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Pam Williams July 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Very good article Daryl. I like your writing style and look forward to reading more. My favorite excerpt from this one is “Today’s culture wants religious tolerance where all views are okay but that is not what the Bible teaches.” You hit the nail on the head! Preachers are preaching to itching ears … it is a sign of the times. Thank you for boldly pointing out some great things to look for when choosing a church. Well done! I am honored to be writing along side another godly man.

Daryl Evans August 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for the welcome Pam. It is good to be part of a great team of writers. Blessings to you and your family.

Jack Wellman July 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Excellent work Daryl. You are spot on the mark here my friend. I think that having a Christ-centered, Bible-believing church is the true mark of a good church. The final point is especially important in of that evangelism. I totally concur. Please allow me to extend a warm welcome to this site my friend. I look forward with eager expectation to future works from you my friend. I am so pleased to have you here.

Daryl Evans August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Thanks Jack. Josh has told me about you and your ministry. I believe in the inspired Word of God and that it still changes lives. Too many ‘sermons’ are given as morality talks without leaning on the power of the Holy Spirit and the words of God. Thanks for the kind words and it is good to be a part of the team here.

jamal April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

the bible says be not like thse who love to pray on street corners and in the synagoges for they love to be seen by others .

Jaida May 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’ve already chosen a church, but my mother won’t drive me till we move. It’s a little ways out, and she doesn’t want to waist gas money.

Jack May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Jaida, is there a Bible bus that picks children up for Sunday school? Call the church and ask the pastor for a member to give you a ride. Don’t let not having transportation keep you from worshiping with the Body of Christ, the church. As Hebrews 10:25 commands us, “Do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Bob July 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Great article. My question is what if you have been at a church for a number of years and you read this article and you feel convicted to leave this church for one that has all the attributes you mentioned. I don’t know what to do my 5 sons and wife i beleive would love to leave but this is the church i grew up in. It is small and the congregation is aging. I’ve been praying hard on what step to take we are heavily involved in the church and to leave would hurt alot of peoples feelingss but I don’t want my kids to get a bad taste of going to a church they don’t want to be at. Please pray and give me some advise of what you think about this situation. May God bless you

Mr A Cotton August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I was brought up a strict Roman Catholic,and boy was it strict. I was living in terror. My nerves were that bad i got Alopecia.When we went to confession we always went to the good priest,but one day the other one came out of his confessional,and he said i want half of you down hear. I went in,and if they had special effects like today i think it would make evan the devil repent.In all that time you thought we have got the Pope,and they were working in the background,and so you had a ticket to heaven. That all changed about a year ago,because something profound happened to me. I researched the Catholic Church very throughly,and i did not like in what i came up with. It was very disturbing. The Holy Spirit changed me. I will sum it up this way if Jesus came down in jeans,and top,and he was to go inside the Vatican,Jesus would say like he did to the Sanhedrin inside their temple. Then Jesus would be arrested,and Jesus would end up on a section in a mental hospital.How very true your title his,which church?

Patricia Cozad September 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I am new to computers, so forgive my errors. Also am having my 77th birthday in a few days. I want prayer for my 49 yr old son, who is in need of salvation. He won’t listen to me and because he is unsaved….he whole little family is also unsaved. please pray for his salvation….I’ve prayed for him for many years already……but he refuses to come to the Lord.

Mr A Cotton September 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

I don`t go to church because of a mental health problem,and i can`t get my shopping in. This effects my personal hygiene.
In America religion is flourishing in Europe it is declining fast because of the life style of today. In England religion is no longer taught in schools,and evan Sunday schools have vanished.
I too have a son,and told him,but he does not accept God. He was brought up a Roman Catholic,and he said that it is a load of bull. Sorry but i can not find the words to continue any further?

Carolyn October 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Dear Mr Cotton, I was so sorry to hear of your childhood experience as a Roman Catholic, I myself am a Catholic and have met so many good, bible-believing people in this church. It also does so much good worldwide, with missions, hospitals and poverty relief, but the recent scandals of the clergy and the Vatican seem a long way from our everyday experience! I think it is a tragedy that people’s childhood experiences can put them off the faith, when God is a God of love and truth. I pray that your mental health will improve and that your son will find his way back to the faith. Never give up hope! God bless.

