The False Gospel That Says: “You Must Join An Institutional Church To Be Saved” Refuted
We are Christians by belief alone in the gospel of Jesus Christ alone.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every onen that believe.” (Romans 1:16)
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Our justification before God does not depend on our geographical location, neither joining ANY “institutional church”.
We are united to Christ by faith alone, not by membership in ANY “institutional church”.
Those who teach that justification and union with Christ depend on membership in what they call an “institutional church” and living in the same place as that so called “institution” are not teaching biblical Christianity. They are not teaching justification by faith alone. They are papist whores who do not have a credible profession of faith.
Those who die looking to their “institutional church” membership for salvation will die in their sins and receive eternal condemnation (see John 8:24) for they hold to justification by faith and works and deny that Christ alone is the Saviour.
John Foxe who lived from 1516-1587 and who was the author of what is now called ‘The Foxes Book of Martyrs’ correctly wrote the following…
“Although the necessity of the assembly, enduring from the apostles, may and must be granted, yet the same necessity was not bound to any certain place or person, but ONLY to FAITH.” (The Acts and Monuments of the Church Containing the History and Sufferings of the Martyrs, Preliminary Dissertation, Page 8, emphasis mine)
We are Christians by faith alone in Christ alone based on Scripture alone. We join with fellow believers and assemble with saints that believe and preach the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, BECAUSE we are saved. Not to merit salvation. We believe in sola fide (faith alone), and NOT sola Ecclesia.
Those fools who claim we must join an “institutional church” to be saved are mixing law and gospel, and they are teaching justification by faith and works.
Only the righteousness of Christ—and nothing else—reckoned freely to our accounts, and received by faith alone, is necessary for salvation.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:8-9)
Amen and Amen.
By M. Collier