Search the Scriptures

Search the Scriptures

Sermon By Bishop V. Bush

 

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Dallas, TX

Sermon text from John 5:39

("Search the scriptures... for they are they which testify of me.")

Greetings everyone, we greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We invite everyone regardless of your national origin or religious beliefs to come and visit us at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Bring your bible, notepad and pen and check up on the gospel we are preaching by what is recorded in the holy and divine scriptures. If you honestly and sincerely do this you will discover that we are 100 percent in harmony with that that has already been declared by the Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles and prophets.

 

Of course, every human that the Lord Jesus Christ has allowed to enter into the human family has been required to respond to this gospel in the proper order. And see, the Lord doesn't take men opinions for it. It has to be the way He said it. He didn't allow man to set it up. Jesus Christ himself set it up. He took it all out of the hands of men and prepared it. Then He himself brought it to the earth. Jesus Christ selected certain men that would be subject and obedient to Him. He then put them in charge to carry it out to all nations.

 

Now there are many others who have decided that they want to say something about things. So the Lord let us know where He put His authority by having everything recorded scripturally so no one can be sidetracked. I hear Jesus Christ talking to us in the book of John 5:37,

 

"And the Father himself which hath sent me, hath bore witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time. Nor seen his shape. And ye hath not his word abiding in you. For who hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life..."

 

When you do not believe in what the Lord has set up, then you are not in tune with the Lord. Check the scripture out and it will let you know when you are getting it right and when you are not getting it right. If you have any kind of idea or any kind of opinion about the Lord, make sure that you get that idea from the scripture. Make sure it just isn't something that somebody thought of. Make sure that it is not just because you got a religious conviction and decided, "I am certainly going to live for the Lord and I believe this or I believe that." Jesus Christ said , "He that believeth on me as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Search the scriptures. This is what will give you the assurance that you are believing in the Lord the right way.

 

If you belong to an organization that a man set up, you ought to ask him, "What scripture is it that caused you to set this kind of movement up?" And when he search for scripture, he will not find any because you are not going to find one scripture anywhere where the Lord told a man to build a church. He has done all the building. Remember the scripture states in John 5:39:  "Search the scripture; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." That's the reason why when we come on the radio I tell you to get your bible, your notepad and pen and examine what we say according to the scripture. And if you sincerely do that you will find that in everything we tell you, we have some scripture supporting it. 

 

We tell everyone that you have to repent and get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and be filled with the Holy Ghost and continue steadfastly in the teachings of the apostles, otherwise your belief is in vain. Now I can back that up with scripture. If you have an idea or an opinion different than what the apostles had, then your belief is in vain. Where ever you get the revelation from, even if you say you got it out of heaven and an angel brought it to you, then I have bible that that is a curse.

 

I heard Paul talking in Galatians 1:6 "I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that have called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another.." Now the Galatians decided to follow something else other than what the apostles preached and Paul called them fools. When you hear what the apostles preached and decide to follow something else different, then the apostle called you a fool.

 

Some one who is a member of an organization other than The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and believe they are saved, I can not see how you can believe that. I can't see how. What are you looking at? The scripture states in Galatians 1:8  "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." If someone comes along and say "I belong to this organization or I belong to that organization," and it started after the apostles, I do not see how you can run after that. I do not see how you can believe that you are alright. You might say "I had a dream that the Lord told me, John just stay right there where you are, you are going to be saved."  Well that is accursed you know, because it is contrary to the teaching of the apostles.

 

I know a man that I am trying to convince that he is in a false organization where the Lord is not there. The organization believes in a trinity. They believe that a Father, and a Son and the Holy Ghost is up in heaven and that they are all separate from God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. But it is not but one God and it is not but one name. God wears all three of these titles, but there is but one name that God operates in. So when you go into an organization, that organization must honor the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and operate in that name, otherwise everything is in vain. As it was with the apostles, they were doing a work for the Lord and were called into question about what name they were operating in. In Acts 4:6. "And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost..."   Peter could not make a mistake here because the bible said he was filled with the Holy Ghost. When you are full of something, then that is all that can come out of you. There was no lie in Peter because he was filled with the Holy Ghost.

 

Now there are some who are arguing about the church's name and what the name of the church ought to be. Well I am going to give it to you today. You remember now that Jesus said "Search the scriptures," and if anybody comes along with something different than what the apostles brought, and say that they got a revelation from heaven, the bible says let it be accursed if it is different from this. The scripture states in Acts 4:10 "...that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.." I know you see this don't you? Now when we push everything by the authority of Jesus Christ, then everybody will have to submit. Everyone has to come running to The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ." Why? Because that is the only name salvation is in Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." If someone belong to this church or that church, if it is not The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, then there is no salvation in it. You may ask, "Bush why are you telling everyone that they have to come to "The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?"  That is scripture. Now you find scripture that says everyone should come to that organization that you are in. Find some scripture. 

 

Phil 2:9 Now Paul comes along right after Peter, and he lines right up. Here I come along 2000 plus years later, and I am lining right up. If I have to line up then you have to line up. "Wherefore God hath highly exalted him and have given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow."

 

Now someone should say, "I heard Bush and he said that there is no salvation in no other name but the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So I am getting out of this organization that I am in and I am going down to The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and get in that church because there is no salvation in any other. I have built an organization and have millions in it, but I am taking them all down to The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved. They can not be saved here with this because it is not The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I do not have any more power to operate." The scripture states: "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." Amen, when it comes to this, heaven can't do anything about it. The 11th verse "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."  That's how they magnify and glorify the Lord, through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

So Paul said in Galatians 1:6, "I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another, but there be some that trouble you.." That is all they are doing is making trouble and confusing your mind. "... and would pervert the gospel of Christ." If they have the authority and the power, they would change what the apostles preached. So when you built your church and got thousands following you, hasn't a thing changed. You may have gone on and went contrary, but you haven't done yourself any good. You may start an argument when you come in contact with The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Well, you haven't done yourself any good because I heard Paul speaking in Phil 3: "Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers.."

 

These are people who have no intelligence to what the scripture says. Just like a wild beast has no intelligence. Some people have no intelligence. They will blaspheme the scripture, blaspheme the truth and tell people they do not have to be in The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Well that attitude is like a dog. "..beware of the concision.." These are people who are always arguing and complaining about what The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is doing. Beware of them. "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in in Christ Jesus..."  We are the ones who have it right. "...and have no confidence in the flesh."  We have no confidence in no carnal man. We do not even trust our own flesh. You may get up one morning and have some sort of feeling and say "You know that church over there might have something, they get along so much better than we, and I think I'll go and join there and be the assistant pastor." But you ought to say to yourself, "I better check that before I go over there and see if I can find some scripture that will encourage me to go get in another organization other than The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I do not trust my flesh or my mind." If you put confidence in the flesh, it will make you fight the truth that is ordained by almighty God.

 

Now remember Jesus Christ said "Search the scriptures" Whatever you believe today, see if the scripture has anything to say about it. If not, you better get rid of it quickly and come on out of that false church and come on and be a member of The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what everybody has to do or be lost.

 

May God bless you and may God help you. Come and visit us here at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith at 3015 South Malcolm X Blvd in Dallas, Texas where the gospel is preached in its fullness and a standard of our Lord is lifted.