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Christ’s True Church

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Christ’s Church

excerpt Truth Gathering, Chapter 30, pgs. 485-507, excerpt 5.5 pgs©copyright 1998, 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.  

Church, according to the Hebrew word, is translated people. Jesus cited His church as not hewn by man and referred to His sheep as lively stones, metaphorically hewn wood and stones formed by one mind, one faith, one heart and one way, the mortar holding the whole together. Both God and Jesus made it clear the behaviour in which such a church would perform, which scripture references are provided at the end of this article. 

Are there any corporate denominational churches out there functioning in accordance with God’s Word? There is not one sect wholly of one mind, one faith, one heart and one way, which is obvious by virtue of their myriad differences without and within. Still, are their members wholly equal in all things? The answer is a resounding NO. Not even those who seem to teach Truth, such as Seventh Day Baptists/Church of God/Adventists, the first two of which have been in this nation since the first settlers; though none doing all things equal— the meaning revealed in God’s Holy Word. 

The only organized religions near to practicing all things equal—and separate from the world in hard work, absolutely no use of manmade evil inventions, such as electricity, cars, computers and so forth—are Amish and Mennonites. In these, Christ’s sheep could learn from their example. Albeit, Amish and Mennonites, too, are tied to the Great Whore by observing her counterfeit sabbath: made worse by entering into that blasphemous rest every two weeks as opposed to each seventh day according to God and Christ. 

The absolute closest to description would have to be those few Christian Jewish congregations that observe and do all Twelve of God’s Precepts in and of the faith of Jesus, including supporting one another both spiritually and financially.

Nevertheless, there is not one Christian professing incorporated religious group wherein all members pool their resources and divide excesses for equality. Most pay their church leaders but do not divide surpluses among members as each have need—thus all things being equal as Christ established with His Apostles and disciples; and, as they established it in all churches they formed. It isn’t going to happen either: at least not amidst corporate Christendom.

Corporate Christendom: those denominations formed under governmental incorporation laws. In this case, for the specific purpose of avoiding taxation: making them wickedly similar to any for-profit business. Being incorporated puts denominations under strict governmental control, more so than one might think. Incorporation allows religions to urge, even force, governments to pass laws as those so called righteous men of the moral majority deem necessary. Regardless of how good intentioned such laws are, morality nor immorality can be forced. It simply is: because God deems and controls both. 

As determined in a previous chapter, all known corporate denominations—with the exception of Catholicism—are of Satan’s Synagogues, those obese and excessively wealthy harlot daughters of the Great Whore: Papal Rome, the mother by some edict or other. If for no other reason than they are mixing church and State: despite the fact both they and State deny such commingling. Is there not even one considered wholly Christ’s denomination? No! Not even those seeming* to teach whole truth. (*next paragraph) 

I recall one Sabbath a few years ago, as I sat in a neighborhood *Seventh Day Adventist Church. Behind me was a young, divorced mother with three children, one a newborn. She struggled to make ends meet: at the moment, in need of food and diapers. So, a note was given to the Pastor requesting a call for a special love offering on behalf of a nameless family in need at close of service. He read the memo, stuffed it in his pocket and, at the end of his sermon, walked to the exit to bid everyone a happy Sabbath as they strolled out the door. He was careful to avoid eye contact with the missive’s author. Then he left to go play golf, violating God’s fourth Law, which this preacher taught as truth. 

Stunned almost immobile, as the front rows filed past our pew, several of us quickly dug into our purses, pooled meager cash-on-hand, stuffed the money in a tithe envelope and presented it to the young mother: rapidly advising her embarrassment that it was a gift, not from us, but from God. After all, whatever we have, however so much or little, is the Lords for our use, as He deems appropriate. 

Even I had experienced a lack of care in that church: for at the same time this young mother was suffering, I had been conducting in my home a free in-residence counseling program for teen girls, supporting it with a small retirement fund. When the money ran out, I contacted our pastor via email to learn if there were any programs available, within the Seventh Day Conference, to aid in keeping a much-needed service alive and well. 

