The original posts have a series of articles pertaining the topic that Christ Ahnsahnghong did not contradict the teachings of the World Mission Society Church of God. Those who slander the Church of God insists that Christ Ahnsahnghong said only through the name of Jesus could we be saved while the Church of God teaches that through the name of Ahnsahnghong can we receive salvation. If people who do not have any understanding about the church might be confused but if you understand the Bible, you will be amazed at their ignorance and lack of understanding on the Bible.
In order to have a clear understanding about this issue, let’s take one example. Long time ago, there was a kingdom. Since it had a lot of natural resources, enemies invaded its territory and tried to attack the city. The king of that country order soldiers to close the city door so that they could defend the city. Soldiers bravely fought against their enemies and successfully defeated them. After all the battles were done, king ordered the city door be opened again. Then, some soldiers began to complain, saying “Our King is contradicting himself. He told us to close the door last time but this time he is saying the door should be opened. I don’t understand Him.” If you hear their complains, what would you say?
I’m sure there are no soldiers who actually complain like this in real life. However, if you understand the point of this story, you might understand the slanderers complain about Christ Ahnsahnghong with the same logic. There is a time to close the door for the purpose of defense. Yet, once the war is over, the door should be opened again so that people could get food and merchandises from outside. In the same way, there is a time to use the name of Jesus and also the time to use Christ Ahnsahnghong’s name.
As the articles points out, in each age there is a different name of the savior. In the time of Jesus, people including His disciples prayed in the name of Jehovah only. It was not until Jesus kept the last Passover (a day before his death) did he teach that they had to pray in the name of Jesus. Let’s take a look at the relevant verses.
Isa 43:10-11 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was not God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no savior. – ASV
The Bible clearly says that there is no other savior except Jehovah. So obviously people prayed in the name of Jehovah at that time. However, just before Jesus experienced the pain of crucifixion, he taught his disciples that from that time on they needed to pray in His name.
John 16:24 – Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
If you see the context of this verse, you can see that this word was given while he was keeping the last Passover (John 13:1-). Until now means that until that time all people prayed in the name of Jehovah. However, Christ said from this time on they had to pray in the name of Jesus which was a new name of the savior.
Then what about this age? Christ Ahnsahnghong also prayed in the name of Jesus when He preached the gospel just as Jesus prayed in the name of Jehovah when He preached the gospel. For this reason, it is natural for him to teach people that they had to pray in the name of Jesus not in His name because it was not the time for his name to be revealed yet. However, just before His ascension, He taught His disciples the new name of the savior which was His name, and from that time his disciples began to preach His name. If someone says Christ Ahnsahnghong contradicts the Church’s teaching for the reason of teaching Jesus’ name, I can conclude that that person is seriously lacking the understanding of the Bible.
I will continue posting on the series of this topic and hope that my review might help you clear out some misunderstanding about the truth.