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If I Became A Christian

I not sure why I'm asking this, but if a person was to believe this Jesus and become a Christian, which churches are acceptable and which one's are not. I know they all can't be right, because of the differences.

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Dennis, Jesus came for one purpose, to die as the perfect sacifice for our sin. The ministry of Jesus was to teach the deciples the true meaning of the law & to demonstrate that he is the son of God, hince the parables. Jesus did not want to be accepted as the messiah, he knew that he had to die. He taught "transition" from the laws that he fulfilled to the New covenant or contract with God. The church is the result of the covenant.
---Chip on 4/10/08

Jesus the Messiah DID NOT come to earth to found the "Christian" church. He came to testify to the Truth. Today's Christian church comes from Catholicism (councils of Nicea, Leodicea), a diluted 'Romanized' version of Judaism, constructed by Paul (Saul- a gentile and a Roman citizen) employed by Rome for the purpose of mitigating the conflict and stopping the rebellion of the Jews against Rome. Paul was in constant conflict with James, Peter, and John in the Jerusalem assembly over doctrine.
---Dennis on 4/9/08

Dr.Rich Have you had a meeting with Jesus as Pual did? How well do you know him & do you believe that you know Jesus more or better than Paul? If so , on what do you base your opinion?
---Chip on 4/8/08

If you believed on Jesus and followed him with all your heart in sincerity and truth and an unfeigned love he would lead you to the right church by his Spirit.
You are right.
Many churches are nothing more than synagogues of satan.
---Frank on 4/8/08

Don't follow man's idea of church, place your foundation upon the straight testimony of Jesus given to us by His eyewitnesses. Remember Paul and Luke did not know Jesus and Luke wrote Acts too.
---Dr.Rich on 4/7/08

I wonder what Unbeliever would think if he read the whole of this blog?
---alan_of_UK on 4/8/08

First what a question as we all scurry off to find ways to prove our church. forget the church angle, they serve the purpose of gathering together. First build a relationship with Christ(God) by spending time with Him, through prayer, listening, and reading His Word. Then find like minded people to fellowship with. No human yet has all truth, it is a journey of discovery that all must go through. Enjoy the journey for the reward is sure.
---dan on 4/8/08

There are cults and false religions. If you really become a Christian, the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. New Christians can be vulnerable as the enemy doesn't give up that easily. Seek out strong Christians and God's grace is strong on the new Christian. He has ways of placing them right in your path, all around you. They can offer guidance to avoid joining a cult or false religion. Strong Christians bolster up new or young ones.
---Ted on 4/8/08

You're the church. Get alone with God and understand truth. No denomination is the right one. Be non-denominational and be called a believer or disciple only(personal opinion) because everyone claims to be christian these days. Matter of fact ask the Lord to lead you in looking for a church to avoid hit-and-miss and disappointment.
---Rennell on 4/7/08

Mark V: No I am no longer a sinner, but a child of God. Old things passed away, behold everything new. The old man moved out and the new man moved in. Whoever told you that your still a sinner even after you are born again lied to you. Because one can't be both. Since you believe your still a sinner. There is no reason to go any further because we will disagree. So what are you a Christian or a sinner? Chose ye this day.
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/08

Dear Questioner, Follow your own heart. Man-made laws will always differ, and I don't think anyone here will say, "Don't come to my church because it isn't that great." The truth of Jesus is this: He loves you with all of his being. He listens to your every thought, every prayer you utter. Simply talk to him, you don't need to find the 'right' church. He's waiting!
---deb on 4/7/08

#5. Rebecca: When God gives us saving faith, we never lose it. It might be weak and many times seems like not there but it is always there because it comes from God, "looking unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith" God never makes mistakes with His children.
---Mark_V. on 4/7/08

Rebecca, I don't know where to start. Everything you wrote is wrong. I don't know who descipled you, but whoever it was did not know what they were saying or teaching. You said, "When I was a sinner" Rebecca, you are still a sinner as everyone else. You have not been glorified yet. We are been sanctified. You said, "I believe Jesus was real" The devil believed He was real too. Yet he didn't have saving faith.
---Mark_V. on 4/7/08

#2. Rebecca: That saving faith which enables us to trust in Christ and His works on the cross for our lives. That is what saving faith does to us. You said, "Jesus was drawing me to Him and I let Him" When God is drawing you to him you don't even realize it because you were use to do the desires of your heart which was to do the will of your father the devil. You were a slave to sin, and the devil when God drew you to Him.
---Mark_V. on 4/7/08

