A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 29          WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN TO            January 01, 2004
  The Voice of Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!
Christendom's False Doctrines
The Bridegroom and the Bride (#2)
The False Teaching
Many declare that the Christ is a bridegroom and the "church" is his bride. So Paul wrote: I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you a pure bride to her one husband (2Cor.11:2.)  The Seer of Rev. wrote: . . .  the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;(Rev.  19:7)  Augustine of Hippo wrote: For all the Church is Christ's Bride, of which the beginning and first fruits is the flesh of Christ: there was the Bride joined to the Bridegroom in the flesh. From the Westminster Confession: The catholic or universal Church . . . consists of the whole number of the elect, . . . and is the spouse, . . . . of Him that filleth all in all. From the Catholics: The third parallel represents the Church as the bride of Christ. Here there is much more than a metaphor. The Apostle says that the union between Christ and His Church is the archetype of which human marriage is an earthly representation. And from the Southern Baptists:
The church is the bride of Christ, comprised of all the redeemed who will, one day, be taken to heaven by Him.    
Behold, the uniform doctrine across many denominations!
Exposing the Error

The left column shows general agreement in Christendom  that Christ is a bridegoom and the Church is his bride.  They identify him as a bridegroom such that he has a real spousal relation with believers. Jesus uses this relation as a metaphor only, in which he compares (does not identify) himself with a bridegroom, as in the parables of the Marriage Feast and the Ten Maidens. The churchmen, by failing to make this critical distinction, have concealed the Truth of the essential relation that joins Jesus and the Father with true believers, with tragic results.  This may have been deliberately put out by Paul and his disciples for that purpose, and it has been very successful due to the Levitical prohibitions of incest. The prophets identified Israel as the bride/wife of the Lord, and early Jewish Christians  made a similar identification of the Christ with the body of his  believers. Jesus saw this as putting new wine into old wineskins; he identified his followers by a new, different relation with himself and the Father that is offensive to all that hold to the spousal relation. So, they reject the truth & condemn themselves.
Declaring the Truth
Jesus did not once identify himself as a bridegroom, nor his believers as his bride. The Father did not send him to find a bride for himself, but to gather the childlren of the Father unto himself and lead them home. He identified true believers as children of the Father, not as the Son's bride: And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
(Mat. 23:9) .  This is an exclusive relation that allows no other father on the earth!  Then, he identified the relation of his disciples with himself thus:
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers!
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Mat.12:49,50)
John the Baptist compared Jesus with a bridegroom, drawing the metaphor from the prophets. Jesus voided this by the metaphors of the old garment and old wineskin. God's desires to be the only Father of the disciples, not their father-in-law!  Making the Christ the bridegroom set up an incestuous relation should he also be the elder brother, thus blinding men to the Truth.  More
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