Two friends were discussing the merits of their contractors and it did not take long before it became obvious which was the superior builder. Workmanship and sacrifice marked the one whereas the other’s flawed ability and attitude produced a pretty façade on a shack. The mark of a good building is in its design, durability, and detail, all of which originate with the builder.
Spiritually speaking, it is no different with the church of God. Jesus boldly stated, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18), and Paul intensified the statement by adding, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). Oddly enough, God’s revealed Word hasn’t stopped people from building their own churches sporting the names of men or methods found nowhere in the Bible, practicing doctrines one must strain to associate with anything revealed in God’s Word.
If the church to which you belong did not originate in the New Testament, if your worship is not a carbon copy of early Christian worship, or if your supposed salvation lacks the pattern and product of Divine revelation, you are not a member of the church that Christ built. The identity of most things is easily distinguishable from the fake; even a good forgery can be exposed with effort and the proper standards and definitions by which to judge its authenticity. To identify the Lord’s church, one must go to the New Testament to find its introduction (e.g. Acts 2), its operation (i.e., Acts 6, 15; 1 Corinthians 11-14, etc.), and its composition (cf. the epistles). If one is to seriously claim to be a part of the church that Jesus built, its defense can be biblically asserted with confidence.
Two Bible builders detailed the difference between Christ’s disciples and the damned (Matthew 7:21-28). So, the question is: Who built your church?