Many in the denominational world suggest that one should “join the church of their choice,” meaning one church is as good as another in relation to your salvation. It is also said that one has a right to the faith of his choice, the baptism of his choice, the name of his choice, and to worship the way he pleases. Do we really have a choice, scripturally speaking?
It is true that our Constitution grants religious freedom to the citizens of America. We have the legal right to worship the one true God, a stone idol, a man, bird, snake or beast. We may legally offer a bloody animal sacrifice in worship, burn incense or dance. We may legally trust in Christ, Mohammed or Buddha as our Savior. We have the legal right to reject all forms of religion and embrace atheism. We can legally call God a myth and Christ a fake. We even have the right to pray in the name of the Devil. However, we need to understand that one can be scripturally wrong, yet within his legal rights. Our Constitutional freedom of religion does not guarantee acceptance with God. We shall be judged by the Bible, not by the Constitution! (Jn 12:48)
Man does not have a scriptural right to choose something contrary to God’s revealed will in the Bible. When God reveals his choice in any matter, man only has the right to accept God’s choice; he has no right to choose something different. God revealed his choice in the following matters as the Holy Spirit guided the apostle Paul to say: “There is ONE body, and ONE Spirit, even as you are called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4 : 4-6 ). How many is ONE? Can we choose between ONE?
Be not deceived by good words and fair speeches of men (Rom. 16:18), who say “choose your way” in religion. Unless we choose God’s way, we shall be eternally lost. There is no choice of Gods, saviors, spirits, hopes, churches, faiths or baptisms for those who want to escape the horrors of hell, because there is only ONE of each accepted by the one true God. Every denominational church in the world have rejected God’s choice in one or more points and substituted their own choice! They have all rejected Christ by teaching and practicing the doctrines of men, which makes their worship vain (Matt. 15:7-9).
If you want to live in heaven you must leave the ways of men and turn to God. To choose another god, another Savior, another faith, another spirit, another baptism, another church is to choose eternal torment in a horrible hell. We kindly say that one can no more be saved in a human church than can the heathen who worships an idol god, for Jesus said: “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up” (Matt. 15:13). This includes Methodist, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Adventist, and all other churches not planted by God. This is the reason we earnestly plead with members of these churches to leave them before they are uprooted by God, and to become members of the one body, the church of God’s choice which Christ built (Mat. 16:18), for which he died (Acts 20:28), over which he reigns as head with all power (Col 1:18 f; Mat. 28:18), of which he is the Savior (Eph. 5:23)-the churches of Christ (Rom 16:16).