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ready always to give an answer to every man that asks
The church as an institution is done. The Bible predicted this:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall
not come, except there come a falling away first …
The falling away means that people will stop believing the Bible,
not a few people, but rather most people. The surprising aspect
of this is that most people within the church have stopped believing
the Bible. Yes, that day is here.
The Bible has more to say on this matter:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears …
The church as a Biblically led and Biblically grounded institution is
done, but the church as an entity existing within the hearts of true
believers will never cease. There will always be believers
somewhere. They will find a way to gather to worship. That
gathering, no matter how small, will be the remnant church.
There may never again be a place to be baptized openly. There
may never again be a place to receive Holy Communion. In spite
of that, there remains a means for any individual to approach the
Messiah (Messiah is the same as Christ), to enquire of Him, to
repent of sin and be received in His mercy and grace. (Grace
means unmerited favor in Christian-speak, it means that God
desires to redeem us even when we are generally repulsive).
The next words may seem difficult, but will make sense in time:
we are saved by the blood of Christ. This is detailed in the written
word of God:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are
made nigh by the blood of Christ.
The Bible explains all of this in great detail, but it is sufficient to
accept that God Almighty was born as a flesh and blood man
specifically to demonstrate that He would die for us, that there is
no suffering that He wouldn't take on Himself to pay for our sin.
But not only that, Jesus defeated death through the Resurrection:
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Death is defeated through the Resurrection of the Messiah.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.