The Conference meant the hierarchy of SDA churches throughout our nation. A short email advised: the church does not have the budget. He mentioned no programs such as I had requested. In the end, I lost my home and, no longer able to work, ended up on public assistance and housing. Praise the Lord! He never let me go hungry or without a roof. I must, however, quickly add: I am where I am at any given moment by God’s design. He always shows me who and why I am there or here or over yonder. Yet, I digress. 

Even the rare corporate religion teaching truth is failing to enter into that truth: the Pharisees in panoramic color, as are many of its own leaders and members. Woe unto that church leader, for God surely will hold him accountable: not only for corrupting God’s Holy Word by his blatant example, but for failing to respond to the needs of the flock in his care. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. One of mine hungered and you did not feed her. Thus, I say to you, I never knew you.” 

Just such corporate religions and many of their members, indeed, have a form of godliness but lack the power of God. These corporate sects have need to support their own leaders in a worldly style to which they wish to become accustomed. They want to build bigger, fancier buildings and recreation rooms; despite our Lord saying His church would not be hewn by man. 

In fact, churches established by the Apostles met in private homes. But, corporate leaders desire to flaunt wealth, to drive fancy cars, live in expensive homes and wear designer clothes: and, call it bearing fruit of righteousness when they overflow their synagogues with misguided people. An erroneous message of prosperity. 

They must be celebrities in their own right: television shows filled with elaborate sets and movies filmed on lies and traditions of men with the roles played by Hollywood actors, some of whom voice non-belief in God: all with money gained from the poor. They build their own schools at all scholastic levels: to teach what man deemeth right but which lead the way to destruction. They covet being recognized authors of volumes of books full of half-truths and void of all but a few inapplicable scriptures: fully expecting to be well paid for their talent in producing great fiction. Of course, those authors make even more bucks when corporate Christendom purchases the movie rights. 

It is of no consequence to them if members are wearing rags, going hungry, living in shacks and walking wherever they need to go: all, in order to send their last dime to help pay for all those evangelical luxuries and falsehoods. Or, they even may be homeless and destitute, yet diligently seeking our gracious Lord while helping others with what little they might have: by sharing it. 

The only good thing that can be said for all these corporate denominations is exactly what Paul said, “Some indeed preach a Christ of envy and strife; and some also of good will. One preaches a Christ of contention but the other of love. What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” 

At least they are teaching something of Jesus: meaning, at some point members here and there are going to do exactly what this commentator did—question God for His truths and His only. And, in finding it, those few here and there will become obedient and seek out others like themselves. We of the truth have in common a sense of being alone, without mutual believers around us. 

Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and of her plagues. It is corporate Christendom’s myriad denominations which Christ’s members are called from to come together in one mind, one heart and one way. Without benefit of a corporate structure designed for tax exemption while ceding ultimate control to governments. They come together believing one Truth, God’s; behaving in one Way, Christ-like; and, all of one heart in obedience to Every Word of God: ever lifting up each other, encouraging one another and adamantly maintaining equality among Christ’s members. One at a time: here a person, there a person. This is exactly why Jesus said, Where two or three sit in my name, so shall I be in their midst. It has been said from the beginning: God’s people are of little strength—indicative of their small numbers all over this world. 

Sometimes, one sheep stands alone, for a time: often feeling persecuted while those around them jeer at his or her belief, poke fun at their obedience and make jokes at their expense. Finally, someone steps over to his or her side, and then another and another. Today’s church is no stranger to taunting, teasing and jesting, as well as being called a variety of unflattering names; such as false prophets and blasphemers, just as Jesus was accused. Today’s church is well aware, however, that it is worsening: because the day is fast approaching when corporate brothers will lay blame for this world’s ills at the feet of obedient brethren. 

But we: Fear not, for the Lord is with us. We are fully armored and cannot be swayed to change sides. We care not for the flesh and hope for the day when, victoriously, we say to a tormentor, “Go ahead! Kill me, and I guarantee you that, in the end, Jesus will raise me up again.” Think how triumphant Jesus must have felt when He said almost those same words to the Pharisees. Victorious! Wonderful! Because He knew it was true. The Father would and did raise Christ up again; and, it will be done for us as well. It is written! 

