Thursday, November 17, 2011

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism...

Unification in the primitive Church of Jesus Christ was not as easy as it seemed. This is apparent because of the apostate practices that soon arose and over time false precepts and ceremonies became binding traditions that led to the destruction and ultimately the demise of the Church. My purpose in writing this blog isn't to go into detail about what happened to Christs church after this apostasy had set in, but why the Apostles were so desperately trying to hold it all together in a sense. Paul teaches us in his epistle to the Ephesians,

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive"

-(Ephesians 4:11-14)

Modern day prophets.
Their relentless efforts to unify the saints was just as Paul stated; to come to a knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, and to keep us from being deceived. If we were to take this and apply it into the world today we would easily find that we are not in the unity of the faith. Even those of the Christian faith cannot agree on the same principles and doctrines. And if there is no unity, deception can creep in and can lead the souls of the children of men to an eternal destruction. However, God is not going to allow that to happen. In the above quoted scripture God gives us the solution to this problem. The answer is apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. 

The  Twelve Apostles today.
We can find comfort and peace knowing that if we are being led by prophets and apostles, we are not in the plains of uncertainty and will not be "tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine". So now we have some clues as to where the true body of Christ really resides. When we look around traditional religion and find neither prophets and apostles or a God who speaks, we then know what we need to seek.

That is the importance of the message that we as member's of Jesus Christ's church reestablished today, have to share. We have prophets and apostles. We have a God who, in His love, has reached out again to the children of men and are calling them to Zion. I know this to be true and invite you to consider the evidence that God has done just this; that He has called apostles and prophets today, that God continues to speak and is not bound by the false doctrines of men. 

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