ARThe Lord Directed Me in Seeking the TruthA brother from East Indonesia shares his experience of how God directed him in seeking the true church.Brother Tauran, from East Indonesia, shares his experience of how God directed him in seeking the true church. He was a member in the Molucca Protestant Church but left the church in 1979. He and some of his Christian friends wanted to search for the church that met the criteria they drew from their own bible studies, including keeping the Sabbath. Finally, they found the True Jesus Church in Jakarta.
in the name of the Lord Jesus I testify. My name is Max Tauran, and I was
born in 1958. I am from Ambon City, the capital of Molucca Island in East
Indonesia, where the majority of the indigenous people are Christians. I
would like to share with you how my family and I became members of the
True Jesus Church.
As with most
Ambonese families, my parents brought us up with Christian values. In
Ambon City, I attended the Molucca Protestant Church until 1979, when five
friends and I left for Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) in search of a
better life. Our limited education, however, prevented us from finding
proper jobs in Jakarta. We ended up joining a local gang that used force
to make a living. Thus, in order to survive in Jakarta, we began this kind
The Truth in the Bible
Thank God for preventing me from falling any deeper into the devil's
snare. One day I met an old friend named Chris, who discussed the truth
and salvation with me. Although I told him that I had already joined a
church in Jakarta, he kept coming to my house, just to talk about God’s
laws as written in the Bible. As we agreed that the truth was crucial in
leading us to eternal life (Jn 8:51), we decided to have regular Bible
studies at my house.
months later, we summarized the conclusions of our Bible studies into
several important points:
1) The church must be
founded according to the Bible; not a single word in the Bible shall be
added or taken away (Rev 22:18-19).
2) The church has to keep
the seventh day holy; this day is Saturday, the Sabbath day (Ex
20:8-11; Mk 2:27; Mt 28:1).
3) The church has to
perform baptism in living water (1 Cor 10:2) and in the name of the Lord
Jesus (Acts 19:5-6).
4)The church has to conduct
the sacraments of Holy Communion (Jn 6:53-56) and Footwashing (Jn
church has to have the Holy Spirit’s abidance (Jn 20:21-23; Rom
Searching for the Right Church
Based on this knowledge, we decided not to attend services at any church
that kept Sunday as the Sabbath day. We began our search for a church that
kept the truth wholeheartedly. We visited numerous churches, and each
time, we would ask about the church's beliefs and the background of its
leaders. But our search was futile. We could not find a single church that
followed the truth based on the conclusions we had reached from our months
of Bible studies. We did not give up, however, because we continued to
believe in what the Lord Jesus had said to Peter: "and on this rock I
will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against
it" (Mt 16:18).
passed. We still could not find this church. Later, we had an idea and
decided to contact the Jews in Israel. One of our friends suggested that
we approach the U.S. Embassy. To my delight, at the U.S. Embassy library I
found details of one fellowship that called itself "Jews for
Jesus," based in San Francisco, California, USA.
We were very
happy and immediately wrote to this group, asking whether they would come
to Indonesia to teach and baptize us. But their answer was disappointing.
They told us that although they preached the gospel throughout the world,
their target was only the dispersed Jews. After that, we began to feel
desperate, since it looked as if there was no more hope for us to find the
Finding the Lord's Flock—at Last
Thanks to the Lord Jesus for His faithfulness. He never ignores His people
who are really looking for Him. And at last, He reached out His hands to
us. One day, as we were holding Sabbath fellowship at the house of one of
Chris's friends, Chris told us something that would change our lives. He
said that he went to the Department of Religious Affairs, asking for a
permit to open a new church that would keep Saturday as the Sabbath day.
But the person in charge of Christian Affairs at the Department told him:
"Why do you want to open a new church? Why don't you join services
held at the True Jesus Church, which is located near Pasar Baru Street?
They also keep Sabbath Day on Saturday." This was the first time we
had heard about the True Jesus Church.
The very next
day, we went to the True Jesus Church. We asked the resident minister
about the truth and the church's background. To our surprise, what we had
concluded from our own Bible studies, all the important topics, were
present in this church! We had found it! No words could express how glad
we felt at that time! Thanks to the Lord Jesus for leading us to His
to join the Sabbath services and attended numerous Bible studies at the
True Jesus Church in Jakarta. Finally, on August 9, 1992, four of us
Christians from another flock received baptism and became members of the
True Jesus Church.
brethren, we believe that what we had experienced was arranged by God! He
is the Good Shepherd, leading His lambs to green pasture (Mt 5:6; Jn
7:37). Praise the Lord that since then, my wife and our five children have
also received baptism in the True Jesus Church. I hope that this testimony
can encourage the hearts of those who are looking for the truth and
eternal life. May all glory be given to our Lord Jesus! Hallelujah. Amen.