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“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Part of the problem with ADD theology, is their failure to make distinctions between (1) the local church (such as the Church of Jerusalem, Corinth, etc.), (2) the institutionalized church (the church as an institution which can apply to all local churches) and the (3) church universal (the future assembly of all the saved during rapture). Soriano; their church name; Their Trinity is a different Trinity; Christ is not a personal saviour; ADD salvation resembles the Mormon Gospel; Their baptism is like that of Roman Catholics; Their salvation is like the INC.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom.10:9-10). By taking a teaching of the universal church and wrongfully applying it to the local church, the wrong doctrinal conclusions are reached. Since ADD believes that their church is originally from the Jerusalem Church which Christ has saved, Bro. Soriano believes that all others outside themselves, are lost. Soriano believe had this Jerusalem Church authority before he registered his own church in 1995?
In a way, they are no different than the Mormons, INC, JW's and other groups who claim exclusive rights to salvation. In other words, if IGLESIA NI YHWH AT NI YHWSA HMSYH claims that they have somehow descended from this church at Jerusalem, they themselves should have united and submitted to their mother church which had this authority, before going out to establish their own. It does not follow that, if an organization bears the name of God, it is already of God....
God’s city and God’s people will be called by His name. “The church that is in their house” (Rom.16:5), “church which is at Cenchrea” (Acts 13:1), “church that was at Antioch” (Acts 13:1), and the “Church of God” followed by their location or where they met, such as “the church of God at Corinth” (Acts , 1 Cor.1:2, , , 15:9, 2 Cor.1:1, Gal., 2nd Tim.3:5). be baptized which have received the Holy Ghost.“..there is one body, and one Spirit... the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven...
And still again, that just because a church calls themselves Iglesia ni Cristo or the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is not proof that they are the True Church because any minister can start his own church and call it anything he wants.“... Soriano, and also their SEC registration papers of April 21st, 1995, the true name of God’s Church is the “IGLESIA NI YHWH AT NI YHWSA HMSYH,” or THE CHURCH OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST (literally, “the Church of God and Jesus Christ”).“Everyone must make himself a part of the Church, which is written in the Bible – The CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.”Bro. Soriano gets this name from the following passage of 1st Tim.But if I tarrry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughest behave thyself in thehouse of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth.” NT churches were called by several names and some did not even have a name!
In our last lesson in Major Doctrines of the Faith, we will see that Christ, as well as the Holy Spirit, are fully God in their Divine nature and essence, based upon their attributes which prove them to be fully God. When we as Baptists refer to Christ as our “personal savior” we mean that there was a time in our life when we had personally called upon Him for salvation, that it was something we did from our hearts, and that it was a personal decision that we had made. Instead, Christ saves His Church, and the only way you can be saved is by being a member of this church. And all of those who claim that the church is no longer necessary are all liars and deceivers!
He bases this on Eph. which reads: Many verses teach that a person can be saved by calling upon the Lord for salvation: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom.). Do you want to be a part of our Lord’s salvation come judgment day? Everyone must make himself a part of the Church, which is written in the Bible – The CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.”As we have seen, joining a church cannot save a person, or add to someone’s salvation.