Mr A Cotton October 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thanks for your kind words Carolyn. It wasn`t just in my childhood,it continued up till about 2yrs ago. Then something profound happened to me. I was sitting on the couch when something happened. What i was saying wasn`t me. I was talking like somebody who studied the bible. God opened my eyes,and i could see,and understand what was happening. It was an amazing thing,and then i knew it was the Holy Spirit.
Then i researched all about the Catholic Church. Through history the Catholic Church has murdered more people than any other religion. I learnt about these Anti-Popes,and that the Vatican has Assassins to murder people today. They also have a network of police. I could not believe what i found out.You said recent scandals. They are not recent they have been going on for years,right back to the first Pope(Not St Peter) In the bible it does not mention that Peter was in Rome at all. They have changed the Commandments,and worship Idols. Bishop Josip Strossmayer questioned the Popes infallibility in Vatican I in 1870,but later on he recanted. I wonder why? Sorry about rambling on. I could write a small book in what they have done,and failed to do what was right. What church do you attend. Has i mentioned i am mentally housebound,and i feel guilty about not attending a bible teaching church. Jack said something about a lone ranger,and you have to find one,but when i explained my situation he apologised,but there was no need for an apology because he did not know about my condition. Don`t get me wrong there are some wonderful people in the Catholic Church,but they do not know what is going on.
Sorry again Carolyn,and your words of concern. I will stop now.

Fred January 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Hi Mr A Cotton,
After reading your comments I think you are going through a tough time. But I am being compelled to give you a bit of consolation, although I have not been going through what you have experienced, and there might be something happening recently. In this blog there is a recent article named ‘How To Live A Life Of Contentment: 7 Christian Tips’, which states the necessity of aligning our attitude to God and possibly forgiving other people. I know this is more easily said than done, but from the perspective of a third party, I would encourage you to read more articles, either from this blog or by someone you believe to be guided by the Holy Spirit, that clarifies what the Bible really teaches and how a Christian life should be like, instead of just what they think the Bible teaches and what mistakes someone else has committed. Regarding your request of finding a good church and concern for denomination and stuff, I believe God is on the way to help you and give the solution you need. It would be helpful if you could narrow down to some specific obstacles, so that it would be easier for other people to help you.

Mr A Cotton January 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

Thanks for noticing my comments Fred.
Has you know i used to be a RC,but something profound happened a couple of years ago. God opened my eyes,and I believe the Holy Spirit led me hear.
I find it hard to believe that God can just forgive me for my sins(Doubting Thomas)the hardest part is to be sincere,and i don`t feel sincere. This makes me have a debate with God. Also i don`t read the bible,because i find i just read a paragraph,and then i don`t know what it means,and give up.
I told Jack about finding a layman from a church,and he said that`s a great idea,but alas no answer yet.
It`s also very hard when you live by yourself. I know what you are trying to say,but i can`t express myself in writing to you.I have a tumour on my left cheek,and i am in and out of hospital. Now i am going off the subject. I would be glad if you gave me a couple of examples of the specific obstacles that you have mentioned. God must have sent you Fred.
God bless you.

Natalie Schteinfaer December 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Hello, dear friend! Do not be sorry for anything. All, I confirm: ALL catholic religion is a satanic invention! you can not go to God praying to anybody but Christ.

Woo Wind October 26, 2021 at 9:40 pm

Hello Natalie, I see that you are truly unaware of what satanism is all about and how to recognize it. Also, I don’t think that you know that there is only one Church that was started by Jesus himself here on earth, and it is the Catholic Church. Is it perfect?, of course not, like anything else in this world. I would not judge the book by its cover and call it evil. Remember Jesus had/has many enemies who called/call Him evil too.

Mr A Cotton January 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I know what you mean. I asked my son about taken religion,but he said Dad it`s all made up,and it`s not my scene. I don`t think it would be his seen if he saw a vision from Hell.

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Whitney June 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

God bless you and praise God for sending the message through you to so many people. I had been confused for years about what I should do and what part of the Bible I should read and your articles really brought me closer to Jesus and has kept me closer to the Lord than I have ever been in my life. I can feel him working in my life and with each day it gets more exciting because I stay in the word and I can feel him more than the day before. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Mr Anthony Cotton June 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Jack I was trying to find the reason why the Sabbath was changed to Sunday(The Catholic Church)
I found a site called http://www.remnant of God.org I watched a video about the Sabbath,and the narrator used bible quotes from the beginning to the end to prove that we should be keeping the Sabbath. I could not find one error throughout the video.
God made the Sabbath. At the beginning he said God said “Remember”,because we have forgotten it.
Jesus taught on the Sabbath. The Apostles taught on the Sabbath. St Paul evan on his travels made it a point to teach on the Sabbath.
He said from the beginning of the bible to the end you will not find one passage where it mention`s Sunday.
Man changed the Sabbath to Sunday not God.
The video is under Sabbath.
I have just received an email to listen to Mass on the Sabbath(Saturday)
I must stress I agreed with the video,and it was all took from the bible. It evan said quotes and answers like you Jack.

Jack Wellman June 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Anthony, I do know that Jesus spoke about every commandment in the New Testament except the Sabbath one. Was it coincidence that He left this one out? He asked the young, rich ruler about how he could enter eternal life and Jesus went over some of the commandments but never did He teach the Sabbath as required. He even did things that were to be stoned for on the Sabbath, like picking corn in the field with His disciples. Jesus say obey My commandments…which two were the greatest? Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as Himself. Why did He leave out the Sabbath, and so did ALL the apostles? Just me thinking out loud.

