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The church of Christ is no building outwardly recognizable.

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The church of Christ does not any more count many followers, and the more love cools among men, the smaller the crowd of real Christians will become, because love must absolutely be practised to be regarded as real Christians and to be a shining example for fellowmen for the true church on earth, which depends on no official belonging to a denomination, but just a life according to the divine commands, which demand love first, which will then also show the sure sign, which proves the founder of the church - the work of the spirit in all members.

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Church of Christ.

18. September 1953. B.D. NR. 5772.

Who professes the church of Christ, he is to also live like a Christian, otherwise he brings no honour to the church of Christ. When in coming time faith in Jesus Christ is to become known, then the right followers of his church become obvious, for the strength of faith, which is necessary for the confessing of his name, can only be won through a way of life according to his example, a life in the following of Jesus, and he therefore also belongs to the church founded by Jesus Christ. But many men will profess with the mouth; they will also be followers of churches, which pretend to be the one founded by Jesus. If these now also live according to the divine will, by them fulfilling his divine love commands, then the power of faith will also be strong in them, and they withstand in the last faith struggle and profess his name before the world. But there will only be few of them; only those men, who live in love, will muster this power to resist worldly powers, who pursue the plan to wipe out everything, what is related to faith in Jesus Christ, the divine redeemer. And now therefore man proves himself only as Christian; now only he can consider himself as a member of the church founded by Jesus Christ, which will now also profess Jesus Christ before God, the father, as he has promised it. The church of Christ does not any more count many followers, and the more love cools among men, the smaller the crowd of real Christians will become, because love must absolutely be practised to be regarded as real Christians and to be a shining example for fellowmen for the true church on earth, which depends on no official belonging to a denomination, but just a life according to the divine commands, which demand love first, which will then also show the sure sign, which proves the founder of the church - the work of the spirit in all members. The church of Christ is no building outwardly recognizable; it is only the joining together of deeply believing men, who stand in most intimate connection with the founder of the church, with Jesus Christ, and by this means are also enlightened, directed and filled with his spirit and can truly also work unusually like the disciples of Jesus on earth with that spirit power. Strong faith and deep love prove the belonging to the church of Christ, and only its followers will pass the last faith struggle, because they fight with Jesus Christ himself and will therefore also gain the victory over him, who is against Christ, over the opponent of God and his servants. For Jesus Christ will come in might and power and glory on the last day and fetch his small community to himself into the kingdom of peace; but fetter his opponent and with him all, who are belonging to him.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5772.

 

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