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Although every church today claim to be church of Christ, is it possible to identify THE CHURCH OF CHRIST in this world of increasing denominationalism? The answer is YES.

 

What are the identification marks? Where are they found?

The Bible has the answer.

 

THE IDENTITY OF THE LORD’S ONE CHURCH

The word “CHURCH” is a gathering of believers (saints) whose sins are forgiven. This condition can neither be claimed nor inherited, but personally experienced.

 

These are believers in Jesus Christ through the word of God routed to us through:

  1. JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”(Deut 18:18-19).  “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Mtth. 17:5).

 

  1. THE EARLY DISCIPLES (APOSTLES) AS ROLE MODELS: “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” (John 17:8)  “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” (Heb 2:1-4)

 

  1. THE CHURCH TODAY, AS IT WAS YESTERDAY:“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; “that they all may be one…”(John 17:20) “… that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corr. 1:10). “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life– that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” I John 1:1-3.

 

THE FOUNDER

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus Christ promised to build a church “and upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH.” This indicates that no church can be the scriptural church unless it was founded by Jesus Christ. Many centuries before the promise to establish a church, David announced a great truth when he said, “Except the Lord build the “house, they labour in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1). The “house of God” is shown in the New Testament to be “the church of the Living God” (I Timothy 3:15). In Matthew 5:13 Jesus declared openly that “every plant which my Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.” Therefore any church founded by someone other than Christ is an apostate church. This teaches that it is not scriptural for a man to be a member of any spiritual household, religious plant or church which was originated by anyone except Christ; It shall be eventually uprooted. Therefore, foundation greatly matters.

 

PLACE OF ESTABLISHMENT

The true church of the Bible was established at Jerusalem.

 

 

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

The bible prophecy on the church says in Isaiah 2:2-3 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Paul, the Apostle of Christ, speaks of.” THE CHURCH OF CHRIST in1Tim 3:15 thus “… the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth…”

 Therefore, Jehovah’s house in the book of Isaiah is the church, and from this prophecy we learn when and where it was to be established.

 

In Micah 4:1, 2 and Zechariah 1:16 it was also prophesied that the Lord’s house would be established in Jerusalem. These prophets have, through the Holy Spirit, alerted the world on where the spiritual body of Jesus Christ, the church, would first be established. These prophecies were fulfilled thus:

(a) The Holy Spirit was not to come until Jesus had gone away (John 16:7) and the disciples saw Him ascend out of their sight (Acts 1:9).

 

(b) The disciples were commanded to tarry in Jerusalem (Luke 24:49), and the disciples, after His ascension, returned to Jerusalem, the appointed place (Acts 1:12).

 

(c) The disciples were to be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49), and this happened on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4).

 

(d) The Word of the Lord was to go forth from Jerusalem in the latter days (Isaiah 2:2, 3; Micah 4:1, 2, Zechariah 1:16).). And on Pentecost day, a stirring sermon was preached in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-42). Peter, in his preaching, quoted Joel 2:28-32 and declared that this day was the latter days mentioned in the prophecy. Three thousand souls were baptized on that day (Acts 2:41).

 

(e) Repentance and remission of sins started in Jerusalem.

Therefore, you need to be a member of this same church. There is no importance in church succession, but if the same seed of the kingdom that produced the church of the first century is sown today, I believe it will reproduce the true church in every community. Is that what you are doing?

AD 33

The church was founded on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If you are a member of any church not built on the Pentecost day of AD 33, then you are not in the church of the Bible; therefore, you should seek union with the body of Christ. This date is based on the account of Acts 2.

It is a great privilege to be a member of the church that Christ established and which He is the foundation (I Corinthians 3:11).

Note: The first apostate church started many centuries after the establishment of Christ’s church.

 

THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH:

Paul, in his writings, depicts Christ as the redeemer, the creator, and the head of the church (Colossians 1:14-18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:155:23; Colossians 2:10). Christ is the source of life to the church. He rules the church with divine authority. These quotations suggest that Christ has a divine head and a divine body (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23), a divine authority (Matthew 28:18), a divine practice (Colossians 3:17; I Thessalonians5:21), a divine perpetuity (Hebrews 13:8), and a divine relationship with the church (I Corr. 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-15; I Peter 4:8-11). Therefore, if one has developed the desire to have Christ as his head, he must be in the body or church of which Christ is the head and the Saviour.

 

 

ONLY ONE TRUE CHURCH

The Scripture states that “There is one body and one Spirit even as ye are called in one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4). This indicates that the body is one and that God loves oneness. But what does the Bible say is the body? Colossians 1:18 and Ephesians 1:22, 23 are proofs that the church and the body are the same. Therefore, if there is one body and it is the church, then there is but one true church. God does not have pleasure in denominationalism, in that He does not give any man the power to duplicate churches in the name of Christianity (John 17:20, 21). The existence of denominations on earth today is the result of our inability to stay in the doctrine of Christ and. to recognize Him as the only head of the church.

Therefore, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds ( 2 John 9-11).

