Local "Church" Membership Is NOT Biblical **

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This is a very hot topic that many have brought up in the past and we have had to deal with ourselves many times. The question we often ask modern pastors is this; so where in God's Holy Word does it teach anyone that they must join as a "local member" (often with many extra un-biblical rules) into the Christian gathering they attend? Sadly they never have an answer for it though some will try to say or infer that if you are not part of a local body via membership; you are not truly in Christ. We have seen many examples of modern pastors using local membership to lord over people, take more control, force their un-biblical ways and even to get money out of those who are its members. This is all shameful and we work hard to expose such men and their ways per Ephesians 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

We have studied this topic in depth and what we found was that nowhere in God's Word does it support additional local man made membership steps that are far above and beyond being a born again obedient member of Christ's holy body. Many modern religious leaders will try to tell you that in Acts and others places, they had lists of people who entered the church or had lists of widows to care for.  Scripture does not clearly show such a claim and if the New Testament Church body is fulfilled and they were all 'one anothering' each other in love (1 John 4) they would be involved in each others lives. This is not about a list to keep track of brothers and sisters you want to stay in contact with, the point is that this in NO way teaches or allows additional man made steps or asking your allegiance to an organization via local membership, beyond the true body of Christ which is THE only true body. Paul clearly taught there is only ONE body as we  will show you. The fact is that if you're in Christ, you're in His true body.

Keep in mind:
when Christ returns the only thing that will matter is your name in His Lambs book of life.... and not on man made religious membership roles!  (He will do away with all of mans false ways.)

Denominational/evangelical local membership and all its rules was clearly begun by man well after the first century church was formed. It is just another way to try to run their "so called body" like a business, to generate funds and to control people with man's rules, which is not of God. (Like joining a country club or gym.) These are ways brought in by pagan influences centuries ago and not God's Holy Word. It is often about manipulating the people in the modern pews but we must boldly tell you that it is not from God's Word or the early NT body that Jesus ordained. Where the bible speaks of members, it is speaking of: all who are truly born in Christ members are in His church. There were indeed local bodies in each town but don't be fooled, there is ONLY one body and Jesus is its head; not a CEO modern pastor or some denominational organization like we see all over today. Local church membership (with its man-made classes/rules) is not found God's Word at all so do not fall for it!

To be clear; we know and teach that God's Word wants His True people to gather and  commit to each other in biblical New Testament local church bodies with multiple biblical elders. It is based on God's Word and Ways alone so we reject the man-made additions of membership via classes, waiting times, voting you in and extra biblical rules that only cause more division where Christ wanted "none". The fact is, denominations and organizations are not of God's true ways. Click here to test your faith/body with 10 biblical points

Ask yourself; who are you really a member of? The true/biblical church of Jesus Christ or another man made denominational body that is outside of God's biblical ways and truth like Methodists, Lutheran, Baptist or whatever false flavor you're part of today. Let's go to God's Word on this topic shall we?

What did the Apostle Paul say about this?
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
1 Corinthians 6:15

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body

1 Corinthians 12:20

You can also read in Ephesians 4
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The fact is that you are a member of it when you repent and are born again in Christ with the fruit of you being an obedient and  following His true ways. (Not man made religion that Jesus warned about in Mark 7.) There is only one body of Christ and not the MANY bodies these corrupt systems of denominationalism and evangelicalism are creating through local additional membership via its man made steps and traditions.

We must outright reject their ways in favor of God's Holy Word and we pray you do the same. Please do not be fooled by man's false ways but cling to the Word of God alone as your guide.

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