Pressure to Join a Church

After leaving the 2x2 cult, many will pressure you to join their church. They may be nice. They may tell you about their favorite preacher. They may insist that you buy this pastor's sermons on CDs. They may pressure you to buy the pastor's videos. They may tell you that you need to join a church and strongly encourage you to join theirs. Suddenly you feel horribly pressured and bound. Thankfully there is clear instruction in the Bible as to what to do about this.
Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

When you leave the 2x2s, you may feel a need to replace it with something similar. This is not a good idea. Do you want to join another cult and go through destructive mind control again?

There are thousands of cults out there, thousands of denominations that have all sorts of tactics and many more subtle and wicked than the cult you left. They will pressure you to join their group, church, organization etc.

Pressure to Join a Church

Many will pressure you to join their church. They may quote verses saying you need to assemble with others, saying you need to join a church etc. But let's think about this some more. I already have.

First, there is the hypocrisy. Many of them teach that if you say you believe in God (and they lead you through a little booklet and they pray for you) that you are now saved. Great. Let's remember that. So if you are saved, then does that mean that if you don't join their church now that you are unsaved? Do they really believe that you are saved? Or was that a ruse to say "Well, you are saved if you did what I told you to do, but now you need to keep doing what I tell you to do and join our church or you are not saved."

Also, there is the hypocrisy of them saying "If you believe in God, then you are saved." But then they themselves don't fellowship with other people they claim to be saved. What's up with that? Do they really believe that you can just say "I believe in God" and are saved? If so, then why have all these churches split and taken on different names and won't fellowship with each other? If they believe that you should join a church? Then why have they split from the other churches? What gives? Obviously the above is what they say and do, then they don't believe their own teachings.

Aside from the hypocrisy of pressure you to join a church or they will treat you like you are not saved, how about this joining of a church? Is this scriptural? And after that we will discuss which church to join. If they believe that you should join a church, that is one thing. But if they say you must join their church, then where is this in the Bible?

Is it Scriptural to Join a Church?

Let's look at the Bible.

If we should join a church, then which Church?

Are these people of God?
Why are they so insistent and pressuring me?
Are they the church of God?
Are they disciples of Jesus Christ?
Do I have to join their group to be saved?

The people of God are people who do God's will. What is God's will regarding making converts? Praise the LORD we have the answers to these questions and more. Let's look at what Jesus Christ said to the disciples before he left:

Mat 28:18+ And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Here Jesus Christ is talking to the eleven disciples. He is telling what to do while he is gone. He said to:

  1. Teach all nations
  2. Baptize in the name of the father, son and holy ghost
  3. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you

Teaching All Nations

So it is quite clear to me that people that are disciples of Jesus Christ will be teaching all nations. Is this group teaching all nations? Do they have a website? Are their beliefs clear? Are they public? What group did they split off of and why? Why won't they continue in fellowship with others?

Baptizing in God's Name or Into Their Group?

Are the people baptizing believers into the name of the Father, son and holy ghost? Or are they baptizing people into their name? Are they baptizing you into their religion instead (just using God's name in vain). For example, if the baptize you are you now a Catholic? a Baptist? Or a Lutheran?... I hope you can see, they may be saying "in the name of the father, son..." but what is really happening? In the same way the 2x2s baptize "in the name of the father..." but they aren't baptizing you into God's name, but their denomination. Do they have their own commentaries? Do they have their own popular preachers preaching the things that are popular to their group?

If they baptized you, and you joined another "Christian" group would they look down on you? or feel you were not saved? Is their church pride?

Why do they have their own commentaries and not use others?
Why do they have their own popular preachers that they listen to but not others?
What are the differences?
Why are their differencies in doctrines, in commentary teachings etc?
Do you think these commentaries are used to establish doctrines in the church and enforce their interpretations of the scripture?

Teaching Them to Observe All Things

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you....What's the best book that contains historical fact about what Jesus Christ taught the disciples? Isn't it the very book in which we read about what Jesus Christ taught the disciples to do while he was away? The Bible?

So if a group was going to teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the father, son and holy ghost, and teach people to observe all things that Jesus Christ instructed his disciples, wouldn't the best book to use be the Bible? And wouldn't these people know the very things themselves (how can they teach if they don't know) that Jesus Christ commanded the disciples?

Col_2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

So, in summary, if you have left the cult, remember that many would love to take it's place. And many would pressure you. But thank the LORD that God's Word is clear and we have instructions.

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