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Men were not called members of the New Testament church by a decision to join it in a crusade (Altar Call) or by filling out a form. They were not known as members because their parents were members of this church. The Scripture, the standard of authority, has provided some conditions for an alien sinner who wants to become a Christian. Notice that to become a member of this church is to become a Christian       

(a) Believe in Jesus Christ (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6),

(b) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30-31; Luke 13:3-5),

(c) Confess your faith in Christ Jesus as the Son of the living God (Romans 10:9, 10).  (Confession of sin is only for those already in the faith, who fall away from the faith (I John 1:7-9); not for alien sinners), and finally

(d) Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16).

 

The purposes of baptism are:

(a) to wash away sins (Acts 22:16),

(b) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38),

(c) to enter into the one body, the true church (Acts 2:47; I Corr. 12:13),

(d) to become a member of Christ’s kingdom (John 3:3-5),

“Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” (I Corr.15:24)

(e) to be saved (Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21) and

(f) to put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).

 

Baptism is not pouring or sprinkling as it is being practiced by some denominations. It is a figure of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:3-5). Its action is immersion IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. (Acts 8:38, 39; Acts 19:1-5; Acts 8: 12-17). Baptism does not require examination or official aptitude test whereby if one fails he may be restricted from it, neither should it be certificated. Finally, an infant is not a subject for baptism.

 

WORSHIP / ITEMS OF WORSHIP

All religious services in the first century were commanded to be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) and also to be decent and in order (I Corinthians14:40). The first century church met for worship on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2) and their worship was simple and based entirely on the command of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Bible reveals only five items of worship and they are:

 

(a)      SINGING (Not Instrumental Music & Dancing): (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12).

Songs, in Christ Jesus are sang without the use of mechanical instruments (Matth 26:30).

 

The fact that David commanded the use of instrumental music in Jewish -worship (Psalm 150) does not indicate that Christians can do so today. The Bible specifically states that we are not under the Old Testament Laws (Hebrews 1:1, 2; 8:6-8; Galatians 3:24, 25; Colossians 2:14-16). Dancing is a work of the flesh and the Bible tells us that those who dance will not inherit heaven. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries (Banqueting/Dancing/Rioting), and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry(Banqueting/Dancing/Rioting) and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.” (Gal 5:19-21, Rom. 13:13; I Peter 4:3). 

The first century church did not have choristers to sing for them or any type of mood music to entertain the saints. Moreover, the Greek word which is translated sing in the English Bible does not mean to “play an instrument.” Therefore, instrumental music in worship today is rebellion against God’s will concerning the Christian worship.

 

(b)       PRAYING: The only way man can talk to God is by prayer. The Bible states that the early Christians were commanded to pray everywhere (I Timothy 2:8), without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and in every situation (Acts 12:5; 16:25; Romans 8:26). The denominational practice that permits a woman to lead prayers in the church (where both men and women are present) is against the command of the Holy Spirit (I Corr. 14:34; I Timothy 2:8).

 

(c.        TEACHING: It is God’s will that Christians should study His written word so that they would not go away from the doctrines of Christ (II John 9-11). The following quotations point out that teaching or preaching was important and was a practice in the church of the first century (Acts 20:7; I Corr. 14:23-26; Romans 1:15; I Timothy 3:15; Acts 2:42). Christians were commanded to study to show themselves approved as workmen that needed not to be ashamed (2Timothy 2:15) so they would be able to give an answer to questions concerning their faith (I Peter 3:15). In I Timothy2:11, 12 and I Corinthians 14:34, 35, the Scripture commanded that women should not teach or preach in the church but to learn in silence with all subjection. But women can teach children and other women (Titus 2:3-5), and also men in private situations –outside the church gathering (Acts18:26). This is the command of God to those who are spiritually gifted (I Corr. 14:47) and a violation of it does mean that we are children of disobedience.

 

(d)       PROPHECY: How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification (I Corr. 14:26).

 

(e)       GIVING: “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper,” (I Corr. 16:2). There was no timing, class fee, seed faith box or New Year offering in the original church. The instruction is that you give as you are prospered and as you purposed in your heart (FREE WILINGLY) (II Corr. 9:6,7). God is seeing our individual giving’s and will share His blessings accordingly. The examples of God-approved givers are the Macedonians who gave beyond their power (2Corinthians 8:1-4) and the poor widow of Mark 12:41-44 who gave all she had. The Bible says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

NOTE:

Tithing is not meant for Christians, but was instituted in the old for the Israelites to take care of their priests (the Levites) until the time of reformation in Christ. (Numbers 18:6, 20-24 Deut. 18:18-19, Matthew 17:1-5, Heb. 7:11-22)

 

 

 

THE CHURCH ORGANIZATION:

The church is ministered upon the five-fold arrangement from above, with apostles at the helm of affairs and council of Elders administering.

-“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”.(Ephes. 4:11-12) “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (I Corr. 12:28).

-“From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.

And when they had come to him, he said to them: “For I have not shunned declaring to you the whole counsel of God;.”Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. “(Acts 20:17-27)

 

THE MAKE UP OF THE CHURCH

The church of Christ is a gathering of BELIEVERS in the name of Jesus Christ as the only Saviour – “as many as received him to them gave the right to become children of God, to those who BELIEVE in His name. John 1:12.

