By: Clement Ntukogu
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHURCHES? IS THERE ANYTHING LIKE FAMILY CHURCH?
It is reasonable to assume that the religion imposed upon one at one’s birth is necessarily the whole truth. If you were born in Italy or South America or Eastern part of Nigeria, without doubt, you were probably raised as a Catholic.
If you were born in India, automatically, you would become a Hindu. And if your parents were from Pakistan or Iran or from Northern part of Nigeria, you would obviously be a Muslim, and so on.
That is to say, everyone usually follows the religious ideals of their parents and their grand-parents. Religion, therefore, is a matter of family tradition. In other words, it’s one’s family that determines their religion.
Most of us are satisfied with the explanations handed down to us by our forefathers regarding our religion. We accept everything concerning our religion as correct and sacrosanct.
I am well aware that thousands of you, who will read this book are very sincere in your desire to be Christian. You truly think that the form of Christianity you grew up practicing is what Jesus Christ and His apostles taught.
Many people assume that all who bear the name “Christian” are following the beliefs, teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. But then, the Bible teaches us that not everyone who accepts the name of Christ is a Christian.
Jesus foretold that many would claim His name but shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, “Not everyone that saith unto me, ‘ Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7: 21).
Christianity is for this reason not a matter of “sincerity” or of following your family religion. It is a highly personal matter. It’s a question of you finding out for yourself the “TRUTH” regarding the Church that Christ Built (Matthew 16: 18).
Since most of today’s church practices are not akin to the practices of the church recorded in the New Testament, it is vital you locate and isolate any doctrine that is a deadly mixture of truth and error and do something about it.