The Tale of Two Churches

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When the world is divided into factions and fractions, there is only two causes of this. Right and wrong. Good and evil. Each of these claim to be correct, but both cannot be. This message is a timely one that will either get you blood to boil or set you free. The choice is yours to make.

The Tale of Two Churches

Gail D Prentice

 

There are 61 mainline Baptist Denominations.  However, there are more than 300 Baptists Denominations in the US.

There are approximately 19 Wesleyan/Methodist denominations.

There are well over 700 Pentecostal denominations.

There are over 40 Lutheran denominations.

There are approximately 250 Catholic denominations calling themselves Christian.

There are approximately 6222 different so-called Christian denominations in the US combined.

The amazing part of this is that each one believes that they have the only right answer to get to Heaven or reach whatever plateau they claim.

There was a split in the south of the Black Primitive Baptist Church that blew my mind a few years ago.

Concerning the ordinance of foot washing, the split was over which foot should be washed first.  The right or the Left.  Now tell me, can people really get that fickle?  Answer is, YES they can.

We could include a staggering number of non-Christian denominations or sects, but that number is also huge.  They also believe that they are the only right answer.

But in truth, there is only two churches.

The First Church of the World and The Only Church of God.  I am not talking about the Church of God denomination either.  There are several denominational varieties of those.

I am talking about the believers of the one True God, the Creator of the universe, the Creator of man and everything that exists.

I preached in a very large Nazarene Church in Kansas City once.  In my minds eye, or in the spirit I could see the Word of God head out to the first row of pews.  Because I was not a Nazarene, they just tossed it over their shoulder into the row behind them.  This continued until the very last row of pews and they tossed the Word of God over their shoulder onto the floor against the wall.  It was piling up in an ugly heap.

I stopped and said, “Did you know that there is not going to be one Nazarene in Heaven?  No, none at all.”

You could hear chins hit the floor and teeth clattering on the floor.  People were gasping and looking shocked and even angry.

I continued.  “There isn’t.  There are not going to be any Methodists, Pentecostal, Baptists, Catholic, Episcalopians, Cathicostals or any other denomination in Heaven.  The only people that are going to be in Heaven are the blood bought, born again Christians.

“Denomination is not going to get you there.  If you are banking on your chosen denomination to get you into Heaven, you will be banking on that denomination LONG after the Christians are gone.”

That made some of them even more unhappy, but some grasp the concept, and we could move on from there. I think some of them ran to the back of the church and started gathering some of what they threw over their shoulder.

Now, let’s look at the Word of God and see where we are tonight.

We need to note, and you should, when you get home, read Matthew 21:23 through Mathew 23.  Jesus was in the temple speaking to the religious leaders.  In Mathew 24, Jesus left the temple and spoke to the people and His disciples.

Matt 24:1-8, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

What we have here is a horrific chain of events and actions that should curdle your girdle.

I said at the beginning of this message that there were 6222 so-called Christian denominations just in the United States.  Can you name one of them that will say that their doctrine is just a little skewed and wrong, but it is what I want to believe, so that makes it okay?

Can you hear the leaders and promoters of these denominations proclaim that they have the right answer for the world to follow and to save the lost and unaffiliated?

6222 “perfect” doctrinal differences of belief for the unsaved to wade through and sort out which doctrine is the right fit for them.

I use the term the right fit because that is a very common term for what is being used in the world today.

People are looking for the job that is the right fit for them.  They are looking for a mate, that is the right fit for them.  They are looking for a car that is the right fit for them. “And the beat goes on and on and on and on…”

I would venture to say that NONE of these 6222 variations of what they think is the perfect doctrine is perfect.

Every denomination has built a (little g) god box.  This god box is constructed to be very pleasing to the occupants.  It is pleasing to look at, pleasing to stand in, pleasing to sit in.  It is pleasing to the lusts of their heart and justifies what they want to be acceptable to God and blasts what they want to be sin.  Then they write in a clause that leaves a door open to change their pet doctrine at any time to accommodate their newest pet sin.

I call it a god box, because they will accept God as long as He will operate within the confines of that man made box.  Should God decide to do something that is outside of their box, He is denied, and His work is denied entrance. 

Listen carefully, can you hear them say, “God!  You know that we do not accept that doctrine, even though it is in the Bible, we do not want that to take place in our box.  We understand that You had the Bible written by man, but in our opinion, this is just man’s opinion and we do not want to accept that particular part.”

