There are over 30,000 Christian denominations worldwide, and the number is ever growing. Although all Christian denominations claim to believe in Jesus Christ and to possess the sole truth, they have different interpretations of the Scriptures, different doctrines, and different traditions. In my opinion, they are not teaching the true teachings of Jesus Christ.
… It is just like the time when Christ descended to Earth. The thoughts of people are just as confused; they advocate the same misguided teachings; they believe to possess the sole truth, and yet they are living right in the midst of falsehood. Now, as then, they uphold their hollow creeds even though all vary from each other; each creed endorses its own point of view and each one is convinced that it can lay claim to the truthfulness of its teachings. And the number of schools of thought has grown considerably; there are not just a few opposing each other, but a great variety of opinions have created a great variety of faith communities which all endeavour to win supporters and fanatically insist on the doctrines they endorse. However, every church or spiritual movement teaches that it proclaims God’s will and still the various creeds differ …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)
Claiming that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and that Peter was the first pope, the Catholic Church teaches that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Some Catholics even use the following verse to justify such teaching:
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (Matthew 12:30)
The Catholic Church also claims that Jesus Christ instituted the seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. However, except for baptism there is no biblical support for the rest of the claim.
… It cannot be denied that the so-called ‘traditions’ contain much spoilt information, since so many customs and bad habits, as well as wrong doctrines, have been derived from My doctrine, which I Myself preached on Earth, so that the pure Gospel of love…. the essence of My doctrine…. has been pushed into the background whilst human additions are claiming foremost attention … And people allow themselves to be captivated by it; they make every effort to comply with the demands and dare not change old traditions and customs which are, however, of no benefit whatsoever for the development of their souls. Nevertheless, they cannot be excused since every human being can think and thus he also has the duty to reflect on the doctrines which determine his lot in eternity. He should take his life on Earth more seriously and not believe that I will be content with completely worthless performances…. which also include the ‘receiving of sacraments’, which are not sacraments at all …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6732)
The Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches and the Christian Churches all claim to be guided by the Holy Spirit. However, if it were so, there would be only one church, instead of so many powerful ecclesiastical establishments.
… The many denominations and different schools of thought provide alarming evidence that the ‘working of the spirit’ is alien to all those in charge at the top, who do not work together because they represent conflicting opinions. And if they were to permit the working of the spirit they would soon realise that there is no need for an external organisation, that the human being has to look for the truth within himself and that everyone will recognise the truth who allows himself to be taught by his spirit, who takes the path to Me, abides by My will and listens to Me …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6627)
So where is the church founded by Jesus Christ?
… Because this church is a spiritual union, its members exemplify a living Christianity which transforms a person from within, it cannot be compared with the Christianity advocated by the churches…. which mainly follow external customs, have adopted countless practices and ceremonies and thus attach more importance to those while neglecting the inner change of the human being’s nature into love …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8212)
Love is the essence of Jesus’ teachings. If we truly want to belong to the church founded by Jesus Christ, we must obey His two commandments and transform our nature into love.