ARThe Right Church at LastAre all churches the same? Join this sister's search for the true church as she reveals her struggles and discovery.Neo Kim Liang used to below to a Chinese Anglican congregation in Singapore. In
her third year of university, one of her classmates approached her and spoke to
her about the necessity of baptism for salvation. As she discovered the doctrinal differences between the True Jesus Church and other
churches and read the Bible passages her classmate showed her regarding the way to salvation,
she was shocked and perplexed. This is a testimony of how she was convinced to be baptized into the true church.Hallelujah, praise the Lord.
In the name of Jesus, I bear testimony about how God brought me to the True Jesus Church.
My name is Neo Kim Liang. I came to "know" the Lord in 1989. That was during my first year at a university. Someone from Navigators, a Christian group, asked me if I was interested
in knowing more about Christianity. All along, I had been interested, but never had the opportunity to learn more about it, so
without hesitation, I agreed to have Bible study with them. After five sessions of Bible study, my Bible study teacher told me that in order to become a Christian, I had to say a "sinner's prayer." I followed their instructions, confessed my sins, and "accepted Jesus Christ into my life." After "church-hopping" for a while, I joined a Chinese
Anglican congregation at a junior college chapel.
I came to hear about the True Jesus Church during my third year in university
when one of my classmates approached me. He pointed out the differences in doctrines between the True Jesus Church and other churches. As I read the verses he showed me regarding the way to salvation, I was shocked and perplexed. I had never thought of those verses in that way before! Ever since I became a Christian, the
idea that if you "just believe and you'll be saved" was so deeply rooted in my mind that I found it very difficult to accept that baptism was necessary for salvation. However, I could not deny those verses on baptism for salvation (e.g. Acts 2:38; 1 Pet 3:21). I consulted my Bible study teachers who told me that Acts was a historical book and thus should not be used to teach doctrines. They also strongly advised me to stop all discussions with my classmate because they had heard that the True Jesus Church was a cult. One of them was even told by her pastor that the True Jesus Church's tongue-speaking was very funny.
Subsequently, my classmate invited me to an evangelistic meeting at the True Jesus Church. I pulled a friend along as I was curious about this church, especially the tongue-speaking. I tried to find fault with the sermon but could not find any. After the service, there was a 15-minute prayer. We were asked to kneel (something new to me) and pray. Then suddenly, everybody started to produce funny sounds. They sounded different from the tongue-speaking in my church and I tried to figure out how they managed to produce those sounds. During that prayer, I did not experience anything as my heart was hardened, but my friend could feel slight movement in her hands.
After that, I decided not to attend the True Jesus Church anymore, as I was not convinced. I was more inclined to the advice of my Bible study teachers.
Yet I was not satisfied with their explanation on those verses that said that baptism was necessary for salvation. They said that baptism was a work and Christ had completed the work of salvation when He died on the cross, and that it is by grace that we are saved, not by works.
Thank God, my classmate did not give up and continued to tell me more about baptism and the history of the churches. But what really held me back was the claim that the True Jesus Church is the only true church and that other churches do not have the complete truth. I found this difficult to accept. Other churches had been around for centuries. How could their doctrines be incomplete? Nevertheless, I decided to attend the True Jesus Church on Saturdays and at the same time attend my church on Sundays. After seeking the truth at the True Jesus Church for some time, I found the message delivered during service to be very biblical and the speakers very humble. Also, I started doctrinal studies with a True Jesus Church member.
After some time, I became tired of attending two churches, so I decided to settle down at one place. I approached my church evangelist and asked him what he thought of the True Jesus Church. To my surprise, he spoke favorably and told me that he even subscribed to one of
their Chinese publications, the Holy Spirit Monthly. He found the True Jesus Church's teachings to be very biblical except certain doctrines that he considered quite extreme (e.g. footwashing). He agreed that baptism is necessary for salvation (Editor's note: This is not the official view of that church) and would not object to my going to the True Jesus Church. I asked another sister of that church and she too agreed that the True Jesus Church is a good church. My confidence built up, I decided to attend the True Jesus Church fulltime.
After having attended the True Jesus Church for a year, I'm fully convinced of the doctrines, and my perspective of Christianity has changed. I thank God for His mercy in allowing me to be baptized into the true church.
May all glory be given to God! Amen.