The real (capital G) God Box, on the other hand is much smaller than the god box that man makes.  God’s Box says, this is how it works, either accept the Truth as I have said, or you do not belong in My box.  You cannot bring your box with you.  Your box is polluted and far too big and inclusive of sin to be in My box.

Does that accurately describe what is going on in these 6222 denominations and hundreds of thousands of churches?

Does that accurately describe what is going on in America?

So now, how many of the 6222 god boxes do not make the cut?  What a dilemma!  But it doesn’t stop with the denominational church.

Matt 24:9-15,, “9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Here it gets personal.  Because of the confusion, pride, arrogance, selfishness, and lust for sin, man in his god box has gone completely bug-nutty.

They will turn on each other, they will hate each other.  They will do whatever they can to belittle each other, denounce each other, and destroy each other.  They will do whatever they can to exalt themselves as a group and as an individual, to the point of self-proclaiming themselves a prophet or even messiah.

Though this isn’t really prevalent in the religious world yet, it is coming faster than we can imagine.  This is happening today and has been for quite some time but not well publicized.

However, today, we see this in politics, in friendships or lack thereof.  It is a love/hate relationship.

Politically, we are just as messed up and even worse.  We have Democrats, who love the notoriety of being the House majority, and Senate majority.  They love being the power on the throne of the American presidency, and they hate the Republicans, and will do whatever is necessary to destroy them.

The Republicans are no different. They hate the Democrats being in power and they want some control of their own.

Politically, there is virtually no possibility of unification.  Both parties have seen to that and the other want each other destroyed.

Our government is so split, there is no way, it is not possible to restore unity or common sense back into Washington.  Laws are coming that will bear this out as the new government legislates violently against anything or anybody that opposes their political platform.  If it isn’t this president, it will be the next.

Religiously, Catholics detest the Pentecostals, Baptists hate the Pentecostals, everybody hates the Jehovah Witnesses, the Jehovah Witness hate the Mormons, and the list goes on and on and on.

Gangs hate each other and do not even know why.  Churches hate each other for no other reason than having a different shingle over the door.  Divorce is rampant in the USA today and it is amazing that there can be so much hate between two people that got married and brought children into the world.

Children hate their parents to the point of divorcing them because of irreconcilable differences.  Children hate their parents with such vitriol that they murder them.

Parents hate their children to the point of denouncing them from the family or murdering them.

There really isn’t such a thing as true love anymore.  It is lust or hate.  Because sin is so exalted in today’s society and culture, love is growing obsolete and annoying.  True love is nothing more than something in a fairytale of living happily ever after.

What is a Christian to do?  I am so glad that you asked.

Matt 24:16-23, “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.”

Because 6222 religious organizations have declared so much wrong for so long, there is only one thing that is dependable to believe.  The Word of God.  That is it.  Almost all of those who have proclaimed to be watching for your soul have turned out to be on the watch for their pocketbook and their clout as a leader or as a denomination.

In the very near future, there will be a governmental move against the Church and many of those 6222 will heed the government’s ill advice to maintain their worshipped 501(c)(3) status.

Heed this next warning because it is upon us this very night.

Matt 24:24-29, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”

Western culture Christians believe they are persecuted when someone speaks bad of them on Facebook because of their faith.  They feel persecuted when they don’t get elected as elder or deacon.  They feel persecuted when they do not get the perfect job, or they get an ingrown toenail.  With all these trials, surely the rapture is coming as soon as tomorrow.

Only in this western culture is the “pretribulation rapture” promoted so strongly.  Truth be known, NOBODY, not even Jesus knows when the rapture will be.  But here something to strongly consider.  Why does the western culture believe that they will be exempt from trials and persecution?  Why do they feel that they will not have to suffer and that the rapture will happen before they do?

Imagine being imprisoned and tortured for the mere fact that you accept Christ as Lord and Savior.  Imagine being placed in a cage and set on fire for being a Christian.  Imagine being stoned to death for being a Christian.  Imagine being beaten to death for being a Christian.  Imagine being hunted like an animal because you are a Christian.  This is happening all over the world today in other nations.  Why are they not exempt from persecution?

That isn’t happening in the United States today, but it is looking like it just might start in the very near future.

Matthew needs to be proclaimed loudly and often.  This really could be a several weeklong series of messages but take the time to read it for yourself.

The First Church of the World is at odds with The Only Church of God.  The First Church of the World wants to destroy The Only Church of God.