 

BELIEVERS are established upon four cardinal principles of foundation, namely:

  1. Repentance from dead works (Acts 2:37-38)
  2. Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ – for the remission of sins (Acts 19:3-5)
  3. Receiving of the Holy Spirit through the laying of apostles hands (Acts 19:6, 8:14-18)
  4. Remaining in the apostolic teachings, (Doctrine of Christ) (Acts 2:40-42, II John 9:11)

 

BELIEVERS have eternal life and the promise of the kingdom of God in Heaven (I John 5; 13, John 14;2-3).

 

 

PECULIARITIES OF THE CHURCH

The Church, God’s own people, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,  a peculiar. (1 Pet. 2:9.)

  1. Is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone. (Eph. 2:20).
  2. Recognizes the true God who exercises mercy, Love, Judgment and righteousness. (Jere 9:22-24 and John 8:26)
  3. Is the pillar and foundation of truth? (1 Tim 3:15).
  4. Recognizes the true God who have given life everlasting ( Jn 17:3 and John 5:20)
  5. Rightly share the word of truth.( II Tim 2:15).
  6. Abides strictly on the doctrine of Christ. (Matt 16:5-12 and II John verse 9”11.)
  7. Does not give heed to the doctrine of Devil and seducing spirits (I Tim 4;1.)
  8. Conforms to the image of the Son of God. (I Jn 3:1-2; Rom 8:29; 1 Corr. 15:49).
  9.  Accepts that one must be buried with Christ in Baptism (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2;12; Gal 3:27.)
  10. The Church (members) is baptized only in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:35, Acts 19:5; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16).
  11. Believes that one must have the Spirit of Christ in order to serve God (Rom 8:9; I Corr. 12:13; James 2:26).
  12. We have apostles, prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers for the perfecting of the saints and for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11 and I Corr. 12:28)
  13. Partakes in the Lord supper as instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matth 26:20 & 26 – 29; Mk 14:17 & 22 – 24; Lk 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26.)

(i)Using one lump of Unleavened Bread representing the body (not pieces of unleavened bread);

(ii)Drink the blood of the covenant in One Cup, (not with cups).

  1. Believes in prophecy (Num 12:6;1 Corr. 14:1 & 39; I Thess. 5:20); For the testimony of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10)
  2. Believes that one must be born again in order to serve God (Titus 3:5; II Corr. 3:18; Jn 3;3-6.)
  3. Believes in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all Eph 4;4-6
  4. In every branch we speak the same thing, that there are no divisions. 1 Corr. 1:10.
  5. The Church does not use instrumental music in worshiping God (even when others invent for themselves instrument like David) I Chronicles 23:5; Ezra 3:10 Amos 6:5.
  6. Our ministers do not attend bible colleges before ordination. Because we are taught by the Spirit.( 1 Corr. 2:10 – 15; Jn 2:27).
  7. Children dedication is not part of the doctrine we received. (Lev 12:1-8; 1 Corr. 7:14.)
  8. We do not pay tithe, as the office of the Levitical Priest no longer exist. (Heb 7:11-20).
  9. We do not dance, as it is a sin to dance (Rom 8:8; Gal 5;19-21; 1 Pet 4:3.)
  10. Our women do not teach in the church (1 Corr. 14:34-35; 1 Tim 2:11-15).
  11. We worship God by singing Hymns and Choruses to the Lord (Matt. 26:30; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16.)
  12. Our Women are conscious of covering their head when praying or prophesying.  (1 Corr.11:5, 6, 8-10 & 13.)

 

If thou put brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the word of faith and of good doctrine where with thou hast attained.

 

 

MARK OF IDENTITY OF BELIEVERS

 

  1. The Bible accounts that every believer is bought with a price – I Corr. 6:20, therefore ought we to answer the name of he who paid our prize. The church must be known by no other name than The Church of Christ (NZUKO CHRIST) with Jesus Christ as the head (Eph 422;2).

 

  1. The second mark of identity is the foundation.. Christ’s one church (the body of Christ, the church of Christ (Nzuko Christ) is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20), with a five-fold ministerial operation – Eph 4:10-13 “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:(Eph. 4:11-13)

 

 

  1.  The third mark of identity is teachings (Doctrine)..

      We are warned to abide in the doctrine of Christ “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 Jn;9-11).

This is what He gave His          early disciples, which they kept (as He bore witness for them – “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” (Heb 2:1-4) and which they passed on to us – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”. (1 John 1:1-4).