#3. Rebecca: 2 Tim. 2:25,26 reads, "God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will." Thats who you were when God decided to grant you repentance and brought you to the truth. The Holy Spirit brings you to life and you awaken to the things of God and brings you alive to Christ. God does this by first giving you a new heart. A heart that will have saving faith.
---Mark_V. on 4/7/08

#4 Rebecca: He gives you the eyes to see and the ears to hear and when you hear the gospel of Christ, you believe it and understand it and you commit your life to Him. You place your life and repent of your sin, and He in return gives you the gift of eternal life for your commitment. Christ imputes His own righteousness on you because your own righteousness are as filthy rags, because they never included Christ. We are sinners who have been forgiven.
---Mark_V. on 4/7/08

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Mark V. When I was a sinner, I believed Jesus was real. I believed the miracles he preformed with my own eyes, that made me bigger believer in him, but yet I was still a sinner. Jesus was drawing me to him, I let him in, then I became born again. I had to have faith and trust in him to save me. If not, then I couldn't have been saved. So you see, one has to believe in Jesus and have faith in him before he can save them. One can't believe ON Jesus to be saved, they have believe IN him.
---Rebecca_D on 3/31/08

Rebecca, Satan believes there is a God, He does not have faith in God. He is fallen. Satan talked to Jesus and tempted Him, but he was not placing his trust in the Lord. He was placing his trust in himself hoping that Jesus would do what he said. From Adam and Eve all descendants are separated from God, spiritually dead, and without hope. Dead in traspasses and sin. The Spirit has to bring life and convicted them of their sin. Without the Spirit convicting them they will remain separated from the Lord.
---Mark_V. on 3/29/08

Mark V. A lost person has to believe in Christ before they can be saved. That woman with the issue of blood, she has never met Jesus. But she has heard of this man who can heal the sick. She crawled to him because she believed in him. Satan believes in God and he trembles.
---Rebecca_D on 3/28/08

Rebecca, when I said the Spirit brings life, it is through the gospel that He brings life to the unbeliever. He brings light to the word of God so that we can understand it and see and hear the Lord. I wanted to make that clear just in case you didn't know. Thanks for asking and hope that I have helped you in your walk with Christ. Have a great day, I know I will since I am going to visit my dauther. Blessings in the name of the Lord.
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

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#2. are also saved if their hearts have been changed. When we commit our lives to Christ we are expressing what we feel already in our hearts. Making the commitment is acknowledging what we feel. An unbeliever has to be drawn by the Father, to be given life by the Holy Spirit, and be forgiven by the atonement of Christ. The lost are without hope. without God, without Christ, Eph. 2:11-13. No one expected the prostitute to attend the house of Simon, Her coming took great courage, and reveals
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

#3. the desperation with which she sought forgiveness. She didn't have to say the words for Christ to know her heart. Her actions spoke what was in her heart. Her weeping was an expression of deep repentance. Seeking is the act of those who are born again. God is changing many hearts and those whom He changes will come and make a commitment to Christ. Here is how it is Rebecca
The lost:
1. "do not understand, do not seek God, there is none who does good, no not one" Romans 3:11-18.
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

2. "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your fathers desires" John 8:44.
3. "No one can come to Me unless the Father who send Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day" John 6:44.
4. "And He said, this is why I told you that on one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by the Father" John 6:65.
5. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to claim anything coming from us,
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

our sufficiency is from God" 2 Cor. 3:5.
6. "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake" Phili. 1:29.
Our new hearts come from God, and with that new heart comes the gifts necessary for our redemption, a new life, faith, repentance, salvation, and the imputation of Christ righteousness to cover our sinful flesh.
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

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#6. There is many who say the salvation words and they mean nothing. Their hearts were never change to began with. And they walk away for good. Some struggle with their new hearts, and it is a battle between the Spirit and the flesh. To others it is very easy life. Each habit we had will be taken away by God, because we have Christ who helps us. He has said without Him we can do nothing. Praise be to God He has given His Son for the forgiveness of our sins.
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

