Without the power of God working in and through the local churches in Christ Jesus there will be no real and substantial correction of the deep and numerous issues of our time. The matrix of wickedness is so vast and its end result so devastating that few (including myself) can comprehend. But it won’t be through politics or the courts that barely scratch the surface of this needed correction, but only through God’s ordained local assemblies. But, do we have any biblical churches today?
The Question that Needs to be Answered
If we have here in America and in European lands many churches and “Christian” Bibles, Christian schools and seminaries, literature, TV and radio stations, why then are we going in reverse toward a multicultural “anything goes” pagan society? Where is the effective righteous influence of all these “churches”? Yes, they try to help individuals and families in their time of need. But the reality is that the personal “ministry” of churches is like pouring water into a bucket with holes in it. Many marriages are still falling apart, families in disarray, and our nations are being destroyed. It’s all pastors can do to just keep the plates spinning. I remember when I was a pastor how it was: Just trying to keep up week by week, but easily losing perspective and on the edge of burnout. I knew something was wrong!
The Power of God
I explored many different avenues and answers of church ministry. I remember the time following John Wimber and the Vineyard Church movement I was seeking the power of God. But it all ended in a crash for me.
I knew what the Bible said about the importance of the church. In Ephesians, for example, it was clear to me that the power of God resided by His presence in the local church. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesians:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:18-23
And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… – Ephesians 2:6
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
Power in and through the church in supremacy above all “religious” and civil authorities. If, of course, Jesus Christ is truly the Head, there is no greater power on this planet than the local assembly.
But alas, the church has been and continues to be powerless. Why?
The Church Defined
The church is said to be made up of believers who have received Jesus Christ by grace through faith and are regenerated by God’s Spirit. In the Name of Jesus they have been justified, redeemed and forgiven of their sins. Okay, that’s pretty basic.
So, what’s wrong? Is that all there is? No.
The biblical church must be defined more specifically, especially in this tolerance and diversity culture. I contend that there are only a handful of true churches today. Most out there are not biblical churches, and hence, no power of God is available to them. Why? Because their membership does not meet the test of who the church is comprised of.
The New Covenant Biblical Church
The churches of the New Testament were the churches of the New Covenant inaugurated by the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). The only parties to the New Covenant are the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-10). They, and only they, comprise the biblical churches.
In Ephesians 2:11-21, Paul discusses two groups of people as the church. In the context of the New Covenant and the prophecies of this reuniting of both houses, this is what Paul was referring to.
I have 10 commentaries on Ephesians in my library and not one of them gets this right.
Nothing has changed. The biblical church is still comprised of the redeemed physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
So, if this is correct, do we have any biblical churches today? No. The established, approved churches of every denomination are comprised of racial admixtures. They are, in fact, mongrelized assemblies. And there is nothing I or anyone else can do to turn a mongrelized assembly into a biblical church.
Hence, if there is no church, there is no power of God available. It’s just that simple.
I know for many it’s a tough pill to swallow. But the truth is the truth and you must decide what you are going to do about it. Either seek out the truth from the evidence of the Bible or go along to get along.
For me, God has only given me a limited time on this planet. It’s up to me to choose to follow the truth or not.
How about you?
By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv