Converted to Christ or the Church


Today Christians no longer address unbelievers as “heathens,” “pagans,” “unregenerate,” “unsaved,” “reprobate,” or “sinners.” Instead, we kindly refer to them as “unchurched”, as if the Church is the unbeliever’s great need.

The Church cannot die to redeem a life dead in trespasses and sins.

The Church cannot convert the soul from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

The Church cannot bestow the gift of eternal life.

The Church has no righteousness to bestow on the unrighteous.

The Church is not the goal in salvation, nor the means to salvation.

The Church is not what sinful men and women need, as if the Church can or has saved anyone. We have made Christianity about the Church – not Christ. People are without Christ and must be converted to Him, not to His Church. Once the reprobate is converted to Christ, he will also become part of the Church.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).


About Richard L Rice

Just an ordinary, balding, blind guy, making my way to Heaven by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus alone. Richard L Rice has been an ordained minister since 1986, and pastored 6 churches. A graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible (Portland, OR) and Abilene Bible Seminary (Abilene, KS), Richard is the author of numerous books, including commentaries on Matthew, Romans, the Minor Prophets, and the Pastoral Epistles of Paul. He is the pastor of a congregation in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the faculty of the Berean School of Ministry in Tala, Kenya. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife Kimberly and son Daniel. Further details about him can be found written on the pages of his blog.
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2 Responses to Converted to Christ or the Church

  1. Noel says:

    Correct. The church has been a tremendous barrier to people’s salvation, expecting its followers to worship it as if the church is God. It has been a deceiver from the beginning, to the point of convincing people that they must accept its doctrine, especially the exceptional deity of Jesus, in order to be “saved.” What a shame.

  2. bwebbjr says:

    Amen, amen and amen Richard …

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