 

It is entirely a different doctrine from what the Jews received from Moses – “And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this?…”  Mk. 1:27, Acts 17:16 – 20

 

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF ANTI – CHRIST

(UNBELIEVERS)

 

  1. They teach the doctrine and commandment of men (Matt 15:7-9; Mk 7:6-9; Col 2:20 -22).
  2. They go with blasphemous names and titles like Reverend, Most Holy, Arch Bishop, Canon etc (Psalm 111:9; Rev. 13:1-3; Rev 17:3.)
  3. They allow women to teach in their churches (Isa 3:12-13 & Rev 2:20-21, I Corr. 14;34-35; 1 Tim 2;11-25.)
  4. They are ignorant of how to speak in tongues (1 Corr. 14:23.)
  5. They build denominations when God does not dwell in the house built by hand (Acts 17:24-26; Matt 24:1 & 2: Jn 4:20-24.)
  6. They do not attach importance to baptism of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:28; Acts 8:16), as they only baptize in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in water, proclaiming that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit died and should be buried in baptism. (Matt 28:19-20) -(a mystery they know nothing about).
  7. They make long prayers while standing (Matt 6;5-7 Matt 23:14.)
  8. They are prosperity preachers (1 Tim 6:6 -10; Heb 13:5).
  9. Teaching only for miracles, signs and wonders (Matt 16:1-14; 24:5 & 24; Rev 13:11-14.)
  10. They do not preach salvation and remission of sins. (Mk 16:15 – 16; Lk 24:47).
  11. They make merchandise of people (Extortionists) (1 Tim. 6:5 11 Pet 2:14-15.)
  12. Proving themselves selfish and arrogant (2Tim 3:1-9)
  13. They observe days and seasons; e.g Christmas, Easter, Sabbath, Mother’s day and Father’s Day etc. (Gal 4:8 -11, Col 2:16-23.)
  14. They preach that it is a sin to taste Alcohol (Matt 11:18-19; Deut 14:25-26; 1 Tim 5:23. Eph 5:18).
  15. They receive and pay tithes, thereby claiming the office of the Levitical priests which has been done away with. (Eph. 1:4; Heb 9:1-14; 7:11-19.)
  16. They do not abide in the doctrine of Christ as laid down by the Apostles (2 Jn. verse 9, Eph. 2;20.)
  17. They invent for themselves instruments of music like David (1 Chron. 23:5; Ezra 3:10; Amos 6:5.)
  18. They dance to the tune of their music in pretence of worshiping God. (Gal. 5:19-21; I Pet 4:3.)
  19. Their women do not cover their head while praying or prophesying. (1 Corr. 11:5, 6-10 & 13.)
  20. They unduly take the Lord’s supper as Breakfast or Lunch. (Matt. 26:20 & 26-29; 1 Corr. 11;23-26).
  21. They do not attach any importance to the Lord’s Supper (Jn. 6:53-58).
  22. They do not believe in the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8;9mg; James 2:26).
  23. They preach Harvest of Old (Material harvest) while Christ came with Harvest of the present. (harvesting souls) (Matt. 13:36-39, Rev 14:14-16).
  24. They proclaim Child Dedication and the sacrifices thereby. (Leviticus 12:1-8; Exod. 13:1&2; 2:21 -24; 1 Corr. 7:14.)
  25. They claim that the Law of Moses has ended – Yes; (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 10;4), yet they go receiving tithe, celebrating Child dedication, Harvest (for their selfish gains) and preach that the burning of candle and incense, etc have been abolished; forgetting that they are still holding those laws as were committed unto Moses. – HYPOCRICY 
  26. They do not believe in prophecy. (1 Thess. 5:20; 1 Corr. 14:1 & 39).
  27. Some go ahead burning candle and incenses in their churches (Jn. 8:12; Jn 1;1-19; Jn 5:35.) 
  28. They put on white garment to church (as a mark of purity). (Rev. 19:8).
  29. Some of their men put on cap during worship. (1 Corr. 11:4).
  30. Some command that men should abstain from meats. (1 Tim. 4:3-5; Mk 14:23). 
  31. Some forbid their Bishops or Priests to marry. (1 Tim 4:3-5).
  32. They preach and encourage infant Baptism which is not in the scripture
  33. They do not believe in the five-fold ministry as instituted by God. (Eph 4:11-12).
  34. They go ahead making different kinds of sacrifices in the Levitical order. (1 Corr. 10:20).
  35. They conduct baptismal classes and ask people to pay for baptismal certificates; people who fail are refused baptism. (See Acts 2:41-42, Acts 16:32-33).
  36. They go to Bible schools to learn theology, History and philosophy in the name of God. (Jn 16:12-14. 1 Corr 2:10-14; 1 Jn. 2:27). This surely obstructs the Holy Spirit.
  37. They reject baptism in the name of Jesus Christ as they claim that baptism does not wash away sins. (See Acts 22:16, Acts 2:35, Acts 19:5, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, Mark 16:15-16, 1 Peter 3:20) 
  38. They preach TRINITY – which is not in the scripture (Jn 20:31; 1 Jn 5:4-5). Rather, God testified of His Son: (1 Jn 3:23-24, 5:9-12). Jesus testified of his Father: (Jn 14:24 & 28).
  39. They glorify the Holy Spirit: (Jn 14:16, 16:13-14; Rev 5:12-13).

 

In summary, therefore, any fellow or group that does not hold unto the teachings of Christ already declares himself or themselves anti-Christ or unbelievers. And the bible warns in II Corr. 6:14-17; Gal. 1:6-9; 2Jn. Verse 9-11 of the danger.

 

NOTE: Any spirit that teaches you contrary to the doctrines of Christ is the spirit of anti Christ.

