I don't believe things just because my Pastor says them, but he was pointing out to me after I ask about things that I differ in belief with this church, that is when he told me that there is not one church that has it 100% correct, and I believe him.<quoted text>
Karen - "not one of them offers 100% truth"
*Me - How do you know not one church teaches truth 100%?
Your preacher told you that information!!!
I assure you it is incorrect and just b/c this preacher told you does not make it so. We need to place our trust on the foundation of Christ (1Cor.3:11). That would be truth (Jn 17:17)(1Tim.2:4).
The word of God says the church of our Lord is the "pillar and ground of TRUTH" (1Tim.3:15).
The true church will speak only the oracles of God (1Peter 4:11)(1Cor.4:6)(Deut.4:2)(Rev. 22:18,19).
The true church will speak the words of our Lord alone.(1Tim. 6:3-5)(1Cor.4:6).
Karen - May I ask what church you attend?
*Me - I attend the New Testament church or the church of Christ (Rom. 16:16).
Karen - Do you agree with each and every thing they teach?
*Me - I believe what the bible says.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.(Jn 17:17)
Karen - Do you believe that you can be saved by that church?
*Me - No, I believe the church are the saved according to (Acts 2:36-47).
The church is the body of obedient believers of truth (Eph. 1:22,23)(Col. 1:18,24)(Jn 17:17).
Karen - I believe that my church has nothing to do with my salvation,
*Me -(Acts 2:47) says the Lord added the saved to the church.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved..
Attending church is important, but it will not save us. The CHURCH is not the building, but those who come to the church, those who attend, those who have put their faith into Jesus Chirst.
Let me see if I can explain this one more time. Faith is what saves us, the bible tells us this...
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas:“...‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said,‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ....’”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Romans 10:13).
And of course
King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I was saved before I became a Southern Baptist. I gave my life to Jesus, I repented of my sins and he wiped my slate clean of my past sins. I was cleansed of my sins before I confessed it before men. After that, I know that Jesus came into my life, I can feel him with me. I am sorry that you do not agree with how I believe, but this is it for me. I found Jesus, not a created angel or a brother of the devil, but I found JESUS. God sent him to die for all of us, he loved us enough to do this, so I am now doing what I believe I must do. His words to us was to spread the gospel about the Kingdom of God, that is what my church does and it is what I do. NOT one of my works will save me, but it is in the faith and belief of Jesus Christ that I was saved, after that came all the other stuff, but it took the faith and belief in JESUS FIRST to begin your journey. My works will not go unrewarded as I will receive a blessing for them at some time in the future.:)
I appreciate what you are trying to do, but I will never change my beliefs, it took me 40 plus years to get out of the JW belief, and it took me a very long time to find my Jesus. I will never change what I have personally learned about him.