Why Are There So Many Churches?
warns that not only does God have His
church (Matt 16:18), but so does Satan (2
Cor 11:13-15). It is called "religion"
and it is not
Christianity. Satan's "church"
is full of: False prophets (Matt 7:15); False
believers (Matt 7:21); Traditions (Col
2:8); and doctrines (Jude 3,4).
"Religion" with Christianity,
it is important to find out whether it is founded upon what God said (the
Bible), or what man said (tradition,
see Mark 7:1-9).
is a brief History of “Churches,” and church traditions beginning with the
New Testament Church, and ending up today with almost total confusion!
33 AD The
Crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and His sending out His
disciples into all the world to preach and establish Christianity by getting
people to repent and believe!
The apostle Paul says that all of the then known world had heard about
Jesus Christ! New Testament style churches were spread throughout the Roman
empire in every major city!
The apostle John finished writing the Revelation, and completes the
Bible - no more prophecy!
Intense persecution against Christianity by the Roman Empire for over
The Roman Emperor Constantine gives in, and organises a central state-church
in Rome with him at the head. This becomes known as the ROMAN CATHOLIC
Church. He becomes the first
POPE! Before that time, all "churches" were local, independent,
and illegal. After this time, only
the “baptistic” churches were illegal.
The use of "images" was introduced along with the veneration
of saints and angels – the catholic church
just borrowed all the images of the pagans and made them into
“Christian” symbols (idols)! God forbid in Exodus 20 the veneration of ANY
image or picture!
“Mass” was accepted as THE method for salvation. They made
the crucifixion into a ritual.
Purgatory was introduced as a temporary punishment of sinners.
No other religious doctrine produced as much money for the catholic coffers
than the teachings about “purgatory!”
Holy water is introduced as having special powers of healing and
GREEK ORTHODOX church split from Rome over the issue of Papal
authority. Now there were two “holy apostolic catholic” churches, neither
of which follow the Bible!
of the Catholic priesthood was made mandatory. Before then, most members of
the clergy were married.
rosary was adopted as a method of praying - it was also borrowed from
the pagans. The Hindus and the Buddhists also have rosary beads.
of indulgences (paying a priest for your sins in money) began. It allowed
people to pre-pay for sins that otherwise would have to be paid for in
Confessions to Roman priests started, and was made mandatory to
all people for salvation. The gift of Salvation was just constantly being
Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church - started the Lutherans. Martin was a good monk, but wanted to get the Bible into the hands of the
common people – he found he had to leave the “church” in order to live
by the Bible.
VIII took the English church away from Rome and started the Church
Presbyterian church was formed by
Christians breaking away from Church of England. They made a big step in
attempting to return to Biblical Christianity – but still carried a lot of
“baggage” from Catholicism and the church of England.
Methodist church broke away from
the Church of England - by John Wesley. They for the most part went back to
Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of
Later Day Saints) began "their church" (with their own
Immaculate Conception of Mary (not of Jesus) was declared.
Jehovah's “Christian” Witnesses
were organized (with their own "Bible").
Assumption (ascension into heaven) of Mary proclaimed as
And then there
are the 7th Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, Church of God, and a host of
others! Every year there are new “cults” and flavours of “faith” for
people to choose from. Bible believers (from the time of the apostles on) have
never been a part of the religious "system" listed above, but have
always been separate from it, and required anyone who believed the Bible to
separate themselves from it (2 Cor 6:14-18).
Whenever the religious system caught a Bible believer, they tortured and burned
them at the stake for their beliefs (Acts 8:3; 9:1;
The answer to
why there are so many churches lies in the fact that people believe that there
can be so many different approaches to God and the Bible, which is not true (Rev
22:18,19; John 14:6). People must take God’s word literally and
completely, and come to God, only God’s way - the Bible way.
Religion has no authority other than itself, instead of the word of God.
Therefore, religions are constantly changing, while in Biblical Christianity,
believers are always anchored
to the unchanging words of the living God!
So, How can a
Bible believer identify false
They have another authority besides the Bible. Either it will be in place
of the Bible (Book of Mormon, Koran), along side with
the Bible (having equal inspiration), or they will produce their own
Catholic church, the authority is in about 135 volumes of church traditions and
writings, along side the Bible.
churches, the authority is in visions, or secret revelations.
They require blind obedience to a human – like a pope, or charismatic
leader, or miracle worker.
They have a history of killing and suppressing those who do not agree
with them (i.e., Islam, Catholicism in the Dark Ages, religious wars).
They usually emphasize obscure passages in their Bible instead of clear
ones (i.e., Matt 24:13 and Acts
2:38 instead of Rom 10:13).
They emphasize secret societies
and special revelations from God that cannot be verified! (Mohammed’s visions,
Fatima, Joseph Smith, etc.)
believer promotes an honest and clear revelation from God in the form of a Book
that can be tested, and verified as authentic!