 

 

For more information on Doctrine read the book – “Who has Believed our Report”

ABOUT US

 

Although every church today claim to be church of Christ, is it possible to identify THE CHURCH OF CHRIST in this world of increasing denominationalism? The answer is YES.

 

What are the identification marks? Where are they found?

The Bible has the answer.

 

THE IDENTITY OF THE LORD’S ONE CHURCH

The word “CHURCH” is a gathering of believers (saints) whose sins are forgiven. This condition can neither be claimed nor inherited, but personally experienced.

 

These are believers in Jesus Christ through the word of God routed to us through:

  1. JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”(Deut 18:18-19).  “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Mtth. 17:5).

 

  1. THE EARLY DISCIPLES (APOSTLES) AS ROLE MODELS: “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” (John 17:8)  “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” (Heb 2:1-4)

 

  1. THE CHURCH TODAY, AS IT WAS YESTERDAY:“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; “that they all may be one…”(John 17:20) “… that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corr. 1:10). “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life– that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” I John 1:1-3.

 

THE FOUNDER

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus Christ promised to build a church “and upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH.” This indicates that no church can be the scriptural church unless it was founded by Jesus Christ. Many centuries before the promise to establish a church, David announced a great truth when he said, “Except the Lord build the “house, they labour in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1). The “house of God” is shown in the New Testament to be “the church of the Living God” (I Timothy 3:15). In Matthew 5:13 Jesus declared openly that “every plant which my Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.” Therefore any church founded by someone other than Christ is an apostate church. This teaches that it is not scriptural for a man to be a member of any spiritual household, religious plant or church which was originated by anyone except Christ; It shall be eventually uprooted. Therefore, foundation greatly matters.

 

PLACE OF ESTABLISHMENT

The true church of the Bible was established at Jerusalem.

 

 

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

The bible prophecy on the church says in Isaiah 2:2-3 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Paul, the Apostle of Christ, speaks of.” THE CHURCH OF CHRIST in1Tim 3:15 thus “… the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth…”

 Therefore, Jehovah’s house in the book of Isaiah is the church, and from this prophecy we learn when and where it was to be established.

 

In Micah 4:1, 2 and Zechariah 1:16 it was also prophesied that the Lord’s house would be established in Jerusalem. These prophets have, through the Holy Spirit, alerted the world on where the spiritual body of Jesus Christ, the church, would first be established. These prophecies were fulfilled thus:

(a) The Holy Spirit was not to come until Jesus had gone away (John 16:7) and the disciples saw Him ascend out of their sight (Acts 1:9).

 

(b) The disciples were commanded to tarry in Jerusalem (Luke 24:49), and the disciples, after His ascension, returned to Jerusalem, the appointed place (Acts 1:12).

 

(c) The disciples were to be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49), and this happened on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4).

 

(d) The Word of the Lord was to go forth from Jerusalem in the latter days (Isaiah 2:2, 3; Micah 4:1, 2, Zechariah 1:16).). And on Pentecost day, a stirring sermon was preached in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-42). Peter, in his preaching, quoted Joel 2:28-32 and declared that this day was the latter days mentioned in the prophecy. Three thousand souls were baptized on that day (Acts 2:41).

 

(e) Repentance and remission of sins started in Jerusalem.

Therefore, you need to be a member of this same church. There is no importance in church succession, but if the same seed of the kingdom that produced the church of the first century is sown today, I believe it will reproduce the true church in every community. Is that what you are doing?

AD 33

The church was founded on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If you are a member of any church not built on the Pentecost day of AD 33, then you are not in the church of the Bible; therefore, you should seek union with the body of Christ. This date is based on the account of Acts 2.

It is a great privilege to be a member of the church that Christ established and which He is the foundation (I Corinthians 3:11).

Note: The first apostate church started many centuries after the establishment of Christ’s church.

 

THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH:

Paul, in his writings, depicts Christ as the redeemer, the creator, and the head of the church (Colossians 1:14-18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:155:23; Colossians 2:10). Christ is the source of life to the church. He rules the church with divine authority. These quotations suggest that Christ has a divine head and a divine body (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23), a divine authority (Matthew 28:18), a divine practice (Colossians 3:17; I Thessalonians5:21), a divine perpetuity (Hebrews 13:8), and a divine relationship with the church (I Corr. 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-15; I Peter 4:8-11). Therefore, if one has developed the desire to have Christ as his head, he must be in the body or church of which Christ is the head and the Saviour.

 

 

ONLY ONE TRUE CHURCH

The Scripture states that “There is one body and one Spirit even as ye are called in one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4). This indicates that the body is one and that God loves oneness. But what does the Bible say is the body? Colossians 1:18 and Ephesians 1:22, 23 are proofs that the church and the body are the same. Therefore, if there is one body and it is the church, then there is but one true church. God does not have pleasure in denominationalism, in that He does not give any man the power to duplicate churches in the name of Christianity (John 17:20, 21). The existence of denominations on earth today is the result of our inability to stay in the doctrine of Christ and. to recognize Him as the only head of the church.

Therefore, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds ( 2 John 9-11).