They will lie, cheat, distort, connive, kill, or whatever it takes to eliminate The Only Church of God.

The Word of God tells us that very plainly, and it is happening right now, politically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I have not even scratched the surface of what needs to be conveyed to the Christian community in the few verses that we have read this evening.  What I have brought out should be examined much deeper and that would take several weeks of sermons to effectively cover.

Truth is, I am not sure that we have weeks to look at a few verses.  With what is coming down the road a breakneck speed, we need to take the Truth of the Word of God out there to as many as will hear us.  Shout it from mountaintops and rooftops.  Proclaimed in the aisles of the stores and in our own homes.

If the American Christians struggle keeping the faith with an ingrown toenail, what in the world will they do when all Hell comes against them?  If the American Christian refuses to tell of Jesus salvation in the stores and streets of Wray or wherever you live because you do not want to be shamed for your faith or do not want to face the persecution of a friend scorning you, you had better check your spiritual oil.

Many of the 6222 denominations will fracture and join The First Church of the World, as will many weak-kneed, weak faithed Christians.  The persecution will be too much to bear.  The easy path will be co-existing with The First Church of the World.

The Only Church of God is going to be tougher.  It is going to be violently attacked.  It is going to be cheated of many of the rights and dignities of living.

The division between The First Church of the World and The Only Church of God will be nearly identical to the division between the Democrats and the Republicans, only it will be worse.

Josh 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Choose this day whom you will bow to.  A political party that screams destruction of any political differences and doctrinal sin or the God of all gods and the King of kings.

Choose this day whom you will serve.  The gods of blatant sin or the God of all mankind, the God of creation, the One True God.

Folks, we are at a crossroad right now.  We are at a point in prophetical history that we need to stand for God or fall for sin.

I can’t make that choice for you.  You need to do that for yourself.  What is your choice?


Submitted: January 10, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Gail-D-Prentice. All rights reserved.

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moa rider

I find it fascinating what people believe, why they believe and how come that belief came about. We don't have to agree with the beliefs of other people(s) but at the very least we can respect them. I was asked by an African girl, 'How come people from rich countries don't go to church very much, while nearly everyone in poor countries go to pray, but remain poor and unhealthy?' An interesting question from a 10 yo girl. Seems to me the goal of all religions is to gain entrance to heaven or paradise. The question I have is, 'We have a great place here on Earth, so why can't we make it heaven, and when your time is up, its up?' Of course the answer is people... Usianguke

Sun, January 10th, 2021 9:14pm

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You are right.

Sun, January 10th, 2021 3:06pm

D. Thurmond aka JEF

I found it interesting that you picked a Black Church to use as an example. How about the white baptist Churches that don't believe in baptism, or the thousands of mixed churches that are social organizations more than anything else. -- I prefer to do what Jesus said as best I can, ("Do Unto others as you would have them do unto you,"). Let's let God do the judging, God is going to do that anyway, and treat each other as Jesus said. --- Oh, and as far as who's church is best, "In My Father's House there are many mansions." Christians don't reflect on this saying enough. --- As far as Tomorrow goes, Matt 6:34

Mon, January 11th, 2021 12:35am

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Get real. If I identified every split of every church, it would take years to illuminate the idiocy. I am not racist, I just found it interesting how they could split over something like that. That was something that I was personally in tune with at that time. I was preaching a revival in one of the black churches when it happened. The pastor thought it was as ridiculous as I did.
I guess I am not as 'spiritual' as you claim to be, or not as 'educated' and politically correct. Are people so thin skinned as to not look at the whole without judging before they can grasp the actual point of the message?

Sun, January 10th, 2021 6:34pm

Celtic-Scribe63

I find it ludicrous how people can take one chapter out of a book and turn that one chapter into their own personal Bible and use it as a bench mark to live their life by. It is read out of context, twisted and distorted, and misinterpreted.
Saying that! I still cannot understand how in this day and age, anyone can follow the writing of a two-thousand-year-old fireside fable.
Good article, by the way.
Regards

Mon, January 11th, 2021 10:22am

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OK, thanks. There are many who agree with you and many more will join you thought process. However, at this point in time, we are all allowed have our own opinion. In the future and that is not too far off, I believe, that only one opinion will be allowed. There will come legislation to curtail any thought processes when it fails to align itself with the governing party, whoever that may be.
I am sure that many will disagree with that as well, but only time will tell.
Thanks for your feedback.

Mon, January 11th, 2021 7:29am

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