When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:13-18 (KJV)
Lord Jesus said that He will build His Church by Himself and for Himself. No man, no organization, no religion nor any church can build His Church for Him. In fact, the Lord used a singular noun, not plular. He did not say churches but Church. The greatest enemy of the Church are the gates of hell. Plural. The primary purpose of these gates of hell is to keep people away from the Church, to offer them alternatives and present themselves as if they are the Church. The gate to life is narrow, the gate to destruction is broad and many go that way. To enter the Church of Jesus, you must be born again.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Festus Nsoha