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….
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.
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.
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.