Rebecca, Luke 7. Before the prostitute could come to Christ, her heart had been changed by God already, for she was seeking Christ, she was a believer already. She had faith, and repentance in her heart before she walked in to Simon's house. Unbelievers are called unbelievers because they have no faith. The lost (unbelievers) do not seek after Christ. If all the prostitutes had faith already, they too would have come to Christ. Saying the words orally does not save us. Those that connot speak
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

Mark V. A sinner has to believe in Jesus before they can get saved. Remember the story about the woman who heard of Jesus, believed in Jesus. She stood before Jesus crying, she washed his feet with her tears and wiped his feet with her hair and anointed them with ointment. That woman was a sinner. But she believed IN Jesus before she came to him. Luke 7:37-48. So don't tell me that a sinner can't believe before they come to Jesus, cause God's word proved you wrong.
---Rebecca_D on 3/19/08

Rebeca, no one lost believes in the Lord Jesus Christ. If he is lost he has no faith. How can he believe without faith? How can he have faith if he is not alive to Christ? He has to be born again in order to believe. We don't believe in order to be saved, We believe because we are saved.
---Mark_V. on 3/19/08

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The true church would be about 2000 years old since it was instituted by Christ. It would adhere to the same beliefs as the early church fathers.
---janet on 3/19/08

Catherine: What do you mean when you asked this man, Did God chose you? Since you said that to him, he thought you were saying that he couldn't become a Christian. First you ask him if God chose him, then you asked what was he waiting for? Some of the things you say are really out there. Apparently this man was under conviction, that was why he asked the question. You don't ask a sinner, did God chose you. My answer to you is, God doesn't call the qualified he qualifies the called.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/08

Catherine-"If you were to become a Christian? Did God choose you, if not it makes no difference."

Ask God if it possible if he chooses people he foreknew would believe. For belief is not a work and salvation is not by works(Ephesians 2:8-9),salvation is by grace through faith. I believe it is a mistake to say God chooses first, then comes faith, no I believe it is those whom God foreknew he chose and predestined(Romans 8:29).
---Matthew_from_LA on 3/18/08

If this wasn't so then God did an enie minie mo on who will be saved and who wouldn't, and quite frankly, that seems too unfair and unjust. A person may not be able to say say "I will be a Christian", and become one ,but one can say "I believe in Christ" and become one.(Luke 12:18) Of course not everyone who says this will be saved as Jesus said in Matthew 7:21.
---Matthew_from_LA on 3/18/08

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God told us to pray for everyone, including the men in political offices(unsaved) in (1 Timothy 2:1-3). We are told the reason to do this is because God desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the Gospel in verse 4.
---Matthew_from_LA on 3/18/08

My friend. I do not lie. Believing in Jesus, believing in the whole concept is not salvation. You must be saved by God's Blood. Please do not be fooled. I have a whole family who is in this dilemma. It bothers me more and more. As far as church goes. You better ask God. Go by the power of the Person of the Holy Spirit. And have a party. Ignore the ugly looks from others, when the Person of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, my friend. Just a little warning, here
---catherine on 3/17/08

First of all, a person can believe in Jesus and still be lost (a sinner). God must first convict a person of their sins then that person can ask God into their heart. After that if this person doesn't know what church to go to. Seek God and he will lead this person to the church he can use them the most. Your right not all churches are right. if a church lets sin behind the pulpit (example gays) it isn't a church that God abides in.
---Rebecca_D on 3/16/08

Join a christian church, non denominational.Especially if you do not have a church background. Your persuasion is important, I think. You may have to search or look into the different kinds of denominations. Are you Baptist, Pentacostal, Lutheran and so on. The differences are in the way we worship and praise God. Each church also has different ministries. But one thing we should ALL have in common is the doctrines and beliefs of the Christian faith. These should not differ.
---Robyn on 5/25/07

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Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Who really understands the scripture? Let me explain, Listen up.>>>It is for all practical religion. What is the life of a true Christian but a life of prayer? He that thus calls upon Him shall be saved. It is but ask and have; Now, this scripture has got to be the most misunderstood, in the Word Of God. Except they believe that He is God, they will not call upon Him by prayer. [Duty of Prayer, you need grace].
---catherine on 5/8/07

