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The Search for the True Church

The Search for the True Church
The Search Is there a true church in the world today? And if so, how can it be identified? Of all the religious questions facing the modern truth-seeker, this is certainly the most demanding and also the most frustrating. Conflicting voices from every quarter declare that they have the answer. The average Christian today has been so totally turned off by these exaggerated boasts that many have even discounted the possibility that any “true church” could really exist. It is very important to recognize that no church can be proven superior because its members are without sin. But the question remains: Is there some valid way to identify the church which is closest to the biblical standards of truth? It must be apparent to all that if God has a special church in the world today, He will reveal it clearly and explicitly in His holy Word. I am reluctant to make any claims for what you are about to read, although I know very well that it could revolutionize your life. “AND THE DRAGON . . .” Related:  Bible Doctrines*docs spéciaux

America & the Ten Commandments Introduction In July 2001, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, in the cover of night, placed in the middle of a public courthouse foyer a two-ton granite display that ignited a firestorm consuming American politics and the national media for months. Lawsuits were filed, protests on both sides were organized, and the battle over this country’s destiny began. What could cause such an ill-tempered debate on the future of religion in American politics? The 10 Commandments of course! By the time the granite dust settled, the 10 Commandments had been removed from the court by the order of a higher justice; furthermore, Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office for unrepentantly defying the law of the land. A foreboding claim, indeed, in what might appear to be the first real thrust by Christian-backed political forces to challenge the deepening secularization of the United States. Faithful Paradox America’s Purpose The Heart of the Matter Indisputable Facts About the 10 Commandments

- NetHymnal Hymns Anything But Secret God's Warning In the early 1500s, the Aztec empire was one of the most powerful and sophisticated civilizations in the western hemisphere. However, within one year's time this mighty nation of over 2 million people was conquered and enslaved by just 600 men. How did it happen? The Aztecs had a prophecy about Quetzalcoatl (kèt-säl´ko-ä-tal), a legendary feathered god-king who was light-skinned and bearded. Well, in 1519 Spanish galleons arrived in Mexico carrying a group of conquistadors led by Hernando Cortez. While the king was waiting to receive the light-skinned visitor with honor, Cortez marched his army right into the center of the Aztec capital. In the near future, Satan will attempt to personate Jesus and counterfeit His return to earth. Christ then proceeded to give His followers a wealth of information about His second coming so there would be no doubt as to how He would return. The devil knows that Jesus is coming back and that his remaining time is short (Revelation 12:12).

Christian eschatology Christian eschatology is a major branch of study within Christian theology. Eschatology, from two Greek words meaning last (ἔσχατος, last) and study (λογία, lit. discourse), is the study of 'end things', whether the end of an individual life, the end of the age, the end of the world and the nature of the Kingdom of God. Broadly speaking, Christian eschatology is the study of the destiny of humankind as it is revealed by the Bible, which is the primary source for all Christian eschatology studies. History[edit] Eschatology is an ancient branch of study in Christian theology, informed by Biblical texts such as the Olivet discourse, The Sheep and the Goats, and other discourses of end times by Jesus, with the doctrine of the Second Coming first discussed by Paul of Tarsus[1] and Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35–107 AD), then given more consideration by the Christian apologist, Justin Martyr (c. 100–165). Approaches to prophetic interpretation[edit] Preterism[edit] Historicism[edit] Futurism[edit]

Baptism - Is it Really Necessary? Introduction Suppose you could survey the people who live in the hundred homes nearest to your own house on the subject of Christian baptism. What kind of answer would you get in response to this question: “How should a person be baptized in order to meet the Bible requirements of salvation?” It is likely that you would get a dozen different answers, and possibly even a hundred. Some would say that they don’t believe it is necessary to be baptized at all to be saved. One man in Hollywood, California, insisted on being immersed in a huge tank full of rose petals. In spite of all claims to the contrary, it is obvious that all of these people had made a very shallow study of the Word of God concerning this subject. Two Requirements for Heaven We first turn to the teaching of the Master Himself as He defined the terms for entrance into His Kingdom. But what did Jesus mean by that statement to Nicodemus? Now we will show that being born of water refers to baptism. How Many Modes of Baptism?

Faith & Reason Ministries Blood Behind the Veil Introduction Although the book of Hebrews has been greatly ignored by Christian scholars and laymen alike, it contains some of the most important, basic doctrines in the Bible. Spiritual subjects that are scarcely mentioned by other writers have been fully explained by the author of Hebrews. Perhaps the reason for its general neglect is twofold. First, it leans very heavily upon Old Testament imagery and typology. Many modem Christians seem to feel that it doesn’t fit in with the tone of gospel freedom enunciated in Paul’s other epistles. Secondly, the book may be shunned because it contains some very clear statements that seem to conflict with positions held by the majority of Protestant Christians. The first two chapters are devoted in general to the position and nature of Christ before and after His incarnation. Many scholars have puzzled over Paul’s extended explanation in chapter two of Christ’s total assumption of man’s fallen nature. Could that nature be tempted?

Abdrushin: In the Light of Truth [The Grail Message] book Anything of true value can never be gained without a great deal of effort. This is true especially when seeking the Truth and real knowledge, because Truth and real knowledge are anything but cheap clichés and the smooth talk that is often mistaken for real knowledge. The work In the Light of Truth enables us to learn unspoiled and simple Truth through its perfect description of the whole of Creation and the functioning of its Universal Laws. Specifically we can find there the clear and straight path guiding human spirits to self-realization, spiritual development and their return out of this material world back to the spiritual world from where they had descended for the purpose of developing their souls. Like any other book, the book In the Light of Truth can only point at the Truth, because Truth itself is not expressible in human words and therefore cannot be put into a physical book. Reading the book In the Light of Truth is not too easy. Grail Message by Abdrushin For your guidance!

Christ's Human Nature The most dangerous counterfeit is the one that most nearly resembles the true. This is why religious counterfeits are so deadly and are often tolerated rather than identified and exposed. Christians in general are afraid that they will be misunderstood if they attack something that looks so much like the finest thing in religion. Since there is often only a thin line separating the best from the worst, they fear being charged with attacking the genuine if they oppose the counterfeit. Has Satan fabricated some look-alike perversions of the most sacred doctrines in Christianity? Many sincere Christians argue that the parallel views are so close together that no issue should be made over them. Is it possible that our mighty psychological adversary has actually anticipated these predictable human reactions and has skillfully created subtle deviations from the truth that will seldom be recognized and resisted? Original Sin Fallen or Unfallen Nature? Is this a serious digression from truth?