St. John’s Christian Church’s Gospel

There is a famine in the land, that is for sure. As I examine some of the doctrine in Church’s in Archbold I would like to make a point to say that I am not doing this out of hate. It comes from the heart to those who are deceived and on their way to Hell because the full Gospel is not being preached. I have been called judgmental and a Bible bully, but eternity is nothing to mess around with and we must understand the need for souls to be saved. Our family attended St. John’s Christian Church for about 5 years. We made many wonderful friend’s at this church and we miss them dearly. I’m also praying that through this blog a person will see their need for a Savior and repent and put their trust in Jesus, for their salvation. Let’s take a look at the theology at this church.

If you look at St. John’s website you will see that their statement of faith is very vague. It reads….

Statement of Faith

This church acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of all people. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in the confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.

The statement of faith does not include scripture, this is the first problem. Jesus is the Savior for all people, BUT their are many who will be in Hell because they reject that Christ is the Savior. Matthew 7:13 says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Clearly, not all will be saved. This passage is talking about the road to Hell. I personally know that they do not talk about God’s wrath or Hell because they say it will turn people away from Christ. The doctrine of Hell was mentioned more by Jesus than the doctrine of Heaven. If Jesus is not afraid to mention it, neither should we be. Jesus came for this perpose ONLY to save us from the wrath of God! It’s a very important doctrine and if there is no mention of this doctrine then you are leaving out part of the Gospel.

The second statement mentioned is also a very vague statement.

1. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in the confession

What confession? I’m guessing the apostles creed which is the next section in thier bliefs statement. The apostles creed is something that is repeated frequently at St. John’s. It’s also something I repeated everytime I attended Mass at the Catholic church. Just because you repeat a creed over and over again does not mean you are saved. This gives many a false sense of eternal security. It’s being saved off of the back of a religious insitution and a creed, not in your own personal confession in Christ as a wicked sinner that needs to repent and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. If a person is trusting in a creed they repeat, a baptism, a church membership, a family affliation, communion, or any other type of work, you my dear friend are a lost person bound for Hell.

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

Ephisians 2:8-9

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.

In my experience of attending this church I would say that they are ashamed of the full Gospel. I know that the Christianity that is taught there is that your actions and “living out” the Gospel will be enough. Just do Christian things and people will be saved. Roman’s 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So it’s not true that that Holy Spirit will go around saving people if we just act like Christians. Don’t get me wrong we should act like Christians so that our witness for the Lord will not be tanted, but it NEVER saves us. Their are many kind and loving people out there that reject God, that does not mean they are saved. God’s Word tells us to open our mouths and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ! We must be harvest workers. Matthew 9:37 says, ” Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” If you are laboring in good works and not sharing your faith by opening your mouth, your work is in vain! This is exactly what they do at St. John’s. I never heard the Gospel at St. John’s. Pastor Erich always talks to his congregation as if they are all saved. This is NOT being a good shepard of the souls to which he pastors too. He is leading his flock astray and giving them a false sense of assurance.

2. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.

This statement is also missing scriputure to back it up. I’m not sure what “creative” work means. I do know that the general idea is let the spirit will lead you to do what ever it wants. The problem with this is that it is null and void of sound doctrine. God’s Word, the Bible, should be our standard and it’s sufficient. The Holy Spirit convicts you to obey God through His Word. It begs to question which spirit are you following? The Bible says to test all spirits to see if they are from God.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

I can tell you that they are creative in doing what they wish, and which doctrine to follow in the Bible. Unfortuatly, God is not pleased with this. Just because a person is a pastor does not mean they are a Christian. And just because a person calls themself a Christian does not mean they are.

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

3. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers.

I find this to be a HUGE problem. Once again, it’s difficult to truly understand the meaning of this statement, that is not backed up by any scripture. They say ancient creeds of the reformers, but what about what the Bible says?

4. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own.

Problem….. no scripture. Again each generation is responsible for make up their own faith? OR the faith to which the Bible lays out? In my own personal estimation they, again, claim that anyone that attends church is saved and is going to Heaven.

5. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.

The first part of this statement is true the ordinances of Baptism and Communion are what Christian’s should be practicing, BUT only according to what the Bible lays out for us. Honestly, it would not matter what the of the confessing church does or does not practice. The Bible tells us we are to practice baptism and communion, this is why we practice them. And Baptism is done as the first thing in obediance to the Lord after salvation. Baby baptism is not biblical and it definatly does not save you. I have heard people say that they were baptised as a baby and then re-affirmed their baptismal vows when they went through confirmation. This DOES NOT save you!!! If you are trusting in any of these traditions to get you into Heaven, you my friend are a lost person. This is a different gospel. I also know you become a member of St. Johns through confirmation class, not through repentence and trust in Jesus alone for the salvation of your soul. When I believed in Christ for salvation, this is when I became a member of the church. I then followed my confession with believer’s baptism as a public confession of my faith.

As far as I know this church has not repented of it’s false Gospel. This chruch has some other serious doctinal issues that need to be addressed, but I will save this for another day.

I pray this review is helpful and if you are a Christian you will examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. The Lord will be returning soon. May the chruch be found pleasing in His sight.