Unbeliever, Jim is right. If God is calling you into salvation, what are you waiting for? You won't be sorry. I will pray for you. I only hope that what Jim and myself is thinking is true. Heaven is better than hell, my friend. And don't worry about what to say, Jesus will help you. Have a good day.
---catherine on 4/23/07

unbeliever....The simple fact that you are asking the question is a sign that GOD is calling you.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and surrender your life to Him.Repent of your sins and ask for forgivness.Put all your Faith in Christ.You will find the joy and peace of GOD.Most of all ,you will be a Child of GOD.(Gal.3:26)Find a good Bible based church.
---JIM on 4/23/07

1- it must be founded upon Jesus Christ alone; he is the only real Everliving Mediator whom alone accepts our prayers and worship; 2- No unholy bibles permitted in the church nor read from the pulpits, currently being no bibles used in church after the 1611 KJV, for they contain a magnanimous amount of heresies and false doctrines; 3- the church must use and obey the New Testament A.D. Commands of Jesus alone, and not wrongly propagate any abolished leaven of the Old Testament B.C.
---Eloy on 4/23/07

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Hi unbeliever; oh my gosh, don't let anyone discourage you from seeking God and coming to Him! In Hebrews, it talks about Jesus being our High Priest; He WANTS to intercede for you and me--that's what He came for, after all. :) Praying for you dear; Mary
---Mary on 4/22/07

Ryan Z; Wherever I go, God is there with me. When I go to the store, God is there. When I go outside and play with my kids, God is there. When I go to church, God is there. I know he dwells in me. Church has many different names, House of God 1 Tim 3:15, House of the Lord Ps 23:6, Santuary Ps 77:13, House of Prayer Mat 21:13, Holy place Heb 9:12. There are more. The building as you call church is figuratively speaking 2 Cor 5:1.
---Rebecca_D on 4/22/07

greetings.Unbeliever.The 'saving truth' is the key .Many religionists teach it .Many religionists also teach restrictions upon man for their disbelief of unrelated doctrines,creeds and traditions of men.Jesus taught the 'saving truth'Born again,the birth of a soul, so that man experiences a good relationship with his Father to become one with him in his efforts to encourage others to enlarge the kingdom of God.Not in the name of honor but in the name of Jesus
---earl on 4/22/07

God said that whoever will seek him will find him. He sent his son Jesus to make it really simple for you. As far as chuches go, some people get finicky and demanding as time goes on. Not one church has everything perfectly right and no church has everything completely wrong. You can have a fun time searching for one that needs you and will encourage your new faith.
---john on 4/21/07

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Rebecca_D I will "Get off your back" when you cease posting scriptural inaccuracies. Scripture says that God does not dwell in buildings made with human hands. You deny scripture?
---Ryan_Z on 4/21/07

Rebecca_D, ** When I go to church, God is there with me, because I bring him with me.**

God resides within the Christian. He is not some buddy that you bring along with you. You get very frustrated and the reason is you reitterate a lot of pop-evangelical babbel. This seeker, unbeliever, asked an honest question and your response was removed from scripture and warrented correction.
---Ryan_Z on 4/21/07

catherine. so your saying that I can't become one?
---unbeliever on 4/21/07

You don't have to go to church to believe in Christ. It's great, it's supportive and it helps you grow closer to Christ. But don't let not knowing what church to belong to stop you from being called. With prayer you will find the right Church, Trust in the Holy Spirit to guide you. But first believe and the joy will be so profound and transforming that you will be glad you made that decision.

---grace3869 on 4/21/07

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If I were you, I would log on to the God Channel it is found on the internet with Rory & Wendy Alec, and I would send them an e-mail, they have a network of information, and they have the highest web rating in the world right now. Based out of London, and D.C.
---Cynthia_1 on 4/21/07

If you don't know which church you want I suggest if you are male attend an Interdenominational Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship,if female Womens Aglow Fellowship. This way you will be able to hear the Word of God out of a church setting. There are people saved,filled with the Holy Ghost, and grow in the Lord through these groups. They are well balanced and have advisors from several different churches so only the doctrine of Jesus is taught and encouragement from other's experiences.
---Darlene_1 on 4/21/07

When a person decide to give their life to Christ they no longer walk in darkness but in light when that happen let Him direct your path He will show you right from wrong and you will make the right decision on which church you want to fellowship in it's all about a relationship with God
---Roxanne on 4/21/07

Hello unbeliever. It is nice to know that you are inquiring. I have found from experience that the most accepting church is the non-denominational. They teach the gospel and really encourage you to get to know Jesus personally and to have a relationship with Him. And when you are starting out, that is the most important thing you can do.
---Jacqueline on 4/21/07

