Find Your Church In The Teachings Of Jesus Christby Van Robison
In reading the four Gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I searched in vain for
even one church name or church corporation, or
non-profit church organization or affiliation known
today, and found none to be mentioned in the teachings
of Jesus Christ. The world of Protestantism has
splintered into literally many thousands of different
groups over the years. The following church names are
missing from the four Gospels, and for that matter
from the entire New Testament. Jesus Christ never
mentioned the name of even one of today's church
organizations as we know them, and easily verifiable
by checking the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance for
any of the following:
- Southern Baptist Convention--established in 1845.
- American Baptist Churches--originally known as The Northern Baptist Convention--established in 1907.
- National Baptist Convention--founded in 1886.
- Independent Baptist Churches--there are many different groups and even among themselves they differ.
- International Baptists Churches.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- Jehovah Witnesses--founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1872.
- Mormon Church--founded by Joseph Smith about 1830.
- Worldwide Church of God--founded by Herbert W. Armstrong in 1934, and has since splintered into many groups.
- United Methodist Church--traces its roots to 1739 and the teachings of John Wesley.
- Presbyterian Church--traces its roots to the sixteenth century and to John Calvin.
- Lutheran Church--traced to the sixteenth century and Martin Luther.
- Mennonites--trace their influence to Menno Simons (1496-1561).
- Amish--founded by Jacob Amman (1644-1720).
- Seventh Day Adventists--originally traced to William Miller (1782-1849). Later, Ellen White helped to organize in 1863.
- Quakers--founded in England by George Fox (1624-1691).
- Pentecostal Church
- Holiness Church
- Nazarene Church--In Matthew 2:23 it states that Jesus dwelt in a city called "Nazareth", and some people called Him a "Nazarene", but that verse has nothing to do with the Nazarene Church and its beliefs.
Is the focus of Christians misplaced? Do believers in Jesus Christ really read and think about the teachings of Jesus Christ, or do they instead let "professional clergy" and religious leaders tell them what to think? Perhaps Christians should rethink who is really their Head and who is really their Chief Shepherd. Which church organization did Jesus Christ come preaching? Or did Jesus Christ come teaching principles of life and not church organization at all?