The Chief Architect
Constructing a sound Biblical foundation for a Christian faith is essential. Especially, at a time when so many believers are “struggling to find a good church.” Corrupt teaching and deceptive leaders are sources of instability in too many churches today. In an effort to win converts and hold their attention, many ministries have moved away from a biblical basis of faith and from the person of Jesus Christ. Instead, something or someone else is put on center stage.
When Christ said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18) He did not intend for us to construct religious machines that resemble big businesses who’s success is measured not by the efforts exerted to teach the Bible and discipleship. But rather, by the number of people they attract, baptize, and can persuade to tithe. Some, have gone so far as to offer a 90-day money back guarantee. That’s right! Just sign a 90-Day tithing challenge and if God does not bless you within ninety days you get your money back. These misguided marketing ploys have nothing to do with being a God glorying church and more to do with enriching it’s leaders.
You will also find that these type of churches overly obsess about numbers and of having more bodies in their building than the church down the street. Because if they do, it means that they are successful and the other guy is not. This big business idea and approach for a church is foreign to the biblical concept of the church body (Romans 12:4-5). Which, simply operates through the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:27) and fulfills it’s responsibilities to the fellowship of the saints (Acts 2:42).
Christ also did not intend the church to be primarily a place for social reform. This social view of the church focuses not on the Word of God but to the teaching of economics, politics, civics, environmental struggles, and self-improvement. These churches emerge when it’s leadership become frustrated, or in many cases are ignorant, with what the Bible teaches or of who Christ really is. The leaders of these type of churches have no confidence in the Word of God and are sadly more lost than their followers. They willfully sin against truth and become more preoccupied with social issues, creating an experience, and motivating their followers then with gaining a full and accurate understanding of the Word of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ of whom the scriptures speak of. Instead, they set out to fix society’s woes by saving the individual and reforming society. They foolishly endeavor to fix man and blindly believe that it is the only way to make religion relevant.
This type of church always winds up becoming irrelevant to the purposes of God as any vestige of the Word of God and the gospel is watered down and made obsolete. Instead, what you get are shallow people with shallow faith asking what can the church do for me instead of what I can do for the glory of God and His church.
We are called to be concerned with reforming the whole person but we must reject the idea of turning the church into an institution for social reform when the Word of God is completely sufficient to transform society one person at a time through the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit which is available to all through the preaching of redemption in Christ.
The church is the only earthly institution that Christ is actively building through the power of his Word. It’s the only thing that matters eternally. Sadly, too many church leaders presume that they can invent or market a better way to build the church than its Chief Architect? This is pure folly! Christ is the builder of the church and if “the gate’s of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18) than they are deceived to think that any other way conceived by men or demons is going to succeed apart from Christ.
Now, just because there are some things wrong with the organized church doesn’t mean we discard the institution entirely. You have to get inside of it and faithfully teach the Word of God and help change it to be what it ought to be. That is precisely is what we at Core Truth Ministries are committed to do.
Committed to the True Church
It used to be that when someone asked you, “Do you know of a good church?”, that you could help them by pointing them in the direction of many churches in your immediate community and feel confident that they would find their way into a good place where they could “worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). Today, such a question can be difficult to answer and downright dangerous if you’re not careful with your advice. With such a lack of sound biblical teaching and spiritual discernment in so many churches, you have to be diligent and invest some time to know where in your community the Word of God is being faithfully taught.
Core-Truth Ministries is committed to helping build the church on the full and accurate truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission field is the church. We choose not to be criticizers of the church but reformers of it by being Relentlessly Biblical™ in all we do as we minister to the church. We are working with church leaders who want to be faithful to the Bible and in opening up people’s understanding of the scriptures. Using biblical principles to transform the church one disciple at a time and fulfilling Christ’s great commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
To aid you in your understanding of what is a good Bible teaching church is, we offer these eleven criteria to help you identify the marks of a true church. These criteria are foundational and non-negotiable. We hope and pray that they help you as much as they have helped us.
The Marks of the True Church
- Absolute Authority of the Scriptures
- Commitment to Christ-Centered Worship
- Doctrinally Clear
- Spiritual Discernment
- Pursuit of Holiness
- Submission to God’s Divine Will
- Devotion to Discipleship
- Submission to a plurality of Godly Leaders
- Mutual Love
- Consistent Service
- Passionate Evangelism
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