you do not belong to the body of Christ, If Jesus Christ is not the Head of your life, if you are not tuned in, attached to, following, a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are not church, me too. Let us not deceive ourselves, let us not think we are saved.
If we are in Christ, if we are with Jesus Christ we are safe and we remain saved. If we walk away from Him, we are lost. The prodigal son walked away from his father and when he came back the father said: this man was dead he came back to life. When you are away from Jesus Christ you are dead, when you turn your back on Jesus Christ and you walk not in the light you are in the darkness, you got to come back. There is no such thing as saved and sealed, that is a lie from the apostate church. Yes, we have been sealed by Christ Jesus, He has given us the promise, if He has given you the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is His seal He has placed on you, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot walk away. The moment you walk away, He lets you go, His not going to keep you captive. You remain part of the body of Christ as long as you want to stay there, the moment you walk away you get cut off. He says: the branch in Me that does not bear fruit gets cut off and thrown in the fire. Don’t let anybody deceive you. If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ you are none of Him. Let us wake up and seek Jesus, time is up friends, there is no more time for messing around. People are more concerned about defending their position, there is no position in Christ, there is only one position and that is down on your knees, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We do not get a chip on our shoulder when we accept Jesus Christ. By grace we come into His presence and if we remain with Him, He will present us to the Father as a Bride without blemish. That’s what we should do, seek Jesus every moment.