Solomon built a temple, just as God foretold his father David. David was not allowed to build it because he had warred much and spilled blood, defiling the land. A splendid house Solomon did build! Solomon remains the wisest king in all history and since; yet, like his father David, he ultimately fell from grace due to his monetary extravagance virtually bankrupting Israel coupled with his legendary number of wives. 

Later, Solomon’s temple to our Lord was destroyed. Then, rebuilt several times until the last time in preparation for a coming Messiah. Seventy years after Christ’s birth, it was destroyed again: as Daniel and Jesus portended, and will remain so: because New Jerusalem will come down from out of heaven, according to John’s Revelation. 

Over the hundreds of years following Solomon’s structure, there were many times when God’s house and His ways were forsaken. Many times it was defiled by merchants and vendors: long before Jesus. Worse, priests and Pharisees began wielding more power than they had right; thus, even God’s Word was defiled. 

Looking at various church buildings and leaders of today reveal the same vile uses, lust of power and abhorrent sacrilege of God’s Word. Perhaps one might think this does not hold true in Sabbath keeping denominations. Think again: for quite often, even they will rent their buildings to Sunday keeping sects. It is little wonder God declared, His church would not be built by mankind. Neither is it: because man cannot bring anyone to Christ, nor can man create a man, nor can man build a house that will stand forever. Christ’s church is built of mankind, of people. 

Nevertheless, discover Christ’s True Church. Bear in mind: the word church, Biblically, means the people—our first clue as to the building blocks we seek in defining this church. Along the way, this AKJV Topical Bible has revealed every dirty little secret of Satan’s Synagogues, including the fact it is built upon shifting sands, an unstable foundation, and enormous lies for building blocks of dust easily blown away. 

Learn each truth and every nuance of Christ’s church, for there is no other like it. It is the only one built upon an indestructible, immovable rock and whose members are handpicked by the Father to follow His Son. Christ’s church: the personality and behavior of its people, who are small lively stones building up the body of Christ’s temple—being one with His body, mind and spirit. 

The AKJV scripture references below begin with a description of the ancient church, first setting out the Father’s Commandments. Remember: those same precepts were spoken long before they were written by God’s finger for Moses, as set out in Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21. Additionally, the fourth commandment seventh day Sabbath was not established through or for the Jews. It was established at creation, Genesis 2:2-3, thus for ALL people of whatsoever nationality. 

The second and ensuing sets of verse references below reflect Christ’s New Testament church. Once having read both God’s and Christ’s church descriptions, it will be clear that neither ancient nor new differ in God’s requirements. TRUTH: those who truly love God will look up and study every one the scriptures provided, for they seek only God’s Truth. 

In an aside, the Authorized King James Version is the Bible of choice in whatsoever language, in that it is the only translation from the original languages that fulfilled a part of Revelation prophecy: therefore a divine translation. Also, it has been determined that other, newer versions have altered, changed and even deleted critical data. 

The Ancient Church:

Exodus 20:1,3-17,25; 23:12-13; 31:13; Leviticus 19:3,30; 23:3; 26:1-3; II Samuel 7:12-13,14,16; Psalm 5:7,11-12; 27:4,6,14; 30:1,2-4,11-12; 84:4-5,9-12; 85:8-13; 92:13-15; 100:1-5; 105:1-5; 111:7-8; 116:12-14,17-18; 127:1; 135:4-7,(8-11),13; Proverbs 1:2-6,7,33; 3:1-14,24-25,27,29-31; 4:1-2,4-7,14-15,17,19,10-21; 7:1-4; 8:7-14,32-26; 24:3-4; Isaiah 51:1,7; 56:4-7; 58:6-11,13-14; 60:3,10-12; 66:1-2,15-16,18-19,21-24; Ezekiel 20:12,20; 44:24; Micah 4:5; Habakkuk 2:20 

Christ’s Church:

compare to Exodus 20:3-17— Matthew 4:10; I John 5:21; Acts 17:29; I Timothy 6:1; Matthew 24:20; Mark 2:27,28; Hebrews 4:4,9,10, margin Colossians 1:16. The Law after Christ’s death: Romans 3:31; Luke 23:54-56 and at least 84 references to the Sabbath in the book of Acts

