The Church of Christ with The Elijah Message
                     The Scriptural Foundation of
                         The Church of Christ
                                                
A good place to gain understanding of the Church of Christ and why and how it exists can be found in the Bible;
beginning with the Book of Ephesians.  In the Book of
Ephesians 2:19-22, we can see that the Christian belief
has as its foundation: the Apostles, the Prophets, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the chief corner stone. We
may find the writings of Apostles in the book of Acts through Revelation. We may find the writings of the
Prophets in the book of Genesis, through the book of Malachi. Then we may find the writings of the Lord Jesus
Christ in the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

If then we turn to the Book of
Ephesians chapter 4:3-6; we will discover that there is One Body, One Spirit, One
Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and One God.  If we return back to verse 4: we may closely examine
these verses better. In verse 4 we are told there is one body. What is the Body? To answer that question we
may turn to the Book of Colossians, which is only two books to the right.
Colossians 1:14-18 has a wealth of
information! Verse 14 tells us “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
That verse tells us that it is Jesus Christ whom we have forgiveness of our sins, because of His sacrifice on
the cross.  Then the next verse 15, tells us “Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every
creature.”  This verse tells us that Jesus Christ is God Himself.  It is one of many, many verses that explain
clearly, that Jesus Christ is God. The next verse 16 tells us,”For by Him Were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”  
Verse 17 continues saying,”and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”  In those few words, we
learn that Jesus Christ created the World, the Universe, and everything that is in it. (We may also refer to the
Gospel of
John 1: 1-14) Then we move to verse 18, “And he is the head of the body, the Church….” And we find
out that the Body is the Church.

Now returning to
Ephesians 4:4; we can clearly understand that by the word of God; the Body is the Church. By
the Word of God we can now understand that God said, “the Body is One.”  In other words, there is only one
Church, not the several thousands we find in the world today. God is not divided, and His Word is not divided;
therefore the Church must be One and not divided into the denominations of man.
Ephesians 4:4 continues saying, “there is one Spirit”.  That Spirit is the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. We
can find that in the Gospel of
John 14:1-31 (notice especially verse 26).  Then we may read also in verse 4,
“there is one Hope.” The One Hope, is that our salvation is secure because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
upon the cross and his resurrection. Because He arose, we shall have our own bodies and souls resurrected
and put on immortality with our Lord Jesus for all eternity.

Ephesians 4:5 tells us, “One Faith”, yet it we can plainly see that there are thousands of different churches with
as many different doctrines. Yet God said in His Word, there was to be only One Faith. We know God did not lie;
His Word is Truth.
Ephesians 4: continued saying, “there is One Lord”, yet many churches pray to Jesus, some to God, Some to
Mary. Is God divided? Of course not! Then why are the Churches divided over who Jesus Christ is? Jesus
Christ is God Himself.
Ephesians 4:5 continued saying, “One Baptism”, yet again we find the church divided on that subject as well.
Some teach to baptize in the name of Jesus, others in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; while
others tell us baptism is simply symbolic and we do not need it: in truth there are 29 different versions of
baptism throughout Christian churches and yet God said there was only One Baptism. Did God Lie or was He
confused when He said, Only One Baptism?  Of course not, God stated what should exist and His foundation
which we are to stand.

Ephesians 4:6 tells us, “One God”, yet in Christian belief, some believe that Jesus Christ, God, and the Holy
Spirit are not all the same person (even though the Scripture is plain on that subject. They use words like, the
Holy Trinity to explain what they fail to read in the Word of God, which very plainly tells us in The Gospel of
John
1:1-14
, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And then in verse
10, “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and world knew Him not. He came unto His own,
and His own received Him not”; then in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we
beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.
In the above paragraphs we can witness the foundation our Lord God gave unto us as a clear explanation of
His foundation. In the world we live in today however, we also can see that the churches are deeply divided
upon that very foundation.

In
Ephesians 4:11-16, we can discover that the Lord Jesus Christ set up His Church while He was upon this
earth. It is plainly stated and exactly described. Beginning with verse 11 God said, “He gave some Apostles;
and some prophets; and some Evangelists; and some Pastors, and Teachers.”  We can understand that the
He is Jesus Christ and that Christ created these responsibilities within His Church (see verse 12 as it states
“for the edifying of the body of Christ “---and we know the body is the Church.)  The Lord Jesus Christ created
12 Apostles and told us they would exist until we came to the unity of faith. (See verse 13) Jesus did not give
Bishops in His Church, yet in the churches man sat up; man has made the Bishop the head of the church. We
can read in Acts 6:1-7 where bishops came from and their function within the church. Their function was to
collect the tithes and care for the widows and orphans. Yet man, has them in his churches paying pastors,
themselves, and others out of the tithes which God said was to support the widows and orphans.
Ephesians 4:14 tells us, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the slight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”, which
is a true explanation of what finally did happen within the churches of the world.

In the above paragraphs we have discovered that Christ set up His Church upon the earth and did so to edify
the believers that they would not be led astray to other doctrines and belief of men; and remain grounded upon
His foundation. In a close examination of the Book of Ephesians and the foundation God set up for man and
His Church; we can soon discover that the church has fallen away from what God intended and what God
Himself set up for man to follow. In other words the Church fell into what is commonly known as the apostasy
of the Church (which means the falling away from the word of God by the believers in the Church).
The next thing that needs discussion is as the Scripture points clearly to the foundation of the Church and
Christian Belief; it also clearly points out that the Church would fall away, as well as all mankind, from the Word
and Doctrine of God.

We can examine the foundation (the Apostles, the Prophets, and Jesus Christ himself) and find where it is
written that His Church would fall away from the Doctrine of the Lord. We can begin with the words of the
Apostles contained in the first book of
Timothy 4:1-3. It states, “Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking
lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to
abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know
the truth.” The largest “Christian church” in the world, (the Catholic Church) forbids it’s ministry to marry and the
partaking of meat on Friday. God calls this the doctrines of devils. Do we desire to have the doctrines of devils?
Yet understand that the protestant churches of the world came from the Catholic Church. Martin Luther who
began the Lutheran Church was a Catholic Priest and really all protestant churches came from the Catholic
Church and have their roots and doctrines connected to the Catholic Church’s Doctrines. The Assembly of God
churches and the Pentecostal churches also came out from the protestant churches, still tainted with the
doctrines of the Catholic Church: which the Bible refers to as the mother of harlots and abomination of the
earth (
see revelation chapter 17.)

We can continue in the writings of the Apostles and read in
2nd Peter 2:1-22 and find, “ But there were false
prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a
long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumberth not.”  The Apostle Peter was not ignorant of the things
yet to come; and that the world would fall away from the word of God. He continued in
2nd Peter 3:3-7 saying,
“knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days…..”  God had clearly showed His Apostles that the
Church would fall away today and we have many examples of it everywhere we live and travel today.
The Apostle Paul said in
2nd Thessalonians 2: 1-10 that before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, “...there
should be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. Who opposeth and exalteth
himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth  in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God” That is what the Catholic Church has done with the Pope. They believe his
words to be the same as if from God.

Then we have the words of the Prophets contained in
Amos chapter 8:11-12, “Behold the days come, saith the
Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but for hearing the
words of the Lord. And they shall wander from the sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord and shall not find it.” God had showed the prophets of the day we live
in today and that the people would suffer for lack of the Word of the Lord and run to and fro and not find it. We
live in that time dear friends.

Jesus Christ himself told us the very same thing. We may read in
Matthew 24:1-2 and find, “And Jesus went
out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, see ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one
stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”  Who was the chief corner Stone. (
read Ephesians 2:20)

                                                              
Continued