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The True Church of the Lord Jesus-Christ.

 

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ or The Church of God is often difficult  to recognize for the majority. In fact, there is a French saying witch runs: << It is easier to lie to foreigners.>> Many people may have had experienced difficulties to tell apart  identical twin. But, the difference is obvious for the family members.  The same situation is often faced when one visits great personalities such as politicians or  show biz, which have more and more, nowadays, recourse to the doubles. But, believe it or not: Even if  “ president ”  and his “ double”, resemble themselves like  two drops of water; dear brothers and sisters, dear friends Net surfers, the difference from the double is very easy noticeable for the president’s wife, for his children as well as  for his immediate entourage. So, only the immediate entourage holds the precise distinctive marks that can allow new comers penetrate the mystery.

The Lord, like wise, also speaks about a similar phenomenon before His coming; the double of His church will be also operating. He says: < < 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. > > Matthew 24:24. But, glory be to God! The elect cannot be beguiled, because they are members of the family of God. Ephesians 1: 4, then Ephesians 2:19-20 which we read: < < Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God. > >

Here are fundamental questions that can help new comers penetrate the mystery:

1: What is a biblical church?

2: How do we become members of the Church of Jesus?

3: Who is the founder of the Church?

4: What is the message of the Church?

5: Can we go to heaven without the Church?

6: Who trains and sends the ministers to the Church?

What is a biblical church?  

The word church comes from Greek, ekklèsia, that means: Assembly. Petit Larousse dictionary defines it as a religious company founded by Jesus-Christ. According to the biblical dictionary: The Church is the totality of the people redeemed, since Pentecost, who form the body of Christ. The Holy Scriptures define it as < < invited to leave > >. The word was used for the first time in Exodus chapter 12 when Israelites had to leave Egypt, Acts 7: 38.

In connection with Matthew 4: 8-9, Jean 18: 36 and others, we are informed that the kingdoms and governments on this earth are still under the authority of Satan: Each country has a specific spirit, each generation has a specific spirit etc. For example; the spirit that the Devil has given to our time is to strip the woman. A decently dressed woman does not receive compliments, she is not encouraged by her entourage to respect her body, consequently she ends up walking in the street with the clothes which were worn, 50 years ago, by the insane ones and perverts. But, < < The invited to leave > > will leave all these spirits of the world and receive the spirit of God to serve Him in Spirit and Truth. John 4: 23-24. They are really separated from the world, as it is written << And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.>> 2 Corinthians 6:15-16. Like any normal person, the members of the Church live in the world, but they are not of the world, John 17: 14-16. The term BROOD and the withdrawal of believers from their normal life is not a biblical practice. It is not a matter of physical separation as it was in Exodus, but of spirit. Believers are separated from the world by the word they carry in them, Which is not mixed with any human thought. They are the people regenerated by an incorruptible seed, by the alive and permanent Word of God, 1 Peter 1: 23 They live in the world, but the spirit of the world is not in them, 1 John 2: 15-17.

How do we become members of the Church?

The Church is the mystical body of Jesus Christ, and not an organization of  men . Saint Paul writes <<for as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. > > 1 Corinthians 12: 12 To verse 13, he explains why a Christian is that one who lives according to celestial spirit. A true believer does not behave according the spirit of  white, black, yellow, American, Canadian etc < < For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. > > 1 Corinthians 12: 13. So, the entrance into the Church of Jesus Christ is done by the reception of the Spirit of God . This is really opposed to the signature of a so called “card of member” because, the members of the true church are registered in heaven << But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect >> Hebrews 12:22-23. It is by the new birth that we enter in the Church. The same way  that we are born carnally  to be member of our natural families, also we must born from the spirit of God to belong to the family of God. One joint not to the Church of living God – One must born in it. < < Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. > > John 3: 3-7, Romans 8: 7-9. Galatians 3: 26-29.

Who is the Founder Of The Church?

The Church is founded by Jesus Christ , Matthew 16: 18 < <... And Me, I say to you that you are Peter, and that on this stone (Rock) I will build My Church > >, and It was inaugurated in the year 34 AC, in Jerusalem. The Lord Jesus Christ is the founder and supreme Authority, Ephesians 1: 22 < < And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. > > Colossians 1:17-18. As the spouse is supposed to submit to her husband, likewise the Church is  submitted to Christ who is her Head, Ephesians 5: 22-33. That is why she cannot be rejected as it will be for believers and the rulers of the church-doubles, (MT 7: 21-23). The parallel between Christ and His Church is in Genesis 2:23: As Adam exclaimed for Eve << This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh >> likewise the Lord will  recognize His assembly < < word of His word, spirit of His spirit > >. Saint Paul showing the parallelism between the bride of Adam, and that of Jesus Christ, he says: < < For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.> > 2 Corinthians 11: 2-3. It becomes obvious that the Church is typified in the prophetic word by a woman, because she is the recipient of the word (seed) of Her head, Christ. The one who does not receive exclusively the seed of Her celestial husband is called prostitute, Apocalypse 17: 15.