 

Christ’s Church Personality & Ways:

Matthew 7:24-27; 9:37-38; 10:7,14-15,22,24-25,27-28,32,40,42; 12:6-8,11-13,48-50; 16:24-26; 18:20-22; 19:17,18-19,21; 21:13-14; Mark 1:14,21-22; 10:14-15,19,21,23; 11:25-26; Luke 4:14-16,31-32; 6:6; 12:29-36; 13:10-12; 23:54-56; 24:1-3,6; 18:18-20,22,24; 20:22-25; (ref. Matt. 17:24-27); John 2:16-17,19-21; 5:5,8-9; 14:1-4; 

Acts 2:41-42,44-47; 4:34-37; 7:47-50; 13:14-15,42,44,46-48; 16:13; 17:1-2,4,5; 18:1,4,6-8; 20:28,33-35; Romans 12:1-2,9-21; 13:1-9,12-14; 15:1-3,6,14; 16:1-5; I Corinthians 3:16-17; 7:19; 11:24-33; 12:24-28; 13:4-7,8,13; 14:1,3,12,22,39-40; 16:14-16,19-20; II Corinthians 5:1-11; 6:14-18; Galatians 1:6-12; Ephesians 2:1-8; 3:16-21; 6:2,4,5-9,13-20; Philippians 3:7-8; Colossians 1:9-14; 4:15,17,27-29; I Thessalonians 2:12-13; II Thessalonians 1:3,4-5; I Timothy 3:15-16; II Timothy 2:3-4,15,19,22-26; Philemon 2; 

Hebrews 3:1,3,6-8; 4:4,9-11; 10:22-27; 12:22-29; James 5:7-8,10-11,13-16,19-20; I Peter 2:5,9-10,17-18,21-23; I John 1:5,7-10; 2:3-7,15-17; 3:16-18; 5:2-3; II John v. 5,6,9; III John v.4-6,11; Revelation 1:9-10; 3:12; 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 

In future postings, look for two poems very much related to Christ’s church, each providing answers never heard from pulpits yet fully supported by scripture: The Grave, and Mark of the Beast

As noted, this article is an excerpt from Truth Gathering, which is an exhaustive AKJV Topical Bible (rightly dividing) unlike any available in the world, none of which are exhaustive. Truth Gathering covers all critical-to-salvation subjects by providing every relevant scripture (here a little, there a little), fully annotated for definition and comprehension, and includes a prophetic time chart of all critical prophecies relating to Christ and these end days. It can be ordered from Infinity Publishing or any local or online bookstore; however, best pricing at Amazon.com.

  

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30 August 2006 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Christ, Christianity, Church, Faith, God, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Religion, Remnant, Sabbath, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Truth

9 Comments »

  1. Bonnie,

    We have recently revised the Virgin Birth message here:

    http://www.sabbatariannetwork.com/Content/VirginBirth.html

    We look forward to your comments.

    Blessings, Michellet

    Comment by Michellet | 11 December 2006 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Michellet, for the clarification in translation; however, I strongly urge that the name “Mary” be used for Christ’s mother, in that it is the name with which most Christians are familiar. To confuse anyone is not of the Lord.

    As for Joseph’s lineage, it does not speak to having impregnated Mary; which would deny God’s declaration that Jesus would be born of a virgin. And, since the Holy Spirit handles all of God’s business on this planet, then it was He that implanted the seed of Christ in Mary. This is spiritual logic, not that of man’s.

    I do agree that all who truly follow Christ are sons and daughters of God as well as brothers and sisters of Christ. God even declared this in the OT when He said that anyone who would obey His Sabbath would be given names greater than sons and daughters.

    Thank you, again, for stopping by and commenting on this particular treatise of “Christ’s Church,” His true church, that is. 🙂

    Love in Christ, BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 12 October 2006 | Reply

  3. We use the Hebrew word Miriam for Mary, both names are translated as the same, just as Jesus translates into the Hebrew word, Yahshua (or Joshua in English) and James translates into Yochanan, or John or Johnathan (see Strong’s Concordance). I see where this is confusing.