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Men were not called members of the New Testament church by a decision to join it in a crusade (Altar Call) or by filling out a form. They were not known as members because their parents were members of this church. The Scripture, the standard of authority, has provided some conditions for an alien sinner who wants to become a Christian. Notice that to become a member of this church is to become a Christian       

(a) Believe in Jesus Christ (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6),

(b) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30-31; Luke 13:3-5),

(c) Confess your faith in Christ Jesus as the Son of the living God (Romans 10:9, 10).  (Confession of sin is only for those already in the faith, who fall away from the faith (I John 1:7-9); not for alien sinners), and finally

(d) Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16).

 

The purposes of baptism are:

(a) to wash away sins (Acts 22:16),

(b) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38),

(c) to enter into the one body, the true church (Acts 2:47; I Corr. 12:13),

(d) to become a member of Christ’s kingdom (John 3:3-5),

“Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” (I Corr.15:24)

(e) to be saved (Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21) and

(f) to put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).

 

Baptism is not pouring or sprinkling as it is being practiced by some denominations. It is a figure of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:3-5). Its action is immersion IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. (Acts 8:38, 39; Acts 19:1-5; Acts 8: 12-17). Baptism does not require examination or official aptitude test whereby if one fails he may be restricted from it, neither should it be certificated. Finally, an infant is not a subject for baptism.

 

WORSHIP / ITEMS OF WORSHIP

All religious services in the first century were commanded to be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) and also to be decent and in order (I Corinthians14:40). The first century church met for worship on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2) and their worship was simple and based entirely on the command of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Bible reveals only five items of worship and they are:

 

(a)      SINGING (Not Instrumental Music & Dancing): (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12).

Songs, in Christ Jesus are sang without the use of mechanical instruments (Matth 26:30).

 

The fact that David commanded the use of instrumental music in Jewish -worship (Psalm 150) does not indicate that Christians can do so today. The Bible specifically states that we are not under the Old Testament Laws (Hebrews 1:1, 2; 8:6-8; Galatians 3:24, 25; Colossians 2:14-16). Dancing is a work of the flesh and the Bible tells us that those who dance will not inherit heaven. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries (Banqueting/Dancing/Rioting), and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry(Banqueting/Dancing/Rioting) and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.” (Gal 5:19-21, Rom. 13:13; I Peter 4:3). 

The first century church did not have choristers to sing for them or any type of mood music to entertain the saints. Moreover, the Greek word which is translated sing in the English Bible does not mean to “play an instrument.” Therefore, instrumental music in worship today is rebellion against God’s will concerning the Christian worship.

 

(b)       PRAYING: The only way man can talk to God is by prayer. The Bible states that the early Christians were commanded to pray everywhere (I Timothy 2:8), without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and in every situation (Acts 12:5; 16:25; Romans 8:26). The denominational practice that permits a woman to lead prayers in the church (where both men and women are present) is against the command of the Holy Spirit (I Corr. 14:34; I Timothy 2:8).

 

(c.        TEACHING: It is God’s will that Christians should study His written word so that they would not go away from the doctrines of Christ (II John 9-11). The following quotations point out that teaching or preaching was important and was a practice in the church of the first century (Acts 20:7; I Corr. 14:23-26; Romans 1:15; I Timothy 3:15; Acts 2:42). Christians were commanded to study to show themselves approved as workmen that needed not to be ashamed (2Timothy 2:15) so they would be able to give an answer to questions concerning their faith (I Peter 3:15). In I Timothy2:11, 12 and I Corinthians 14:34, 35, the Scripture commanded that women should not teach or preach in the church but to learn in silence with all subjection. But women can teach children and other women (Titus 2:3-5), and also men in private situations –outside the church gathering (Acts18:26). This is the command of God to those who are spiritually gifted (I Corr. 14:47) and a violation of it does mean that we are children of disobedience.

 

(d)       PROPHECY: How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification (I Corr. 14:26).

 

(e)       GIVING: “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper,” (I Corr. 16:2). There was no timing, class fee, seed faith box or New Year offering in the original church. The instruction is that you give as you are prospered and as you purposed in your heart (FREE WILINGLY) (II Corr. 9:6,7). God is seeing our individual giving’s and will share His blessings accordingly. The examples of God-approved givers are the Macedonians who gave beyond their power (2Corinthians 8:1-4) and the poor widow of Mark 12:41-44 who gave all she had. The Bible says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

NOTE:

Tithing is not meant for Christians, but was instituted in the old for the Israelites to take care of their priests (the Levites) until the time of reformation in Christ. (Numbers 18:6, 20-24 Deut. 18:18-19, Matthew 17:1-5, Heb. 7:11-22)

 

 

 

THE CHURCH ORGANIZATION:

The church is ministered upon the five-fold arrangement from above, with apostles at the helm of affairs and council of Elders administering.

-“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”.(Ephes. 4:11-12) “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (I Corr. 12:28).

-“From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.

And when they had come to him, he said to them: “For I have not shunned declaring to you the whole counsel of God;.”Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. “(Acts 20:17-27)

 

THE MAKE UP OF THE CHURCH

The church of Christ is a gathering of BELIEVERS in the name of Jesus Christ as the only Saviour – “as many as received him to them gave the right to become children of God, to those who BELIEVE in His name. John 1:12.

