My beliefs: From the beginning of time, God has led…
From the beginning of time, God has led His children through prophets, who learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ through REVELATION, and teach it to the people of the world. When the prophets are killed or taken from the earth, the world is in a state of apostasy.
I believe the church that the Lord Jesus Christ established during his mortal ministry was lost from the world due to apostasy
With the deaths of the apostles that the Lord called and ordained, the world was once again thrown into a state of apostasy.
This explains the existence of the many different sects and branches of Christianity today. Without a prophet receiving revelation from the Lord to guide His church, man is free to misconstrue and change doctrine. Which is apostasy.
The following list is a 42 point list of evidences of the true and original church of Jesus Christ. I believe those seeking for the Lords true Church should seek for the church which follows these 42 points.
I would like to hear everyone’s thoughts on this and their thoughts on this 42 point list.
Question: Did Christ’s original church fall into apostasy?
1. The Godhead consists of three separate and distinct beings – God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 3:17; 28:19
1 John 5:7
2. God the Father, as well as his Son Jesus Christ, who is a resurrected personage, both have bodies of flesh and bone and spirit.
Luke 24:39, 41-43
John 20:17; 21:13-14
1 John 3:2
3. Jesus is the Christ, the literal Son of God, the Messiah, and the only perfect person upon the earth – and not simply a great teacher.
4. Jesus Christ, as revealed in the New Testament, is Jehovah, God of the Old Testament.
5. The Holy Ghost is a distinct personage of spirit and is the third member of the Godhead.
John 14:26; 16:13-14; 20:21-22
6.The Holy Bible is the word of the Lord insofar as it is translated correctly. It is the record of the Jews and will be joined with another record in the last days to relate God’s word to his people. This second record will come from a descendant of Joseph.
7. Jesus Christ is recognized as the head of his Church, with other officers named, beginning with a foundation of apostles and prophets, and including teachers, elders, evangelists, bishops, deacons, priests and high priests.
Ephesians 2:19-20; 4:11-14
8. Officers in Christ’s church will be “called of God.” They will receive their authority through the “laying of hands.” One cannot call himself to the ministry,
a. College degree or license insufficient.
b. Royal priesthood will be known as such.
c. Bishops and leaders are to marry and to have children.
Hebrews 5:4, 10
Timothy 3:2; 4:2-3
1 Peter 2:9
9. Members of Christ’s church will be “workers,” and will be called “saints.” In addition, women will be included in activities and leadership.
1 Corinthians 11:7
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
10. There will exist within the church separate entities for each of the groups of members. Adult and youth organizations will exist. This point stands to reason, if Christ is concerned with helping each individual from that person’s own level of understanding.
11 Christ’s church will believe in the “virgin birth” of Jesus Christ but will not believe in the “immaculate conception” of Mary.
Matthew 1:19-20, 23
Luke 1:26-31, 42
12 Christ’s church will believe in immortality or eternal life, and in a heaven and hell. After the resurrection, we will be assigned to different places according to the judgement. The first resurrection will be for the righteous and will commence 1,000 years before the second resurrection.
John 3:16-17; 5:28-29; 14:2
1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 40-42
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
13 The Savior’s church will honor Sunday as the Sabbath, with the understanding that the resurrection transpired Sunday morning, the first day of the week – and thus replaced Saturday as the Sabbath.
1 Corinthians 16:2
14 Officers as well as members of Christ’s church will receive continuous revelation from God.
Matthew 16:13. 16-19
15 Members of the Lord’s church will be payers of tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:8, 11
Luke 11:42 Hebrews 7:4-5
16 Members of the church will regularly partake of the Lord’s supper. This sacrament represents the flesh and blood of Christ and is partaken of in remembrance of him.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
17 Members of the Lord’s church will experience miracles, such as visions, tongues and prophesies. In addition, the church will practice divine healing. When members of the church are sick, elders of the church will anoint them with oil and heal them.
Mark 6: 5; 16:17-18
Acts 5:12, 16
18 Church leaders will teach that the resurrected Jesus Christ will come again to the earth in the last days. This “second coming” will be greatly anticipated.
