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  1. 1. You Can't Go To Heaven In A Denomination! Bible Studies by Dan Billingsly Page 1 You Can’t Go To Heaven In A Denomination! By Dan Billingsly It grieves me deeply at the misunderstanding of the Bible in the denomination world! But in biblical fact and New Testament doctrine, Christ teaches that no person can go to heaven on the basis of membership in any denominational church or faith in any sectarian doctrine such as found in a denomination. This New Testament truth would apply to any, all and every Roman Catholic, Protestant or independent religious group. 10 Reasons Why Is There No Salvation In Or Through A Denomination 1. No mention or prophecy ever of a denomination by Old Testament prophets in Israel, neither John the baptizer of Israel, Jesus the promised Messiah sent only to Israel or anyone else in the Old Testament. 2. No mention of a denominational church by Christ, any New Testament apostle or any gospel preacher in Acts 2 through Revelation 22. No mention of any denominational doctrine, “gospel,” organization or religious practice in the New Testament. 3. Every use of the word “church” or “kingdom of God” in the New Testament refers only to the New Testament “church of Christ” - not a denominational group. In fact, while the New Testament “church of Christ” is mentioned more than ninety (90) times in the New Testament - denominational churches are not mentioned one time! 4. John the Baptist was an Old Testament “prophet” - not a New Testament “evangelist.” John’s Old Testament mission to Israel was to prepare them for the arrival of the Messiah Jesus Christ (Matthew 3); John the Baptizer of Old Testament Israel never spoke of building his own denomination. 5. While the Old Testament law of Moses was still in force, after John was dead and buried (Matthew 14) - Jesus declared that he would build his New Testament church in the then - immediate future as described in Acts 2. (Matthew 16:18). The New Testament church was first established on earth in Acts 2. 6. After Christ’s crucifixion, his Jewish disciples were still waiting for the “coming” of Christ’s New Testament “kingdom” or “building” of Christ’s New Testament “church” (Mark 15:42-47; Luke 24:36-53). 7. Millions of people in denominations have been misled and thus misunderstood the Bible by the Roman Catholic Church, because in 1486 they moved the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the Old to the New Testament. By mixing the Old Testament with the New Testament, this convolutes and confuses the difference between the Old and New Testaments and obliterates the meaning of the New Testament for most people. No denomination understands or teaches the critical historical act of 1486! 8. History reveals that denominations did not originate or begin until the 16th ccntury. The Baptist church began in 1611, when preachers of the Church of England in a dispute over “infant baptism,” moved onto the European continent with John Smythe in the lead. And he established the first congregation of the new Baptist Church in Amsterdam, Holland. They taught that “baptism” was for believers only - not infants. 9. While this point is true, the Baptist church has gone on to erroneously teach today – contrary to the New Testament – that baptism is not necessary for “the remission of sins” or salvation. Therefore, Baptists do not teach Christ’s New Testament plan of salvation. Therefore, there are no New Testament “Christians” in the more than sixteen (16) different Baptist denominations. (Check it out! See Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:20-21.) 10. There is simply no spritual blessing, promise of God or salvation offered by Christ, the Holy Spirit or New Covenant apostles to anyone, any denomination or religion outside true New Testament doctrine and church.
  2. 2. You Can't Go To Heaven In A Denomination! Bible Studies by Dan Billingsly Page 2 No “Christians” Or New Testament “Church” Before The Cross The single greatest help in understanding the Bible is learning that the Bible is made-up and composed of a series of different covenants between God and mankind. The single greatest hindrance in understanding the Bible is the failure to “rightly divide between the Old and New Testaments. The Bible simply cannot be understood without understanding when the different covenants and covenant ages “began” and “ended” – which books, chapters and verses belong to and describe each different covenant – and which covenant is in force today. When one understands the different covenants of the Bible, and which covenant is in force today (only the New Covenant of Jesus Christ) – the Bible becomes a book of perfect harmony – and understanding. Misunderstanding results when one attempts to mix the teaching of all the covenants in the Bible. The Three Different Covenant Ages Described In The Bible The different covenants of the Bible were made with different individuals, families and the New Covenant church during different historical periods. Here is the way the Scriptures describe the different Old and New Covenant ages and when each covenant was in force. q The Patriarchal Age is contained in Genesis 1 through Exodus 19. q The Mosaical Age is describe between Exodus 20 through Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19. The 50 Days Between the “end” of the Old Testament and the “beginning” of the New Testament- Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 21 and Acts 1. q The New Testament Age is fully revealed and the New Covenant completely revealed in Acts 2 through Revelation 22. The only way to understand the Bible is to use the cross and death of Christ as the scriptural “dividing line” between the Old and New Testaments. We must understand that everything taught in the Bible -- “before the cross” -- belonged to the Old Testament; everything taught in the Bible -- “after the cross” – beginning in Acts 2 -- belongs to the New Testament. We should believe every word and truth of the Old Testament, however, because the Old Testament applied only to the people who lived in those old covenant ages and with whom God made the covenants, today we must believe, obey, practice and apply only New Testament teaching to this present New Testament age. The Old Testament teaching of the law of Moses by Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- “before the cross” (MMLJB/BC) -- was in force during the last 33 years of the Old Covenant age of the law of Moses. However, because the Mosaical age and law “ended” at the death and cross of Christ -- it is not in force or viable doctrine for faith and the practice of religion -- “after the cross” -- in this present New Testament age. Christ was born under the law of Moses, he lived and taught the law all of his adult life and he died under the law. 1. The life of Christ in MMLJ/BC is not the New Testament “gospel” of Christ. When he performed miracles to prove to the Jews that he was the promised Messiah, when he fed the hungry, healed the sick, made the blind to see, this was not the New Testament “gospel.” The life of Christ under the Old Testament law of Moses and described in MMLJ/BC was not and has never been the New Testament “gospel”! Until the actual death, burial and resurrection of Christ, there was no New Covenant basis, irrefutable evidence or proof that Christ was – in fact – the resurrected Son of God and Savior of the world. Before the cross – there was no divine evidence on which to base the New Covenant “gospel” for all men of “all nations.”