 

BELIEVERS are established upon four cardinal principles of foundation, namely:

  1. Repentance from dead works (Acts 2:37-38)
  2. Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ – for the remission of sins (Acts 19:3-5)
  3. Receiving of the Holy Spirit through the laying of apostles hands (Acts 19:6, 8:14-18)
  4. Remaining in the apostolic teachings, (Doctrine of Christ) (Acts 2:40-42, II John 9:11)

 

BELIEVERS have eternal life and the promise of the kingdom of God in Heaven (I John 5; 13, John 14;2-3).

 

 

PECULIARITIES OF THE CHURCH

The Church, God’s own people, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,  a peculiar. (1 Pet. 2:9.)

  1. Is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone. (Eph. 2:20).
  2. Recognizes the true God who exercises mercy, Love, Judgment and righteousness. (Jere 9:22-24 and John 8:26)
  3. Is the pillar and foundation of truth? (1 Tim 3:15).
  4. Recognizes the true God who have given life everlasting ( Jn 17:3 and John 5:20)
  5. Rightly share the word of truth.( II Tim 2:15).
  6. Abides strictly on the doctrine of Christ. (Matt 16:5-12 and II John verse 9”11.)
  7. Does not give heed to the doctrine of Devil and seducing spirits (I Tim 4;1.)
  8. Conforms to the image of the Son of God. (I Jn 3:1-2; Rom 8:29; 1 Corr. 15:49).
  9.  Accepts that one must be buried with Christ in Baptism (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2;12; Gal 3:27.)
  10. The Church (members) is baptized only in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:35, Acts 19:5; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16).
  11. Believes that one must have the Spirit of Christ in order to serve God (Rom 8:9; I Corr. 12:13; James 2:26).
  12. We have apostles, prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers for the perfecting of the saints and for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11 and I Corr. 12:28)
  13. Partakes in the Lord supper as instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matth 26:20 & 26 – 29; Mk 14:17 & 22 – 24; Lk 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26.)

(i)Using one lump of Unleavened Bread representing the body (not pieces of unleavened bread);

(ii)Drink the blood of the covenant in One Cup, (not with cups).

  1. Believes in prophecy (Num 12:6;1 Corr. 14:1 & 39; I Thess. 5:20); For the testimony of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10)
  2. Believes that one must be born again in order to serve God (Titus 3:5; II Corr. 3:18; Jn 3;3-6.)
  3. Believes in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all Eph 4;4-6
  4. In every branch we speak the same thing, that there are no divisions. 1 Corr. 1:10.
  5. The Church does not use instrumental music in worshiping God (even when others invent for themselves instrument like David) I Chronicles 23:5; Ezra 3:10 Amos 6:5.
  6. Our ministers do not attend bible colleges before ordination. Because we are taught by the Spirit.( 1 Corr. 2:10 – 15; Jn 2:27).
  7. Children dedication is not part of the doctrine we received. (Lev 12:1-8; 1 Corr. 7:14.)
  8. We do not pay tithe, as the office of the Levitical Priest no longer exist. (Heb 7:11-20).
  9. We do not dance, as it is a sin to dance (Rom 8:8; Gal 5;19-21; 1 Pet 4:3.)
  10. Our women do not teach in the church (1 Corr. 14:34-35; 1 Tim 2:11-15).
  11. We worship God by singing Hymns and Choruses to the Lord (Matt. 26:30; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16.)
  12. Our Women are conscious of covering their head when praying or prophesying.  (1 Corr.11:5, 6, 8-10 & 13.)

 

If thou put brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the word of faith and of good doctrine where with thou hast attained.

 

 

MARK OF IDENTITY OF BELIEVERS

 

  1. The Bible accounts that every believer is bought with a price – I Corr. 6:20, therefore ought we to answer the name of he who paid our prize. The church must be known by no other name than The Church of Christ (NZUKO CHRIST) with Jesus Christ as the head (Eph 422;2).

 

  1. The second mark of identity is the foundation.. Christ’s one church (the body of Christ, the church of Christ (Nzuko Christ) is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20), with a five-fold ministerial operation – Eph 4:10-13 “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:(Eph. 4:11-13)

 

 

  1.  The third mark of identity is teachings (Doctrine)..

      We are warned to abide in the doctrine of Christ “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 Jn;9-11).

This is what He gave His          early disciples, which they kept (as He bore witness for them – “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” (Heb 2:1-4) and which they passed on to us – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”. (1 John 1:1-4).

