How to Be in the One True Church

Churchgoing is a man-made, not God-ordained, exercise.  That is, any church that you can see with your physical eyes is man-made.  This is true no matter how big it is or how small it is.  This is true no matter if it has a building or simply meets in homes.  This is true whether you live in it as a commune or only attend online occasionally.  To the degree that any man-made church declares the word of God or helps the poor, it does well.  However, their activities are never restricted to these, and they always want you to affiliate with them.  That is, they want you to keep coming.  If you know what’s good for you, don’t.

By contrast, there is a true church in the world today.  One true church.  Its pastor is the Lord Jesus Christ – our Creator and our God.  He is the pastor you cannot see, but can certainly know.

You do not “attend” the one true church.  Rather you become a part of it…and thus never leave it.  How do you do this?  Acknowledge God in every physical realm.  That is, you act on what even children know to be true: God is everywhere.

Next, you must repent of your sins and begin to order your thought life in the sight of God – seeking His approval in all that you think, say, and do.

As long as you live this way, the Lord Jesus will keep you in His church.  If you return to ignoring Him (as the majority of the world continually does), you will find yourself outside once again.  Nevertheless, if you repent, He will take you back.  Live a life of repentance and you will not have to leave the garden of His presence.

The word “church” in our English Bibles is a translation of the Greek word “ekklesia.”  In biblical times, an ekklesia was an assembly, gathering, or congregation (and not always a religious one).  This usage stemmed from the roots of ekklesia which were “ek” (meaning “from” or “out of”) and “klesia” (meaning “called”).  Therefore, an ekklesia is a group of people who have been “called out.”

The one true church is the Lord’s “called-out” group.  It is the flock of sheep who hear the true Shepherd’s voice.  They don’t assemble to each other; they assemble to Him.  They don’t even have to know each other’s identities; they only need to know His.  The Lord knows those who are His.  In other words, the Lord knows the membership roll of His own church.

The one true church is the kingdom of God.  The kingdom of God (also called the kingdom of heaven, or even just the kingdom) was the signature theme of Jesus’ teaching in the gospels, and the church we read about in the New Testament was preparing for it.  That kingdom came in precisely the time frame Jesus said it would – sometime late in the 1st Century A.D.  It has been in the earth ever since, and it will never end.

If you are in the one true church, you won’t look down your nose at others.  In fact, you will consider yourself the least in His kingdom, for this is the example He Himself set for us.  You will love every human being.  You will be generous with the poor, you will be kind to the weak.  You will bear witness to the Lord, even if it means persecution – because you know He can help every person.

Since you will be constantly looking for the Lord’s approval, you won’t worry about what human beings are approving of you.  You certainly won’t make distinctions in your mind like “this person is in the Lord’s true church but that person isn’t.”  You know that the Lord keeps up with the rolls of His own church and He needs no help from us in that regard.  Every person is judged by the Lord according to his or her ability; we have no business trying to make such judgments.  If we see someone sin, and we have opportunity to restore them, we surely should.  But we should be sure the log is out of our own eye before we try removing a speck from someone else’s eye.  Our focus should be on our own service to the Lord.  Nevertheless, when we are in the kingdom of God we are part of something – we are not alone.

Being in the one true church does not guarantee you entrance into heaven when you die, for everyone is going to heaven.  What it does guarantee you is the privilege of serving your Lord and loving your fellow man.  Those who walk in the constant light of the Lord Jesus (that is, those who are in the one true church) are the servants of all.

Remember: the one true church is not something you attend – it is something of which you are constantly a part.

Here are some related posts:

The Lord Is My Pastor

Spiritual Christianity Versus Social Christianity

Leave the Man-made Church and Join the Church of God

True Christianity

To My Churchgoing Friends

And to give a broader context to all these posts, here is an Introduction-Overview to the entire blog.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

28 Replies to “How to Be in the One True Church”

  1. I appreciate the sentiment, but the theology is just not true to the Scriptures. For example, “They don’t assemble to each other; they assemble to Him. They don’t even have to know each other’s identities; they only need to know His.” This is out of harmony with Hebrews 10:24-25 where we are exhorted not to abandon meeting together. There are man-made churches and there is Christ’s church. Your statement, “That is, any church that you can see with your physical eyes is man-made,” is simply not true. The church you describe as true is not. It is but another man-made church disguised an an “unchurch.”

