Ask Your Preacher
“Preacher Interrogation”Categories: BAPTIST, CALVINISM, NEW TESTAMENT, RELIGIONS, THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
I have recently moved from one state to another. I am a member of Grace Baptist Church (which is an independent fundamental Bible-believing Baptist church). I am looking for a new church in my new area and want to ask the right questions of the pastor, so I am sure to find the right church. Any ideas?
Signed, Searching for God's church
Dear Searching for God’s church,
We answered a question similar to this one entitled Finding A Church, but let me add some more details that will be useful when talking to any preacher or elder. Here are some important questions to ask the church leadership:
- What do I need to do to be saved? The Bible teaches that you need to hear God’s Word (Rom 10:17), believe (Jhn 3:16), repent of your sins (Acts 3:19), confess Christ as Savior (Matt 10:32-33), and be baptized to have your sins forgiven (Acts 2:38, Mk 16:16, 1 Pet 3:21)… only then are you a christian. Any congregation you attend needs to teach these things.
- Do you believe there is only one church? Jesus taught that there was only one church He paid for with His blood (Acts 20:28). Paul taught the singularity of the church and the need for unity amongst God’s people (Eph 4:3-6). He also warned against denominationalism and people who would warp God’s Word (Gal 1:6-8).
- Where do you get the authority for your congregation’s practices? God’s church requires Bible authority for every decision they make. They shouldn’t add to God’s Word by doing things God doesn’t talk about or take away from God’s Word by ignoring any commandments He has made (Rev 22:18-19). Everything a congregation of God’s people does should have book, chapter, and verse behind it.
- Are you born in sin? The false teaching of ‘original sin’ is very common in today’s society. If a congregation teaches that you are born in sin, they are false teachers. Sin is a choice we make in life (Isa 7:15-16), and all humans are born upright and good (Eccl 7:29).
After answering those four questions, you will very quickly be able to see their attitude towards the Bible and whether they are a God's church or man's.