By Pastor Roy Mason
Usurps The Family and Kingdom Of God
"The local individual church is the only kind of church that God has on this earth today. There is only the Family of God composed of all of the redeemed of all ages in heaven and on earth. There is only one Kingdom of God, composed of all the born again on the earth now. There are thousands of churches of God on earth. Every individual Baptist Church is a church of God. When a man is born again, he is born into God's Family, and he is a member of G'od's Family forever. The relationship does not change. Whether in heaven or in earth, he is in God's Family. When he is born again, he also enters God's kingdom. This relationship is for life. When he dies he passes out of God's kingdom on earth, and enters "his heavenly kingdom." (See 2 Timothy 4:18). After he is born again, he is NOT YET IN THE CHURCH OF GOD, but is now a scriptural subject for admission into a church of God. Note Acts 2:47 - "The Lord added to the church daily the saved." Church membership is not something that one gets with salvation, but a subsequent blessing he gets after salvation by being added to the church. Baptism is not essential for entrance into either the Family of God or the Kingdom of God, but Baptism IS ESSENTIAL to admission into a church of God. Men are born anew into the Family of God and Kingdom of God, but they are baptized into a church of God (water baptism) I Corinthians 12:13. The one body referred to by Paul in I Corinthians 12:13 was the church of God at Corinth. The local church at Corinth was the body of Christ at that place. The members of the church at Corinth belonged to only "ONE BODY" of Christ. That body of Christ probably did not contain all of the saved at Corinth (I Corinthians 1:2) and none of the saved anywhere else except at Corinth. Since they belonged to only "one body" and that was the local church at Corinth, Christ has no other kind of church or body except a local church. If they had belonged to the local church at Corinth, which Paul said was a body of Christ, and then to the kind of church that some believe in, composed of all the saved everywhere, they would have belonged to two churches or bodies of Christ - one local and visible, the other universal and invisible. The New Testament knows nothing of any such confusion as this. The church which Paul called "the House of God" was a local church. The church which Paul said was "the pillar and ground of the truth" was a local church. The church to which Christ promised perpetuity (Matthew 16:18) was a local church, for He never spoke of any other kind. The meaning of ecclesia permits of no other kind."The statements just made will bear any sort of investigation, and the more investigation is made, the deeper will be come the conviction that Satan has palmed off a tremendous hoax with his Universal Invisible theory.
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