Many people ask the question: What is the one true church? And numerous organizations claim to be the one true Christian church. For example, these groups make that claim:
* The ancient churches that can trace their history to the first century (the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches);
* The churches (sometimes called cults) that have drastically changed the definition of “God” and “Jesus” and claim to be a restoration of the true faith (the Mormons, also called Latter Day Saints or LDS; the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Christian Scientists);
* Some Protestant denominations such as the Church of Christ. Most Protestant churches, however, don’t claim to be the one true church but, rather to be just one part (or branch) of the true church.
However, is the church a formal organization or institution made up of human beings? Or is it a group of people who have been transformed by the Creator and who gather to spend time with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ?
The true Christian church is all the people, worldwide, who have been transformed by the biblical Jesus Christ, have a personal and ongoing relationship with Him, and will forever be with Him in Heaven (regardless of what religious institution or organization they belong to –or even if they don’t belong to one). Are you a part of the true church?
Here’s a quotation from Irenaeus, one of the early church fathers: “Where the Spirit of God is, there is the church.”