Not A Church Member
Some people claim they can be Christians w/o being a member of a church.
Can you imagine someone saying, "David, I want you to be my personal king, and I want to have a personal relationship with you, but I don't want to have anything to do with your kingdom, much less be a part of it."
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---Cluny on 4/8/19
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Jesus said, "by their fruits you shall know them". If a pastor or evangelist lives in a huge mansion and owns a fleet of limousines and several yachts and jets, yet many of his followers live in abject poverty, it's fairly easy to correctly conclude that he cares more about himself than about them.
---StrongAxe on 4/16/19|
\\I am 100% sure that the pastor does NOT know or does NOT care about the 'member'\\
How are you so sure, mike?
Or are we supposed to think that God revealed it to you?
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/16/19|
membership of the church - no wonder there are 'mega churches' & 'megapastors' who love their CEO president titles earning millions of $$$ bec. the believer are made to believe in 'membership'. guess what the 'megapastors' DO act like & behave like CEOs.
---mike on 4/16/19|
there are many members of the church but what is the real intention of the pastor? the size of the congregation & the money. I am 100% sure that the pastor does NOT know or does NOT care about the 'member' who does the ritual every 'sunday' he does NOT even know the name. it is the other way around. churches today are just business for profit. they would utter the word 'JESUS' 'grace' & at the end of the day, you are just another unknown 'member' the pastor makes money from.
---mike on 4/15/19|
The Church is not the Kingdom of God. It is only a part of the Kingdom of God. Also, being a Christians means being a member of "THE Church", not necessarily being a member of "A church".
Paul was an itinerant preacher, and wasn't a "member" of any of the churches he visited, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a Christian.
---StrongAxe on 4/12/19|
not a member of a church? the church will not save a soul - christ will. being in a group or the teaching of the majority is NOT always right. beware of false teaching.
---mike on 4/11/19|
\\Please take your time to meditate on what you are going to write, for by your sayings - what you are doing is, offending THE LORD'S POWER to work in different situations, groups and individuals: \\
Take your own advice, Melody.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/11/19|
\\You are openly judging most Christians\\
So do you, Melody.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/10/19|
Please take your time to meditate on what you are going to write, for by your sayings - what you are doing is, offending THE LORD'S POWER to work in different situations, groups and individuals: What does it mean to you, when THE LORD by demonstrating that HE IS THE GREAT "I AM" - brought the multitudes to recognize HIS DIETY? - and at the same time - HE also blessed those that were gather in small groups and imparted individual healing and miracles? - and yes! - in front of the Pharisees that under their hatred - seeing that, they were more infuriated to persecute HIM (for under the possession of their 'hypocritical/wicked/ religious spirit' couldn't accept GOD'S GIFT OF SALVATION = THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
---Melody on 4/10/19|
You are openly judging most Christians - just because we attend Christian Services when many are gathered - and not just two or three like you mention: Who are you to judge every Denominational Church, their Ministries and their Congregation? - it's true than in every church (and I'm referring to the Christian Congregations where THE LORD and HIS WORD are reverenced and honored) - it could be found to have truly committed Christians and others that aren't, but that doesn't give you the right to say that all of them have 'man-made rituals and traditions' -and those who attend (like myself) 'they have the knowledge of GOD, but deny THE POWER' - hope that you'll recognize your offensive false testimony against many and repent!
---Melody on 4/10/19|
All Christians are members of one true church, simply known as the Body of Christ.
We are saved from sin and death when we trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and his bodily resurrection. His sinless blood pays for our sins, earns forgiveness, and gives us eternal life.
Salvation is the gift of God by grace. It is not a product of Popes water baptism, confession, good works, church membership.
---michael_e on 4/9/19|
Melody wrote: "Of course, the reason that we attend the Christian Services..."
Christians who attend denominational "church" services are nothing more than hearers of the Word. they have the knowledge of God, but deny his power. In a denominational "church" service one is burdened by man-made rituals and traditions. Attending these services are impersonable.
When christians truly assemble is when two or more are gathered. It could be a park, a cafe, or even one's home. Small groups who meet daily as commanded mature and grow in Christ because they are a small knit "family." They are accountable to one another. They truly show love among each other.
---Steveng on 4/9/19|
_ What is CHRIST Church? _
Those who have being redeemed by THE LORD'S PRECIOUS BLOOD AND BY HIS SPIRIT have become CHRIST Body: As GOD'S WORD says: "Where two or three are gathered in MY NAME - I AM"!
Of course, the reason that we attend the Christian Services is in the admonition from THE LORD to us: "Not to forsake being in fellowship with other Christians" - and to keep on receiving The Guidance, Fortitude and increasing spiritual maturity as we listen to GOD'S WORD and in communion with others Brothers and Sisters to worship our LORD JESUS CHRIST in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!
---Melody on 4/8/19|
The ultimate commandment is Love, as in the verb form. One does not need to be a member of a denominational "church" to practice love as evidenced in the second resurrection. Sure, denominational christians can define love, but rarely know how to put it to use. They know who God is, but deny his power.
Today, love has practically evaporated from the face of this world.
---Steveng on 4/8/19|
God's Kingdom cannot be found in a church. His Kingdom is in the Spiritual Realm not in a physical church building. John 17:14-26.
Jesus preached on the mountains, from boats and in the villages and towns. The few times He taught in the synagogue He was persecuted and the leaders sought to kill Him. John 7:14-32.
The churches are the same today. Should Jesus walk in, they wouldn't recognize or acknowledge Him as teaching the Truth. I want to be a member of the Kingdom where Jesus, Himself laid the foundation. Matt 21:33-46.
---barb on 4/8/19|