Jesus has left my building…

…and I’m leaving with him.

UPDATE: Internet Monk has deleted the original article this post references.

Many of my readers are already familiar with the internetmonk. His latest blog post is the best thing he’s written in a long time in my opinion. If you’re a fan of his, you know he’s been going through some kind of “funk” for while. If you’re not already reading internetmonk, I want Jesus has left my building…and I’m leaving with him to be the first thing of his you read. It’s way more than just a reminder that denominations are the creation of man.

This link is to a post I wrote in March about the ecumenical and international nature of the ministry I’m a part of. If you stand in a room with people from many different nations, or perhaps many different types of Christians – or both – then you get a glimpse of what Heaven is going to be like. The gospel message is even now being carried to every tribe, every tongue, every nation. Heaven is not going to be divided by denominational differences; all people from all the ages will gather together in praising God. Jesus will be the firstborn of a large family; a family made up of Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopals, Roman Catholics, Messianic Jews and a host of others. There are over 30 Protestant denominations, plus Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, non-denominationals, and God only knows – literally – how many others. But there is one God, one faith, and one baptism.

We will sit down as God’s children some day; we should live like we believe that.

8 thoughts on “Jesus has left my building…

  1. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” It doesn’t matter what, if any, church affiliation one has. All who belong to Christ will be in heaven as the one family of God. I’m very respectful toward other religions, but salvation only comes through Jesus Christ. Consider the banner again: God honoring, Christ centered.

  2. Joe:

    That’s a great question. In fact, do you know what Jews,Muslim, Hindus and Buddhists have to say about the answer?

    Since they give differing answers, we should be cued in that no religion includes anyone on the basis of justing checking off a box that says “I believe something.” Every religion expresses its goal with some level of exclusion, either from heaven, or from nirvana or from a better reincarnation, etc.

    So there’s nothing unfair about Jesus teaching a kind of inclusion and a kind of exclusion. In fact, I’ll suggest that Christianity is the most respectfully inclusive religion out there.

  3. Jesus is the Way and the source of salvation, but does that mean that the Way is what His followers define? I can’t limit God. Truth exists whether or not it is seen in comparison to any other faith, so another faith’s standard inclusion or exclusion should not matter.

    You said: no religion includes anyone on the basis of justing checking off a box that says “I believe something.”
    – except so many Christians use that as their criterion -faith alone.

    It is all well and good to try to see the “larger church,” and to be inclusive of Christian denominations, even if their faith is somewhat different. But I can’t imagine a loving God damning millions of His adults and children for not hearing the Gospel and having Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.

  4. Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd, and also as the gate into the fold in the Gospel of John. If anyone tries to get by another way, he is a theif and a robber (Jesus’ words). Colossians 1 describes all things being created by him (Jesus), through him, and for him so that in all things he could be preeminant. He then reconciled all things to himself by his blood shed on the cross.

    In other words, all that exists is the work of God THROUGH Jesus Christ. Jesus will be preeminant, or first in all things. The kinkdom of Heaven will be populated by people from every tribe, tongue and nation, this much we know. But it will be those who have entered in by the one gate, led by the one good shepherd, Jesus Christ. There is no other way.

    In this age of no absolute truth, many decide since they cannot imagine it, it’s not true. Just because it doesn’t sound right to Joe, doesn’t mean it won’t happen that way. Being the Soverign of all that exists means God makes the rules without input from us on what we think is right, fair or just.

  5. I’m sorry if I gave the impression that I ask this question just because “it doesn’t sound right.” Truth is not necessarily what I or you think it is or what you or I think the Bible says – and it certainly may not be what I consider to be fair. But I think most would agree that in principle a loving God is “fair.” I agree that Jesus is Lord and Saviour of all, He is the Way and the Truth, and that no one comes to the Father but through Him. He is the Shepherd and the Gate. However, the Bible does not say “if you don’t believe in Christ you are going to hell.” Although I will admit that there are verses where it may imply this, there are also verses that imply a less narrow view of who is going to heaven. Rom 2:12-16.

  6. To understand the state of religioun today you have to understand old Babylonian religion, Nimrod, Semiramis, Tammuz- the spreading of teh false religion throughout the world after the confusion of languages by God at the rebellous Tower of Babylon. You need to read Alexander Hislops book “The Two Babylons” The Reformation was begun by Roman Catholic priests and monks who left the church for truth. Unfortunately they took a lot of pagan doctrine with them from catholicism. The TRUTH is found still in the word of God, but takes a paradigm shift for many who have been brainwashed into accepting old Roman myths mixed with Christianity. The doctrine ofthe Trinity never existed as a doctrine of teh chursh until 325 AD, after Constantine hijacked the faith. The original plan of salvation is still the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus CHrist which bought our salvation, our obedience to that gospel by OUR death, burial and resurrection experience by Acts 2:38. ONE LORD-Jesus;: ONE FAITH-the written word of God as expressed by the apostles, not the Catholic church, NOR the reformers- and ONE BAPTISM-in Jesus name as on the day of Pentacost, Acts 2:38, Acts 8, 10, 19. No trinity baptism can be found in scripture. Matther 28:19 commands that we baptize in His NAME. Col. 2:8-9 tells us that all the fullness of the godhead is in Jesus, bodily!

  7. Read the writings of Ignatius of Antioch and Tertullian. I agree there is no Trinity explicitly described in the NT, but it is there and it is clearly described in the Second Century Church. What happened in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries, and the development of the Nicene Creed, was in reaction to denials of the Trinity and divinity of Christ.

    I think you need to review your history books and find the first person to exactly list all 27 books of the NT that Christians use today. That was by Athanasius around 354 AD. What kind of guy was he? Why did it take so long for everyone to agree on the whole NT that we use today? What does this fact mean about the paganism of the time? How can you trust that we are using exactly the right books if nobody agreed on all of them until then?

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