FALSE CHURCHES VS. TRUE CHURCHES, WHO DECIDES?Jesus Christ rose from the dead nearly
2,000 years ago, and since that time, there have been a multitude of churches, each
one claiming to be a Christian church. Yet what makes a church “Christian?” Which
criteria must a church meet in order to be accurately labeled a “Christian” church?
Who determines which criteria are used and which are not? Does it really matter
whether or not a church conforms to these established standards?
Jesus Christ is the founder of the Christian church; it is His blood that was shed
on the cross to pay for the sins of all mankind. Therefore, we must look to Him
for the standards to which each and every Christian church must conform. The words
of Jesus Christ are found in the Bible; therefore, the we must look to the Bible
for Christian church standards. God has also inspired the apostles, who helped build
the church (Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens
with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built uponthe foundation of
the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone (Ephesians
2:19-20) ), to write the Bible. There is no other source, besides the Bible, where
we can go to learn about the Christian Church–what defines it, what its purpose is
and how it operates.
According to the Bible, there are several Bible standards to which each Christian
church must conform in order to be considered Christian. Yet, for the sake of simplicity
we will consider only one–the most basic, fundamental Bible standard of the Christian
THE GOSPEL IS THE BIBLE STANDARD FOR CHRISTIAN CHURCHES: For a church to be considered
a Christian church it must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel that is
found in the Bible–the Gospel that the Apostles preached from the time that Christ
first commissioned them. A summary of this Gospel can be found hereand in- depth
coverage of the Gospel can be foundhere. The reason that the following churches
are listed on this page is because their “gospel” does not conform to the Biblical
Gospel. I was, at one time (not so very long ago) in one of these churches myself
(The Pentecostal Church). I believed that I was saved because of what I had been
taught and what I had subsequently believed. It was a false faith, however, based
on feelings and a faulty interpretation of the Bible. It was a false faith that
ignored the simple truth of Scripture in favor of man-made philosophies. If, by
God’s infinite mercy, I had not come to the true faith before I died, I would have
gone to hell. A false faith cannot save the soul from sin and unless our souls are
saved from sin, we will will not get to go to heaven when we die. We will have to
pay for our sins ourselves, in hell, for all eternity. This is why I am pointing
out the truth about these churches here. It is because I love people enough to tell
them the truth. I do not hate the people in these churches; I am not against them.
What I am against, though, is false doctrine. The reason that I am against false
doctrine comes down to the issue of salvation itself and what happens to people when
they die: Will they wake up to find themselves in heaven or hell?
The sad truth about this is that the people who put their faith in the “gospel” that
is preached by these false churches will not get saved because only the Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to save. There are many peripheral issues that
could be mentioned whereby these churches deviate from sound Biblical doctrine, but
that is not the main reason that they are listed here. They are listed here because
these churches, rather than providing sinners with the everlasting Gospel that they
might be saved, preach a false gospel that sends people to hell.