Acts 1:11; 3:19-21
19 Members of the Lord’s church will be persecuted for their beliefs.
Matthew 5:10-12; 24:9
Acts 8:1-3; 28:22
20 The church as a whole, as well as its members, will be recognized for their “fruits” – as well as the prophets who lead them. The church will esteem honesty, virtue, and wholesome activity.
2 Corinthians 9:10
21 The church must provide salvation for all of God’s children, not just those who receive the gospel while living on the earth. It will practice baptism for the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:29
22 The church will build temples similar to the one Solomon built, which was destroyed and built again at the time of Christ. These temples will have unique purposes, including baptism and other ordinances. Temples will also be holy places, contain the Holy of Hollies, and be used by members as places of worship.
Malachi 3:1; 3:7
23 Christ’s original church was organized by him and named after him, and his church today will also be named after him.
Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-14; 5:23-24
24 Specific authority to function in the administration of the church is called “priesthood.” It is obtained through ordination by one having the authority to so ordain.
1 Samuel 13:9-14
John 7:16; 20:21
25 A higher priesthood authority is required to bestow the Holy Ghost than to baptize.
Acts 8:15-18; 19:2-6
26 The church that Christ originally organized did not baptize infants since the prerequisite for baptism had (1) a capacity for repentance of past personal sins, and (2) a personal belief in the divinity and teachings of Christ.
Mark 10:14-15; 16:16
Acts 2:38; 8:12
27 The church is to send out missionaries (in twos), to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
28 The church will have a welfare system to provide for the poor and the needy within the church. Members are to provide for themselves and their family first, and then receive help from the church
29 The church will have a law of health. Alcoholic beverages will not be used by members of the church.
1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-10
30 The church will be one that is restored to the earth. Christ’s original church experienced a great apostasy or falling away, but his church will be returned or restored again in the last days.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-13
31 Christ’s church will believe in being saved by the grace of Christ through exercising faith in him. In other words, it will teach that when we repent of our sins and forsake them, the atonement of Christ will cleanse us of our sins.
1 Timothy 4:10
James 1:22-25; 2:14-26
32 The church will preach only the true gospel of Christ, with no variations. It will neither add to the meaning of Christ’s teachings nor take away from them – even though current revelation will provide insight into them.
33 Christ’s church will espouse a pre-earth life, such as that taught by the Orthodox Jews. Included in this teaching will be the doctrine of foreordination and not predestination. God the Father will be recognized as having created the individual spirits of all people.
34 The church will believe in the “original sin” of Adam. Nevertheless, it will teach that Christ atoned for Adam’s sin and that we will be punished for our own sins, as Adams sin has already been atoned for.
1 Corinthians 15:21-23
35 Christ’s church will teach that the gathering of Israel, in the last days, will be literal.
Isaiah 5:26-30; 11:12-13; 35
Jeremiah 3:14-18; 31:10
36 Members of the true church will respect the beliefs of others.
Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
37 The church will be subject to the laws of the land, regardless of the type of government in power in that land – thus rendering unto Caesar that which is his, and to God that which is his.
38 It should be recognized that while perfection is to be sought by each member of Christ’s church, the members will have human failings and will make mistakes, and that they will thus need to grow and learn – line upon line, precept upon precept.
Ephesians 4:11-14; 28,32
39 After repentance, baptism by immersion is essential, as is receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. A person performing these ordinances of baptism and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost must be duly authorized to perform such ordinances.
Acts 2:38,41; 22:16
40 The Savior’s church will have an unpaid ministry. This unpaid ministry will be called “by revelation,” even as the apostles called new members to their quorum following the resurrection of Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:18
1 Peter 5:2
41 Satan is a real spirit being and not a fragment of people’s imagination.
Mark 1:13; 8:33
Luke 13:16; 22:3, 31
42 The Holy Ghost will bear witness to the truthfulness of the Savior’s plan, when it is presented. This is the one sure way of knowing which, if any, of the churches belongs to the Savior.
1 Corinthians 12:4-12