What Is The Message Of The Church?

The message of the Church has never changed; it is  the Message of the redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation with God. It always starts with the calling of the repentance, conversion, water baptism, sanctification until the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2: 38-39, the day of the inauguration, we read < < Pierre says to them: Repent, and that each one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit ? > >. This verse is a regulation or form that  each child of God must fill out in order to enter the Church that is founded by Jesus-Christ. This form should not know any change, under pretext of the country, of generation or of race, because it was to be presented in the whole world, and  all the nations, Marc 16: 15-16. < < Then he says to them: Go in the whole world and preach the good news with all creation. That which will believe and which will be baptized will be saved, but that which will not believe will be condemned . > > Luke 24: 47. My brothers and sisters, dear Net surfers, the call of the repentance still resounds: Repent and leave all practices and teachings that are not concord with the Holy Bible.

Can one go to the heaven without the Church?

In John 14: 1-3, the Lord gives us a promise which is, up to now, not realized yet. He says < < Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.> >. Saint Paul explains why this promise relates only to those who are in Christ (death or alive). Other believers that believed what seemed to them good, will resuscitate  with the second resurrection, and will appear to the judgment of the white throne, Apocalypse 20: 11-15. While the group of Saint Peter, Paul and of all true prophets and apostles sent of God, is taken in the first resurrection. The promise of John 14: 1-3, will happen with The True Church and not with The Modern Church or The Double . The fulfillment of the promise of Jesus to His disciples will certainly happen as  it is written in 1 Thessalonians  4:15-18 < < But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord > >. 1 Corinthians 15: 50-53. And Saint Peter, in 2 Peter 3: 3-10. The following scripture will be fulfilled with the True Church (The Bride) : < < Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. > > Apocalypse 20: 6.

Who sends and trains the ministers of this Church?

It can be seen that from Genesis 2: 15-16, Exodus 4: 15 to Jesus Christ; The Lord Him self is the one who trains and sends His ministers. He says: < < Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. > > John 13: 20, John 20: 21, Mathieu 10: 40 etc. While the false Church will persecute and stone the messengers of God, The true Church of Living  God will receive the ministers sent by God. < < Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute… > > Luke 11: 49. Even in our time, the Lord has His messengers. Brother Williams Marrion Branham was a true man of God sent to our generation. He stood for the Truth in each and every bible teaching as Saint Paul did, and it is through His Ministry that we know and understand these things. Brother Branham being taken to be with the Lord, God has never mark a pause as some  people dare say, but He appointed a Teaching Ministry with brother Ewald-Frank who has been working for more than 40 years in collaboration with brother Alexie Barilier and all other true servants who have a sincere respect for the Mandate that the Lord, entrusted by audible voice to Ewald-Frank the morning of April 2, 1962. So, in His Church, God always has His messengers or apostles, His prophets? < < 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 > > Ephesians 4:11-12. The true men of God are in continuous opposition and without slackening against all that does not proceed from the Word of God. As it was with king Ahab and Jezebel, 1 Kings 18, who trained prophets so that they could foretell him his desires, 2 Chronicles 18: 12-13, thus it is nowadays; there are organizations or universities which train pastors, evangelists, even prophets so that they can  preach their doctrines instead of the doctrine of the apostles. But, as it was for Saul (Apostle Paul), Acts 8: 1, Acts 9: 1-20, who was trained by the Pharisee  teacher of the law, Gamaliel, Acts 22: 3, got converted, also some men, trained by  men’s system end up receiving a divine call and leave the organizations to be able to preach the only and eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ. The exit of Martin Luther from catholic system with his 95 theses (1517) is one of the numerous examples.

In the light of Holy Scriptures, any person of goodwill can realize that what many call < < Church > > is not church in front of God and His word.  If we simply follow the model of those who were approved by God before us, we will easily note that the true Church has precise identifications which do not leave any uncertainty.  The true Church is identified as:  Church  Bride of Jesus Christ, the elect, Assemble of the First Born, Hebrew 12:  23  Whereas the imitation or the double  is identified as prostitute, because she takes the seed of different teachers of the religious world, and not only the seed of Christ  that she claims to be bride too.  She lives in infidelity toward Christ. 

So, ladies and gentlemen, in this very day, God places you in front of a conscious choice:  Between the truth (the true Church) and the lie (The double of the church).  In which church do wish you to belong?  God blesses you!  < < ¶Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep  those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. > > Revelation 1:  3.

Fellow worker with God.