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Ryan Z; get off of my back. Why do you have to critize all the answers that doesn't agree with yours? When I go to church, God is there with me, because I bring him with me. So yes he is in the house, dwells in the house. I can't say so much about yours.
---Rebecca_D on 4/21/07

If you are an unbeliever you are starting out clean. Go to a Church where they just teach Jesus. Not a saint or Mary or a Priest or a Pastor or beads or statutes or an idea or any other means. These things will draw you away from God's truth, rather than closer to Him. Just Jesus, there is no other way. I promise that you will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, and who knows you could do great things for God and glorify Him. God can do great work through a broken vessel.
---Seth on 4/21/07

There is only one church, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ. Join His church that you may become a member of His kingdom. Fellowship were ever you are fed the word of God, & if you become hungry for His word, you will know it when you hear it. Denominational religion is the mother of the apostate church. Stay out of babylon with its confusion, controversy & divisions, unless you know that you have been called there as witness.
---joseph on 4/21/07

If you were to become a Christian? Did God choose you, if not it makes no difference.
---catherine on 4/21/07

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Dear Unbeliever, There are some, but certainly not all, "churches" (either independent, or which associate with other like-minded Believers in other locations), which will teach and encourage you to grow in Christ according to Scripture. But there's no such thing as a 'perfect' local 'church'! ONLY the head of the Body of Christ (which includes true Believers from all 'churches'), JESUS Himself, is perfect. The rest of us are at our best when keeping our eyes on HIM; doing His will, not our own.
---danie9374 on 4/21/07

Dear Brother, I pray that you will remove the first two letter word.. IF, then you will BE a Christian, and only then you will
KNOW & experience this Divine super-natural love of Jesus Christ, the Peace of Christ,
the Joy of Christ, and He will lead you to the right Church. Like a little child, invite Jesus to come into your heart, to be your Personal Lord & Saviour, and you would have made the Most Important & Wisest Decision in your entire life. Brian 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 4/20/07

Dear Brother, I pray that you will remove the first two letter word.. IF, then you will BE a Christian, and only then you will
KNOW & experience this Divine super-natural love of Jesus Christ, the Peace of Christ,
the Joy of Christ, and He will lead you to the right Church. Like a little child, invite Jesus to come into your heart, to be your Personal Lord & Saviour, and you would have made the Most Important & Wisest Decision in your entire life. Brian 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 4/21/07

if a church lets sin behind the pulpit (example gays) it isn't a church that God abides in.
---Rebecca_D on 4/20/07

God does not dwell in buildings made of stone. The building you go to is not the critical issue. You must first be allowed to have access to the Son then God will point you in the direction He wants you to go.
---Ryan_Z on 4/20/07

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Jack, what does longevity have to do with anything? Israel had the law given to them by GOd and over a period of time they polluted it and depended on their own traditions rather then listening to God. Longevity is not the key. An open and honest study of the scripture in small bible study groups will more commonly have more meat in one session as opposed to one year of 'church going.'
---Ryan_Z on 4/20/07

you are right not all churches are right .infact jesus said not everyone who say to me lord lord would enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven,so i advise you if you wont to find a righteous church then fine one where the peoples are teaching christ him crucifed and long as jesus is the head of the church it is acceptable to the
---mae on 4/20/07

non believer: this is what you may do to find out. I am inviting you to attend one of our SDA churches near you. They do a very indepth study of the Bible. By studying the Bible alone with them, you will definitely find what you want to know. They will definitely welcome you and answer any questions you may want to ask.Try it friend, and you will be surprised with what you will find in the teachings of the Bible. Please let us know on this forum how you go.
---jana on 4/20/07

Jesus Loves you with an eternal love, He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance, Romans 10:9-10, with the mouth confession is made to repentance, and none of us no what another minute or day will bring. Va. Tech, shootings, and an hour ago two men were just shot at Nasa. No one wants to burn in a devils hell for all eternity. Churches will fail, people fail, Just read your Bible each day, Then in prayer, ask God which church.
---Cynthia_1 on 4/20/07

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Go do some research and see which one can justly claim to be continuous from the beginning of Christianity and the time of Christ Himself.

Very few can honestly make that claim.
---Jack on 4/20/07

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