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For that reason adherents of every denomination can be entitled to membership of the true church of Christ.

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And who receives his word into his heart and lives accordingly, he is his follower, he is a member of his church, which is always only to be understood spiritually, therefore not bound to earthly organizations. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Christ head of his church. Members of the true church.

22. August 1949. B.D. NR. 4721.

The head of the church of Christ remains Jesus Christ himself. Because his church is founded on faith in his work of redemption, which comprises the community of the believers, therefore of those, who put themselves under the cross of Christ and want to take part in the redemption through his blood, which he has shed for sinful mankind. His church is not to be understood differently than on this faith in him and his redemption, and so are also the words of Jesus to be understood: "You are Peter, the rock, upon you I will build my church." Peter was the most believing among his disciples, and he recognized the mission of the man Jesus; he believed in him as Godís son and redeemer of the world, although in hours of earthly trouble he put the world in the foreground, which drove him to his threefold disownment. His faith was therefore not weaker, only his flesh failed in the fear and trouble of the events about Jesus. Therefore he, who wants to belong to his church, must acknowledge Jesus Christ, and for that reason Jesus Christ will also have to be professed as sign of the belonging to his church. And therefore also his teachings must be announced in it, i.e., the same must be taught, what Jesus taught his fellowmen Ė the Gospel must be made accessible to men, because knowledge about it is necessary to also revive faith in the redemption through Jesus Christ. Because only right faith is cause that man enters into the right relationship to him, who has acquired for him eternal happiness through his death on the cross. (23.8.1949) For that reason adherents of every denomination can be entitled to membership of the true church of Christ, so they just stand in faith in Jesus Christ and his work of redemption and have penetrated into his Gospel and lead their life according to his divine love teaching. This alone are the signs of that church, which Jesus Christ himself has founded on earth, that men remain in his spirit and never ever let him out of their memory and strive to follow him in acts, words and thoughts. Faith in Jesus Christ determines man to right lifestyle, because to him the words of Jesus, his Gospel, are holy; he respects them as Godís word and seeks to give full expression to them. And through this he awakens in him the spirit to life, and the work of the spirit is then the most unmistakable sign to be a person belonging to the true church. But it is not outer conditions, fulfilling of outer formulas or a forced membership in a traditional way, which let a man be counted to the communion of believers. Because then there is not much awakening of the spirit, which requires more than outer belonging just according to name. Who sees in Jesus Christ the head of the church, he consciously strives towards him and for him, his word is the Gospel Ė the sole way to the goal Ė because the word is Jesus Christís flesh and blood; it is bread and wine out of the heavens; it must consequently also lead to heaven; it must lead to the closest joining together with the divine redeemer himself and therefore make happy. The word therefore is the heart of the church of Christ; the word is his love teaching; and where this is supplied to men, there the true church of Christ will always be. And who receives his word into his heart and lives accordingly, he is his follower, he is a member of his church, which is always only to be understood spiritually, therefore not bound to earthly organizations. Nevertheless every earthly church organization can comprise members of this church, as soon as they fulfil those conditions, so they are truly believing followers and confessors of Jesus Christ and his work of redemption. Amen. B.D. NR. 4721.

 

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