Many times I speak with people that say one or another church is the only true church. How can all of these statements be true? So what did Jesus say about religion and church?
To find out what Jesus taught about the church, look at John 4 with Jesus and the Samaritan woman:
“My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”
Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”
Looking at the teaching of Jesus, what did Jesus say about religion? Jesus was saying that neither the Jerusalem church or the Samaritan church is the true church. God is seeking true worshipers! True worship comes from a personal relationship with Him from people who are seeking Him!
Jesus is not seeking a church but rather people who are humbly seeking Him.