 

It is entirely a different doctrine from what the Jews received from Moses – “And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this?…”  Mk. 1:27, Acts 17:16 – 20

 

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF ANTI – CHRIST

(UNBELIEVERS)

 

  1. They teach the doctrine and commandment of men (Matt 15:7-9; Mk 7:6-9; Col 2:20 -22).
  2. They go with blasphemous names and titles like Reverend, Most Holy, Arch Bishop, Canon etc (Psalm 111:9; Rev. 13:1-3; Rev 17:3.)
  3. They allow women to teach in their churches (Isa 3:12-13 & Rev 2:20-21, I Corr. 14;34-35; 1 Tim 2;11-25.)
  4. They are ignorant of how to speak in tongues (1 Corr. 14:23.)
  5. They build denominations when God does not dwell in the house built by hand (Acts 17:24-26; Matt 24:1 & 2: Jn 4:20-24.)
  6. They do not attach importance to baptism of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:28; Acts 8:16), as they only baptize in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in water, proclaiming that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit died and should be buried in baptism. (Matt 28:19-20) -(a mystery they know nothing about).
  7. They make long prayers while standing (Matt 6;5-7 Matt 23:14.)
  8. They are prosperity preachers (1 Tim 6:6 -10; Heb 13:5).
  9. Teaching only for miracles, signs and wonders (Matt 16:1-14; 24:5 & 24; Rev 13:11-14.)
  10. They do not preach salvation and remission of sins. (Mk 16:15 – 16; Lk 24:47).
  11. They make merchandise of people (Extortionists) (1 Tim. 6:5 11 Pet 2:14-15.)
  12. Proving themselves selfish and arrogant (2Tim 3:1-9)
  13. They observe days and seasons; e.g Christmas, Easter, Sabbath, Mother’s day and Father’s Day etc. (Gal 4:8 -11, Col 2:16-23.)
  14. They preach that it is a sin to taste Alcohol (Matt 11:18-19; Deut 14:25-26; 1 Tim 5:23. Eph 5:18).
  15. They receive and pay tithes, thereby claiming the office of the Levitical priests which has been done away with. (Eph. 1:4; Heb 9:1-14; 7:11-19.)
  16. They do not abide in the doctrine of Christ as laid down by the Apostles (2 Jn. verse 9, Eph. 2;20.)
  17. They invent for themselves instruments of music like David (1 Chron. 23:5; Ezra 3:10; Amos 6:5.)
  18. They dance to the tune of their music in pretence of worshiping God. (Gal. 5:19-21; I Pet 4:3.)
  19. Their women do not cover their head while praying or prophesying. (1 Corr. 11:5, 6-10 & 13.)
  20. They unduly take the Lord’s supper as Breakfast or Lunch. (Matt. 26:20 & 26-29; 1 Corr. 11;23-26).
  21. They do not attach any importance to the Lord’s Supper (Jn. 6:53-58).
  22. They do not believe in the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8;9mg; James 2:26).
  23. They preach Harvest of Old (Material harvest) while Christ came with Harvest of the present. (harvesting souls) (Matt. 13:36-39, Rev 14:14-16).
  24. They proclaim Child Dedication and the sacrifices thereby. (Leviticus 12:1-8; Exod. 13:1&2; 2:21 -24; 1 Corr. 7:14.)
  25. They claim that the Law of Moses has ended – Yes; (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 10;4), yet they go receiving tithe, celebrating Child dedication, Harvest (for their selfish gains) and preach that the burning of candle and incense, etc have been abolished; forgetting that they are still holding those laws as were committed unto Moses. – HYPOCRICY 
  26. They do not believe in prophecy. (1 Thess. 5:20; 1 Corr. 14:1 & 39).
  27. Some go ahead burning candle and incenses in their churches (Jn. 8:12; Jn 1;1-19; Jn 5:35.) 
  28. They put on white garment to church (as a mark of purity). (Rev. 19:8).
  29. Some of their men put on cap during worship. (1 Corr. 11:4).
  30. Some command that men should abstain from meats. (1 Tim. 4:3-5; Mk 14:23). 
  31. Some forbid their Bishops or Priests to marry. (1 Tim 4:3-5).
  32. They preach and encourage infant Baptism which is not in the scripture
  33. They do not believe in the five-fold ministry as instituted by God. (Eph 4:11-12).
  34. They go ahead making different kinds of sacrifices in the Levitical order. (1 Corr. 10:20).
  35. They conduct baptismal classes and ask people to pay for baptismal certificates; people who fail are refused baptism. (See Acts 2:41-42, Acts 16:32-33).
  36. They go to Bible schools to learn theology, History and philosophy in the name of God. (Jn 16:12-14. 1 Corr 2:10-14; 1 Jn. 2:27). This surely obstructs the Holy Spirit.
  37. They reject baptism in the name of Jesus Christ as they claim that baptism does not wash away sins. (See Acts 22:16, Acts 2:35, Acts 19:5, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, Mark 16:15-16, 1 Peter 3:20) 
  38. They preach TRINITY – which is not in the scripture (Jn 20:31; 1 Jn 5:4-5). Rather, God testified of His Son: (1 Jn 3:23-24, 5:9-12). Jesus testified of his Father: (Jn 14:24 & 28).
  39. They glorify the Holy Spirit: (Jn 14:16, 16:13-14; Rev 5:12-13).

 

In summary, therefore, any fellow or group that does not hold unto the teachings of Christ already declares himself or themselves anti-Christ or unbelievers. And the bible warns in II Corr. 6:14-17; Gal. 1:6-9; 2Jn. Verse 9-11 of the danger.

 

NOTE: Any spirit that teaches you contrary to the doctrines of Christ is the spirit of anti Christ.

 

 

For more information on Doctrine read the book – “Who has Believed our Report”