  3. 3. You Can't Go To Heaven In A Denomination! Bible Studies by Dan Billingsly Page 3 The life of Christ in MMLJ/BC is not the New Testament “gospel” of Christ. When Christ performed miracles to prove to the Jews that he was the promised Messiah, when he fed the hungry, healed the sick, made the blind to see, this was not the New Testament “gospel.” The life of Christ under the Old Testament law of Moses and described in MMLJ/BC was not and has never been the New Testament “gospel”! Until the actual death, burial and resurrection of Christ, there was no New Covenant basis, irrefutable evidence or proof that Christ was – in fact – the resurrected Son of God and Savior of the world. Before the cross – there was no divine evidence on which to base the New Covenant “gospel” for all men of “all nations.” 2. No New Covenant “Plan of Salvation” – Before The Cross: Without the death of Christ, the New Covenant was not “in force;” therefore there could not be the preaching of the New Covenant “plan of salvation” to save alien sinners – before the cross. While the Old Testament law of Moses was “in force” during the time of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – before the cross, and while the Old Covenant “gospel” for the restoration of unfaithful Jews (Mk. 1:1) was being preached to Israel by the Old Testament disciples of John and Jesus the Messiah (MMLJ/BC), there was, scripturally speaking, no New Testament “gospel” being preached or New Covenant “plan of salvation” in force at the same time during MMLJ/BC. “What about the thief on the cross in Luke 23, can’t men be saved today like the thief?” No! In fact, the thief was not saved as an alien sinner! As an Old Testament Jew, he was already an Old Covenant child of God, and as Christ fulfilled his mission in Israel to “save the lost sheep of the house of Israel” the thief was spiritually restored back to God (Matt 10:5-6; Lk. 19:9-10), During the time of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – before the cross – God’s Old Covenant plan of “restoring” Old Covenant Jews was always “in force.” During the time of Israel’s nineteen (19) Old Covenant “prophets” – from Moses to Christ – (remember John was the next-to-last “prophet” with Christ being the last Old Covenant “prophet”) – God’s message to unfaithful Jews in Israel was “restoration” of unfaithful Jewish children of God – not salvation of alien sinners.(For a complete study on the “thief on the cross address your email to danbillingsly@att.net.) 3. No New Testament “Christians” - “Church” – Before The Cross: While Old Testament Israel was still God’s Old Covenant “kingdom” during the time of MMLJ/BC, the New Covenant “kingdom” of Christ had not been established on earth. During the time of MMLJ/BC, Christ as the last Old Covenant “prophet” prophesied of the soon-to-come New Covenant “church,” but he did not build his church on earth until after his death, burial and resurrection (Acts 2). There was no Old Covenant “kingdom of God” or New Testament “kingdom of Christ” “in force” or on earth at the same time. There was no New Testament salvation in the Old Testament age of MMLJ/BC. Scripturally, doctrinally and historically speaking, there were no New Covenant “Christians” on earth during the time of MMLJ/BC – only Old Covenant “Israelites.” All of the Jews in Israel were “Israelites,” John the baptizer of only Israel and his Old Covenant disciples in MMLJ/BC were all“Israelites.” Jesus and all his Old Covenant disciples (Matt. 10:1-6) described in MMLJ/BC were all “Israelites” – none were Gentiles – none were “Christians.” The life of Christ in MMLJ/BC is not the New Testament “gospel” of Christ. When he performed miracles to prove to the Jews that he was the promised Messiah, when he fed the hungry, healed the sick, made the blind to see, this was not the New Testament “gospel.” The life of Christ under the Old Testament law of Moses and described in MMLJ/BC was not and has never been the New Testament “gospel”! Until the actual death, burial and resurrection of Christ, there was no New Covenant basis, irrefutable evidence or proof that Christ was – in fact – the resurrected Son of God and Savior of the world. Before the cross – there was no divine evidence on which to base the New Covenant “gospel” for all men of “all nations.”

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