Mr Anthony Cotton June 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thats what the guy said on the website picking corn from a field. He said Jesus was lord of the sabbath,and he did not teach the way the jews taught on the sabbath. That`s why Jesus told them off.
He more or less said the same things you have said.
He also issued a challenge to prove that the first day of the week(Sunday)is no where mentioned in the bible has the sabbath. Jesus did talk about the sabbath in the New Testament when he told the pharisee if a sheep fell down a hole on the sabbath you would pull it out. That`s when he said the sabbath was made for man not man for the sabbath.
The word Sunday came from pagan origin,and I know it did,because the catholic church is full of pagan signs.
I cannot fault you on your comments either Jack.
This is the dilemma I am faced with when two scholar`s of the bible use the quotes in the bible to put their point across. From what he said and you I cannot find a fault.
I will ask God to make me see.

Jack Wellman June 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Once again thank you Anthony. Yes, Sunday’s name came from that pagan source but so is a wedding ring a pagan symbol but does this mean we are pagans for wearing them? No. Also, Saturday comes from the god Saturn and is named in honor of this mythological god.

Now, if Jesus condemned the pharisees about not wanting to even pull out an animal on the Sabbath, does this mean that we are to not do good on the Sabbath, which ever day we observe it? Yes, the Sabbath was made for man which means we are to rest on one day a week.

Again, where in the New Testament does Jesus command (not use an example of) the Sabbath command? Why does church history show that the early church kept Sunday, the day of His resurrection? Where does Paul or Peter or John or James command the Sabbath. I can not find ONE single verse in the New Testament to prove we should keep the Sabbath. No one is saved by observing a day. Does this scholar suggest we are condemned or are pagan if we observe Sunday? On the contrary, Paul wrote in Colossians 2:16 “not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day” and in Romans 14:5 “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind” and Paul wrote to the Galatians, who were turning back to the Old Testament Laws (read all of Galatians) in Galatians 4:8-11 “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days (like the Sabbaths) and months (like the holy days) and seasons (like the feast days) and years (like the Jubilee year)! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.”

There is no evidence anywhere in the New Testament that Jesus kept or observed the Sabbath and that is the bottom line my friend.

Mr Anthony Cotton June 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Jesus kept the sabbath by going into the synagogue on the sabbath(Mark 6:2 ; Luke 4:16) Nowhere did Jesus command that a different day should be kept or seek to cancel evan the smallest of the commandments (Matthew 5:17-19)! In fact, scripture clearly records that the redeemed from all nations will keep the sabbath in the new earth(Isaiah 66:23)
The bible record is clear that the apostles worshiped on the sabbath day and taught others to do the same. The women who followed Jesus kept the sabbath on the seventh day(Luke 23:56) Paul kept the sabbath while carrying the gospels to the gentiles(Acts 16:13.17:2.18:4) This is the evidence that Jesus kept the sabbath. One big difference he did not keep the jews sabbath He kept the Lords sabbath. You wrote a big list on a post on how the jews kept the sabbath like lighting a fire.
Jesus did not want this kind of sabbath to way us down with all these stupid rules and laws.
In history the Emperor Constantine ordered it to be kept on Sunday.
The one signal verse in the bible to sum it up is-
Remember thou keep holy the sabbath day.
Has for all your other comments you are right because I have read them in the bible about what St Paul says,and your other comments.
I was answering to your main question at the end of your post,and it`s all in the bible.

Jack Wellman June 30, 2013 at 6:32 am

Thank you Anthony. I am done with this topic as it turned into a debate and I already have far too many to count and I do not like to do this.

I guess I and most of the churches are wrong and are sinning you must believe. It has been nice commenting to you. Good bye sir and may God richly bless your Sabbath keeping.

Mr Anthony Cotton June 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

You have definitely misunderstood me I was making a point between the Lords sabbath,and the Jews Sabbath.
It`s not the first time you have misunderstood me.
You say “I guess I and most of the churches are wrong and are sinning you must believe”
I am not implying that at all,and you go on to say may God richly bless your Sabbath keeping.
I am not Sabbath keeping has well and i have never said I am going to keep the Sabbath.
I was pointing out merely what the bible said. You are a bible believing man so the quotes I wrote down you don`t believe them. May God give you the wisdom to understand the quotes. I will leave has I came.