    1. I appreciate the sentiment, but the theology is just not true to the Scriptures. For example, “They don’t assemble to each other; they assemble to Him. They don’t even have to know each other’s identities; they only need to know His.” This is out of harmony with Hebrews 10:24-25 where we are exhorted not to abandon meeting together.

      You do not understand Hebrews 10:25 – see this post.

      There are man-made churches and there is Christ’s church. Your statement, “That is, any church that you can see with your physical eyes is man-made,” is simply not true. The church you describe as true is not. It is but another man-made church disguised an an “unchurch.”

      The true church I describe is the one of which Jesus is the pastor.  If you propose that anyone else is pastor of His church, you dethrone Him and dishonor Him.

      1. I understand that the true church is spiritual and not a building. My pastor teaches this he also teaches that not everyone that belongs to our church is in the true church and that Jesus is the Pastor of it, not him. However, he does teach that Jesus sends out others to be pastors that are after His (God/Jesus) own heart, as the bible says. The bible says how can we hear without a preacher? I believe a pastor is one who leads us to Jesus by preaching Jesus’ (THE Pastor) words. If you were to take everything you have on your website, and preach it to people on a particular day and at a set time, when convenient, what would you call it? Are you not pastoring, or leading, or sheparding, this certain group of people to Jesus, who is Pastor of all? My pastor teaches that he is no more qualified to know the Lord than any of us, but is simply chosen to be used for God’s glory. We have a building where we meet, and we call it church. What else would we call it? Before I joined this assembly of people, I was led by Jesus Himself to it, because I knew something was wrong with all the other churches I went to. So what am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to stop going to thus church where many of the truths you know is being preached, and just read your website? If I did, wouldn’t I be being led, or pastored, by you? What is the difference in my particular situation, keeping in mind that my earthly pastor acknowledges that he is not the mediator between me and Jesus, but just a messenger just like you? Would you not want to teach all you have to say here on this website to a group of people in a building where they can sit and ask questions and communicate and share testimonies in person?

      2. So, what if a pastor acknowledges that he is not the pastor of Jesus’ church, but the an earthly church, where God gathers people out of it to include in His (Jesus’) church? I am aware that many pastors do believe they are a pastor in Jesus’ church, but all don’t.

        1. All of the pastors I have ever known or heard of believe they are the kind of pastor you want – that is, one who believes that he is pastoring an earthly flock that he is seeking to be a subset of the flock of Jesus. That is, he doesn’t see Himself as taking Jesus’ place; rather, he sees himself as an under-shepherd of Jesus. I, too, used to view myself that way when I was a pastor. The problem with that view is that it assumes that the kingdom of God has not yet come. But for the kingdom of God not to have come would require that Jesus be a false prophet…which He most certainly is not. The problem arises because people are seeking the church instead of the kingdom. Yet if you read the New Testament, you see the church in those pages seeking the kingdom. They longed for it, they waited for it. And to those who were faithful, it came. The least we can do is embrace this kingdom. What was future tense for them is present tense for us.

          1. I understand that, but is the kingdom come fully? Or has it came but is still coming? Are we at the fulfillment of the kingdom already? I would think that if it were fully here, then there wouldn’t be all of these things going on in the world, and the people who are in the kingdom would be ruling it. I do believe Jesus’ kingdom has already came, but I see it as a process that has began (came) but is still in the process of being birthed completely. Not to get too erotic, but we’re all adults. When a man “comes” into a woman, as you may or may not know represents the church, then a baby is not instantly born. It just means the birthing process has began. LOL that’s the best way I can explain it right now.

            So, if the kingdom is already fully here, and there is no need for more process, then why has Jesus not yet came back in the flesh, like a baby who was once inside their mother comes out, in the flesh, of their mother? I’m honestly trying to understand. Do you believe that Jesus is coming back in the flesh? If so, what is He waiting for if the kingdom is already completely here?

            Also, I thought we would be in new, immortal, incorruptible bodies once the kingdom was fully implemented in the earth, being that to reign over the earth we could not be made of earth (flesh). I’m not sure about what you believe about that. Please help me!

            1. I’m sorry, I said Jesus “coming back in the flesh”, but what I should have said was in the physical, meaning that people who are in the flesh will be able to see Him with their flesh. I have to get out of the habit of saying that, because I don’t believe Jesus will ever be in flesh again.

          2. On another note, are there different positions in the kingdom? Or is everyone at the same level? I always thought of it as a body, some being part of the neck, some being part of the lips, etc. Can you please explain that for me? Thank you so much.

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