Recently I read an article about Christianity that described it as a religion without a set of clearly defined beliefs. This same article cited these undefined beliefs as a reason for the sheer size of christianity as a world religion. In my most Recent post before this one, I briefly described what it is that all christians believe. Those 10 points describe what things all christians inherently hold to be true. They can be referred to as “Essential/Core Beliefs”. While all christians believe these core beliefs, they are not limited to these beliefs.
The size of the universal church is due to the sovereign will of God. We see this in the example of the early church, 46 And they continuing daily __ with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart 47 Praising God and having favour with all the people And the Lord added to the church daily __ such as should be saved (Acts 2). God is solely responsible for the people who come to christ.
It is important to note that not all church-goers are christian. Christianity is an inward transformation and not an outward showing of religous acts. the way to trully “walk in the way” is to be born again. You will undoubtedly say to this, HOW? And my answer is very simply this, PRAY. The bible says to “Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Now you may not have much control over what you really believe in your heart, but if you are willing to turn form your sin and trust God to forgive you, then you too may become as Peter the Disciple. When Jesus asked Peter, “who do men say that I am?” Peter responded, “you are the son of God, the Christ”. Jesus responded by telling Peter he was blessed because “flesh and blood has not revealled this to you, but it has been given to you from above.”
Speculation on the church is always going to be around, it is inevitable because the church is a mystery to the blinded eyes of the world. But, make no mistake, Jesus is the Truth. And you can fall on the Rock or the Rock will fall on you. God hA Mny people walking the earth and they are all individuals. Just because their are disagreements and dissentions does not minimize the fact that they are God’s people. The Church is massive because the Fathers heart is. He desires so badly for men to be saved that he made it as easy as possible. People get saved, but they are not overnight made perfect. They are on a journey to perfection. I pray this has been helpful to you in your understanding of Gods Church on this earth. The ECCLESIA, lol.