Megan July 28, 2013 at 1:50 am

I am very lost. I am 18 years old and was not raised in any religion. I was touched by the Holy Spirit about a year and a half ago. I have prayed each and every day since then in many meanings. Forgiveness, thankfulness, hope, strength, you name it. My relationship with The Lord is so significant in my life. Every day I try to allow him to work through me, using my strengths! I never thought I could be so grateful for my life and every blessing I am given each day. I read daily devotionals for inspiration and new ways to communicate. I want to attend church now. But where? Which church? There are so many different ones? Reformed? Alliance? Baptist? Calvary? Lutheran? Presbyterian? I do not even know what these words mean.
I am working my way through the Bible, but am having a hard time on my own. I want to learn His word, I want to meet others who worship. Is there such a thing as a simple standard church? Please help me, I am clueless. All I know is what I live for, why I am here and who I lean on.
When I research I do not know what I am looking for, if any of you think you can specifically help me… I live in Aldergrove BC Canada.

Jack Wellman July 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Megan, I am encouraged that you want to find a good church home. After reading this article and then checking out the next link which is an article that says How to Find a Bible-Believing Church? I think you will be able to look for what defines a good and godly church.


Here is also a link that reveals which churches are in your city and you can click the various links to the churches and see what their beliefs are and what they focus on. You may have to attend for awhile to be able to discern which is best for you. Please let us know if or when you do find a good church home Megan.

Peggy September 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

I was wondering how your search went and if you were able to find a Christian Church in your area? Keep up the fight.

Ian June 6, 2016 at 11:53 am

Peggy, don’t lose heart. Besides the good advice shared here by many, the Holy Spirit Himself will lead you. Do not fear, just rest in Him!

Sara Stout December 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Every church should encourage you to worship god. This is a key point for me. What is the point of attending a church if you are not there to worship? If you just want to socialize there are a lot of other places you can go to do that.

Lisa April 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

These are all awesome tips for choosing a church. I’ve been meaning to get in touch with my spiritual side for quite some time now. I really like what the article said about choosing a church that encourages you to grow. I feel like, for me, the point of religion is helping me to grow in ways I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Jack Wellman April 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

Thank you Lisa for the encouragement. Our church is so small but we are so very close. There is something special about smaller churches, not that bigger ones are not good but we all know each other and are devoted to praying for one another. Last week, we spent much of our time praying during Sunday school and I love that.

Ernest Nshindano May 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Informative article indeed. all good churches must include these 7 attributes i suppose.

Jack Wellman May 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Thank you for your kind words sir.

Nathan Johnson February 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

My wife and I just moved to a new area and are searching for a good christian church to attend. I like that you said no church is perfect, but there are certainly characteristics that we can look for. We especially want to raise our kids in a good church. Thanks for the ideas!

Sarah Smith May 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm

My husband and I are trying to find a church to join so that our family can be closer to each other. Thanks for the advice about finding a church that has a sound doctrine that agrees with the scriptures. Hopefully, we can find a church and have our family draw closer together.

Jack Wellman May 31, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Thank you Mrs. Smith. May God help you find that church and may He also bless your family richly.

Erika Brady October 27, 2016 at 8:42 am

I really appreciate all of these different things to look for when choosing a church. I agree that the place you choose should encourage you to worship God. Like you mention, worship isn’t just about sitting through a worship service or singing songs, the center is the communication with God. My husband and I have been searching for a church to go to, and it is important for us to find one that brings us closer to his spirit.

Nish June 9, 2020 at 11:17 pm

I’ve been attending this church close by for awhile, accepted Christ 6 months now and I just got baptized 2 weeks ago. It is an okay church, most of the people are nice. I also have been watching and attended another church and I feel so blessed at this other church. I’ve learned so much from them, stuff I wasnt learning at the other church. Now I’m a little indecisive on which church I want to stick to. I think i don’t want to disappoint my elder church sister or my pastor but I know I’ve grown so much spiritually because of the other church and the pastor. Any advice?

Jack Wellman June 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

Hello Nish. God is the only audience you have to worry about pleasing….we cannot make decisions based upon how others will feel, so go with your instinct and go to the church you feel you are being best fed the Word of God. If you want to grow more in Christ, go to where there is more chance for growth.

Ray September 21, 2021 at 12:23 am

9-20-21 — Is this quandary permanent and everlasting? One Sunday our church canceled ALL worship and study times so the staff and members could go into the community and do “service” — construction, repair, painting, etc. How noble, if the serving had been performed at one of the ZILLION other times in a week that are available without CANCELING ALL WORSHIP! We would have enthusiastically participated.
ALSO the worship styles MANY of us are comfortable with have been progressively eliminated in quick steps, then such services (usually called “traditional”) have been completely canceled.
We are looking for a group to worship with that do NOT have
this Athenian mindset of Acts 17:21: TOTAL consumption with hearing or telling ONLY some NEW thing!
Thanks for listening!

Jack Wellman September 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

Hello Ray. Excellent commentary sir and especially the comment about seeking something new all the time as in Acts 17:21. Very good point. Thanks for such an insightful comment. Makes good sense sir.

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