    All parental lineages come paternally, and Joseph was of King David’s lineage, as is laid out in the genealogies provided in Matthew and Luke. There have been some studies that would indicate that Miriam (Mary, Messiah’s mother) was from the tribe of Levi, but this is speculation, as we don’t have enough information to go on.

    Impregnation WITH the Holy Spirit does not indicate impregnation BY the Holy Spirit. There have been many errors in translations over the last 2,000 years which add to the confusion, no lie.

    Romans 9:1
    I say the truth in Messiah, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

    The Messiah was the first son of God, but more sons came afterwards, and daughters, too; the apostles being the beginning of that. Anyone gifted with the Holy Spirit is a son or daughter.

    Blessings,
    Michellet

    Comment by Michellet | 12 October 2006 | Reply

  4. Michellet, I have had time to further surf Sabbatarian Network’s website and find that I cannot continue to provide its link on my Blogroll.

    Unfortunately, the site states that Miriam is Christ’s mother and was impregnated by Joseph, who is of King David’s lineage. The Bible clearly states that Mary is Christ’s mother and Joseph was of King David’s lineage. It further states that the Holy Spirit came to Mary, and she later was found to be pregnant yet not married to Joseph. Miriam, on the other hand, was a follower of Christ and might have been related to Mary. Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, was mother of John the Baptist and who was 6 months pregnant with him when Mary conceived Jesus. Christ declared as being of King David’s lineage was said because of Joseph’s lineage inasmuch as He married Mary. Albeit, Mary also may have been of the same lineage.

    Joseph, according to Jewish ordinances was going to put her away, but the Spirit informed Joseph that Mary was with the Messiah and remained a virgin. To claim that the Messiah was of Joseph and Miriam implies that the Messiah was and is not the Son of God. Joseph did not go into Mary until AFTER she birthed Christ, therefore He was born of a virgin.

    Where there is even one lie in a teaching, I must back away and not support it; therefore, I have removed the link for Sabbatarian Netwok from my Blog page.

    May you seek the Lord for His Truth. Bless you. The Kingdom has come near to you.
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 24 September 2006 | Reply

  5. Dearest Steve and Bonnie, the scripture you request is *I John 2:27*. You will note that I had paraphrased it. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 22 September 2006 | Reply

  6. Bonnie, my Wife and I found your site and from what we have read so far it has gotten our attention, we have been diligently searching for the “BIBLICAL” truth (AKJV)in any denomination, but are disapointed at every turn so far,so far they all have faults in their doctrine, we do know that Christ’s true church is within his people, and that he is the head of it. While reading under the Bible section of your site, we read this, “Ye who are anointed have no need to be taught by any man.” and we are wondering if can point out in the Bible where this is stated, meanwhile , you do have our attention, therefore we will continue exploring your site. Thank you and God bless you.
    Steve, Bonnie and Shai

    Comment by Steve & Bonnie | 21 September 2006 | Reply

  7. HE finds us and gathers us together when we are ready, and we are few, indeed.

    Thank you for including our link, Bonnie.

    Blessings and love,
    Michellet

    Comment by Michellet | 19 September 2006 | Reply

  8. AMEN, Amen, and amen! Thank you so much, Michellet, for your visit and for letting me know that we ARE of one heart, one mind, one love, one truth, under the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD! Amen! Praise the Lord!

    I visited your website at Sabbatarian.com before responding to your comment, which link I have added to my blog page. I was sooo delighted to find another true sister-in-Christ. There are so few of us, you know. We are, indeed, a peculiar people and God’s Seal marks us as such: His fourth Precept. 🙂

    Much love in Christ,
    Sister Bonnieq
    https://bonnieq.wordpress.com
    Truth Seekers and Speakers, link on blog page
    Unicorn Haven, link on blog page

    Comment by bonnieq | 19 September 2006 | Reply

  9. One heart, one mind, one love, one truth, under ONE G-d.
    http://www.sabbatarian.com

    Comment by Michellet | 19 September 2006 | Reply


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