Born In Sin by Peter Giardina

In an earlier book, One Heart, I presented Biblical evidence in support of the concept that the Church is not the body of Christ as it claims. Born In Sin extends the theme that the Church is separate from the body of Christ by showing how and when the Church came into existence after the creation of the body of Christ. Careful examination of numerous Bible quotes unmasks the Church’s invalid claim of being the representation of Jesus Christ in the world, a claim that is made even though the nature of the organization looks more like a worldly institution than a godly one. The Church is an institution that unlike Jesus is riddled with sin from top to bottom and that functions almost entirely without Holy Spirit guidance. Shouldn’t we rightfully expect that a believer or an organization that is Christ’s representative in the world would possess Christ’s characteristics?

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He [Jesus Christ] is, so also are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)

The apostle John, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says that the disciples of Jesus Christ ARE just like Jesus. Not a little or even mostly like Jesus, but just as He is.  Earlier in the same epistle he wrote:

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:3-6)

Jesus did not walk, talk and act like the world, and neither does His body, a body made up of disciples who keep His commandments from a pure heart. The idea that two divergent entities could be completely different yet identical is truly bewildering. We read from the Old Covenant, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3 KJV) In the language of covenant, this means that those who are in covenant will be in agreement. Those who are in blood covenant are totally united, therefore they will be in total agreement at all times. Since the relationship that binds those in the body of Christ with Jesus and with each other is a blood covenant, there must of necessity be complete agreement at all times. Since the Church is not a blood covenant community, it cannot be the body of Christ.

Several themes are developed in Born In Sin in support of the central theme of the manner in which the Church came into existence as an entity separate and distinct from the the body of Christ. This proposition is substantiated with careful, in-depth analysis of Scripture passages.

Born In Sin is a must read for everyone who is interested in unraveling the confusion surrounding the origin of the Church and its claim of being the body of Christ.

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